'DESIblitz Film Fusion' festival 2022!
The inaugural 'DESIblitz Film Fusion' festival planted its seed in multicultural Birmingham by the multi-award-winning web publication DESIblitz.com. Established in 2008, the website has earned its publication status by growing tremendously with a large UK and international reach, especially in South Asia and North America.
Born in Birmingham, the festival offers an exciting and fantastic opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their creative film art and talents.
The first-ever 'DESIblitz Film Fusion' festival is a 10-day event with 10+ screenings, taking place across iconic venues ('ODEON Luxe Birmingham Broadway Plaza' and 'Mac Birmingham: Midlands Arts Centre' etc) in Birmingham, UK from Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 12, 2022. The festival is supported by Film Hub Midlands, British Film Institute, BFI Film Audience Network, and The National Lottery.
A first of its kind, the festival focuses on promoting and elevating Punjabi, Pakistani, and Sports films with a South Asian context, as well as a UK and World scope to them.
The Indie festival targets underrepresented groups and communities, young and mature audiences. Providing a platform for alternative and language-based cinema, the festival aims to promote diversity and culture that is stimulating, educational, and inspirational, with a super film program mix, talent, discussions, and competition.
The festival categories include feature, documentary, and short films of substance, depth, entertainment, infotainment, and varied genres within our core festival strands, which include:
inspiring, creative, and strong story-based Punjabi films that are made in the Punjabi language, originating from India, Pakistan, UK, USA, Canada, or anywhere in the world.
Thought-provoking, educating, and entertaining films relating to Pakistan or a Pakistani theme, along with promoting the culture, lifestyle, and languages of Pakistan including Urdu. Films can originate from Pakistan, the UK, the USA, Canada, or anywhere globally.
Ethnic films unveiling sports (all sports including mountaineering, adventure sports) stories of challenges, success, and accomplishments that have a direct (preferable) or indirect South Asian/ Desi link. They can originate from South Asia, the UK, or anywhere internationally.
Film Fusion Competition
As part of the festival, we are running the 'Film Fusion Competition'. This calls for young UK-based filmmakers of any experience (16-30) to submit creative short films (max. 10 minutes) that are made using a smartphone with a Commonwealth Games 2022 theme. This includes animations and vlog-style submissions.