The Vth Friendship Film Festival—2014 was inaugurated at a colourful function at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi on November 17, 2014. 171114-1Organised jointly with the Citizens’ Film Forum and the Embassies of the CIS Countries with the support of the Federation of Film Societies of India and the Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists, the film festival will continue till November 22, 2014. Following the inaugural ceremony, an animation film from Belarus “Snow white and Rose Red” and a film from Tajikistan “Shining Tajikistan” were screened on the occasion. Films from Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Uzbekistan will be screened in the following days. A galaxy of diplomats participating in the inaugural ceremony included H.E. Mr. Mirzosharif A. Jalolov, Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to India, Mr. Sergei A. Trotsyuk, Charge d’ Affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in India, Mr. Evgeny Kablukov, Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in India, Ms. Yegana Gafgazli, Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in India, Mr. Bektemir S. Pirnafasov, First Secretary (Information & Culture0, Embassy of the Republic of Uzbakistan, and Mr. Karen Gevorgyan, Consul, Embassy of Armenia. Mr. Vimal Mehta, Hon. Secretary, Citizens’ Film Forum, and Mr. Sergei Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, took part in the inaugural function of the film festival. Hailing the joint venture in organizing such a high-profile film festival involving CIS Countries and India, H.E. Mr. Mirzosharif A. Jalolov, Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan, made an emphatic note on the prospect of a global impact on multilateral cooperation among the peoples through cultural interaction. The Chief Guest on the occasion, Prof. Lokesh Chandra, President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), reminiscing his long association with the RCSC, lauded the high spirit with which the Centre takes efforts in organizing such cultural events cementing the ties between countries and peoples. The joint venture with CIS Countries will go a long way in cementing multilateral ties, he noted. Pandit Gautam Kaul, President, Federation of Film Societies of India, underlined the role of cinema in grasping the culture and traditions of peoples across the world and made an appeal to the ICCR in giving more emphasis on film festivals, exchange of delegations, etc. He made a pointed reference to the thematic and production value of films from Russia and CIS countries. Mr. Sergei Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, congratulated the Embassies of CIS Countries in their sincere cooperation in holding such a film festival. He underscored the importance of cinema and joint film productions by Russia and India, which found a place in the recent Joint Meeting between Russia and India in New Delhi. Mr. Sergei A. Trotsyuk, Charge d’ Affairs, Embassy of the Belarus Republic in India, described friendship film festival as a sustainable event cementing the cultural ties between the peoples of CIS Countries and India. Earlier, welcoming the gathering, Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, pointed out that the excellent response received in the previous friendship film festivals had inspired the Centre to make it a permanent feature among the cultural activities of the Centre. He attributed the significance of the current film festival being organized during the current Year of Culture in Russia. Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy presented the Chief Guest with a book titled “Holy Russia”. Mr. Aakshat Sinha, Representative of the Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists, was the moderator of the programme.