UKAFF Short Film Competition

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UK Asian Film Festival

The inspirational 13th annual Tongues on Fire Short Film Competition is a perfect showcase for the talents of the next generation of directors.

The Potter’s Wheel dir. Veemsen Lama — A haggling session in a Nepal street market quickly turns tragic, and it’s up to a stingy pottery maker to make things right

Her First Time dir. Divya Unny — A complicated birth at her hospital keeps a doctor and mother away from her daughter as she gets her first period

The Red Dress dir. Manoj Mathew — An accidental admission after a shopping trip brings a mother and daughter closer together

Pesa Mozhi directed by S Raja — A pair of deaf schoolboys desperately try and bring attention to a roadside accident

Men Don’t Need Help dir. Eshwarya Grover — Informational drama on the state of male rape victims in India. Content Warning: blood

Irupuram (Two Sides) dir. Vipin P Vijayan — Memories and trauma become the only companions of an Indian grandfather

That Call dir. Krishan Hooda — Two childhood friends, long separated by partition, share an emotional phone call

The Fox dir. Henry Scriven — In modern day London, a once celebrated folk hero turns villain to rob a lonely British Asian man. Content Warning: homophobic and transphobic language

The Whale dir. Jayesh Jaidka — a mask wearing sadist tasks his cult like followers with escalating feats of self-harm over the internet

Evidence dir. Shashwati Talukdar — Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was seen as a hero of the Indian Nationalist movement. He also allied with the Nazis in World War II. On top of this contradiction is his death under mysterious circumstances.

The Bridge dir. Disha Patel-Webb — A British Pakistani woman becomes the victim of a vicious hate crime on the way to her opera audition. Content Warning: Acid attack

Honour dir. Nirav Bhakta — After a botched honour killing by her brother, the would be victim takes her revenge

Fresh Blood dir. Richa Rudola — A woman’s childhood fear may be her only option for freedom from her greedy step-mother

Fine dir. Pranav Bhasin — A young woman seeks forgiveness after a drunken outburst

The Toothless Tiger dir. Sharmin Ahammad — Sharmin is both director and subject of this documentary, remembering her Bangledeshi father much differently to her mother after his death.

Digital Interfaced Media & Television Production Workshop talk by Vinkey Singh.

This is a girls workshop – Empowerment redefined by them for them and of them.

Panel Discussion with Dr Ashvin Devasundaram

Incredible Indies: India’s New Independent Cinema Revolution

A new wave of Indian Indies has revolutionised contemporary Indian cinema. These film firebrands are a refreshing alternative to Bollywood blockbusters, presenting a dynamic, vibrant and global meets local insight into modern Indian society and culture. They boldly take on controversial themes and issues, from female empowerment to LGBTQ rights, political and religious fundamentalism. With their universal aesthetic and incisive Indian content, the Indies blur cultural and cinematic borders and boundaries, appealing to the heart and mind, offering something for everyone.

In this specially-curated segment of the 20th UK Asian Film Festival, we showcase a handpicked array of the most seminal recent Indie films, epitomising the treasure trove of young talent on display in the distinctly different Indian Indie domain.

–  Dr Ashvin Immanuel Devasundaram, Queen Mary University of London, Author of India’s New Independent Cinema: Rise of the Hybrid (Routledge, 2016)

BBFC rating
Running time
120 mins

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March 17th

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