The Indian Flim Festival of Ireland is an annual event held during Summer . The only Indian film festival across Ireland. It is founded on the back of over twenty years of independent film distribution and exhibition organisation under the rubric of U and US Films Ltd. company owned by Siraj Zaidi, the Festival Director. Siraj introduced a hugely popular Indian cinema slot over ten years ago in the Irish Film Institute. He decided to start a dedicated festival seven Years ago to make Indian films more mainstream and to introduce people in Ireland to the global appeal and popularity of Indian cinema. The festival also aims to create an environment of collaboration between Irish and Indian film makers and to enable the making of Indian-Irish films.
(Mr.Siraj Zaidi Festival Director-Indian Film Festival of Ireland)
The festival has a number of special guests including Director in Focus and Debut Director. The festival features the work of these directors along with a mini-retrospective of work by a rising or accomplished actor. A gala dinner is held each year to support a good cause. At the inaugural festival in 2010 and again in 2012, an orphanage in Delhi is being supported. The festival also collaborates with other cultural venues and festivals. In the year 2011, the IFFI saw a very successful night at Siamsa Tire in Tralee. The following year, 2012 the festival sees a showing of Moughl-e-Azam - an epic likened to Ben Hur by the Indian Ambassador to Ireland - screening in the Chester Beatty Library.
The festival also be collaborating with the Kerry Film Festival with the showing of a number of films selected by the IFFI. The 8th IFFI 2017 will be focussing on the contemporary new Indian cinema, and also embrace, films made by international filmmakers about India.
''To make the Indian films and industry and the film personalities - Directors, Producers, Actors - Stars more popular in Ireland''