In The News

The 3rd i Film Festival is really one of a kind, offering up the best of South Asian film, not as some paean to political correctness, but truly as a tribute to great cinema rooted in the subcontinent and its diaspora.”
– Sandip Roy, Editor/Radio Host, New American Media

“This autumn I feel more oppressed than usual by the relentless march of regional/generic film festivals… But one film fest that I greet each fall with satisfaction sans stress is the 3rd i Film Festival. Maybe because it’s just another great lineup I get to preview with confidence.”
– Frako Loden, The Evening Class

3rd i has exposed the Indian American audience to a whole new funny, sexy, frightening and fantastic world of South Asian film. They are the only resource for the latest in cutting-edge and hard-to-find cinema and they are one of the Bay Area’s great artistic treasures!”
– Lisa Tsering/entertainment editor, India-West

3rd i Films was the recipient of a “Local Heroes” award from KQED in May 2012, as part of its celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Read more on KQED’s website.


Press coverage of 3rd i’s 14th Annual SFISAFF

SF Arts Monthly
Highlight with photo in November Issue
Sura Wood

India West
‘Masaan’ to Open 3rd i’s Annual South Asian Film Festival
November 3, 2016

Bay Flicks
Lincoln Spector
November 4, 2016

Preeti Shekar
November 3, 2016

San Francisco Chronicle
Women a focus of 14th SF South Asian Film Festival 
G. Allen Johnson
November 9, 2016

Bay Area Reporter
South Asian stories light up the Castro
David Lamble
November 10, 2016

48 Hills
3rd i opens up: 14th annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival brings a wealth of diversity to local screens
Dennis Harvey

In Its 14th Year, 3rd i Films Shines On With Stories of Pakistan, Diaspora, Indie Narratives
Pavani Yalamanchili
November 13, 2016

Berkeley Daily Planet
Movies in the Margin
Gar Smith

Now Playing! South Asian Film Festival Destroys Stereotypes 
Michael Fox
November 7, 2016


Press coverage of 3rd i’s 13th Annual SFISAFF

San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday Datebook
3rd i: ‘Like Sundance, but with a South Asian flavor’
by Sandip Roy
October 14, 2015 (online)
October 18, 2015 (Sunday Datebook)

Five Reasons to See This Year’s South Asian Film Festival
by Lakshmi Sarah
October 23, 2015

SF Classical Voice
‘Mozart of Madras’ Featured at 3rd I Film Festival
by Janos Gereben
October 7, 2015

India Currents
Overview feature
by Mona Shah
September 15, 2015

India West
San Francisco’s 3rd i South Asian Film Festival Returns Oct. 22 
by Sonia Waraich
October 16, 2015
by Bonnie Steiger
October 20, 2015

SF Weekly
by Sherilyn Connelly
October 21, 2015

Bay Area Reporter
Cinema in South Asian places
by David Lamble
October 22, 2015

Get Your Culture On At 3rd i’s Film Festival In San Francisco & Palo Alto: 10/22-25 & 11/1
by Pavani Yalamanchili
October 22, 2015
A.R. Rahman documentary, ‘PK,’ ‘Haider’ pace South Asian Film Festival
by Janos Gereben
October 20, 2015

New Indian Express
by Sonia Waraich
October 21, 2015

KPFA FM, Up Front
Interview with Anuj Vaidya
October 21, 2015/

The Kamla Show
Podcast Interview with Festival Co-Director Anuj Vaidya
October 21, 2015

KPFA FM, Apex Express
Interview with Fawzia Mirza and Nyna Caputi
October 22, 2015

Press coverage on 3rd i’s 12th Annual SFISAFF

KQED Arts Blog
Fall Film: A Bevy of Bay Area Festivals and Retrospectives
by Michael Fox
Sept 8, 2014

Huffington Post
by Caral Esconda
Nov 7, 2014

San Francisco Chronicle
3rd i S.F. International South Asian Film Festival: Women in focus
Feature by Sandip Roy
Nov 5, 2014

India West
Oscar Choices Feature
by Lisa Tsering
Oct 16, 2014

The Aerogram

by Nishat Kurwa
Nov 5, 2014

The Evening Class
by Frako Loden
Nov 4, 2014


Press coverage on 3rd i’s 11th Annual SFISAFF

Film Takes Flight in ‘These Birds Walk’
by Nishat Kurwa
November 6, 2013

SF Film Fest Ruffles Bollywood’s Feathers: Q&A With Executive Director Ivan Jaigirdar
by Nishat Kurwa
November 4, 2013

Alice Radio (KLLC)

Liz St John Interview with Festival Director Ivan Jaigirdar
November 3, 2013

Beyond Asiaphilia

What Goes On: Taiwan Film Days and Third I South Asian Film Festival
November 1, 2013

The Daily Californian

A film festival engendering female empowerment
By Kanwalroop Singh
November 3, 2013

India West
‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Kunal Nayyar Narrates Documentary on India’s Cricket Obsession
By Sunita Sohrabji
November 11, 2013

‘Khamosh Paani’ Director Back with ‘Good Morning Karachi’
November 3, 2013

KPFA Radio
APEX Express for October 31, 2013 – 7:00pm
(Spotlights the annual Thirdi South Asian film festival. With Host Preeti Mangala Shekar.)

Up Front, for November 7, 2013 – 7:00am
(discussion of Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth about 45 minutes in)
Listen to the mp3 version here

San Francisco Chronicle
Overview of the festival
by Sandip Roy
November 7, 2013


SFWeekly Blog:
100 Years of Indian Cinema: 3rd i’s 11th Annual South Asian Film Festival Celebrates Women
By Neha Talreja
November 5, 2013

SFWeekly Voice Places:
3rd i’s San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival

SFWeekly Movies:
South Asian Film Festival: Not Just Bollywood, But Certainly Some
By Sherilyn Connelly
November 6, 2013