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 7th IFFI 2016 is the only Indian film festival across the island of Ireland, and is planned as an annual event each September. It is founded on the back of over twenty years of independent film distribution and exhibition organised under the rubric of U and US FILMS LTD. A company own 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 envisage that the time is ripe to establish such an initiative on an ongoing basis for grounding Indian cinemas and are thankful to The Embassy of India in Ireland. RTE Supporting the Arts, have come on board for their support.
This year the film festival will be held from 30 September – 2nd October , 2016, in Dublin’s Dumdum cinemas and other Arts centres and in addition to the film screenings will include discussion forums, seminars, public interviews with leading visiting guest from the Indian film industry, workshops, and cultural and entertainment events. The opening night will be JAIGANGA JAL, directed by Prakash Jha.
IFFI 2016 has also introduced Indian cinema in Education, 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 City
Charity Gala Glitzy entrainment award dinner is part of the festival. And this is an aid of a local Irish Charity. ( ..this is subject to confirmation )
Siraj ZAIDI / + 353 (0) 87 2832259
Director 7th IFFI 2016