BIRMINGHAM INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 5TH ANNIVERSARY IN THE CITY
Screenings have now been announced for Birmingham Indian Film Festival (BIFF), supported by Birmingham City University and the BFI, part of the UK and Europe’s largest South Asian film festival, opening Friday 21st June until Monday 1st July 2019.
This year marks their 5th anniversary, showcasing a rich assortment of entertaining and thought-provoking independent films that have been winning awards and making global impact, including India’s new wave of LGBTQ+ films.
The Festival is presented by the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival which is celebrating its own 10th anniversary and is extending to Manchester and Bradford.
Birmingham Indian Film Festival will run across the city for a phenomenal 11 days at existing partner venues: Cineworld Broad Street; MAC Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park; and The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen, Custard Factory. This year we welcome new partner venue Centrala based in Digbeth.
Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Executive & Programming Director of the festival said: “The Festival has dynamically opened the UK media and audiences to Indian and South Asian independent cinema in all its linguistic diversity, and that’s something we are extremely proud of. Punching above our weight as always, this year is probably our strongest programme ever with exciting Midland premieres, rarely seen archival masterpieces, and some seriously cutting-edge dramas and documentaries.”
The 5th Anniversary celebrations will open with a sparkling red-carpet event at Cineworld Broad Street, for the Birmingham Premiere of the hard-hitting Article 15, starring India’s hottest male star Ayushmann Khurrana, ahead of its UK and worldwide release later in the month.
FULL LISTINGS BELOW:
Opening Film – Article 15
21 June | 19:00 | Cineworld Broad Street (Red Carpet from 18.30)
Midlands Premiere. 120 mins Hindi with English subtitles. India 2019 Q&A with Anubhav Sinha and others
Closing Film – Photograph
1 July | 19:00 | MAC Birmingham Birmingham Premiere. 110mins
Hindi, Gujarati, English with English subtitles. India/Germany/US. 2019
Satyajit Ray Short Film Award - 22 June | 14.00 | The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen
Urojahaj (The Flight) - 22 June | 16:30 | MAC Birmingham
European Premiere. 82mins Bengali with English subtitles. India 2018 Q&A with Buddhadeb Dasgupta
Widow of Silence - 22 June | 18:00 | Cineworld Broad Street
UK Premiere. 85mins Urdu with English subtitles. India 2018 Q&A with Pravin Morchhale
Vivek (Reason) - 23 June | 16:30 | MAC Birmingham Hindi, Marathi with English subtitles. India 2018 Q&A with Anand Patwardhan.
Arishadvarga - 23 June | 19:00 | Cineworld Broad Street Midlands Premiere. 159mins
Kannada with English subtitles. India 2018
Sir - 24 June | 18:30 | MAC Birmingham Midlands Premiere. 99mins
Hindi, English, Marathi with English subtitles. India/France 2018 Q&A with Rohena Gera
My Home, India - 25 June | 18.30 | Centrala Midlands Premiere. 45 mins
English, Polish with English subtitles. India/Poland 2019
#Gadhvi - 25 June | 20:30 | MAC Birmingham
Midlands Premiere. 109mins Hindi with English subtitles. India 2018
Anurag Kashyap in Conversation - 26 June | 19.00 | The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen
Bulbul Can Sing - 27 June | 18:00 | MAC Birmingham
Assamese, Hindi with English subtitles. India 2018 Q&A with Rima Das
Saturday Afternoon - 28 June | 18:15 | MAC Birmingham
Bengali, English with English subtitles. Bangladesh/Germany/India 2019 Q&A with Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Kattumaram (Catamaran) - 29 June | 13:30 | MAC Birmingham
Midlands Premiere. 73mins - Tamil with English subtitles
Chuskit - 29 June | 16:00 | The Mockingbird
Ladakhi with English subtitles. India 2018 Q&A with Priya Ramasubban
Ardaas II - 29 June | 19:00 | Cineworld Broad Street
Punjabi with English subtitles. India 2019. Q&A with Gippy Grewal and others