Indian Film Festival The Hague since its founding has made sure to stick to its purpose of celebrating Indian Cinema. As a non-profit organization that thrives on creative and cultural discovery through independent film, our humble hope is to provide an accessible platform for the moving images that matter to our community; we value and prioritize our collaborative nature with local organizations for this reason. Today’s international climate fosters social, economic and political revolution, in turn yielding stories of incomparable gravity. Independent filmmakers continue to connect the world with these stories, and we take seriously the timeless matters they bring into focus. We endeavour to maintain and encourage the same pioneering approach that brought a ragtag crew of movie makers and film lovers together all these years.
We are proud of what you have experienced last week in our 5 day-run Indian Film Festival The Hague. Tireless screeners watched over 160 submissions. It was hence very difficult to pick out the best 35 films out of all the submissions as each of them was spectacular. Our VOLUNTEERS (You all are amazing) who made the event a success have poured hours and energy and even a few tears into this festival. We hope it left you enriched and inspired. But that’s nothing compared to the hours and energy poured into these films. When the lights dim and curtains open, it’s a film maker’s heart projected on that screen. It is the entire years of dreaming, funding, fixing, sharing, polished and presented to you in the comfort of your day.
Filmmakers are the lifeblood of the festival. We were particularly excited and honoured to have received some wonderful guests on-board: Nagraj Manjule, Bhaskar Hazarika, Shivani Saran, Bauddhayan Mukherji, Monalisa Mukherji, Gautam Chintamani, Shefali Bhushan, Georg Heinzen, Florian Heinzen-Ziob, Gargee Kulkarni, Priyanka Dubey, Kutub Inamdar, Rinku Kalsy, Doron Tempert. Thank you very much for your cooperation and support. Also thanks to some amazing speakers and presentors who hosted the talk shows during the festival, Rohit Vyas, Edo Dijksterhuis, Sharma Soerjoesing-Chin A Foeng, Ruud Lanfermeijer, Lipika Bansal. We are highly indebted to all our sponsors who made this festival successful: Gemeente Den Haag, Jet Airways, FedEx, Fonds 1818, NL Filmfonds, Filmhuis Den Haag, Gravin van Bylandt Stichting, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
All the hard work behind producing this film festival brings down to one of our favourite things: YOU. It’s a privilege to choose and play these films, but our joy is to expect across the theatre and see you absorbing, thinking, enjoying. It’s the unspoken compensation in your collective gasps, laughs, and sighs that makes this all worth it. Thank you for entrusting your time and money to this effort, and thank you for encouraging your family and friends to do the same. Whether you are a sponsor, a board member, an industry professional, a visiting filmmaker, a student, or most importantly, a supporter and friend – you’re a family when you join us. Thus, though we have stated it before, allow us to say it once more. We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you.
Indian Film Festival The Hague – Bursting with Colorful Characters
Manasa Rao Saarloos