About the Festival

DIL MAANGE MORE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL is an initiative of Northern Command of Indian Army for Empowerment of Youth of J&K and Ladakh in line with the Vision of the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi reiterating the importance of activities for NATION BUILDING. The Indian Army aims to achieve the same through Outreach, Training & Exposure by way of this Short Film Making Festival as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and run up to the Mega VIJAY DIWAS 2022 celebrations.

The Northern Command of Indian Army in association with Innovations India is organising the DIL MAANGE MORE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2022 (DMMSFF 2022).

DMMSFF 2022 is dedicated to the independent, talented and discerning film makers from J&K and Ladakh, who crave to showcase their deftness and craft of film making to the world via short films.

Dil Maange More Festival would serve as an effective platform to promote the talented young aspiring film makers of J&K and Ladakh to showcase their creativity to the world.

The Curator

Captain Rahul Bali

Captain Rahul Sudesh Bali is an Indian Army Veteran, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Curator, Film Maker and a Champion of Global Cultural Exchanges.

A well-known name in the Festival circuits across the globe, Captain Rahul Bali is the curator of DIL MAANGE MORE FESTIVAL and has been doing tremendous work curating cultures globally that immensely help strengthen the bilateral relations between nations. He believes Cultural Cooperation always leads to Commercial Cooperation and Festivals are the best means to achieve cultural cooperation between India and the world.

An alumnus of the prestigious National Defence Academy Khadakwasla and the Indian Military Academy Dehradun, Captain Rahul Sudesh Bali is the founder Managing Director of Innovations India an integrated marketing solutions and brand management company that has grown exponentially in the last 22 years to become a multinational identity with a global presence.

Captain Rahul Bali is the Curator of IFFW and recepient of the prestigious BEST CURATOR OF INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL ABROAD AWARD. He has successfully curated Mega Cultural Events and Indian Film Festivals in Russia, Vietnam, Poland, Hungary & Kenya where icons and superstars like Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, John Abraham, Manisha Koirala, Tabu, Arjun Rampal, Ayushmann Khurrana, Gulshan Grover, Raima Sen, Sushant Singh, Harshvardhan Rane, Imtiaz Ali, Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, Rajkumar Santoshi, S S Rajamouli, Rahul Mittra, Umesh Shukla, Rajesh Mapuskar & Mikhil Musale have walked the Red Carpet.

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Master Classes

Masterclasses by Award Winning and Renowned Filmmakers of India like IMTIAZ ALI, RAHUL MITTRA & UMESH SHUKLA would be organised in Udhampur in the offline mode for the benefit of participants. The same would also be telecasted online across J&K and Ladakh for the benefit of those who are unable to attend offline.

Festival Objectives

1. To empower youth of J&K and Ladakh and creating success stories for others to emulate.

2. To communicate the "good" and "traction" for a peaceful future.

3. To create & popularize positive audio visual content to augment NATION BUILDING.

4. To promote alternate vocations among youth of J&K and Ladakh.

5. An interactive Sadbhavna event as part of AZADI KA AMRIT MAHOTSAV celebrations.

Festival Guest


Imtiaz began his career directing TV programs including Kurukshetra for Zee TV and Imtihaan for Doordarshan. He moved on to Bollywood films in 2005, with his directorial debut with Socha Na Tha. His second film, Jab We Met was a box office success. He then made some of the most iconic and cult films of Indian Cinema like Love Aaj Kal, Rockstar, Highway, Tamasha , Jab Harry Met Sejal , Laila Majnu , Love Aaj Kal and many more. Imtiaz Ali has won accolades and awards for his brilliance in film making not only in India but across the globe including being awarded by the Government of Kenya & Government of Portugal. Imtiaz Ali has also been awarded for his work at many International Film Festivals around the world.

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Festival Guest


Former Times of India journalist, Rahul Mittra is an award-winning filmmaker, actor & branding expert who has been credited to have changed the narrative of Indian cinema from NRI-centric films to heartland films with his debut film Saheb Biwi aur Gangster in 2011. Since then he’s come a long way and has produced pathbreaking films including Saheb Biwi aur Gangster series, Bullett Raja, Revolver Rani, Sarkar 3, Torbaaz and others, emerging as a respectable name in the Indian film industry by backing good content. Rahul Mittra is also the brand advisor to the government of Arunachal Pradesh and has recently carried out a successful & talked about campaign on the 50 years of statehood. Rahul has been honoured for his contribution to cinema at Norway, Poland, Hungary, Vietnam, San Francisco, Kashmir, Mizoram, Kenya and Tashkent Film Festivals and is a regular guest speaker on cinema & mass communication at major Indian & global events.

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Festival Guest


Umesh Shukla is an Award Winning Indian Film Director, Actor and Writer. He is best known for his sheer brilliance as a Director for the critically acclaimed comedy drama film OH MY GOD and went on to win the most coveted NATIONAL AWARD for the film. He is one of the most talented and respected Filmmakers of Indian Cinema having made some great films like Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge, All is Well, 102 Not Out , MODI – Journey of a common man, Aankh Micholi and many more. Umesh has won the Best Director Award at many International Indian Film Festivals in countries like Kenya, Poland, USA, Hungary and Vietnam.

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Festival Guest


Sara Khan is an Indian model and actress. She won the Miss Bhopal title in 2007 and went on become one of the most popular actresses on Indian Television with her iconic performances in shows like Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai on STAR PLUS, Preet Se Bandhi Ye Dori Ram Milaayi Jodi on ZEE TV, Junoon – Aisi Nafrat Toh Kaisa Ishq on LIFE OK, Sasural Simar Ka on COLORS TV, Bhagyalaxmi on &TV and many many more. She was loved by the viewers for her stellar roles in famous TV Shows like AMUL STAR VOICE OF INDIA, BIG BOSS DANCE PREMIER LEGUE, NACH BALIYE & COMEDY NIGHTS BACHAO. Sara Khan has won a number of awards for her talent and superb acting prowess including the Best Actor Award at the INDIAN TELEVISION ACADEMY AWARDS.

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Festival Guest


Rahat Kazmi is an internationally acclaimed film director and writer known for his feature film LIHAAF co-produced by Oscar winner Marc Baschet. His other significant work includes MANTOSTAAN, based on four stories of the most celebrated Urdu writer Saadat Hassan Manto, which had its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival (2016). Rahat has won more than fifty international awards which include BEST DIRECTOR AWARD at BAFTA by UK Asian Film festival in 2017 for MANTOSTAAN. Rahat was also nominated as best director in Bollywood ITA AWARDS (2022) alongside best known filmmakers of Bollywood Industry in year 2022 for his film LIHAAF. After having a significant theatrical release, most of his works are now streaming on various prominent OTT platforms including NETFLIX, DISNEY+HOTSTAR, AMAZON PRIME, VOOT SELECT, ZEE5 etc.

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Festival Guest


Tariq Khan is an Indian Filmmaker, Producer & Actor known for his acclaimed feature films like MANTOSTAAN, IDENTITY CARD, SIDE A & SIDE B and LIHAAF . Tariq Khan belongs to PeerPanjal Village Taranawali, Bufliaz of district Poonch at Jammu and Kashmir (India). His uncle Farooq Khan is an Urdu poet and has been his inspiration for his entry into the field of art and cinema. Tariq has his vision towards world cinema and to bring local stories of different regions for the world cinema audiences. Apart from being an Actor and producer Tariq Khan dedicates his time for social awareness activities via his NGO named STARCLUB SOCIAL WELFARE SOCIETY

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Festival Themes


Suggested Topics under this theme:

a) Success stories of J&K and Ladakh

b) Achievers of J&K and Ladakh

c) Any other topic relating to NATION BUILDING: RASHTRA NIRMAAN


Suggested Topics under this theme:

a) Reflections of New India from J&K and Ladakh

b) Stories depicting Positive Changes in J&K and Ladakh

c) Any other topic relating to CHANGE: BADLAV


Suggested Topics under this theme:

a) Symbols of National Glory from J&K and Ladakh

b) Stories depicting Cultural & Religious harmony in J&K and Ladakh


*Any film not adhering to the above mentioned themes would be disqualified.

Prizes & Awards

Dil Maange More Short Film Festival 2022 is a competitive short film making festival where the top 3 winners would be awarded with Cash prizes, Trophies and Merit certificates by the Indian Army.

The Winners would also be given a golden opportunity to be a part of renowned film production houses in Mumbai under the mentorship of acclaimed film makers of India like IMTIAZ ALI, UMESH SHUKLA & RAHUL MITTRA.

The winning Short Films would also be screened at International Indian Film Festivals across the globe that would catapult the talented young filmmakers into international limelight.

Dil Maange More Short Film Festival 2022

" The Northern Command of Indian Army in association with Innovations India is organising the DIL MAANGE MORE SHORT FILM MAKING FESTIVAL 2022 to showcase and reward the immensely talented young aspiring film makers of J&k and Ladakh. For more details download the Contest Form. "


For more details

Contact us

Mr. Ashish Mishra +91 9811341770

Major Girish Bhardwaj +91 8054768164


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md.innovationsindia@gmail.com / ashishmishra.innovations@gmail.com

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