The Festival graciously acknowledges the support from the Embassy of India and India tourism London.


Celebrating the 10th Indian Film Festival of Ireland
from the 15th to the 17th of November 2019

The Indian Film Festival of Ireland (IFFI), has an extensive program of film this year to celebrate its 10th year in bringing Indian cinema to Irish audiences. The Press Launch will be held at:

Rathmines Library, on Thursday the 7th of November at 6.00 pm. The guest speaker will be His Excellency, Mr. Sandeep Kumar, Indian Ambassador to Ireland and Mr. Conor Lenihan, TD.

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, and current Indian films are collaborations with European production companies. 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 the IFFI, we endeavor to bring to the Irish audience a rich tapestry and selection of Indian films, feature and documentaries, classics and new, in Hindustani, English and several other Indian languages, in an endeavor to present you with an irresistible cinematic experience. 

The 10h IFFI 2019 is the only Indian film festival across the island of Ireland and is an annual event. It is founded on the back of over twenty years of independent film, productions, distribution, and exhibition of Indian films in Ireland.

The festival director, Siraj Zaidi. (an actor, writer, director, and producer), has built on the history of cross-cultural relations between India and Ireland, and the increased potential for commercial and cultural dialogue between the two nations. He established the IFFI in 2010 and took this initiative on an ongoing basis for grounding the Indian cinema in an Irish cultural landscape.

The organizers are thankful to the Embassy of India in Dublin, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the festival patrons who have come on board with their support over the past several years.

This year the film festival will be held from 15- 17 November 2019, in Dublin’s movie’s @ Dundrum and Arts centers, public libraries and in addition to the film screenings will include discussion forums, seminars, public interviews with a leading personality of the Indian film industry, workshops, and cultural and entertainment events.

The Indian film director, Prakash Jha and film star Miss Parvatii Nair, and the director Foukiya Akhter will walk on the red carpet for their respective work to be shown in the festival. 

The IFFI has also introduced Indian cinema in Education, a focus on Indian short films, a screening program for the secondary and primary school children of the Dublin area. Also, the festival has expanded to work with leading third level film schools in Dublin City. 

A Charity Gala glitzy entrainment award dinner is part of the festival in order to create a scholarship to a deserving girl in India studying Electrical Engineering at a University in Delhi. This year it will be in loving memory my wife who passed away in July of this year. She was herself a senior executive and an Engineer with the ESB. She was an ardent supporter of the festival.

Siraj Zaidi

Festival Director

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