LIFF 2024

As we celebrate our 15th year, we continue to showcase the best of new Indian and South Asian cinema, web series, and emerging filmmakers’ shorts, and build on last year’s exciting forays into XR and computer games. The festival will run from 26th June to 3rd July. Tickets will be releasing soon.

GALAS

Kicking things off is the Indo-American drama Paper Flowers, based on an inspirational true story and starring Karan Soni (Deadpool). Closing the festival is a special presentation of Toronto hit, Kill, , the latest from producer Karan Johar. This high action ‘Bollywood on Steroids’ thriller will be screening at the BFI IMAX, Britain’s largest cinema screen.

FEATURES

Following critical acclaim at international film festivals, we’re screening the poignant Marathi drama Sthal (A Match), about teenage women confronting tradition. Acclaimed filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal returns with Wakhri (One of a Kind), a tale of a Pakistani teacher turned social media star, inspired by true events. Fresh from IFFK Kerala, comes the original and illuminating sci-fi drama Ennennum (Now and Forever). Karnataka’s contribution includes the award-winning Mithya, narrating an orphan’s struggles. This year we have an exceptional programme of UK Asian and South Asian diaspora movies. A highlight is the premiere of the British Muslim love story Before Nikkah.

SPECIAL SERIES PRESENTATION

We’re previewing the madcap comedy Late Bloomer, starring Punjabi social media sensation Jasmeet Singh Raina (a.k.a. Jus Reign).

DOCUMENTARIES

We’re privileged to present the world premiere of a compelling documentary by a British director, Tight: The World of Indian Bodybuilding, offering a unique perspective on this emerging sport from Tamil and Keralan viewpoints. Bengali cinema shines with Suman Ghosh’s insightful documentary on Aparna Sen.

SHORTS

Don’t miss your chance to support emerging talent with our Brit-Asian Shortsprogramme. Don’t miss the South Asian shorts competing for the Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition’s £1,000 prize. The legendary LGBTQIA+ showcase is back with a fresh crop of inspiring and thought- provoking and empowering Too Desi Too Queer short films.

Coming up…

Kicking things off is the Indo-American drama Paper Flowers, based on an inspirational true story and starring Karan Soni (Deadpool).

Closing the festival is a special presentation of Toronto hit, Kill, , the latest from producer Karan Johar. This high action ‘Bollywood on Steroids’ thriller will be screening at the BFI IMAX, Britain’s largest cinema screen.

Following critical acclaim at international film festivals, we’re screening the poignant Marathi drama Sthal (A Match), about teenage women confronting tradition.

We’re privileged to present the world premiere of a compelling documentary by a British director, Tight: The World of Indian Bodybuilding, offering a unique perspective on this emerging sport from Tamil and Keralan viewpoints.

Acclaimed filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal returns with Wakhri (One of a Kind), a tale of a Pakistani teacher turned social media star, inspired by true events.

Fresh from IFFK Kerala, comes the original and illuminating sci-fi drama Ennennum (Now and Forever).

Karnataka’s contribution includes the award-winning Mithya, narrating an orphan’s struggles.

Bengali cinema shines with Suman Ghosh’s insightful documentary on Aparna Sen.

We’re proud to present the Gujarati indie film Shunya (The Abyss), which follows an 11-year-old’s search for her grandmother.

This year we have an exceptional programme of UK Asian and South Asian diaspora movies. A highlight is the premiere of the British Muslim love story Before Nikkah.

Don’t miss your chance to support emerging talent with our Brit-Asian Shortsprogramme.

We’re also previewing the madcap comedy Late Bloomer, starring Punjabi social media sensation Jasmeet Singh Raina (a.k.a. Jus Reign).

Don’t miss the South Asian shorts competing for the Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition’s £1,000 prize.

The legendary LGBTQIA+ showcase is back with a fresh crop of inspiring and thought- provoking and empowering Too Desi Too Queer short films.

We’ve also curated never- before-seen UK archive footage, showcasing the Asian immigrant experience.

You can experience the festival’s exciting new XR (VR and immersive reality) strand at Birmingham Open Media (BOM).

Gaming enthusiasts can look forward to our South Asian Games Zone launch at FORMAT in Liverpool this September.

Don’t forget to explore our new content on BFI Player, released year-round.

OPENING NIGHT GALA: WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE

PAPER FLOWERS

Based on a true story, a young Gujarati American is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, forcing him to fight for what really matters.

more information…

CLOSING NIGHT GALA: WEDNESDAY 3 JULY

KILL

John Wick on a train – a breathless action story about a commando who boards a train to save his girlfriend from forced marriage, only to discover an armed gang also has its sights on the train’s passengers.

more information…

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Are you ready for a summer of South Asian Cinema?

We’re thrilled to share that LIFF is returning for our 15th edition from Wednesday 26th June to Sunday 7th July! We’re showcasing Indian and South Asian premieres, classic movies, emerging filmmakers’ shorts, web series, and exciting forays into VR and computer games, across our London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Yorkshire Festivals. Stay tuned for our upcoming program announcement.

2023 Award Winners

The presentation of the annual LIFF Awards are seen by the film industry as a recognition of their art by the British Asian film loving community.

BFI Player

The London Indian Film festival has its own dedicated Collection on the British Film Institute’s BFI Player. The BFI Player presents the best global cinema on-demand: from classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

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