The London Indian Film Festival is launching its own streaming platform online by selecting the winners from the Ray’s Short Film Competition.
Due to be held in June this year, LIFF has gone digital due to coronavirus restrictions and will show movies online in different languages of South Asia.
Working with New Zealand’s Shift 72, which CPH: Docs Online launched in March, the new U.S. geo-block platform has launched with the award winners of the last nine years of the Ray Roy Short Film Competition.
The ‘Home London Indian Film Festival at Home’ platform is visible on LovelyFathom.com.
The short films screened have been programmed together for the first time and include a short film by Shubhashish Bhutiyi of Can FefresciiI director Neeraj Ghaiwan and Prix de loveni winner “Masan” and its short film “Kush” (pictured above) won in 2014.
The festival says it will follow suit with a few feature films released in the summer.
The festival is supported by an audience award from the British Film Institute, using the National Lottery Fund and the Bagri Foundation to develop its new hybrid, part-digital and fragment-based modeling strategy that will be launched this year and in the future.
The London Indian Film Festival was first held in 2010.
Festival executive and programming director Kerry Rajinder Sawhney said: “It seems almost certain that the world’s most beloved Indian director Satyajit Ray’s 99th birth anniversary will be celebrated for the first time. The winners of the prestigious Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition together, the Ray family kindly supported the film. Equal to Edanabadi can include vision. “
Ben Luxford, Head of BFI Audiences, added: “We are delighted to support LIFF’s ambitious plan to present the festival online, thus ensuring that this year’s South Asian Film Festival has reached a wider audience than last year with a unique opportunity. Ray watched the winners of the short film competition এ. We look forward to seeing you as the full program develops. “