Vietnam, December 18, 2015:Award-winning filmmakers Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Umesh Shukla & Rahul Mitra will be a part of the first ever Indian Film Festival in Vietnam, being organised under the purview of the Indian Embassy in Vietnam.

The festival will kick-off today, and will run till December 23rd at Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh city.

The IFF -V, which was set up with an aim to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of Indian cinema and culture in Vietnam will showcase more than eight thought-provoking Indian films, including Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Oh My God, Jodha Akbar, Taare Zameen Par, Wake Up Sid, Paheli, 3 Idiots, Dil Chahta Hai, and Maqbool. The Festival will be a great platform for a rising breed of defiant producers and directors who are now aspirational about reviving meaningful Indian cinema on Vietnam’s big screens.

Bollywood in Vietnam has never enjoyed the red-carpet welcome that it has grown used to, in the developed western world. However, the persistence and efforts of Smt Preeti Saran (The Indian Ambassador to Vietnam) made the festival possible. The Indian Embassy in Vietnam has partnered with IFFW (Indian Film Festivals Worldwide) which is an organization that promotes the diverse perspectives of Indians by supporting home-bred filmmakers and recognizing the leadership of entertainment industry performers. Mr.R C Dalal and Captain Rahul Bali were responsible for bringing this organization to life.

The festival aims to be a bridge between Indian and international filmmakers, who have showcased the potential of appealing to a massively cross-cultural audience. Filmmakers like Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who have delivered meaningful masterpieces like Rang De Basanti, will find an opportune moment to interact with the right mix of smart artists to deliver world class collaborative projects that transcend the shallow borders of religion, communal conflicts, and orthodox mindsets. True cinema critics might cherish the fact that people with the power to redeem India of its prevalent but useless traditions will now have the right platform to do so.

The festival is supported by the Vietnam Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and has received an overwhelming wave of support from members of the Indian Film fraternity who have committed their time and resources to make the Festival a showcase of the best creative talent from India and around the world.