Birmingham Indian Film Festival got underway at the weekend with a glittering red carpet event at Cineworld Birmingham.
Arriving on the red carpet were Satinder Sartaaj, Ameet Chana and Rup Magon, stars of the UK produced film The Black Prince which received its Birmingham premiere that night.
Among the other star guests were BBC Radio WM’s Sunny and Shay, Punjabi rock star Juddy D and former Big Brother contestant Deana Uppal.
Following the event guests took to their seats for a Q&A with the cast followed by a screening of The Black Prince.
Formerly known as the London Indian Film Festival in Birmingham, the festival takes place in the city for a third year, with a rebrand as the Birmingham Indian Film Festival, marking the Festival’s permanent commitment to the region.
The acclaimed festival features new and exciting cinema featuring cutting edge films that reaffirm the festival’s position as the ‘punk-rock of Indian cinema’ and is an edgy tie-in, to UK-India Year of Culture.
Cary Rajinder Sawhney, LIFF & BIFF Director, says: “We are delighted to bring Birmingham audiences a carefully curated selection of the very best new Indian and South Asian independent cinema; all films are English subtitled, offering a rare window into over a billion South Asian lives. This year’s selection includes premieres of new comedies, gripping thrillers, shocking horror and insightful true-life documentaries as well as bringing together UK previews of major award-winning films from the world’s greatest film festivals complementing the BFI’s India on Film programme.”
The festival culminates on Sunday 2 July at mac Birmingham with Malayalam road-movie thriller Sexy Durga directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan.
Full details of screenings and special Q&A’s with some of the creatives can be found on the Birmingham Indian Film Festival website here
The festival is title sponsored by the Bagri Foundation with major support from Grange Hotels, Sun Mark Ltd, and is funded by the BFI’s National Lottery Film Festivals Fund. This year the festival is proud to be working with new partners; Asian Business Chamber of Commerce and Birmingham City University as well as new Media Partner BBC Radio WM alongside the continued support of Desiblitz, Sampad South Asian Arts and Film Birmingham.