The Festival

Chambal is not only a flow but also a flow of various views. A story of rebellion and scarifies that propogated in the valley, it was because of this trend that the Britishers had tough challenges during Indian freedom movement in the areas of Chambal. During Emergency also Chambal was barely affected. The rebellion acts against individual torture and injustice was always on prime move in Chambal. Opting the tribal zone with gun becomes the phrase in Chambal as to neutralize the impact against those shrewd people who were being given shelter by the Government, politician and the police. 

Famous as ‘Nursery of Soldiers’, Chambal has been credited the maximum numbers of people joining the army and various other armed forces. During peace time also even a single soldier is brought rapped under Indian flag from the border itself in any of the one villages of this areas. Chambal is also a mine of archaeological civilization. In each and every corner of this rugged area, the memories of hundred years of the history are found silently. Legendary film director K Asif who had only three films in his credit and is considered a milestone, was born in Etawah which is part of the Chambal valley.

Serving as Chambal Valley's fastest growing Premier Film Festival, the Chambal International Film Festival (CIFF) is founded as a gateway to the pristine valleys of Chambal where many a great films were shot. With an aim to exhibit the most captivating and innovative content, the two day CIFF 2023 festival's mission is to present quality films from around the world as well as support, recognize and honor budding and talented film makers from across the globe. Intending to connect the film fans and movies goers from, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and the Chambal region and acclaim them with world cinema, this platform is also created to bring about greater understanding of the art of film making.

With film festivals now becoming a paid ticket affair and caters only to a selected range of audiences, the two day CIFF will be a “Free for All” film festival to enjoy films from various countries including Germany, Italy, UK, USA, Russia, Bangladesh, Iran, Poland in English and the country's own languages. Indian regional language films like Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, and in south Indian language including Malayalam, Tamil, Telegu and Kannada will be showcased.

The films will be organized thematically, in hopes of representing the full range of the human experience as reflected by our chosen filmmakers. CIFF will also be a vital showcase for indie short film makers as the festival has a PSA Films Category in addition to its competitive sections. The PSA films should be of 5 minutes duration revolving around a theme and have a strong social message.