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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, master classes and cinema. 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.

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 (Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake), Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham), Aparna Sen (15 park Avenue) and Meera Syal (Anita and Me), actors Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Madhur Jaffrey, Kiron Kher and Bollywood legend Helen.