We organise film festivals at various venues around the country showcasing films supported under our grants. We also organise performance festivals featuring stage productions supported under our programmes. Our festivals often also have a combination of films, presentations and performances.

IFA Film Festival

IFA organises curated festivals, of films funded under its various grant programmes.

Between October 8 and 10, 2010, IFA in association with the Centre for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia, organised its first ever film festival at the Centre for Media Studies, St Thomas’ College, Thrissur, Kerala. Over a period of three days, 10 IFA funded films were screened at the venue. The festival was very well received and was attended by several students of Media Studies as well as members of the public.  

The second IFA Film Festival was presented in association with the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) between January 2 and February 20, 2011 at the NGMA premises, Bangalore. As part of this festival, 10 IFA supported films were screened at the venue spanning the period.

The third IFA Film Festival was presented in association with The Institute of Theatre and Film, University of Allahabad between October 21 and 22, 2011, in Allahabad. At this festival, four IFA supported films were screened over three days following an introduction to IFA and the films. Also part of the festival was a presentation by IFA grantees Shirley Abraham and Amit Madhesiya on a photo-documentation of Maharashtra’s touring tent cinemas called Tambu Talkies.

We are keen to organise a film festival, of IFA-funded films, in your city. If you would like to collaborate with us do get in touch with joyce@indiaifa.org.

Performance Festivals

New Performance

The first edition of The New Performance Festival was held in Bangalore at Rangashankara between February 23 and 29, 2008. This festival featured four IFA-funded stage productions including …About Ram by Anurupa Roy, Quick Death by Sankar Venkateswaran, The Rhythm Divine by Astad Deboo and Anusha Lall’s VYUTI –Inflections. Response to this festival was unprecedented and motivated to share our work with audiences in other cities. 

The second edition of The New Performance Festival was held in Kolkata at three different venues between November 17 and 21, 2010. The festival featured five IFA-supported stage productions (both dance and theatre) and a dialogue around new modes of performance.

Project 560 – A Found Spaces Initiative

The Project 560 festival was held in Bangalore between June 6 to June 8, 2014 six projects were funded through a call for applications. Following which, the six grantees performed at various ‘found spaces’ around the city. A panel discussion featuring the grant recipients and other noted artists was also part of the festival.

IFA in Mumbai

As part of the launch of IFA’s new branch in Mumbai, we organised a gala two-day festival, on April 7 and 8, 2012, at the Prithvi Theatre. The festival was inaugurated by actor Naseeruddin Shah along with Sangita Jindal, founder-chairperson, Jindal South West Foundation, actor Ratna Pathak Shah, artist Jitish Kallat, entrepreneur Jaithirth Rao, Anuradha Parikh, Managing Trustee, MPC, Shaila Parikh, Founder, MPC, filmmaker Sumantra Ghoshal, and Kunal Kapoor, Director, Prithvi Theatre. It showcased the work of some of IFA’s talented grantees through films screenings, exhibitions, performances, workshops and discussions.