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South Asian Film and Cinema Studies

Here is a selection of websites relating to South Asian cinema and film studies.

We have interpreted South Asian cinema in the broadest sense, to include not only Bombay/Mumbai-based Bollywood and other popular cinemas of South Asia (such as Lahore-based Lollywood), but also fringe and art-house cinema, shorts and documentaries.

We have also included all genre of films made outside of South Asia by South Asian or South Asia diasporic writers, filmmakers, producers and directors.

Although the industry and the resources on the Web are dominated by India, we have included information, where available, about film and cinema in other countries of South Asia.

South Asian Cinema (SACF)
This web resource is run by the South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF), London . The SACF also publishes a journal and organises cinema lead events.

Sawnet- Cinema
A bibliography/cinematography of films directed by both filmmakers in and outside South Asia. It includes documentary shorts, dramas and feature films.

BFI guide to South Asian Cinema
The BFI guide includes a complete introduction to Indian cinema, fifty essential South Asian films and information on contemporary South Asian cinema.

Asian-British Cinema
Explores  to identify a notion of British Asian film, and these films do often have Asian themes and may be seen to share a number of features, including relatively low budgets.

International Indian Film Academy (IIFA)
The IIFA promotes Indian cinema globally. The IIFA organises film festivals, awards and workshops.

History of Bollywood
Everything you want to know about the history of Bollywood, including music, images, songs and further web links.

History of Indian Cinema
Examines the history of Indian cinema between 1931-2006. Includes information on classic films, actors, producers and resources for filmmakers. Part of the Bollywood village site.

Cinema Indian Posters- The V&A
A collection of Indian cinema posters covering a range of themes and historical periods from both pre and post independent India.

South Asian Documentary Film Making.
Material includes the history, documentary film reviews, and interviews with filmmakers, and listings of academic institutes, societies and a bibliography. Contains resources on Indian/South Asian documentary films.

IndianCinema- Blockbusters and beyond
An open forum discussing all the latest news about Bollywood and Indian cinema.

Celebrating Indian Cinema (Directors and Stars)
A guide to biographies of some of the most influential filmmakers in Indian cinema. Links include genres, posters and Indian cinematography.

National Film Development Corporation (NFDC)
NFDC of India is a central agency that promotes a strong cinema movement in India. Its aim is to foster ties with the filmmaking world and it is involved in funding and producing films. Includes a film catalogue.

San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival
Founded in 2002, this San Franciscobased organisation provides information on monthly film screenings and its annual film festival. There is an opportunity to view local, national and international work.

Bollywood Mantra
All the latest Bollywood gossip, news, reviews and a photo gallery of Indian Actors.

Bollywood Premiere
Bollywood trailers, reviews, gossip, music and a Bollywood newsletter.

Bollywood News and Gossip
All the latest news press releases of up and coming Bollywood films, filmographies and a list of the current top ten movies.

Tamil Cinema
A guide to Tamil cinema with up to date latest film related news, reviews, film trailers and Tamil music.

Tamil Movies

Gossip and news in the world of Tamil cinema

Lollywood (Pakistani Films)
A look at the history of Pakistani filmmaking and the various visual art institutes that can be found across the country.

Film history of Bangladesh
An article on national cinema and the beginning of film history in/of Bangladesh.

Covers the history of Bengali cinema, news and biographies

Nepal Film Producers' Association
NFPA was created in 1998 to protect and promote the cinema culture of Nepal.

Nepal Film Development Company Limited
An examination of the Nepali film industry including its history and the difficulties it faces with competition from Bollywood.

Screening the past : an international, refereed journal of visual media and history
An electronic journal of film and media studies produced by Latrobe University (Melbourne, Australia). There are occasional articles relating to South Asian film and cinema.

The Satyajit Ray Film and Study Collection

Satyajit Ray World

Tongues on Fire
Tongues on Fire is a not-for-profit organisation and aims to provide a platform for independent film with a link to South Asia.

UK Film Council
The UK Film Council aims to stimulate a successful, vibrant film industry and encourages enjoyment and understanding of cinema throughout the UK. This site includes information on film making, funding and government policies.