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Press Release

The Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati 

Cincinnati, AUG 5-12, 2021. 

The Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati (IFFCincy)  'Engage Diversity Through Film" - announces  its Annual Film Festival lineup of narrative and documentary features and short films, to be  showcased virtually this year , August 5 - August  19, 2021.  IFFCincy is the only Indian Film festival in Ohio and  is a programing partner of The India Cincinnati Sister City. The festival is widely recognized as the premiere showcase for prestigious and groundbreaking Indian, as well as International cinema.  Many of the films are made in the US. 

Over these past months, amidst the Covid-19 caused mayhem, Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati (IFFCincy) engaged the community in curated conversations with beacons from world cinema. Together with film aficionados in the US, and abroad they watched a curated selection of award-winning films over 15 weeks led by Ratee Apana. Several films were screened especially for IFFCincy audiences. Each weekend the audience met with the Directors and cast of a film or two over Zoom meetings. Directors, producers, actors and writers shed light, sharing insights with enthusiastic cine-viewers eager to learn more about their films and to exchange views. Ratee Apana, Founder and Executive Director of IFFCincy states, “ The audience excitement was palpable. This really convinced me that we must have our film festival this year, so while many major festivals in the city decided to postpone their festival to the next year, we decided to  go virtual".

Cincinnati plays host to an incredible world-class cinema in the heart of its vibrant and developing downtown district. Ratee Apana says, " We are thrilled with this opportunity to share with our Cincinnati audience a carefully curated set of South Asian films. These films encompass a range of human experiences and social issues, which will resonate well with all communities.” 

The festival will announce their full line up on July 25th. Highlights from this year’s lineup include premiers of several international award-winning films. Ratee adds, “Masterful performances cover: human rights, challenged abilities, gender values, bullying, sibling relationships, love, LGBTQ, racism, aging, immigration and displacement.  We will showcase several films produced and/or directed by women. Many of the directors and producers of our films will be available for discussion on specific days on streaming media during the two weeks of the film festival.  While a few of the films are in English, all films have subtitles in English."

Emerging from the South Asian  migration around the world, these films tell multi-generational stories transcending barriers of culture gender, country or faith. We invite you to experience seventeen fun filled days of independent cinema in the comfort of your home!

Individual tickets and passes will be available on our website and will go on sale July 25.

Schedule of films will be posted July 20th 2021.

IFCCincy Vision : To engage diversity through film. To bring understanding and reflection to the common human values that bind us both because of and in spite of our diversity.

IFFCincy Mission: Net proceeds of ticket sales will provide need based scholarships for Cincinnati Public High School students to be part the Cincinnati Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Program (India). This program exposes students  to the culture, history, diversity and economy of India through  curricula and travel. Students are then paired with local corporate mentors and University students as a first step towards making University education their goal.


For media inquiries/Press Pass/Interviews please contact: Ratee Apana, at 513 886 5817. For additional information on films, directors and producers, please visit website at

Ratee Apana

Executive Director

Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati

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