Cinema, film festivals and film clubs in Delhi NCR


From Bollywood blockbusters through to the best of international cinema, Dilliwalahs are spoilt for choice when it comes to movie halls, expansive film festivals and eclectic film clubs. 

If you want to go to the flicks or find out more about Delhi’s favourite film festivals and film clubs, then read on

Going to the flicks

Introducing PVR, PVR Director’s Cut and Delite Cinema hall.  For a full list of cinema halls go to Book My Show.   Want to know what’s on where, the Times Of India Movie Review is a good source

PVR Cinemas: Starting out with one cinema in Delhi in 1997, PVR has boomed over the past 20 years to become one of the world’s top 10 cinema companies.

Now with over 550 screens at 150 plus properties in 50 cities, PVR is the go to provider.  From its iconic revampled Connaught Place property through to the ultra modern shopping mall multiplexes, PVR offers international standards.   Special offers include half price Women on Wednesday (WOW) afternoons.  Find out more about PVR at its website.

PVR Director’s Cut: Feeling flush, then PVR’s Director’s Cut, takes the cinematic experience to the next level and a bit more.  Take a look at the link if you like your film experience to be plush and with the potential for fine dining.

Delite Cinema Hall, Asif Ali Road, nr Delhi Gate: When it opened on the 30th April, Delite was the tallest building in the city build on the most expensive land in the capital.

India’s first air conditioned cinema hall, Asia’s 1st and North India’s largest cinema hall with DOLBY ATMOS screen, it was visited by politicians and film stars right from the start.

It’s a place steeped in history.   Refurbished in the early 2000s, Delite is now a modern multiplex with the charms of the old world.   Films predominately in Hindi.  For more information look at Delite’s website.

Film Festivals

The big film festivals tend to take place when the weather is hot and sticky (from September onwards)and into winter and spring when the weather is cool enough to watch films outdoors. Here’s a rundown of some of the biggest festivals and venues.

Delhi International Film Festival: Since 2011 the Delhi International Film Festival (DIFF) hosts the best of world cinema in the heart of the capital at Connaught Place.  For more information on the festival and what to expect, have a look at the DIFF website and the Facebook page.

Woodpecker International Film Festival: The biggest and the best issues based film festival in India.  Art, culture, society and livelihoods, the wonders of nature, the challenges facing the environment, the role of religion and a whole wealth of other social issues explored on film.  Started in 2012 and going from strength to strength.  Visit the website or look at this post about the 2016 Festival.

India Habitat Centre (IHC):  Delhi’s premier cultural institution regularly shows films and puts on film festivals throughout the year: both its own and acting as a host for others.  There’s also a IHC film club (see below for more information).  For more information click here.

India International Centre (IIC): Another stalwart, the IIC shows films on a regular basis as well as hosting film festivals throughout the year.  There’s a film club too.  To find out more, click here.

Delhi International Queer Theatre and Film Festival:   Started by Harmless Hugs in 2015, this festival promotes LGBT theatre and film.  For more visit the festival’s Facebook page or this post.

IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival: AWRT, global organization of professional women working in electronic and allied media, has been organising the Asian Women’s Film Festival since 2005.  For more information take a look at their website.  Festival is held in the spring.

Foreign missions and cultural centres: With so many foreign missions there’s no shortage of choice.  Alliance De Française, the American Centre, the British Council and Japan Foundation are just four that host excellent film nights and festivals.  Find out more about foreign cultural missions at this post.

Film Clubs

Indian Habitat Centre Film Club: Started in 2000, the IHC Film Club promises film buffs a rich fare of meaningful and entertaining films from across the world, interactive sessions with directors, producers, actors and much more.  For more information about membership, click here.

India International Centre Film Club: Like the IHC, the IIC also boasts its own film club.  Delhi’s first, initiated in 1967, the IIC Film Club is today the oldest functioning film society in Delhi and shows between 4 to 6 films per month.   For more  click on this link.

Kriti Film Club:   An initiative of the Kriti, a development research, praxis and communication team (whatever that means), the Kriti Film Club shows thought provoking, social issues documentaries and films.  It’s Film Club is frequently hosted by the IHC.  For more information click on this blog.

Sunset Cinema Club: Classic movies shown at alternative venues or under the stars with food and drink is the model that the Sunset Cinema Club promote.  Find out more on Facebook.

Image source: Thanks dbreen at pixabay

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