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Welcome to the Woodpecker Film Festival & Forum (WFF)

Woodpecker Film Festival & Forum is India's premier competitive film festival focusing on issue-based cinema. The first edition of the festival was successfully organised in 2013 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Launched in the backdrop of the completion of 100 years of Indian Cinema, the festival was a tribute to the Indian cinema for its ability to nurture diverse genres of films and film-making traditions in the country. Today, Indian Cinema is at an important crossroad. While the distinction between mainstream and parallel cinema is almost getting blurred, a new breed of alternative filmmakers, successfully blending entertainment and meaningful cinema, is taking ground. The Woodpecker Film Festival and Forum (WFF) aims to showcase this rich mélange of visual creativity in the country and also to promote films, documentaries and advertisements focusing on socially pertinent themes like environment & wildlife, livelihoods, health, gender, education and children through this film festival.

Why this festival and forum?

The last one decade in India has seen tremendous changes particularly on communication and technological fronts. With easy accessibility to new technology and availability of new communication channels, reach and impact of visual messages has grown significantly, both in rural and urban areas. Be it short films, documentaries or social advertisements, they have now become an immensely powerful tool of communications aimed towards bringing desired social change. WFF thus would like to comprehensively cover the wide spectrum of issues that have caught the attention of new breed of filmmakers in the recent past, be it gender, public health or environment. A major attraction of the film festival would be forum activities. Seminars, conferences, workshops and master classes to help filmmakers and film enthusiasts explore contemporary issues, network with professional associates, hone their film-making skills and share the power of storytelling through cinema.