2. Filmfestival for Generations in Delhi (24th-26th, September 2018)

Das 2. Filmfestival der Generationen in Indien findet zwischen dem 29. September und 5. Oktober an zwei Großstädten statt: Delhi (mit Gurugram) und erstmals auch in Mumbai Das Filmfestival ist Bestandteil des DAAD-Austauschprogramms “New Directions in ‘Active Ageing’ and ‘Age-friendly Culture’ in India and Germany” zwischen der Heidelberg Universität und und der Jawaharlal Nehru University in Neu Delhi.

Greeting from the Organizer

Welcome to the 2nd Film Festival for Generations in Delhi and Mumbai. This festival is based on the European Film Festival for Generations which 2019 will be held for the 10th time in more than 100 communities all over Germany. Founded in 2010 and organized by the Institute of Gerontology at the Heidelberg University, the festival has the aim to transfer images of active ageing and to build a bridge between academic research and the general public to discuss age-related topics.

The Film Festival has grown steadily, quickly becoming Europe’s biggest festival for and about older people. In Germany 2018 more than 15.000 mainly older persons visited the festival. 2013 the festival won the momentous “German Age Award” and in recent years, other European countries have joined the festival, such as Portugal, Great Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

This successful concept has been transferred to India first time in 2018 in the context of the Indo-German academic cooperation project “New Directions in ‘Active Ageing’ and ‘Age-friendly Culture’ in India and Germany” between Heidelberg University, Germany, and Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. The innovative, multifaceted program for interdisciplinary knowledge exchange focuses on the different ways the two countries approach the challenges and chances of demographic change and increasing life expectancy. Over the course of the Film Festival, movies from both India and Germany dealing with topics such as housing, activity and creativity in old age, or dementia and care will be screened, followed by a post-screening debate about the topic with experts in the respective topic.

We hope, that we can make with this Film Festival a contribution to disseminate images of active, healthy and successful ageing. And perhaps we can foster a public discourse about ageing and demographic changes in India. The extension to Mumbai, the second location in India, we see as an exciting step into this direction.

Institute of Gerontology, Heidelberg University; CEO European FIlmfestival for Generations

Executive Secretary South Asia, Institute, Heidelberg University; Project Management "New
Directions in Active Ageing and Age-friendly Culture in India and Germany"

Public Health Authority Frankfurt am Main, Debuty CEO European Filmfestival For Generations


Greeting from the Patron of the Filmfest in Mumbai

The first Film Festival for Generations in Mumbai is a welcome move, I think, after having experienced this Film Festival in Delhi last year as part of the joint project “New Directions in ‘Active Ageing‘ and ‘Age-friendly Culture‘ in India and Germany“ of Heidelberg University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

It should help to identify and plan policies and programs for the ageing society in India with the changing demography of it’s ageing population. Moreover it is more important for young generations to be aware and prepare for it as the youth today and tomorrow is going to live longer than their previous generation due to welcome improvements in health and medical care. Increased longevity and declining fertility rates pose new challenges and perspectives for our society.

Understanding the similarities and contrasts in dealing with the old - in societies like Germany and India - and to differentiate the good and beneficial aspects of the traditional old culture as well as the changing new culture will definitely help the East and West both to face the challenges of new times.

There is no medium like the Film medium - the complete learning tool - as it combines both the languages - the language of words and the language of image and sound - both cognitive and emotional dimensions depending on the way film is made. It can help direct and indirect learning and the post screening discussion - the essential aspect of showing these films - help to learn the tricks of active intellectual and passive emotional communication. Learning is born with effective combination of interest and intelligence and application of it depends on the sensitive and intelligent implementation of the same. Film can help both if done in that way. So let us switch off the lights and open an inner eye also watching these films.

Health & Media Consultant, Director DATE (Developing Awareness Through Entertainment)


Greeting from the Cooperation-partner Mumbai

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic
of Germany and has been working actively in the fields of art, cinema, theatre, dance and literature
by promoting programmes, that are interdisciplinary and promote cultural exchange of ideas with a special emphasis on ideas relating to civil society, environment and the digital. The institute works with local partners and always with a global – local perspective. The Film Festival for Generations in Mumbai looks at one of the key situations that we face today, that is, issues related to ageing. It is important to foster a dialogue between generations to create awareness and to understand the different concerns about ageing, population and demographic changes. Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai is pleased to host this festival and is confident that it will be well received in Mumbai since it addresses this pivotal societal concern in a holistic manner.

Goehte Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai


30th, September 2019, 11:00 am - 01:00 pm, Committee Room III, Kamaladevi Complex
India International Cenre New Delhi

Head: Matthias Roos, Public Health Authority, Frankfurt am Main

Cinema and film can bring all generations together – in many different ways and in many kinds of venues. Choosing a film that older and younger people can relate to, offering tea and coffee before the screening, and finding an expert, who can provide a question and answer session after the film, seems like a very promising start. But what about programme flyers, fundraising, advertising, involving stakeholders, service providers and volunteers?

An approach to follow might be the example of the founders of the European Film Festival for Generations. They sat over a cup of tea in the staff room of the Public Health Authority in Frankfurt, Germany, pondering how active ageing, intergenerational dialogue, social inclusion and scientific research could be combined. Six months later their first festival edition was officially opened in cinemas in Frankfurt and Heidelberg simultaneously. Or, even better, you create your own personal way to organize an intergenerational film festival. In this interactive workshop we will collect ideas, exchange experiences and hopefully motivate each other to make the festival idea grow and establish a sustainable and attractive event for older and younger audiences in New Delhi and other parts of India.


1. Filmfestival for Generations in Delhi (24th-26th, September 2018)

10.10.2018: Das Filmfestival der Generationen fand erstmals in Indien statt. Eröffnung war am 24. September in Neu Delhi. Das Filmfestival ist Bestandteil des DAAD-Austauschprogramms “New Directions in ‘Active Ageing’ and ‘Age-friendly Culture’ in India and Germany” zwischen der Heidelberg Universität und und der Jawaharlal Nehru University in Neu Delhi.


Symposium-Reihe zum Thema „Digitalisierung und Teilhabe“ (April-September 2018)

Im Rahmen des Netzwerks Regionalstrategie Demografischer Wandel und in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Europäischen Filmfestival der Generationen

10.04.2018: Das Thema „Teilhabe und Digitalisierung“ steht im Fokus des diesjährigen Europäischen Filmfestivals der Generationen. Im Rahmen des Netzwerks Regionalstrategie Demografischer Wandel findet in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Europäischen Filmfestival der Generationen eine Symposiums-Reihe zu diesem Thema in allen drei Landesteilen der Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar statt. Vor dem Hintergrund des demografischen Wandels und einer Alterung der Gesellschaft gilt es, die Sorge und Mitverantwortung in der Kommune durch „lebendige Nachbarschaften“ zu stärken. Teilhabe und Versorgung im Alter sollen durch kommunale und nachbarschaftliche Solidargemeinschaften ermöglicht und gefördert werden.