September 20–24, 2011
What’s It All About:
The Indian Film Festival of Houston (IFFH) is a non-profit organisation
devoted to creating greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by
showcasing quality films that honour entertainment industry performers and
filmmakers while promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.
IFFH showcases a combination of features, shorts and documentaries. The
festival provides programming and activities that no other film festival in Houston
offers and serves a community of Indian and international filmmakers that has the
potential to reach a crossover audience.
IFFH offers the Houston community a unique opportunity to learn about India’s
multi-faceted culture and history of filmmaking.
Watch Out For!
Awards At The Festival
IFFH offers Jury awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short. The
Special Recognition Award is given to outstanding films, talents and industry
The Opening Night Cocktail will be followed by a screening of a feature film.
The Closing Night Award Ceremony will be followed by a cocktail reception and
dinner, which includes Indian culinary delights, music and dance performances.
In addition, the festival presents tributes to acclaimed filmmakers, industry
leaders and talents contributing to the entertainment industry.
Films To Be Screened
Synopsis: After touring many film festivals already, the film celebrates the survival
of the human spirit against overwhelming odds and highlights the need for education
for underprivileged children. It’s a film based on former Indian president A P J
Abdul Kalam and is aimed at inspiring the poor to educate their children. Directed by
Nila Madhab Panda.
A Decent Arrangement
Synopsis: The film is the story of Ashok Khosla, an Indian-American copywriter
who journeys to India seeking an arranged marriage. He encounters an
American woman traveling through India and is set up with an Indian woman who
unexpectedly captivates him. Ashok must navigate the complexity of cultural
traditions and the leanings of his own heart. With subtle comedy and true-tolife
drama, The film gives us a glimpse of India not commonly seen by the Western
audience and delivers a story that resonates with those in search of our place in
a changing world. The film is directed by Sarovar Banka.
The Magic Man
Synopsis: Hoping to secure fame and fortune, a struggling vaudeville magician
turns to the dark arts. But the power unleashed could cost him the one thing
he truly loves. The Magic Man blends the artistry of black-and-white silent films
of the 1920s with beautifully rendered visual effects to create a unique 3D experience.
It is directed by D C Kasundra. This film will also be screened in 3D.