The first ever Nasik International Film Festival was organized in Nasik in the year 2008. It was held on 24th and 25th of May and was organized by the city-based Dadasaheb Phalke Film and Television Institute. The main objective behind starting this grand annual festival was the memory of Dadasaheb Phalke, who was the father of Indian Cinema and also to make Nasik one of the great places for Indian Cinema Industry as well as World Cinema Destination.
During this two-day festival, not only screening of films was done but also various workshops, seminars and awards were held. Several film stars, directors, producers and other great personalities also attend this festival every year.
The first event of the NIFF was held for just two days, but later on, since the second event, it is now held for seven days. The events are organized by the city based Metro Foundation of India as well as the Kala Vaibhav Sansthan. They have various competitions based on mini films, animations and documentaries and for winners the Maharashtra Government sponsors cash prizes. Participants for these competitions are from abroad and cities like Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Indore, Chennai, Surat, New Delhi, Bangalore and Ahmadabad.
The inauguration ceremony of NIFF is a huge celebration in which various leaders such as Chhagan Bhujbal, Ashok Chavan, Dr. Smt. Shobhatai Bachhav, Babanraoji Gholap and many other are present. During the fest, visitors are allowed to visit and can also purchase various things from there. At the concluding ceremony senior stars of the cinema industry are awarded with the Lifetime achievement award. Once it was Asha Parekh and Dharmendra who received these honors.
Personalities from Marathi and Hindi industry as well as the TV industry such as Amol Kolhe, Avka Gor, Mrinal Kulkarni, Tejaswini, Avinash Narkar and Mukesh Rishi are also present for the fest. The NIFF dreams of organizing such activities for preserving the cultural values, heritage, art and tradition of the Indian cinema for the upcoming new generations.