In ancient days, Modern Saran Division formed a part of KOSALA country. The history of Saran Division is bound to be history of Kosala which included portions other than present limit of Saran Division. The kingdom of Kosala was bounded on the west by Panchala, by the river Sarpika(sai) in the south, on the east by Gandak and on the north by Nepal . The Kosala consisted of modern Faizabad, Gonda, Basti, Gorkhapur, Deoria in UP and Saran in Bihar.
The historical background of the district- as available in the 'Ain-E-Akbari records Saran as one of the six Sarkars( Revenue Divisions) constituting the province of Bihar, At the time of grant of Diwani to the East India company in 1765, there were eight Sarkars including Saran and Champaran. These two were later combined to form a single unit named Saran. Saran(along with Champaran) was included in the Patna Division when the Commissioner's Divisions were set up in 1829. It was separated from Champaran in 1866 when it (Champaran) was constituted into a separate district. Saran was made a part of Tirhut Division when latter was created in 1908. By this time there were three subdivisions in this district namely Saran, Siwan and Gopalganj. In 1981 each subdivision of the old Saran district became an independent district and constituted part of Saran Division.
Various hypotheses have been put forward about the origin of the name SARAN. General Cunningham suggested that Saran was earlier known as SARAN or asylum which was a name given to a stupa (Pillar) built by emperor Ashoka. Another view holds that the name SARAN has been derived from SARANGA- ARANYA or the deer forest, the district being famous for its wide expanses of forest and deer in prehistoric times. The earliest authentic historical fact or record concerning this district may perhaps be related to 898 A.D which suggest that the village of Dighwara dubauli in Saran had supplied a copper plate issued in the reign of king Mahendra paldeva.
The district of Saran is situated between 25°36' and 26°13' North latitude and 84°24' and 85°15' East longitude in the southern post of the newly created Saran Division of North Bihar. The Ganges constitute the Southern boundary of the district beyond which lie the districts of Bhojpur and Patna. To the north of Saran lie districts of Siwan and Gopalganj. The Gandak forms the dividing line with vaishali and Muzaffarpur district in the east. To the west of Saran lies district of Siwan and the district of Balia in Uttar Pradesh, the Ghaghra constituting a natural boundary between Saran and Ballia.
Saran International Film Festival is a festival which we have conceptualized to make this place a next cine destination in northern part of India. The land of Saran is a symbol of a rich cultural heritage and it is also the world’s oldest cultural and traditional place. People across the globe are always curious about this place; they want to know more about it. They always see Bihar & Chapra District what they have seen in other medium like on internet or tv but we want to project another view of SARAN through this platform SIFF.
Moto & Objective
SIFF’s main objective is to promote cinema art and culture through this event. The destination has its own reflection on the people of the world and we want to make it such a platform where people from different culture, different world come together and make a confluence that would never stopped. Our theme is “REGIONAL BECOMES GLOBAL”
SIFF PROPOSED FORMAT-
- 3 Days Festival
- Films Screening in Different Categories (Documentary, Short, Animation & Mobile, TRIBAL, ENVIRONMENT & REGIONAL)
- Celebrity from cinema industry
- World Cinema Screening
- The Golden Indian Cinema Screening (1 Film)
- Panel Discussions on 2 Subjects related to Cinema
- Master classes on Filmmaking (Like – Script, Editing and Camera)
- Entries open for everyone.
- Tie Up with two / three college get crowd & additional venue for movie screening (should be partnership basis no commercial deal )
- Screening of films at different historical places.
Jury and Judgment
We have a different plan to judge the films in competition segment. We would make two teams to judge. First one would contain the film experts and second team would contain 20 Selected Film Students and they all will be present at the venue to watch the entire films. The judgment would be unique of its kind. Winners would get maximum rewards of their hard work.