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Tongues on Fire

Tongues On Fire is a not-for-profit organisation and our goal is to provide a platform for independent film and arts with a link to South Asia. We celebrate South Asian culture, its vibrancy and its many dimensions through storytelling, live events, masterclasses and cinema screenings. The company provides a platform for emerging talent to showcase their work, offers networking occasions with industry leaders and provides wider learning opportunities for the filmmaking community.

Tongues On Fire is also the producer of The UK Asian Film Festival, previously The London Asian Film Festival, which aims to entertain, inform and educate. This annual film festival has been going strong for over nineteen years and champions the arts and cinema, intertwining political and social messages with entertainment.

The UK Asian Film Festival

The UK Asian Film Festival offers an eclectic mix of films, stimulating interviews, outstanding masterclasses, workshops, live performances, visual arts exhibitions and an annual short film competition. We aim to celebrate, award and reward great films, filmmakers and artists from South Asia.

The festival provides a unique platform for Asians working in film and media around the world. Our screenings and events include feature films, documentaries, short films, panel discussions, and educational and community screenings.

Cinema is a magical place. It appeals to all our senses, plugs into other people’s experiences and offers an alternate perspective. Watching a film at the cinema is a shared experience where you go on a collective journey with the rest of the audience. The tears, laughter, joy, suspense, experienced through a brief window into another world. What is more amazing than that? Our passion for South Asian arts and cinema remains as resilient and strong as it did when Tongues on Fire began.

Founding directors Dr Pushpinder Chowdhry and Mrs Harvinder Nath conceived the festival in 1999. Both Pushpinder and Harvinder recognised the impact films can have on society, particularly those which tackle complex, challenging issues.

Over the years, Tongues on Fire has brought the work of acclaimed talents in cinema including award-winning filmmakers. Some of our special guests include Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake), Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice, Viceroy’s House), Aparna Sen (15 Park Avenue) and Meera Syal (Anita and Me), actors Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Madhur Jaffrey, Kiron Kher and Bollywood legend Helen.

 


Our Blog

Feminist-focused UKAFF Celebrates 21 Years with ‘Revolution’ Theme for 2019

Feminist-focused UKAFF Celebrates 21 Years with ‘Revolution’ Theme for 2019

The World’s Longest Running South Asian Film Festival outside of India, UK Asian Film Festival, Announces ‘Revolution’ Theme for 2019. Festival Programme To Run Across Four Cities, London, Manchester, Leicester, Edinburgh, From 27th March to 4th May 2019 At a time of significant change, the […]

The BFI Young Curators Lab

The BFI Young Curators Lab

The BFI Young Curators Lab is a pioneering initiative launched as part of the UK Asian Film Festival 2019. Envisioned to equip upcoming film curators with specific skills, knowledge and analytical acumen indispensable to film programming and curation, the YCL scheme selected nine Young Curators for an intensive workshop followed […]

This year’s UKAFF Short Film Judging Panel

This year’s UKAFF Short Film Judging Panel

As part of the new initiative for the UK Asian Film Festival to get young people to join the team of curators and the new short film judging panel, this years film festival kick started with a one day workshop on film analysis, film theory […]

Celebrating 20 years of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and the UK Asian Film Festival

Celebrating 20 years of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and the UK Asian Film Festival

Tongues on Fire celebrated 20 years of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (KKHH) and its UK Asian Film Festival’s 20th year with a sing and dance along screening of the iconic film on 7th December 2018 at The Harrow Auditorium, The University of Westminster. We were […]

The Importance Of F-Rated

The Importance Of F-Rated

As the longest running Asian film festival in Europe, the UK Asian Film Festival has always been proud champions of diversity and focusing the spotlight on minority groups both in the stories we showcase and the visionary filmmakers behind them. Giving a voice to the […]