Woodpecker International Film Festival returns and you should go

The Woodpecker International Film Festival is returning to Siri Fort Auditorium for its fourth edition.  Showcasing the best of issues based cinema, the Woodpecker will take you to parts of the world you didn’t know existed and introduce you to inspiring people along the way.

From the 15th- 18th of September, Siri Fort Auditorium is home to the biggest and the best issues based film festival in India.

Art, culture, society and livelihoods, the wonders of nature and the challenges facing the environment, the role of religion and a whole wealth of other social issues will be explored on film over four days.

This free to attend festival will be showing morning, afternoons and night.  It’s not only for adults, the kids have been catered for too with special screenings for the little ones.  There are over 90 films for festival goers to choose from.  Find out what’s on, where and when by taking a look at the festival schedule at this link.

For what it is worth, my advice is to start off strongly on the first day by watching Cities of Sleep, a film about Old Delhi’s homeless community by award winning documentary maker, Shaunak Sen.  It’s a film that opened my eyes to what life was really like for many people in Old Delhi.

After that peruse the schedule and see what takes your fancy.  There’s something in here for everyone.

Last year I went to the festival for a couple of days and saw a number of films that educated and entertained me, and also made me ask myself some questions.  They widened my knowledge of India, took me to new and surprising parts of the sub-continent and introduced me to people who were incredibly inspiring.

Click on this link for the Woodpecker International Film Festival Website.

For directions to Siri Fort, take a look at this google map.


The WIFF is a ‘Cinema for Change’ initiative of CMSR Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that’s based in New Delhi.  CMSR is registered under the Indian Trust Act.  If you want to know more about the CMSR Foundation head here.



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