Category: Blog

Join UKAFF’s Advisory Board

Join UKAFF’s Advisory Board

We are hiring Voluntary Advisory Board Members. Looking for skills & experience in the following areas:Marketing, media & PR, Legal, Enterprise/business development, IT/Systems, Strategic planning, Digital technology, International networks, Advocacy, Youth Engagement and Education Application Deadline: Email us expressing your interest and suitability to [email protected] […]

UKAFF Hosts An Afternoon Mushaira with Minu Bakshi

UKAFF Hosts An Afternoon Mushaira with Minu Bakshi

We are doing a poetry afternoon with Minu Bakshi & 5 lucky winners will be selected to join. To apply simply send us your name, explaining why poetry interests you and the poem you would like to recite at the Mushaira by email to [email protected] by Friday […]

UK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL & THE BOLLYWOOD COMPANY PRESENT ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA DRIVE-IN SCREENING

UK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL & THE BOLLYWOOD COMPANY PRESENT ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA DRIVE-IN SCREENING

UK Asian Film Festival in partnership with The Bollywood Company will bepresenting a live, audience interaction during lockdown for two Drive-In Screenings of the contemporary classic of Indian cinema, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Screenings will take place on Friday 10th July and Saturday 11th July […]

The Director’s Chair with Danish Renzu

The Director’s Chair with Danish Renzu

Filmmaker Danish Renzu joins entertainment journalist Anuj Radia for a candid chat discussing his forthcoming film The Illegal which was due to be screened at UKAFF 2020 but had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. Watch the insightful interview behind the process of bringing the […]

UKAFF Host Online Tribute to Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor

UKAFF Host Online Tribute to Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor

During this pandemic, UK Asian Film Festival’s CEO Dr. Pushpinder Chowdhry MBE and Phizzical’s artistic director Samir Bhamra have been running an online Antakshari every Saturday via Zoom.   On Saturday 2nd May, between 5.30pm and 7.30pm, they will be hosting an online tribute to […]

UKAFF & ZEE5 Collaboration

UKAFF & ZEE5 Collaboration

The UK Asian Film Festival is excited to announce its collaboration with ZEE5 to bring its festival audiences a special discount code valid for one month from the time of subscription (code available to 5 May 2020). You will have access to a catalogue on […]

UK Asian Film Festival – A Trip Down Memory Lane

UK Asian Film Festival – A Trip Down Memory Lane

Keeping with this year’s Uprooted festival theme we have put together a 14 day watchlist of films previously screened at our film festival that are available on digital platforms. 1. Brick Lane (2007), Director Sarah Gavron on Netflix At the age of 17, Nazneen leaves Bangladesh for an arranged […]

Ray of Hope

Ray of Hope

UK Asian Film Festival will be commemorating the centenary of Satyajit Ray in 2021. To mark this unique celebration of one of the greatest filmmakers, UKAFF are offering five emerging artists £1000 each to create 3min long digital films on the theme Ray of Hope. […]

Short Film Competition Winner Announced

Short Film Competition Winner Announced

Tongues on Fire are delighted to announce that winner of the UK Asian Film Festival Short Film Competition is Hey Ram! – directed by Yashwardhan Goswami. In response to winning the competition, Yashwardhan sent us this video message from India to express his appreciation. Congratulations […]

Review: No Fathers In Kashmir

Review: No Fathers In Kashmir

Directed by: Ashvin KumarWritten by: Ashvin KumarStarring: Soni Razdan, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Zara Webb and Shivam Raina Paradise on earth is how Kashmir is known the world over and ‘No Fathers in Kashmir’ does full justice to that description with some of the most stunning cinematography […]

Review: The Zoya Factor

Review: The Zoya Factor

Directed by: Abhishek Sharma Written by: Anuja Chauhan and Pradhuman Singh Starring: Sonam Kapoor, Dulquer Salmaan, Sanjay Kapoor, Angad Bedi and Koel Purie Cricket is like a religion in the Indian subcontinent and its players veritable gods. This is the pitch on which ‘The Zoya Factor’ sets off […]

Review: Section 375

Review: Section 375

Directed by: Ajay Bahl Written by: Manish Gupta Starring: Akshaye Khanna, Richa Chadda, Meera Chopra, Rahul Bhat A courtroom drama has the ability to grip audiences as long as it is made with finesse and technique. ‘Section 375’ scores on both counts as it unfolds frame by frame, […]

Review: The Sky is Pink

Review: The Sky is Pink

Directed by: Shonali Bose Written by: Shonali Bose and Nilesh Maniyar Starring: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim and Rohit Saraf Inspired by a true story, ‘The Sky is Pink’ portrays a young couple who, after the death of their first new-born daughter from a rare immunity disorder, conceive […]

Review: Blinded By The Light

Review: Blinded By The Light

Written by: Sarfraz Manzoor, Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges Directed by: Gurinder Chadha Starring: Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra, Nikita Mehta, Nell Williams, Aaron Phagura, Dean Charles-Chapman, Hayley Atwell and Rob Brydon The name will be familiar to any fan of American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen but […]

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 […]

Sadho: A Tragedy that Brings a Dead Child Back to Life

Sadho: A Tragedy that Brings a Dead Child Back to Life

Review by Rim Karama What can be said when a deceased baby girl regains her life just moments before her burial? Following her grieving father’s departure, she is left in the sole company of a social outcast, Sadho, a grave digger who ironically has only […]

Interview with UK Asian Film Festival Volunteer Annusheh Rahim

Interview with UK Asian Film Festival Volunteer Annusheh Rahim

Annusheh Rahim is a gap year student who is out to pursue her passion of filmmaking. Despite the fact that her current qualifications are not linked to film production in any way she has grabbed the opportunity to make her directorial debut. Fellow festival volunteer […]

UK Asian Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years with Female-centric Screenings & Events

UK Asian Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years with Female-centric Screenings & Events

This year, the UK Asian Film Festival will be celebrating 20 years of championing independent South Asian cinema by hosting a 12-day season of film screenings and events in Edinburgh, Manchester, Leicester and London.

Share Your Memories

Share Your Memories

As part of this year’s UK Asian Film Festival 2018, Tongues on Fire (TOF) is excited to premiere their very own heritage documentary film exploring the dynamic relationship that the British South Asian diaspora has with Indian cinema. Ever since the sizeable migration of South […]

Short Film Selection Screening at BFI Southbank

Short Film Selection Screening at BFI Southbank

Tongues On Fire will be organising the 20th UK Asian Film Festival this year to be held from 14th – 25th March 2018, this year we have a diverse selection of bold and cutting edge films that we wish to bring to you. Among them […]

Volunteer Callout for the 2018 UK Asian Film Festival

Volunteer Callout for the 2018 UK Asian Film Festival

Every year we have a bank of volunteers to help make the festival a success. Volunteering at UKAFF is about helping filmmakers and artists share their stories. Of course, there are exciting benefits, like getting to see UK premieres of new independent films, meeting film […]

Memories Through Cinema Heritage Project

Memories Through Cinema Heritage Project

A project aimed at exploring your first memories of Asian cinema in the UK. Share your stories of and early experiences of watching films in the 60s and beyond.

LAFF 2017 Award Winners

LAFF 2017 Award Winners

The big winners and pathbreakers from the 19th London Asian Film Festival

Is There Such A Thing As Utopia?

Is There Such A Thing As Utopia?

Hassan Nazer’s Utopia is a tragic tale of a woman whose entire world begins crumbling around her, through which it explores the very concept of hope