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2017 London Indian Film Festival: what you need to know


The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) returns for its 8th year with a host of premieres and special screenings taking place at Cineworld sites across the capital.

Running from 22nd to 29th June in London with additional events taking place in Birmingham, it features some of the most prestigious and thought-provoking new independent films from the Indian sub-continent. Here's what you can expect.

London screenings

LIFF screenings take place at BFI Southbank, Cineworld Leicester Square and Picturehouse cinemas. The carefully curated programme will include 15 major languages, including films from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. All films are English subtitled.

The festival is title sponsored by the Bagri Foundation with a major support from Grange Hotels, Sun Mark Ltd, and is funded by the BFI's National Lottery Film Festivals Fund. Films screening include moving Cannes prize-winning documentary, The Cinema Travellers directed by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya, and Berlin 2017 award-winner Newton directed by Amit Masurkar.

Birmingham screenings

Rebranded as the Birmingham Indian Film Festival, screenings and events run from 23rd June to 2nd July. Screenings will take place at Midlands Arts Centre mac, Cineworld Broad Street and The Mockingbird.

The festival will show highlights of the London programme including opening night with The Black Prince and closing night with Sexy Durga. The Birmingham programme is in partnership with the citywide USTAV Festival of South Asian culture.

The Bagri Foundation

The Bagri Foundation is a UK registered charity that promotes Indian arts through its cultural programmes, working closely in tandem with LIFF to help present the very best that Indian cinema has to offer. 

We're celebrating 2017 as UK India Year of Culture with rare events like a special British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted masterclass, with the Oscar® nominated director of Lagaan, Ashutosh Gowariker.

Exclusive talks

These include seminal British Asian activist and director Pratibha Parmar who discusses her early films and the pioneering Shakti LGBTQ+ movement.

Meanwhile master filmmaker and BFI London Film Festival Sutherland award winner Adoor Gopalakrishnan will attend a preview of his latest film Once Again.

Tweet us #LoveLIFF and using @Cineworld and join us for a unique celebration of the finest Indian cinema has to offer.