Pravasi Film Festival

The Pravasi Today Group, as part of its sustained commitment to the Non-Resident Indians and People of Indian Origin settled overseas, organised the 1st Pravasi Film Festival 2010, (PFF 2010), at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi from 3rd to 6th January, 2010; an event that was highly successful and widely acclaimed in the media – both print and electronic.

The 1st Pravasi Film Festival was held in partnership with the Republic of Mauritius, and is an initiative taken by the Pravasi Today Group to offer a platform to NRI film-makers to showcase their works and also interact with the masses and film personalities in India.

A wide range of feature films, short films and documentary films by NRI directors was screened on the occasion of PFF 2010. This included Special Sessions on the works of selected film-makers.

PFF 2010 also arranged interactive session with these directors to share their experiences and narrate the tale of their cultural and cinematic journey across varied lands and diverse cultures and subsequent achievements. The idea is to create a cultural exchange between the two.

An important feature of PFF 2010 was that the Partner Country for the Film Festival was Mauritius, and the Honourable President of Mauritius, Sir Anerood Jugnauth unveiled the awards on December 1, 2009 at Hotel Samrat, New Delhi.

His Excellency, Ambassador of Mauritius, Mookhesswur Choonee was the patron of the event. PFF 2010 was unique in many ways, foremost being the fact that it provided, for the first time, a global platform to many NRI filmmakers, both known and upcoming, as well as artistes, where they could showcase their work and potential.

Eminent actor Manoj Bajpai, filmmakers like veterans Basu Chatterjee, Rahul Rawail, Deepa Mehta, Mira Nair, Prakash Jha, Karan Razdan and well-known actress Sharmila Tagore were some among the many celebrities associated with this mega event.

Veteran NRI Actor Saeed Jaffery was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at PFF 2010, which also saw very distinguished team of film makers, leading NRIs, Diaspora personalities, eminent media persons, writers etc. among other key luminaries present in the event.

Pravasi Film Festival 2010 was a successful effort to bridge the gap between the NRIs and their motherland. It also provided an ideal platform for NRIs to express their issues, problems, emotions and longings, for Indians settled elsewhere to come forth and talk about their cherished ideas, sorrows, highs and lows through the powerful medium of cinema.

The success of this mega event, in partnership with our esteemed partners and supporters, has attracted wide attention and many institutions and individuals from across the globe.