The Indian Film Festival of Ireland is an annual event founded by Siraj Zaidi, the Festival Director. His experience of thirty years in independent film distribution and exhibition prompted him to introduce Indian films through what became a hugely popular Indian cinema slot several years ago in the early 1990s, at the Irish Film Institute. He then decided to start a dedicated Indian film festival to make Indian films more mainstream and to introduce people in Ireland to the global appeal and popularity of Indian cinema.
The Indian Film Festival of Ireland is the only film festival in Ireland that aims to create an environment of collaboration among Indian and European filmmakers. The Indian Film Festival of Ireland has been going stronger for over ten years and champions the arts and cinema, by intertwining political and social messages through entertainment.
Given the phenomenal success of the first year of the Indian Film Festival of Ireland, which was very well received by both the public and the national and international press, I have great pleasure in informing you that the Indian Film Festival of Ireland 2020 is finally ready to be presented. Since the first seeds had been planted, I have seen this festival having two interlinked purposes: to make Indian cinema more mainstream, by introducing people to the global appeal and popularity of Indian cinema, and to help craft an environment for the Indian Cinema industry, worth over 100 million Euro to invest in cinema production in Ireland. The Indian Film Festival of Ireland now once again in 2020 brings the richness of Indian entertainment to the Irish audience virtually for the obvious reasons. Indian Film Festival of Ireland bringing the vast world of Indian cinema to Ireland for the 11th Year in 2020. The dates are 20th - 23 Nov 2020.
The opening film is MEE RAQSAM, presented by Shabana Azmi, directed by Baba Azmi. This festival is dedicated to the Art of Indian Dance. This year's closing film is October by Shoojit Sircar. Mantra is our new Marathi film, Gulabo Sitabo Hindi film, and a few classical Hindi films. IFFI has a retrospective of Vinod Pande, who is honored and awarded a Lifetime achievement award virtually.
We have several classical dance performances to complement the opening film Mee Raqsam. And finally, Indian Film Festival of Ireland 2020 pays tribute to the stars in heaven.
11th Virtual Indian Film Festival of Ireland 2020 opening at 5pm 20th-23rd NOVEMBER 2020