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Cincinnati welcomes back the vibrant colors of the Indian Film Festival after virtual screenings during the pandemic.

7th Annual Lineup Unveiled

Cincinnati, 2023: Showcasing the power of diversity through film, Cincinnati takes center stage hosting incredible world-class cinema in the heart of its vibrant  city  on August 17-20.

Cincinnati, 2023: Showcasing the power of diversity through film, Cincinnati takes center stage hosting incredible world-class cinema in the heart of its vibrant city on August 17-20.

The Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati (IFFCincy), known for its mission to "Engage Diversity Through Film," is back, this time in theaters with its highly anticipated Annual Film Festival.

Prepare to be captivated by a stellar lineup of narrative and documentary features, as well as thought-provoking short films. Spread across the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Mariemont theatre and the Kenwood City Base  venues throughout Cincinnati, this festival promises to immerse audiences in a cinematic journey. Witness the beauty and talents of Cincinnati’s own film maker Dr Kannick Kanikeshwaran whose film Colonial Interlude includes many Cincinnatians and closes the festival. Experience the artistry of director Billy McAdams Jr as he carefully crafts a heartwarming story of identity and prejudice in Bully High,  immerse yourself in the multigenerational story of Max Min and Meowzaki or see the world anew through the brave eyes of the young girl Princy Gogoi in the film called Challenge. These stories will change you. Discussions with the filmmakers to follow each film.

Ratee Apana, the visionary Executive Director of IFFCincy, expresses her excitement about this transformative experience, stating, "We are thrilled to share these captivating films with our Cincinnati audiences. Each film has been carefully selected to engage diversity through the art of cinema. Our goal is to create an inclusive space that resonates with all communities, promoting dialogue and fostering a shared sense of connection."

By supporting the Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati, attendees play an active role in empowering the next generation of leaders. The festival supports education and empowerment beyond the silver screen. Net proceeds from ticket sales provide scholarships for Cincinnati Public High School students in need to participate in the Cincinnati Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Program (India).

Apana encourages movie goers to look beyond the festival's name, as the seventh edition of IFFC presents an impressive lineup with a mix of English speaking and subtitled films.

Renowned for its commitment to showcasing revolutionary short films, the IFFC Festival is the only one of its kind in Ohio and stands as a distinguished platform for cinematic brilliance.

 “We invite the community to join IFFCincy in this noble cause and walk in the shoes of different characters, cultures, and communities. Together, we can make a difference in lives of Cincinnati's youth and pave the way for a brighter, more inclusive future,” states Apana.

Opening night will take place at the Cincinnati Art Museum in the Fath Auditorium on August 18 at 6:00 pm.  Highlights from this year’s lineup include premiers of several international award-winning films. Masterful performances cover a variety of genres relatable to all cultures that bring out our common humanity.

Tickets are available for purchase on  EVENTBRITE

and at the Theatres 


Media Inquiries/Press Pass/Interview requests please Contact:

Ratee Apana, 513 886 5817 or


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


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