Chandigarh, February 17, 2020: ‘Sikhlens: Sikh Arts & Film Festival’, the premiere annual Californian film festival marks its advent in India with a full-day festival, which is all set to take place on Friday, February 21, at the Tagore Theatre, in Chandigarh.
Ojaswwee Sharma (Film Director & India Head, Sikhlens) and Bicky Singh (Founder: Sikhlens, California) under the aegis of Pinaka Mediaworks in association with Chandigarh Administration, Department of Culture Affairs, Chandigarh Administration, and Rolling Frames Entertainment bring the best of Sikh Films and the premiere Sikh Film Festival from California, US for the first time in India to The City Beautiful, Chandigarh.
The full-day film festival includes the best of Sikhlens (California) curated short films and documentaries and the presence of the creative Sikhs including filmmakers, artists and authors and prominent Sikh personalities of the region for promotion of Sikh arts, culture and heritage in Chandigarh.
The film festival is a full day event commencing with exhibition at 11 am and film screenings to begin from 12 noon. Notable and eminent personalities of Chandigarh relating to arts & culture, and various social aspects would be gracing the festival with their presence. Entry will be free for the public.
17 films produced on Sikh-centric subjects would be playing at the film festival with 5 films from India, 2 from United Kingdom, 4 from United States of America, and one each from Italy and Australia.
The Indian film ‘Benediction’ would be the opening film of the festival, and ‘Chaurassi’ would be the closing film of the festival.
Other notable films to screen at the festival are Scars - That Remain after a 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh, Zubaan, Rooh, I Run while talking to God (Fauja Singh Film), The Singh Twins, The Prisoners Song, The Prisoners Song, Shades Of Indigo, Pagg, Red White and Beard, The Lions of London, Style with Kaur, Ride With Pride, Growing Life & Sikh Formaggio.
Various award winning and record holding artists would be present to showcase their work of art depicting Sikh Arts at the festival under the 'Creative Sikh Segment'. Some of the artists confirming their presence are 'Almond Singh', Dr. Devinderpal Singh Sehgal, Hardeep Singh and Vinod Chauhan.
Sikhlens through it's ‘Destination S’ program provides funding and filming scholarship programs for filmmakers both Sikh and non-Sikh, whose projects aim to bring inspiring stories about Sikh history and heritage into the world’s mainstream conversation on race, ethnic harmony, justice, and spirituality.
Sikhlens, The World’s Premier Sikh Film Festival, seeks to provide an outlet for sharing Sikh heritage and culture with the rest of the world by creating awareness for work that is “Sikh-centric,” showcasing our talent, and instilling pride in our community.
Sikhlens seeks work from artists in a variety of fields, including but not limited to movies, books, music, and art. It creates appropriate avenues for this work to be shared with the rest of the world with the aim of getting more exposure for the presenters; and at the same time creating awareness about Sikhs.