7 Film Festivals That Celebrate Punjabi Cinema

As Punjabi cinema grows rapidly with a variety of comedy, romantic, horror, and action movies. There is a day when we give awards and respect to those who made us laugh and keep an entertaining audience. National and international film festivals are a big deal now. Just influencing a Cannes or Academy Award gives the film even more critically praised. But what about the Punjabi industry?

Well, obviously there are PTC awards, but because there are so many Punjabis around the world now. What about international honors? So there are some lesser-known Indian and international film festivals that are made only for Punjabi language films. We will cover in this post 7 Film Festivals That Celebrate Punjabi Cinema including international as well. Let’s get started.

7 Punjabi Film Festival

Punjabi Film Festival (Amritsar)

Sur Saanjh Productions and a film festival established in 2007 by Punjabi film director Navtej Sandhu, is an annual event focusing on Punjabi films. This festival is a pioneer to Punjabi Film Awards.

Punjabi International Film Festival (Toronto)

Punjabi International Film Festival (Toronto)
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The Punjabi International Film Festival is a publicly held festival, which was first held from May 18 to May 21, 2012. The festival features the best feature films, documentaries, and short films based on the themes of Punjabi culture and identity.

The world. Some of the films screened earlier during the festival include Chann Pardesi’, ‘Kudesan’, ‘Anhey Ghorey Da Daan’, ‘Khushiyaan’, ‘Kabhoon Na Chhadai Khet’, ‘Rahe Charhdi Kala Punjab Di’ and many more.

Ma Boli International Punjabi Film Festival (Vancouver)

Ma Boli International Punjabi Film Festival (Vancouver)
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Established in 2013, the Ma Boli International Film Festival aims to showcase global Punjabi films to North American audiences. At a time when Punjabi cinema is growing and experimenting, the Mother Tongue Film Festival works to promote Punjabi culture and filmmakers!

Sikh International Film Festival (Toronto)

Sikh International Film Festival (Toronto)

The Sikh International Film Festival focuses exclusively on Sikh films. The festival was established in Canada in 2013 and is held every year!

Virasat Film Festival and Awards (Melbourne)

Another annual film festival is special for Punjabi films. It was launched in 2016. As the name suggests, it works on Punjab culture and films related to Punjab.

New Zealand Punjabi Film Festival (Auckland)

Not only Canada but also New Zealand has its film festival dedicated to Punjabi films. It was established in 2017 and is aimed at the Punjabi audience living there.

International Film Festival of South Asia (Toronto)

Then there is the South Asian International Film Festival, an annual festival focusing on South Asian cinema. It takes place every May as part of the South Asian Heritage Month celebrations and aims to promote greater understanding and appreciation of the South Asian experience by providing unique insights and new perspectives through film and music.

That’s all for today I hope you like this post about the Punjabi film festival that celebrates Punjab cinema. Do you know about these Punjabi film festivals if not comment which you have attended any festival yet let us know in the comment box?

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