London Indian Film Festival Goes Online with Satyajit Ray Prize – Variety


The London Indian Film Festival is to go surfing, launching its personal streaming platform with a number of winners from the Satyajit Ray Quick Film Competitors.

As a result of be held in June this 12 months, LIFF has gone digital due to coronavirus restrictions and can present motion pictures on-line in a spread of South Asian languages.

Working with New Zealand’s Shift 72, which launched CPH:Dox on-line in March, the brand new U.Okay. geo-blocked platform launches with the award winners of the final 9 years of the Satyajit Ray Quick Film Competitors.

The ‘London Indian Film Festival at Dwelling’ platform is viewable at

The showcased brief movies have been programmed collectively for the primary time and embody early works by Neeraj Ghaywan, the director of Cannes FIPRESCI and Prix de l’Avenir winner “Masaan,” and Shubashish Bhutiani, the director of “Lodge Salvation” whose brief movie “Kush” (pictured above) gained in 2014.

The pageant says it should observe this with a number of characteristic movies being launched in the summertime.

The pageant has been supported by an Viewers Award from the British Film Institute, utilizing Nationwide Lottery funds, and the Bagri Basis, to develop its new hybrid, part-digital and part-cinema primarily based mannequin technique that will probably be rolled out this 12 months and into the long run.

The London Indian Film Festival was first held in 2010.

Cary Rajinder Sawhney, govt and programming director of the pageant, stated: “On the 99th beginning anniversary month of the world’s most beloved Indian director Satyajit Ray, it appears nearly a tryst with future to have the ability to present, for the primary time, all of the winners collectively of the famend Satyajit Ray Quick Film Competitors, that the Ray household kindly supported as a result of the movies should enshrine Ray’s empathetic imaginative and prescient of humanity.”

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Ben Luxford, head of BFI Audiences, added: “We’re delighted to assist LIFF’s bold plans to current the pageant on-line and, by doing so, be certain that this 12 months’s program of South Asian cinema reaches a good wider viewers, beginning with a singular alternative to see the winners of the Satyajit Ray Quick Film Competitors over the past 9 years. We stay up for seeing the total program as it’s developed.”


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