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2016 London Indian Film Festival: what you need to know


This July, The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) returns with a host of premieres and special screenings taking place at Cineworld sites across the capital. Running from the 14th to 24th July, it features some of the most prestigious and thought-provoking new independent films from the Indian sub-continent.

Countrywide screenings

Don't live in the capital? Don't worry! LIFF 2016 screenings are also taking place in Cineworld Broad Street in Birmingham. The carefully curated programme will include 15 major languages, including films from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. All films are English subtitled.

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. 

As well as synchronous screenings in London and Birmingham, the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival goes live on digital, with the festival showing a selection of films on BFI Player into the Autumn.

Festival Patron Tony Matharu, who is also our founding sponsor, from Grange Hotels, continues to support with full fervour, and the festival welcomes back supporters including title sponsor, the Bagri Foundation, who share our passion for South Asian arts and culture. The British Film Institute and Cineworld Cinemas have supported LIFF since year one. The festival enjoys on-going essential support from major sponsor, Sun Mark Ltd. 

Awe-inspiring movies

LIFF 2016 begins with the opening night premiere of Parched, the inspiring story of four women looking to break out of traditional life in their remote Gujarati village. Also showing: critically acclaimed Berlin Film Festival favourite Ottaal (The Trap), director Jayaraj's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's short story Vanka. And there's also the UK premiere of LIFF's first Nepali screening, The Black Hen, being the story of two 12-year-old best friends in a Nepalese village who hit on a get-rich-quick scheme to sell hen's eggs.

The closing night gala, is the world premiere of the incredibly moving and intense Toba Tek Singh, which focuses on patients locked in a Punjabi mental health hospital during the Partition (legendary director Ketan Mehta, is expected).

Empowering tales

With a strong LGBTQ+ following the festival proudly hosts its first Transgender movie based on an empowering true story – I am Not He…She, at BFI Southbank, supported by MAC Cosmetics and Sun Mark Ltd, amongst others. Bangalore Director BS Lingadevaru, is expected.

Exclusive talks

Legendary actress Sharmila Tagore will be in conversation on 15th July, discussing her esteemed, long-running career including her collaboration with arguably India's greatest film director, Satyajit Ray. Esteemed director Shekhar Kapur meanwhile talks about his two Elizabeth movies on 16th July and famed film personality Kamal Hassan promises to regale the crowd with a career retrospective on 17th July.

Short film competition

LIFF presents the prestigious annual Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition, in association with the Bagri Foundation, with a prize of £1,000 to the winning film. The short film programme screens at the ICA on Wednesday 20th July and the winning short will be announced at the closing night gala, on 21st July, at BFI Southbank. The festival continues in Birmingham, until 24th July.

The 2016 London Indian Film Festival runs from the 14th to the 24th of July at the following Cineworld sites: Haymarket, O2, Wandsworth, Wembley and Birmingham Broad Street. Tweet us #LoveLIFF and using @Cineworld and join us for a unique celebration of the finest Indian cinema has to offer.