The 22nd European Union Film Festival (EUFF) 2017 was organized by the Delegation of the European Union and embassies of the European Union member States in collaboration with the Directorate of Film Festivals , Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India , New Delhi at Siri Fort Auditorium II from June 9 – 14, 2017.

For the 22nd edition this year in New Delhi, the festival presented viewers the top-picks from the 20 member state of the confederation.  The Inauguration of the film festival was done by the Ambassador of the European Union to India, H.E Mr Tomasz Kozlowski He delived a lovely speech to the enthusiasts and attendees present there about the Union and how it aims to strengthen the cultural ties through films as it’s a way of expressing our family hood and the effects it leaves last  of our country with the Union. In his speech, Shri C. Senthil Rajan, Director of Directorate of Film Festivals, India said delightedly, “It’s a proud moment to have a variety of films from Europe this year.”

The inaugural film of the six day festival was an Estonian film, “Cherry Tobacco” where the directors of the film, Katrin Maimik & Andres Maimik gave an introductory speech to their film, “Our film has dance and music just like the Indian films” said Andres Maimik.

It is For the first time, that  the European Union along with the Directorate of Film Festivals and National Archive presented a “Masterclass” in Delhi on 10 June 2017 at 11 AM which was conducted by the Estonian film directors, Katrin Maimik and Andres Maimik, with an Q&A presenter Saibal Chatterjee and it covered topics such as direction, screenwriting, and international filmmaking. I had an opportunity to attend this master class at Auditorium III. Both the directors, Katrin and Andres are script writers as well as directors. In the master class, they showed a Estonian film which was about half an hour long film about 25 th wedding anniversary. It was the first film which they made together. The film was well received and followed by very interesting Q/A session. Answering to my question, they said,” we do’,nt have any Censor Board or Certification Body, like India in Estonia.” The master class was attended by more than 100 serious film lovers.

22 award winning and latest European films from Estonia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain were screened.  These films had varied themes, one after another, ranging from intense drama to quirky comedy and adventure to political satire. Ambassadors of the Union countries present in Delhi had taken their seats and delivered their respective speeches about the film and inlaid culture in their countries.

Highlights from the festival included the story of Raya, a 17-year-old girl who takes decision better than her under confident mother and journeys to another city to find her father, a wealthy New York businessman falls for a woman while he has to procure a pigeon, an ultra patriotic captain falcon with his sidekick perdiz kid fights the communist to save his country, a long-standing employee at fish land’s life turns upside down when he is welcomed to a new branch where he’s given the duty to administer saunas and spas, a Spaniard being jobless buys a second hand tractor to find work at Morocco but in vain, he takes to the road.

There was lot of festivity at Siri fort II for 6 days. It was a good feast of films from European Union countries, each film talking about their culture and genre. One could learn a lot about different countries styles and standard of film making.

I congratulate Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union to India, Mr. C. Senthil Rajan Director ,Directorate of Film Festivals New Delhi and all officers and staff of DFF/Ministry of I and B on the success of 22nd European Union Film Festival. I also congratulate Mr. K Prashant Kumar, Deputy Director (Admin/NFA), who was the Nodal officer for conducting European Union Film Festival in New Delhi.

The Festival was attended by almost hundred film lovers across the country who took away different aspects of the cultures of Europe along with them through these movies from different countries of Europe.

About Directorate of Film Festivals, India (DFF) Directorate of Film Festivals was set up by the Government of India in 1973 to organize International and National Film Festivals within the country. DFF facilitates India’s participation in Festivals abroad, arranges programmes of foreign films in India and Indian films abroad and holds the National Film Awards function.

As a vehicle of Cultural Exchange, DFF promotes   International friendship, provides access to new trends in world Cinema, generates healthy competition and, in the process, helps to improve the standards of Indian Films.

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