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Birmingham Indian Film Festival (BIFF), part of Europe’s largest South Asian film festival, returns to the Midlands

by | Jun 5, 2024 | News | 0 comments

BIFF returns with an exciting programme of screenings and events for 11 days from 27 June – 7 July 2024.

BIFF venue partners for 2024 include mac Cinema & Theatre, Cineworld Broad Street, Mockingbird Cinema, Light Cinema, Walsall, BOM and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire at Birmingham City University.  The Festival is supported by BFI, awarding National Lottery funding and  Bagri Foundation.

The festival features Midland premiere screenings, a wide range of post-show talks with directors and cast members, an internationally programmed film competition, an LGBTQIA+ film showcase, and cutting-edge XR experiences. This year, the festival is also pleased to provide more BSL screenings than ever before.

The opening night gala at mac Theatre is the Midlands premiere of US indie tear-jerker drama Paper Flowers, starring Deadpool’s Karan Soni as well as a stand-out young cast. Audiences will want to stay after the credits, as the evening ends with a post-show Q&A with director Mahesh Pailoor.

The festival has transformed beyond film as it embraces a diverse array of moving image media. This year, BIFF will be following up its foray into immersive experiences with a South Asian XR Showcase, curated by Birmingham’s Taran Singh who helped make a 3D design of Perry the Commonwealth Games mascot.  This free event is a virtual world of South Asian stories and cutting-edge XR experiences and will take place at BOM.

Birmingham Indian Film Festival is thrilled to be expanding accessibility for Deaf and hearing-impaired audiences, with more screenings featuring BSL-interpreted Q&As across all our cinemas.

Closing the Festival at Lighthouse Cinema, Walsall is Queen of my Dreams, directed by Fawza Mirza and starring Amrit Kaur, Hamza Haq, and Nimra Bucha. In this colourful and song-soaked delight of a film, young Pakistani woman Azra lives an alternative lifestyle with her white female friend in Toronto, which is worlds apart from her conservative Muslim mother’s traditional values.

Speaking on the growth of BIFF, CEO and Programming Director Cary Rajinder Sawhney remarked: “It’s personally exciting to have such a talented team and innovative partners, as BIFF push ahead to explore new frontiers of South Asian XR scenes and continue our mission to showcase and celebrate emerging and established filmmakers, diversifying our offer to Midlands audiences with continued support from Film Hub Midlands and Birmingham City University.”

Full programme listings and how to book here

Featured Image:  Queen of My Dreams


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