Presidents Message

Hello Friends,

Let’s look back and check out what the new EC has achieved during the months gone by and what we plan to achieve in the near future.

The new EC has successfully carried forward the tradition of Open Forum during the International Film Festival of India in 2018 and 2019. Our press conference at IFFI 2019 was very well attended and resulted in extensive press coverage. At MIFF 2020, the 5-day Open Forum saw most eminent national and international film personalities as never before. The contemporary topics like Crowdfunding, OTT platforms and Animation garnered huge interest and the sessions attracted large crowds.

During MIFF 2020 IDPA had also organized three venues for off-campus screenings in media schools in Mumbai suburbs. The response of students and young people was highly enthusiastic. In fact, the authorities at all these venues have requested us to carry on with regular screenings, workshops etc. which we will be organizing in near future. That will surely result in increasing our student membership.

All these efforts earned for IDPA a lot of credit and coverage in all publicity campaigns of MIFF.

A documentary film maker craves for an audience. That’s why we are concentrating on starting regular film screenings. One such ongoing effort is in collaboration with Films Division for twice-a-month shows. Similar events are happening in Ahmedabad and will soon be on in many other cities for students, as well as film lovers.

IDPA has been participating in festivals like Shimla Fest, Deshdoot fest at Nasik etc. This year we added Golden Tree fest at Frankfurt, Germany too.

Plans are on to hold the much delayed IDPA Awards. In fact the entries are already open and trophies are waiting.

Yes, it is true that there has been a lot of dissatisfaction regarding the delay in payments from Doordarshan. But thanks to the initiative taken by eminent film makers and some of our senior members, that problem will soon be solved.

And look, if you are reading this, you can see that the IDPA website is now revamped with a beautiful new design.

There are many more things in the offing but let me keep a few cards in hand for future surprises.

A public trust like IDPA is built on the foundation of transparency and honesty and we are morally bound to function with these principles.

Friends, we have vowed to take forward the great legacy of our Association and to work for the benefit of our fraternity. But we will be able to achieve that, only with your whole-hearted support and cooperation.

With Regards,
Usha Deshpande,
President.