The Great Indian Film and Literature Festival 3rd edition, Gurgaon Chapter opens up at DLF Cyber Hub

Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Ruskin Bond , Prakash Jha, Subhash Gai, Anurag Batra and Sumita Misra inaugurates the event which aims to promote the vernacular spirit of Indian film and literature to showcase of intermingling demographics, varied cultures and multiple beliefs, promoting the diversity of varied cultures and the the same time accepting the world as one family – Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

New Delhi, 19th November 2016- Eminent artists of film fraternity will inaugurate a three day-long event showcasing the vernacular spirit of Indian film and literature.
 The Gurgaon chapter 2016 opens at DLF Cyber Hub from 2nd - 4th December from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

 The GIFLIF 3rd edition, will include a play and a music concert, in addition to a plethora of panel discussion on themes hovering around filmmaking, digital media, advertising, publishing, literature, script writing and film screening, as well as cultural stimulants like book readings, Kavi sammelan, and a poetry finale

 “The panelist gracing the occasion will be Padma Vibhushan, Dada Saheb Phalke Winner Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Subhash Ghai, Prakash Jha, Padma Bhushan Ruskin Bond, Kiran Nagarkar, Piyush Misra, Raj Shekhar (Lyricist - Tanu Weds Manu), Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Juhi Chaturvedi (Writer - Piku & Vicky Donor), Major General GD Bakshi, Anjum Rajaballi (Writer - Rajneeti & Aarakshan), Annurag Batra, Anand Neelakantan, Sharat Katariya (Director - Dum laga ke haisha), Rajkumar Gupta (Director - No one killed Jessica, Aamir), Rahul Roushan (Founder faking News), Arunabh (Founder - TVF), Surendra Sharma (Renowned Poet), Dr. Sita Sagar and many more.”

Key Note: Team GIFLIF also conducted preliminary round of poetry contest in rapid metro at Gurgaon on 13th Nov 2016, which was itself an unique attempt whose finale will occur on 4th Dec 2016 at Cyber Hub.
 A devised performance based on Shakespeare’s King Lear. Written and directed by Rajat Kapoor and accepted by Vinay Pathak, a performance of poetry on guitar by Raj Shekhar, and The launch of “Ballimaaraan” - a Piyush Misra band.

“SBI card GIFLIF is all set for the third edition of the festival after the successful execution of previous Gurgaon and Bhopal chapter, respectively in the year 2015 and 2016. The second edition of Gurgaon chapter has added few more dimensions to entire gamut of the festival. Along with film screening, panel discussion, book reading, kavi sammelan we added play and music concert as well” says Amit Sinha, A Hindi poet of exceptional calibre

GIFLIF was started in 2015, from Gurgaon. “Film and Literature festivals were happening in isolation and came the idea of creating a synergy of both the forms of expression and expected it to create new bridges in connecting people and an entertainment value with intellectual stimulation at the core” 



Good literature is precursor to good film and both are dependent entities. Realising this fact, the conceptualisation of GIFLIF dates back to 2012 and after incessant efforts for the next 3 years a long cherished dream could finally be brought to life during the chilling winters of Gurgaon in December 2015. The first edition of GIFLIF received an amazing response from film and literature enthusiasts, media and GIFLIF speakers. This was the inception of arguably the first ever film and literature and of brand GIFLIF.

Vision and Mission

GIFLIF after its Gurgaon chapter would be treading a new path by travelling to all corners of India with the aim to bridge cultural gaps and connect India with the essence of Film and Literature. GIFLIF would travel to Kashmir (north), Bhopal (centre), Shillong (east), Kutch (west) and culminate at peninsula of Kanyakumari, confluence of Bay of Bengal, Arabian sea and Indian ocean, in the year 2021. The six chapters of GIFLIF would be an annual event with nearly 20 editions by the year 2020. The conclave in Kanyakumari will also draw parallels between the confluence of two oceans and the confluence of film and literature, and will usher a new revolution of finest minds of films and literature coming together on an unprecedented scale, this would be completion of the first five year plan for GIFLIF with six running chapters.
The paraphernalia of GIFLIF geography also aims to promote the vernacular spirit of film and literature without losing the essence of Indianness. GIFLIF would also be a showcase of intermingling demographics, varied cultures and multiple beliefs, promoting the diversity of varied cultures and the the same time accepting the world as one family – Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. GIFLIF through the universality of its appeal would not only promote brand India but would also cut across boundaries of the world to reach out to the last filmmaker and the last author and be a platform to appreciate and showcase his/ her unique piece of art.


GIFLIF invites entries under three sections – World cinema, Indian cinema and regional cinema (for regional film-makers in its respective chapters). The three segments open a wide horizon for upcoming filmmakers to benchmark their respective piece of art with the best in India and world. Discussions encompassing the nuances of filmmaking will help keep them abreast with ongoing trends and at the same time enhance the spirit of learning through a dialogue. Workshops on different aspects of film-making would keep them apprised of the latest technological advancements and teach them the art to structure their thoughts in a much formatted shape and order to enhance the overall aura of the art.


The Literature segment is also categorized in three segments- World Literature, Literati Indian and vernacular. The three segments are categorised with an objective to showcase some of the best talents of World Literature especially the Indian diaspora spread across multiple continents, the literary fraternity of India and also vernacular writing with an outreach to benchmark the contemporary works with the finest in other parts of India and the world. GIFLIF would also be promoting poetry and story writing across India by infusing competition in multiple Universities and colleges where the best ones get a chance to perform at the subsequent edition of GIFLIF. GIFLIF aims to be an epicenter to promote new talent by conducting book launches and book reading session of the contemporary authors thereby heralding a new stream of authors in India. The melting pot of authors, scholars, poets, storytellers, publishers would be dawning a new arena of intellectual stimulation through panel discussions and act as a breeding ground to cultivate and nurture fresh talents.


GIFLIF also aims to appreciate other form of arts through its various chapters across different parts of the country. Folk singing, Handicrafts, Cuisines, Clothing and many more will have their presence in various chapters of GIFLIF. In the day, while the workshops and sessions, a colorful section is active to sooth your five senses i.e. vision, touch, taste, smell and hear. After an intellectually tiring day with sessions and workshops, evenings at GIFLIF usually ends with a musical concert dipped with regional essence. Thus waiving the content audience a satisfactory goodnight.