LIFF's Executive & Programming Director Cary Sawnhey opens the Festival's closing night © Sohail Anjum'Love Sonia' cast & crew: Director Tabrez Noorani, actor Riya Sisodiya, LIFF's Cary Sawhney, actor Richa Chadha, actor Sai Tamhankar & sound designer Resul PookuttQ&A after 'Venus' film. L to R: Gaysians UK Co Founder Laks Mann, Director of 'Venus', Eisha Marjara, Producer of the film Joe Balass, stars of the film Jamie Mayers and Gordon Warnecke. © Sohail Anjum L to R: the Bagri Foundation's Dr Doria Tichit, Mrs Saroj Rakyan, Dr Alka Bagri and Rashmi Virani

Press coverage highlights from LIFF 2018 – post event

Some press coverage highlights from the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2018.


Clove Magazine

London Indian Film Festival expands its remit beyond London and India

3 July 2018, Olivia Burt


“The LIFF annual Satyajit Short Film Competition and Award shortlists six short films examining South Asian experiences, offering £1,000 to emerging filmmakers. Siddharth Chauhan was the 2017 winner for his short Papa, a story of a mother and son coming to terms of death and disability.

This year there were seven shortlisted films, which displayed various accounts of South Asian “Extraordinary Lives” through topics such as gender, LGBTQ, family, and sexual violence.”


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‘Eaten by Lions’ Wins at London Indian Film Festival…

29 June 2018, Stewart Clarke


“It is Wingard’s second movie after the Raindance and BIFA award-winning “In Another Life.” He said: “’Eaten by Lions’ is a modern relevant comedy dealing with contemporary issues such as diversity and disability, but ultimately captures that life is about relationships and people, and we’re so pleased audiences are connecting with it.””


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BBC World News TV

Love Sonia Director Tabrez Noorani and Producer David Womark on BBC World News

28 June 2018


“….And the whole idea was to bring it home. It’s about bringing it back home because 4 years ago when the ILO reported it’s a $150 billion dollar business per year, I think everyone woke up, and the only way that’s possible is if it’s happening everywhere, so literally down the street from you, so people begin to get uncomfortable but it also begins to open their eyes.”


Watch the interview here.


BBC World News TV

LIFF 2018 guest, Manoj Bajpayee talking on BBC World News

28 June 2018


Q: Obviously you hope people will enjoy the film, but do you hope they are shaken up by it a little bit as well?

A: The independent cinema lovers – they are the beauty of it, and its strength. They look for these films, for these kinds of stories which are meaningful, which are doing something to the senses, and they are ready to be shaken up, they are ready to be disturbed by the human being or the society – they are the major contributors.


Watch the interview here.



Bollywood needs more LGBT stories, says Indian movie star [Manoj Bajpayee]

22 June 2018, Umberto Bacchi


“LGBT characters should be given more screen time in Bollywood movies to help bring about a shift in cultural thinking, Indian actor Manoj Bajpayee said on the sidelines of a film festival in London aimed at championing diversity.”

“We want to show films that are original stories,” said the festival’s director Cary Sawhney. “Some of the greatest stories come from the margins not from the centre.”


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