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Ireland’s 1st Indian Film Festival Unveiled
10 Mar 2010 :
Prakash Jha
The Indian Film Festival Ireland (IFFI), Ireland’s first dedicated Indian Film Festival will take place in Swan Cinemas Rathmines from 25 – 28 June. The IFFI aims to celebrate and highlight the potential of Indian film in Ireland by introducing Indian films to Irish audiences throughout the four day event.

The IFFI, sponsored and supported by the Embassy of India in Ireland and the Irish Film Board, will look to screen the latest Indian films, old classics, retrospectives and documentaries all with English subtitles, it will contain a focus on education through a series of forums and seminars. For the opening film leading Indian Film director Prakash Jha (Kidnap, Damul, Mrityudand) will present his latest film ‘Rajniti’. A leading female star of the Indian film industry who is TBC will also attend this festival. There will be a short Indian live classical dance at the opening night preceding the opening film and a charity gala dinner.

IFFI will also create a strand of the Indian Diaspora film makers which will celebrate the work of established international film makers of Indian origin based in Europe, America, and Canada who make films related to India and Indian topics. Mixed in with the above screenings there will be a focus on education with forums and seminars about the commerce and art of Indian cinema; how it continues to expand; how it addresses and portrays relevant topics and how Indian films have become a major part of the world’s cinematic economy.

Distinguished, film writer and Indian film academic Mr Atul Tiwari, from Mumbai, will conduct seminar sessions throughout the festival, one such seminar will look at Danny Boyle’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.

The main goal of IFFI is to foster and encourage local Irish film makers to work with Indian film makers. The festival will be dedicated and pay special tribute to the late Irish Times Film Critic, Michael Dwyer.

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