International Film & Television Club | 12th Global Film Festival 2019

Global Recognition for AAFT Festival as it Marks 115th Edition with Spectacular Event

Noida witnessed a grand celebration as the 115th edition of the AAFT Festival of Short Digital Films was launched with great fanfare. Dr. Sandeep Marwah, the driving force behind the festival, proudly shared its accomplishments.

The festival was recently honored by the World Book of Records London, which recognized it as a world record holder for being the only festival to reach its 115th edition. It is also the only festival that takes place four times a year and has provided a golden opportunity to 3,000 directors and 12,000 film technicians to showcase their debut films.

The esteemed chief guest of the event was Satish Rai, a renowned filmmaker from Australia. He recounted his journey in the film industry, which began at Marwah Studios twenty-two years ago when he visited Sandeep Marwah at Noida Film City. Dr. Sandeep Marwah had the honor of releasing Satish Rai’s fifth book, “Romance with Cinema,” during the festival. A passage from the book was read, highlighting his memorable interaction with Dr. Marwah.

The festival featured an array of exceptional films that captivated the large audience from India and abroad. Some notable films showcased were “Film After Accident” directed by Ajaj Ahmed, “Loop” directed by Suraj BK, “The Celebration” by Deepali, “Kahanibaaz” by Bhagmal, “Talk Show” by Tisha Arora, and the music video “Karmacoma” directed by Deepali.

Several esteemed personalities graced the event with their presence, including Zena Chung, a social worker from South Korea, Vinay Reddy Sarikonda, Vice Chancellor of the European Digital University in the UAE, Surabhi Pandey, a writer and actor, Saarthak Chaudhary, a model and actor, Divya Goel, a para-athlete and lecturer, Aslam Khan, an event designer from Mumbai, and Dr. Ajay Kumar, the Director of AAFT Quality Control.

Sandeep Marwah Extends Congratulations to Azerbaijan on Independence Day

New Delhi, May 26, 2023 – Sandeep Marwah, the Chancellor of AAFT University and President of Marwah Studios, inaugurated a captivating exhibition of paintings at the India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi. The event showcased the remarkable works of renowned artists and celebrated the power of creativity.

In his address, Sandeep Marwah expressed his deep appreciation for the art form, emphasizing that painting is not merely a noun, but a verb, an event that breathes life into each stroke. He commended the artists for their courage in embracing their creativity and acknowledged the spiritual energy that each painting brings to the world. Marwah also extended his congratulations to all the artists and praised the curator of the show, Amrita Prakash, for her commendable efforts in bringing together such a talented group of painters under one roof.

The event was graced by notable personalities, including Jiten Hazarika, an eminent artist; Manjari Chaturvedi, a renowned Sufi Kathak dancer; and Lipika Sud, a leading interior designer, who all shared their insights and experiences in the world of art and creativity.

The group show featured an array of talented artists, including Prashant Hirlekar, Shubhra, Nitin Bhand, Inna Lesechko, Shankari Kundu, Shankar Sharma, Vijaya Chandra Babu Menda, Deeba Qureshi, Nivedita Sharma, Rajkumar Sangwan, Barinder Singh, Seema Hedaoo, Sameera Yusuf, Pratima Pandey, Devika Pal, Shefali Verma, Malayadri K, Avani Shah, Sheetal Gulahati, and Karuna Jain. Each artist’s unique perspective and skill were showcased through their captivating paintings, adding a touch of brilliance and vibrancy to the exhibition.

The exhibition provided art enthusiasts and the general public with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the beauty and creativity of the artworks on display. It served as a platform to celebrate the artists’ dedication and passion, as well as the transformative power of art in our lives.

AAFT Chancellor Sandeep Marwah Special Invitee at Africa Day Celebrations

New Delhi, May 29, 2023 – Sandeep Marwah, a distinguished media personality and the Cultural representative of over 20 African countries in India, was invited as a special guest at the grand Africa Day celebrations held at the Taj Palace in New Delhi on May 25th. The event brought together Ambassadors and High Commissioners from all African nations, along with esteemed guest Ambassadors from various countries, to commemorate the rich history, diverse cultures, and remarkable progress of the African continent.

The chief guest for the occasion was Meenakshi Lekhi, the State Minister for External Affairs and Culture of the Government of India. In her address to the international audience, Minister Lekhi highlighted the significance of India-Africa relations and the shared cultural ties between the two regions.

Sandeep Marwah, while interacting with the press, expressed his role as the Cultural representative for more than 15 African countries, including Nigeria, Sudan, Senegal, Lesotho, Gambia, Gabon, Comoros, Ghana, South Africa, Rwanda, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Ethiopia, and Kenya. He emphasized the fruitful collaborations in promoting the arts and culture of these nations through various cultural forums of the International Chamber of Media and Entertainment Industry.

Furthermore, Marwah announced an initiative to foster closer ties by offering 54 scholarships for short-term courses at the Asian Academy of Film and Television, representing each of the 54 African countries. This effort aims to facilitate cultural exchange and mutual learning between India and Africa.

Marwah also highlighted that all African countries actively participate in India’s Global Film Festivals, Global Fashion Week, Global Literary Festival, and Global Festival of Journalism, further strengthening the cultural bonds between the nations.

Sandeep Marwah’s presence at the Africa Day celebrations underscored his commitment to promoting cultural diplomacy and nurturing strong ties between India and Africa through the platform of art and entertainment.

Sandeep Marwah Appointed Advisor to Global Trade and Technology Council of India

New Delhi,27th May, 2023 – Dr. Sandeep Marwah, a distinguished figure in the media industry, has been nominated as the advisor to the newly formed Global Trade and Technology Council of India (GTTCI). Under the leadership of Dr. Gaurav Gupta, this council aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise in trade and technology across borders.

In a prestigious ceremony held at the Embassy of Mongolia, Dr. Marwah was honored with a certificate of honor by H.E Ganbold Dambajavyn Ambassador of Mongolia to India. Dr. Sandeep Marwah, who also serves as the President of the International Chamber of Media and Entertainment Industry and chair for the Indo-Mongolian Film and Cultural Forum, received warm congratulations from H.E.Ganbold, who expressed gratitude for his relentless efforts in promoting India-Mongolia relations through art and culture.

Dr. Sandeep Marwah’s appointment as an advisor to the GTTCI showcases his exceptional expertise and extensive experience in the field of trade and technology.

Faridoddin Faridsr Appointed as Patron of Indo Iran Film and Cultural Forum

New Delhi,27th May 2023 – The Indo Iran Film and Cultural Forum of International Chamber of Media and Entertainment Industry, known for its remarkable contributions over the past decade, has appointed Dr. Faridoddin Faridsr as its esteemed patron. The forum has been instrumental in organizing film shows, cultural events, film festivals, cultural weeks, and hosting visits from prominent dignitaries, fostering a continuous exchange between the two nations.

In a significant meeting between the representatives of India and Iran, Dr. Sandeep Marwah, President of the forum, presented the patronship to Dr. Faridoddin Faridsr, Counsellor and Director of Iran Cultural House, Embassy of Iran in New Delhi. The hour-long discussion yielded a multitude of ideas on enhancing bilateral relations between Iran and India through art and culture.

Expressing his gratitude, Dr. Faridoddin Faridsr conveyed his appreciation to Dr. Sandeep Marwah for his earnest efforts in promoting India-Iran relations through the powerful medium of art and culture.

AAFT School of Advertising, PR, and Events Presents a Spectacular Cultural Extravaganza

Noida, 27th May, 2023- AAFT School of Advertising, PR, and Events showcased its exceptional talent through a captivating cultural extravaganza. Dr. Sandeep Marwah, President of AAFT, inaugurated the event, emphasizing the significance of events in highlighting organizational achievements and innovative ideas.

The two-hour program, meticulously planned by the students, featured an enthralling blend of dance, drama, music, comedy presentations, and student’s awards. Students from various disciplines, including the School of Advertising, Public Relations, and Events, showcased their immense talent, leaving the audience spellbound.

This cultural extravaganza served as a testament to the exceptional skills and creativity fostered at AAFT, solidifying its reputation as a leading institution for advertising, PR, and event management education.

7th Fashion and Design Week Noida 2023 Showcases Stunning Garments from Around the World

Noida, India – May 25, 2023 – The 7th Global Fashion and Design Week Noida mesmerized audiences with a grand display of creativity and cultural diversity during its second-day session. The event, held at Marwah Studios, not only showcased an exquisite range of garments but also featured a delightful food festival and a remarkable furniture exhibition.

The day commenced with a tantalizing food festival, where students from the AAFT School of Hospitality and Tourism delighted guests with a wide array of delectable cuisines. The flavors of Peru, Fiji, and Rwanda took center stage, offering a culinary journey through these vibrant countries.

Simultaneously, visitors explored two magnificent halls at Marwah Studios, adorned with a captivating furniture exhibition. Each furniture piece represented various countries and reflected the artistic brilliance and imaginative flair of the talented students.

Among the esteemed guests in attendance were Emile Mwepesi, First Secretary of the High Commission of Rwanda; Nilesh Roneel Kumar, Counsellor of the High Commission of Fiji; and H.E. Javier Paulinich, Ambassador of the Embassy of Peru, who graced the event as the Chief Guest.

However, the highlight of the day was undoubtedly the fashion show and display of design talent in garments. Renowned designers such as Akshay, Divya Gupta Manti, Mahek Gupta, Tithi Manchanda, Shavi Singhal, Riya Negi, Divya Gupta, Aditi Chaursia, Uzma Parween, Divya Singh, and Muskan Parveen presented their remarkable collections, drawing inspiration from countries such as Peru, Fiji, Rwanda, Georgia, Iceland, Belarus, and Morocco.

The event also witnessed the presence of distinguished guests including Jimy Trujillo from the Embassy of Peru, Elia Sevutia of the High Commission of Fiji, Fabio Subia from the Embassy of Peru, media personality Dr. Kiranjeet Sethi, Indian classical dancer Sati Kumar, event designer Jaishree Jain, architects Ar. Ishan Garg and Ar. Supreet Batra, Rohit Rajpal, Alka & Sanjeev Takyar, architect Dr. Harish Tripathi, garment exporter Lali Sahni, and designer Lipika Sud, among others.

The 6th Global Fashion and Design Week Noida 2023 surpassed all expectations, captivating the audience with its extraordinary blend of fashion, art, and culture. This annual extravaganza continues to foster global collaborations and celebrate the boundless creativity and talent within the fashion and design industry.

Sandeep Marwah Special Invitee at Book Release of Dame Asha Khemka’s Autobiography

London,23rd May 2023 – Sandeep Marwah, the President of Marwah Studios and Chancellor of AAFT University of Media and Arts, had the esteemed privilege of being a special invitee at the book release event of Dame Asha Khemka’s autobiography, titled “India Made Me Britain Enabled Me.” The event took place at the House of Commons at the British Parliament, in the presence of distinguished guests, including Lord Karan Bilimoria and Lord Rami Ranger.

Dame Asha Khemka, a former British educator renowned for her outstanding contributions, had served as the Principal and CEO of West Nottinghamshire College. Her autobiography chronicles her remarkable journey, highlighting the challenges she faced and the opportunities she seized to become a trailblazer in the education sector. The book received an enthusiastic reception from the audience, who appreciated Dame Asha Khemka’s compelling narrative.

Recognized for her significant accomplishments, Dame Asha Khemka was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire in 2017 and has been a long-term resident of the region. In addition, she was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2008 and was elevated to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2014, becoming the fourth woman of Indian origin to receive such a prestigious honor since its establishment in 1917. Furthermore, she was named Asian Businesswoman of the Year in 2017, further cementing her position as a respected leader in her field.

Sandeep Marwah expressed his gratitude for being part of this momentous occasion, emphasizing the prestige and honor associated with attending such a significant event. His presence alongside distinguished guests underscored the importance of Dame Asha Khemka’s achievements and the impact of her autobiography

115th AAFT Festival of Short Digital Films to Showcase Young Filmmakers’ Talents

Noida, May 23, 2023 – The AAFT Festival of Short Digital Films, organized by the Asian Academy of Film & Television (AAFT), is set to mark another milestone with its 115th edition on May 27th, 2023. This prestigious festival, led by renowned film personality Sandeep Marwah, has gained global recognition for its consistent celebration of emerging talent in the world of short films.

Sandeep Marwah, who recently received an award for completing the 114th edition of the festival, expressed his excitement about the upcoming event. “It is the age of short films, and they are truly making wonders in the world of cinema,” he stated. “The festival has provided a unique platform for 3000 directors and 12000 technicians to showcase their debut films, making it a remarkable record.”

The 115th AAFT Festival of Short Digital Films will feature a curated selection of films created by the talented young filmmakers from the 114th batch of AAFT. These short films encapsulate compelling narratives and demonstrate the power of storytelling within a limited timeframe.

As the festival continues to champion the significance of short films, it remains committed to discovering and promoting emerging filmmakers who possess a knack for concise and impactful storytelling. The event promises to be an enthralling celebration of creativity and cinematic talent.

ICMEI India and Italy will Work Towards Promotion of Arts and Culture

Capri, Italy – Renowned film, TV, and media personality Sandeep Marwah addressed the press at Hotel Capri Palace Jumeirah during his visit to Capri and Ana Capri in the district of Naples, located in the south of Italy. Marwah, the founder of the Indo Italian Film and Cultural Forum, emphasized the importance of highlighting and strengthening the relations between the two countries through collaborative efforts in the field of art and culture.

Marwah praised the Indo Italian Film and Cultural Forum for its outstanding work in promoting cultural exchanges between India and Italy. He acknowledged the mutual exchange of entertainment and cultural experiences, where Italians have been enthralled by the events organized by the International Chamber of Media and Entertainment Industry (ICMEI) and the Indo Italian Film and Cultural Forum throughout the year.

The visit of Sandeep Marwah to Rome, Florence, Milan, Sorrento, Positano, and now Capri has further solidified the relations between India and Italy. During his journey, Marwah has successfully fostered new contacts and collaborations, paving the way for greater cultural exchange between the two nations.

Looking ahead, ICMEI and the Indo Italian Film and Cultural Forum are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to host Italians in New Delhi, India. Marwah expressed his enthusiasm for the future exchanges that will strengthen the bond between the two countries and enhance the understanding of their respective arts, cultures, and heritage.

The collaboration between India and Italy in the realm of art and culture promises to enrich the bilateral relationship and promote global cultural harmony. The efforts of Sandeep Marwah and the Indo Italian Film and Cultural Forum are instrumental in nurturing these ties, and their dedication will continue to bring the two nations closer together.