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TONGUES ON FIRE – LONDON ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 16-24 March 2012 Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan to attend the Opening Night at BFI

24 February 2012

We are delighted to announce that Bollywod actor and our Patron Abhishek Bachchan is confirmed to attend the Opening Night of the 14th London Asian Film Festival hosted by Tongues on Fire from 16 to 24 March across multiple venues in London.

Abhishek is scheduled to attend the opening press conference, talking about the importance of this annual festival and will be present at the introduction of the opening film of the festival Michael, starring Naseeruddin Shah on 16 March at the British Film Institute (BFI), Southbank.
Meera Syal has agreed to open the festival, as our patron.

The festival which closes with an Awards Dinner at BAFTA on 24 March honors a range of exciting films influenced by South Asian cultures that have made waves in the international film festival circuit.

Some of the other major highlights of the festival include the following:

• A thrilling Pakistani film section which includes screening of the highly controversial film Bol on 18 March at BFI. The lead actress of the film Humaima Malik is confirmed to attend the Q&A session after the screening

• In this year of the Paralympics, we’re very excited to have invited the acclaimed Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who will be here on 21 March until the closing night awards ceremony on 24 March at BAFTA. TOF will be honoring him with an award in recognition of his work on disability in Indian cinema. Sanjay will also be delivering the Nargis Dutt lecture at the University of Westminster (Regent Street campus) on 22 March and we will be screening critically acclaimed films Black and Guzaarish during the ten day event.

• We’re also privileged to have Meherjaan from Bangladesh a project across Pakistan, India and Bangladesh starring Jaya Bachchan. We are honored to have the director Rubaiyat Hossain with us for a Q&A after the screening

• Our annual short film competition showcasing the remarkable work of aspiring film-makers and future stars of cinema takes place on 17 March at Apollo, Piccadilly

• The closing night awards ceremony will be at BAFTA on 24 March. The gala ceremony itself will be in the theatre upstairs, followed by a black tie sit down meal in the David Lean room
020 8961 8908 | [email protected] | www.tonguesonfire.comWe are pleased to collaborate with Macmillan Cancer Support on a series of Film Making workshops and Time to Change to provoke debate on mental health through their short film Wedding Reception.
Festival director Dr. Pushpinder Chowdhry says, “The 14th London Asian Film Festival has a global flavor celebrating diversity with films, special events and our annual short film competition. It’s an exciting time for London and we hope the stories we have selected will move, excite and inspire you.”

For more information on festival screenings and tickets visit our website, book directly at BFI, Southbank, Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly or write to us at [email protected].

Tongues on Fire is a not-for-profit organisation and our goal is to provide a platform for independent film with a link to South Asia. We celebrate south asian culture, its vibrancy and its many dimensions through story telling and film. Films entertain, inform, educate and affect change in mood, emotion or thought, and this we champion every year in a film festival, which has now been going for a strong fourteen years. Our festival intertwines political and social messages with entertainment. Our other goal is to provide a platform for emerging talent – to
showcase their work, in the short film competition, to offer networking occasions with industry leaders and to provide inspiration and learning opportunities by showing films, talks and workshops.

The London Asian Film Festival is an eclectic mix of films, stimulating interviews, outstanding lectures series, workshops, master classes and the annual short film competition. The Festival pushes boundaries and overlaps with other cultures through films with a broad crossover appeal. With every successful year, the festival strives to grow despite the challenging current financial climate, where arts funding is being cut and private sponsors are tightening their belts. Our passion for cinema remains as strong and we’re proud to hold the annual London Asian Film Festival awards ceremony that rewards the great films, film makers and artists.