The four-day extravaganza will feature a lineup of international feature films, short films and documentaries from around the world on themes of Punjabi culture and identity. PIFF will include glamorous gala events, film parties, concerts, workshops, seminars and much more as it celebrates South Asian Heritage Month and the Punjabi community in Toronto, Brampton and Mississauga.
Punjabi singer and actor Harbhajan Mann has become a prominent figure in the revitalization of Punjabi cinema. He has starred and produced in movies such as: Ji Aayan Nu, Asa Nu Mann Watna Da, Dil Apna Punjabi, Mitti Wajaan Mardi, Mera Pind, My home, "Jag Jeondiyan De Mele" and "Heer Ranjha". “Stars like Harbhajan Mann are beloved by the entire Punjabi Community and beyond for their decades of work promoting Punjabi cultural through film and music” says Sunny Gill, President of PIFF. “Gippy Grewal and Neeru Bajwa are extremely popular as part of the new generation of Punjabi films stars who are breathing fresh life into the industry.”
Festival partners include Humber College, The Mississauga Arts Council, The Brampton Board of Trade and more. “The entire community is coming together to make this a fun filled event that people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy,” says Mr. Inder Singh, VP of PIFF.
• Canada is home to the second largest Punjabi community outside of India and Pakistan
• Punjabi is the fourth most spoken language in Canada
• Neeru Bajwa was born in Canada and raised in Vancouver, BC. Her most recent film is Jatt and Juliet (2012) co starring Diljit Dosanjh
• Gippy Grewal debuted in the superhit film Mel Karade Rabba opposite Jimmy Shergill and Indo-Canadian actress Neeru Bajwa
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