IFFI 2023: Embracing Diversity and Promoting Inclusivity Festival Imbibes Accessibility for Divyangjan, Ensures Films for All


November 26, 2023

The 54thiteration of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) stands as an inspiring display of inclusivity and diversity across all verticals. This year’s IFFI serves as a guiding light for accessibility, warmly welcoming individuals of all abilities and backgrounds. It brings together art and artists from every corner of the country and the world while simultaneously making the content accessible to all consumers. From regional cinema to foreign language films, IFFI weaves everything into a harmonious fabric representing cinematic excellence.

An exemplary stride towards inclusivity is witnessed through the thoughtful integration of amenities for individuals with special needs across all festival venues. Four exclusive screenings tailored for Divyangjan delegates, equipped with embedded audio descriptions and sign language provisions, reflect IFFI’s dedication to ensuring cinematic experiences are accessible to all. This initiative aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas,’ now extended to ‘Sabka Manoranjan,’ advocating ‘Entertainment for all.’

Moreover, the festival champions gender parity by highlighting the cinematic prowess of 40 remarkable women filmmakers. Their contributions not only enrich the cinematic landscape but also amplify the call for equality and representation within the industry.

One of the hallmarks of IFFI is its celebration of regional cinema, paying homage to the diverse cultures and narratives that thrive across India. The curated days dedicated to showcasing films from various linguistic regions are a powerful illustration of this commitment. From Eastern India’s vibrant tapestry of Bengali, Odia, Assamese, Manipuri, and North Eastern dialects to the upcoming spotlight on Tamil, Malayalam, Punjabi, Dogri, Bhojpuri, Rajasthani, Urdu, Chattisgarhi, Konkani, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, and Telugu cinema, IFFI 54 promises a panoramic journey across the cultural mosaic of India.

Adding a contemporary flair, the introduction of the Best Web Series (OTT) Award reflects IFFI’s recognition of the evolving landscape of storytelling through digital platforms. With entries spanning 10 languages from 15 OTT platforms, this award not only acknowledges outstanding content but also amplifies the diversity of creative expression.

As the festival progresses, IFFI 54 continues to stand as a testament to cinematic excellence, inclusivity, and cultural celebration. With its motto of ‘Entertainment for all’ and a steadfast commitment to ‘Unity in Diversity,’ the festival paves the way for a more inclusive and vibrant cinematic world.

Himanshu Pathak, IIS
Deputy Director
Research Unit
Press Information Bureau
New Delhi