The 2021 edition of the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) kicks off on June 4, and due to the ongoing pandemic, the festival will be held virtually. The festival ends on June 13.
Festival director Aseem Chhabra said in a statement: “The Covid-19 situation in India is heartbreaking and our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost their loved ones. But we’ve made a promise to our audiences in the United States and around the world. The show must go on. We present the best of Indian cinema from 2020 and 2021.”
He added: “This year we celebrate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Satyajit Ray, by showing documentaries about the three Indian icons.”
58 films will be screened at the 2021 New York Indian Film Festival, including feature films, documentaries and short films. The festival screens films in Assamese, Bengali, English, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
Kannada movie Where’s Pinki? (Pinki Eili?) will be the opening film at NYIFF 2021. Ajitpal Singh’s Fire in the Mountains, which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, will be the closing film.
Some of the movies that will be available to Indian viewers are: Biriyaani (Malayalam), Blue Bird (Kannada), First Nights (Tamil), Freddie’s Piano (English), God on the Balcony (Assamese), Mail (Telugu), Parcel (Bengali), Talking Head (English, Bengali), The Music of Satyajit Ray (English, Bengali) and The Space Between The Notes (English).