Glasgow Film Festival was delighted to welcome Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs for Scotland to launch the Beyond Bollywood strand at GFF 2011. The event was a Festival Film Salon at the Blythswood Hotel to launch the festival strand and celebrate Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink.
Each year the Festival shines a spotlight on the cinema of a particular country. In 2011 the focus falls on India. The high profile Commonwealth Games in Delhi and the prospect of a thrilling 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have only served to increase the friendly cultural and commercial ties between the two countries. Beyond Bollywood is a celebration of the remarkable flourishing of Indian independent cinema in recent years.
“British cinema-goers rarely get the chance to see a wide range of Indian cinema and so we wanted to create an event that celebrated some of the new names and talents working outwith the traditional Bollywood productions,” explains Festival Co-director Allan Hunter.
“We also hope audiences embrace the chance to see this special selection of new films, specially restored classics and documentaries and would like to thank Mr Monir Mohammed of Mother India restaurant for his generous sponsorship of Beyond Bollywood, which further secured a New Arts Sponsorship Grant supported by the Scottish Government in conjunction with Arts & Business Scotland.”
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