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Diorama encouraged by Rahul Rawail, Shaji Karun

Diorama encouraged by Rahul Rawail, Shaji Karun

The first Diorama International Film Festival (DIFF) will be held from the 14th to the 20th of January, 2019, at the Siri Fort Auditoria, New Delhi.

Here’s how and why the organisers came up with this uncommon name:

The word "diorama" originated in 1823 as a type of picture-viewing device, from the French, in 1822. The word literally means "through that which is seen", from the Greek di- "through" + orama "that which is seen, a sight". The diorama was invented by Louis Daguerre and Charles Marie Bouton, first exhibited in Paris in July 1822, and in London on September 29, 1823. The meaning "small-scale replica of a scene, etc." is from 1902. The term Diorama in cinema refers to watching a range of cinema through a perspective.

Supported by the Film Federation of India, the nodal body of all film organisations in India, Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers and the Indian Film Institute, Diorama International Film Festival has the blessings of noted Hindi film director Rahul Rawail (Love Story, Betaab, Arjun, Dacait), who headed the jury for the Indian Panorama at the 49th International Film Festival of India, Goa, 2018, “The Diorama International Film Festival is an exemplary initiative taken by Manoj Srivastava, a veteran head of Film Festivals, and will benefit the International community of all persons involved in film-making. I am honoured to be present in the nascent stage, and am sure that the growth will be unparalleled.”

Internationally renowned and several times National Award-winning film-maker Shaji Karun says, “The visual media resembling cinemas, TVs, social platforms, are increasing like torrential streams, and to guide the intellect of that drive, we need minds ahead of time. Here, the curator for such modes turns like a philosopher. Manoj Srivastava has that wisdom.”

Some 130 films, from 50 countries, are scheduled to be screened at DIFF, in the following sections

International Competition for Fiction Feature Films

  • Indian Diorama

Indian Competition for Fiction Feature Films

  • International Diorama

International Competition for Fiction Feature Films

  • Diorama Shorts

International Competition for Short Fiction Films

  • Diorama Documentaries

International Competition for Documentary Films

  • Diorama Wide Angle

Gala Screenings of International Fiction Feature Films

  • Diorama Country Focus

Fiction Films from the Guest Country of the Festival.

  • Diorama Indian Retrospective

Retrospective of an Eminent Indian Film Actor/Director

  • Diorama Foreign Retrospective

Retrospective of an Eminent International Film Actor/Director

  • Diorama Focus

Special Section

  • Diorama Homage

The Festival pays Homage to the filmmakers who departed recently

  • Diorama Tributes

The Festival pays tribute to the creative genius of a film-maker for his/her exceptional


Delegate Registration is free but is subject to the approval of the application by the Festival.

For details of Diorama, and to register for the festival or market, go to

Festival Office: N94 Panchsheel Park, New Delhi 110017  | +91-11-49539587 |

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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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