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.
The FIRST INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL IRELAND took place at Dublin on June 25th-28th 2010. There are Indian Film Festivals all around the world, but this will be the first one to be held in Ireland. The aim of the event is to encourage and promote Indian and Irish Film connections and will be a fantastic networking opportunity between the two countries for filmmakers, actors & directors. There had been lots of media publicity both In Ireland & India .Leading Indian Film director Prakash Jha presented his latest film RAJNITI to open the Indian Film Festival of Ireland 2010 on 25th June. The film was shown at the newly opened Swan Cinema in Rathmines. IFFI 2010 celebrated an evening of Bollywood movie magic and glamour at a Gala Dinner with our special guests Director Prakash Jha, the Ambassador of India to Ireland, P.S. Raghavan and leading female star of the Indian Film World Gul Panag.
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This festival had two purposes: to make Indian cinema more mainstream, introducing people to the global appeal and popularity of Indian cinema, old and new and to help craft an environment of co-productions for the Irish And Indian film makers. Indian film makers to come and invest and shoot films in Ireland. Like the previous IFFI, this year maintains four definite stands, The star in retrospective – the Indian cinema’s well know actor – Miss Rani Mukerji, the director in focus Mr Vishal Bhardwaj (opening and closing film) who also conduct a master class, in conjunction with the FAS screen training Ireland, The début director – Anusha Rizvi, the Indian Diaspora film director Avtar Bhogal. The Symposium on Indian film industry was mediated by Atul tiwari and Dr Rashmi Sawhney at Trinity College. To celebrate the Indian Film Festival of Ireland 2011, a new breed of directors, film makers, actors, writers and actresses have been invited to represent the new wave of Indian Cinema, the Indian Film Industry which is now truly global. The charity gala film festival dinner was held on the 11th May in the Burlington hotel in the aid of South East Asian study and the Trinity foundation. 2011 the Indian Film Festival of Ireland toured also in Northern Ireland, in Belfast as well as Limerick and Kerry.
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Indian Film Festival of Ireland 2012 ‘Capturing the Spirit of India’ Bollywood Ireland present the 3rd Indian Film Festival of Ireland from 8th to 11th June, 2012 at MOVIES AT DUNDRUM. Featuring films, seminars, masterclass and the opportunity for industry networking and to see the Bollywood stars in person! To celebrate the Indian Film Festival of Ireland 2012, a new breed of directors, film makers, actors, writers and actresses have been invited to represent the new wave of Indian Cinema, the Indian Film Industry.
Ila Arun is the star in retrospective this year. The Indian Film Festival of Ireland 2012 will also host, in conjunction with FAS Screen Training Ireland, seminars and a master class and will carry on its “compulsory” social responsibility (CSR) programme towards the educational charitable institutions in India. In 2010 a charity ball raised money for an educational hostel.
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‘ Given the phenomenal success of the first year of the Indian Film Festival of Ireland that was very well received by the public as well as by the national and international press, I have the pleasure to inform you that the Indian Film Festival of Ireland 2013 is finally on! Since the first seeds had been planted I have seen this festival having two entwined purposes to make Indian cinema more mainstream, introducing people to the global appeal and popularity of Indian cinema and to help craft an environment for Bollywood to invest in Ireland. Indian Film Festival of Ireland is another beginning to relate Indian Entertainments to the Irish Audience. 2012 was a huge success.Now we are back for Indian Film Festival of Ireland – 07 June 2013 to 10 June 2013 at Movies@Dundrum, The Rua-Red Arts Centre in Tallaght and Filmbase in Temple bar -Dublin .
Thank you very much for your Co-operaion .”
Festival Director- Indian Film Festival of Ireland
Great Line up for the 4th IFFI 2013 .This year’s Blockbuster Movie Dr. Kamal Haasan ‘s VISHWAROOP Premier at IFFI 2013 . We’ll pay homage to late YASH JI (27 Sept 1932 – 21 Oct 2012) ,”First Superstar” and the “Original Superstar” of Indian Cinema Late Rajesh Khanna (29 Dec 1942 – 18 July 2012) and Tribute to late Rajan Kothari (60) Cinematographer .
IFFI 2013 will screen best of their work like WAQT, EAK THA TIGER, JAB TAK HAI JAAN, SHANGHAI,PAAN SINGH TOMAR,MEHERJAAN, GATTU,VICKY DONOR, A PASSAGE TO INDIA , OH MY GOD , , Satyajeet Ray’s- GHAREBAIRE, Rajan Kothari ‘s – DAS CAPITAL ,CELLULOID MAN.(All films have English Subtitles) IFFI 2013 Promo Video Also There will be some serious Indian films and documentaries reflecting true and real India. There will a late – Rajan Kothari memorial award for the Debut Director. The gala awards night will be the most glamorous fashion night of the festival, all for a good cause, a girl child education initiative in Delhi. Masterclass with the visiting Indian director in focus and Surprise Star…presence in Dublin.
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Screen Writing Masterclass and One to One sessions with Mr. ATUL TIWARI
A Cinema Window with an Incredible Creative View of India
It’s seems like only yesterday when we launch the Indian Film Festival of Ireland (IFFI) in 2010. The Indian Film Industry keeps growing and keeps churning out as usual on average, one thousand films per year.
As a Festival Director, I was spoiled for choice as what to include from the high quality of films and the caliber of the film makers. We have successfully maintained all four strands created at the inaugural film festival. They are; Director in Focus – with the opening and closing films. Star in Retrospective, the Debut Director and Indian Diaspora Director. It is not always easy to fulfill all categories but we have managed to successfully bring you some of the most interesting films in these categories to date.
One of the main purposes of the film festival is to market Ireland as a film location for the Indian Film Industry; we have achieved this end by attracting a major Indian studio film. The Indian Film Industry is rapidly changing with the advent of technology and the increasingly globally shrinking nature of this industry. All major Hollywood studios are in Mumbai operating successfully. However, to counter the balance the Indian film makers are still struggling to operate globally, and international co-productions are still few and far between.
The IFFI aims to bridge this gap. Perhaps they need strategic partners. Joint Ventures are operating outside India as co-producers, to bring their unique and numerous creative talents that bring amazing films stories, rooted and related to India to an international audience. The Indian Film Industry is not just restricted to Bollywood and resents in fact, the term Bollywood considering it derogatory and a second rate Hollywood term.
During the four days of the Festival, the IFFI, like previous years, will have stimulating discussions with the visiting film directors, and writers, showcasing the best of cinema both old and new.
The festival thanks its supporters, sponsors, patrons and well wishers. It thanks in particular, the ever growing audience in the Dublin region and hopes to expand to different parts of Ireland.
By moving the festival to September we aim to link with the educational sector and so bring the festival to the begining of the academic year.
This will better serve the film schools as well as the primary, secondary and third level institutions in order to truly implement the festival’s brief in brining Indian cinema to the Irish education system.
I am once again proud to present the 6th IFFI 2015.
Siraj Zaidi – Director ( IFFI )
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