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Press Release


 For Immediate Release

Spectacular attendance at the 7th Annual Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, 22 August2023 - The curtains rose on the highly anticipated 7th Annual Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati, captivating attendees with an unforgettable inauguration. The event was graced by the esteemed presence of Cincinnati's Mayor, who, along with the celebrated Grand Slam doubles champion, Rohan Bopanna, added an aura of prestige as they bestowed awards upon the deserving victors of the Annual Film festival.

The atmosphere inside the venue was electric, with the palpable buzz of excitement reverberating through every corner. As the director and lead actor of the featured film took center stage for an engaging Q&A session, the audience's enthusiasm reached new heights.

The event unfolded at the Cincinnati Art Museum, a fitting backdrop that lent an air of elegance and culture to the occasion. The venue was abuzz with attendees, nearly every seat occupied, a testament to the festival's immense popularity and the indomitable spirit of cinema enthusiasts.

As the festival continued its cinematic journey, attendees took in more captivating screenings, insightful discussions, and memorable interactions with the creative minds behind the showcased films.

"The 7th Annual Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati kept its promise to be a celebration of art, culture, and the magic of storytelling. We were overwhelmed by the strong show of support not only at the opening night but at each of the screenings" said Executive Director of the festival, Ratee Apana. People came from as far away as Cleveland, Naperville, Columbus, Philadelphia, Columbus and Dayton. My daughter wanted to see the opening film "Call me Dancer " said native of Cleveland  Neal Mathur.  Vinita Jayaraman  an IT executive, also from Cleveland, enthusiastically networked and  sat through the films." I had to come once I saw that you had a festival  in Ohio" took in films she said.

Cincinnati's Culinary Legacy Took Center Stage at Exclusive Film Premiere After-Party. Following the captivating film screening and discussion of the Opening Film “Call me Dancer” by Leslie Shampaine, attendees at the Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati were treated to a sophisticated culinary experience at the renowned Le Bar à Boeuf. Against the backdrop of the Queen City’s skyscape, our guests embraced the opportunity to deepen their connection with Cincinnati and indulge in the rich culinary heritage of maestro, Jean Robert de Cavel. Other after parties included  The Quarter Bistro, where chef Chris led with Euro India fare.



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Dr. Ratee Apana
Executive Director
Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati
Cincinnati Sister Cities (India)


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