The United Nations Association Film Festival UNAFF is a global ceremony to encourage the documentary film genre internationally. Presently in the 19th year of existence, this festival was started to mark the golden jubilee celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Documentary film is usually a form of off beat cinema and the making of a documentary film differs in many ways from the making of its commercial counterpart. The theme, research and execution takes lot of time and energy. The treatment needs to be realistic and yet touchy. The industry of documentary films is very niche and the takers are also few. As a result of that, this type of cinema requires a leagues of its own.
The United Nations Association Film Festival celebrates the impact of international documentary films dealing with human rights issues, environmental themes, protection of refugees, famine, homelessness, racism, health, women's issues, children, universal education, war and peace.
This film festival differs from other ones in the fact that, United Nations Association Film Festival puts emphasis on the greater goal of the world community and the issues related to it. The focus is not on a particular part of the world or a certain theme, but on the world as a whole.
To contribute more to this objective, United Nations Association Film Festival invites experts and filmmakers from around the world to throw light on the new dimensions of documentary film making.
The effort is bearing fruit as the world sees a new coterie of directors who has shown courage to break away from the beaten track and make a mark in the world cinema as a whole.