The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) returns to the city for its 7th year, running from 14th – 24th July 2016, and Grange Hotels is delighted to continue its heartfelt support for the event as Official Hotel Partner.
As the largest South Asian film festival in Europe, LIFF promises to once again deliver an exciting programme of films and documentaries by both well-known directors and newcomers; showcasing a variety of Indian and South Asian independent cinema. The 2016 line-up includes more than 25 international, European and UK premieres in 15 different languages, with all films subtitled in English. A series of screenings will also be taking place in two cinemas in Birmingham for the second year in a row, from 15th – 24th July.
The red carpet Opening Night Gala will begin proceedings on Thursday 14th, with a speech from Grange Hotels’ Managing Director and LIFF Patron, Tony Matharu, who comments: “This festival perfectly captures LIFF’s desire to deliver challenging, beautiful and culturally pertinent films to a far-reaching audience, and Grange Hotels is proud to be a part of it once again.”
The opening night will also see the English premiere of Hindi film Parched; an inspiring tale of female friendship set in a desert Gujarati village, directed by the multi award-winning, Leena Yadav.
Leena joins six other female directors at this year’s festival, with a special Women with a Movie Camera debate also being shown at BFI Southbank on Sunday 17th. The debate will welcome Leena, together with double Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and documentary filmmaker Rinku Kalsy, for a discussion about their careers and experiences as women in the world of filmmaking; a male-dominated profession.
This year, there will be 10 cinemas across London screening films for the festival, culminating in the world premiere of Toba Tek Singh from Director Ketan Mehta at the BFI on 21st July; a moving story of Punjabi mental patients locked up during Partition, with the title role played by award-winning actor Pankaj Kapur.
The 2016 films will also be competing to win one of LIFF’s coveted awards, including the Audience Award, which in 2015 was won by Nachom-ia Kumpasar (Let's Dance to the Rhythm) from Director Bardroy Barretto. Audience participation during the festival is therefore welcomed, with Q&As after many of the screenings, and of course those all-important voting slips to fill in.
As Official Hotel Partner, Grange Hotels is pleased to be hosting many of this year’s actors and directors at its flagship property, Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, and is looking forward to enjoying another dynamic programme from Europe’s leading festival of Indian independent cinema. We are also delighted to offer audience members 15% off our best available rates throughout the festival, available to book here.
To find out more, and to view the full programme for 2016, visit the London Indian Film Festival website here.