The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) and Birmingham Indian Film Festival (BIFF), together make up Europe’s largest Indian film festival. Over the last 10 years we have garnered a reputation as the ‘Punk Rock of Indian Film festivals’, presenting a cutting-edge selection of the very best new independent cinema from the Indian subcontinent and its worldwide diaspora. This offering includes dramatic features, documentaries, short films and Screen Talks by South Asia’s greatest film-making talent.
In reaction to the current challenging times, we are keen to find new ways to stay connected with you and are excited to deliver an online version of our festival that you can enjoy in the safety of your homes. We are the first Indian film festival to make this digital leap! We will continue to push the boundaries by showing high quality movies in a diversity of South Asian languages with ‘London Indian Film Festival at Home’. Kicking us off is an inspiring first-view showcase of all the films that have won our coveted ‘Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition’; a rare chance to see the works of talented, emerging filmmakers, who are exploring themes of the South Asian experience akin to the humanist values of the legendary Indian director Satyajit Ray.
Stay with us as we grow our collection of exciting independent South Asian films online, plus panel discussions and talent Q&As, unique Screen Talks. Please be sure to tell your friends and family!
In this difficult time we, our funders and our wonderful filmmakers, have come together to offer real value to our audiences, covering the costs to make our films FREE for a limited time. We are mindful of the impact of production shutting down in India due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are working with the Producers Guild of India to support their Relief Fund initiative for daily wage workers. Please help us to help them by pressing the Donate button and give a sum at your discretion, no matter how small, to help us to raise funds for India’s lowest paid film workers.
We want to thank you for supporting us in our first 10 years and very much appreciate you being part of the LIFF Cinema family. We hope you enjoy our special online selection. Please stay home and safe.
Cary Rajinder Sawhney MBE, Executive & Programming Director & the Festival Team.