About the Festival

The Development Film Festival is envisioned to be a creative platform for the film makers to showcase their works on the themes and issues concerning development of the poor and vulnerable communities. The Centre for Development Communication of DHAN Foundation organizes this Festival. The center feels raising the public awareness and political will is imperative to promote and sustain any development action. It requires multi–media strategies for promoting participation, creating ownership, involving in decision making and management of resources that could impact peoples' lives. The Festival organized every year on a selected theme in development intends to create a platform for the development film makers to screen their products and to promote the public view, debate and meaningful action around the issues.

The centre has been organizing film festivals for the past nine years since 2005, each edition focused on a specific development issue. The past festivals had an overwhelming response from filmmakers across the globe. The 10th Development film festival planned during September 12-15, 2015, in Madurai is on the theme “Sustainable Development”.

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