Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati

Sister City Advisory council:
Jin Kong, Legal Counsel, Cincinnati Sister cities
Ratee Apana, Founding President & Executive Director
Pat Niskode, Vice President & Co-Founder

Sister City Charter Board members:

Pradeep Bekal

Nav Grandhi

Koti Sree Krishna

Vivek Narendra


Film Festival Advisory Board:
Leena Yadav

Aroon Shivadasani
Premendra Majumdar

Uma Kotagal

Festival Staff:
Ratee Apana, Executive Director & President
Pat Niskode, Rajan Kamath , Film Festival Director
Ratee Apana, Development Director
Pankaj Bhasker, Festival Coordinator
Venkatesh Kothapalli, Production Manager
Clara Matonzhade, Public Relations, Media and Sponsorship
Rita Kumar, Investor Relations, Membership and Special Events

Film Festival Screening Committee:
Ratee Apana

Indu Tandon

Judith Biddapa

Ramona Adhikari

Engage diversity through film


Building inclusive communities

About the Film Festival


The Indian film festival of Cincinnati is the only Indian Film Festival in Ohio. The festival is organized and hosted by the India Cincinnati Sister cities in collaboration with the Art Museum. We screen premieres of feature, documentary and short films made in and about the South Asian subcontinent or it's people.  The festival will have six days of screenings and post-screening discussions and award ceremonies.

At the  Festival watch films made by the best in Cincinnati and South Asia such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tibet.  All of our films are spoken or subtitled in English.

Our Mission: To engage diversity through Film. To bring understanding and reflection to the common human values that bind us in spite of our diversity.

Our Goal: To  build an inclusive Cincinnati community and  an awareness of independent Indian cinema.

Our Cause: To use net proceeds of our ticket sales to create scholarships that  assist high school students in need to  take part in the Youth Ambassador Program of the India Sister City.

The Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati is an India Sister City Event that aims to provide opportunities for officials, and citizens of Cincinnati to experience and explore the culture of the Indian /South Asian subcontinent through the media of film, to champion women and diverse voices in this media. The festival is charged with sharing, building and enhancing awareness of Indian culture with the citizens of Greater Cincinnati.

The India Cincinnati sister city committee supports all artistic disciplines in the classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. Our focus is to facilitate artists and arts organizations from India to exhibit, perform and produce their works here as well as work with artists and arts organizations in North America to travel to our sister city and other cities in India to exhibit, perform and produce their works there.

We thank the Cincinnati Art Museum for their support and collaboration.

Our Partners are Cincinnati Art Museum, Freedom Center, Esquire Theatre, Mariemont Theatre, Kenwood Theatre.


The Cincinnati Sister Cities  is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit,  The organization is charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness of cross cultural diversity through the creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of  cross-cultural art forms such as film, art, dance, architecture.

Film Festival Brochure 2019