Over 1000 feature films are produced in India each year in at least 22 languages with an international viewership of 3.5 billion. Since its beginning in the early 20th century, Indian cinema has been global in its vision – some of the earliest Indian films were collaborations with European production companies – and stories, images, music and characters from Indian films and the film industry have been a familiar part of the cultural landscape in Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, countries of the former Soviet Union, and increasingly in the UK, Europe and the USA. For most Indians – living anywhere in the world – cinema is not just larger than life, it is a way of life. There are many genres of Indian cinema – Hindi cinema being one of many – each serving up its own distinct platter of pleasures. Through IFFI, we endeavour to bring to the audience a rich selection of Indian films, both feature and documentary, Classics and new, in Hindustani, English and several other Indian languages, in an endeavour to present you with an irresistible cinematic experience.
The 9h IFFI 2018 is the only Indian film festival across the island of Ireland, and is planned as an annual event. It is founded on the back of over twenty years of independent film distribution and exhibition of Indian films in Ireland by Siraj Zaidi. An actor, Film Director and Producer, Building on the history of cross-cultural relations between India and Ireland, and the increased potential for commercial and cultural dialogue. We established IFFI since initiative on an ongoing basis for grounding Indian cinemas and are thankful to The Embassy of India in Ireland. RTE, local authorities and many other organisations who have come on board for their support over the past several years.
This year the film festival will be held from 23- 25 November 2018, in Dublin’s various cinemas and Arts centres and in addition to the film screenings will include discussion forums, seminars, public interviews with leading personalities of the Indian film industry, workshops, and cultural and entertainment events.
IFFI 2018 has also introduced Indian cinema in Education, a focus on Indian short films, a screening programme for the secondary and primary school children of Dublin area. Also the festival has expanded to work with leading third level film schools of the Dublin City
Charity Gala Glitzy entrainment award dinner is part of the festival.
Siraj ZAIDI / + 353 (0) 87 2832259
Director 9TH IFFI 2018