The 13th edition of the film festival marks 100 years of Indian cinema.
NEW YORK: The 13th New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), the oldest and most prestigious annual film festival for Indian cinema in North America, will be held from April 30 to May 4 in New York City.
The festival, the signature program of The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), will kick off its week-long festivities with a star-studded Opening Night red carpet premiere, which will take place at a prestigious new opening venue for the Festival, the Skirball Center for Performing Arts, in Manhattan.
Festival screenings will take place throughout the week at Tribeca Cinemas, with the Closing Night selection to be followed by the annual awards ceremony and after-party at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts.
NYIFF’s selection committee, led by Film Festival Director and noted film journalist Aseem Chhabra, will consider submissions for narrative and documentary features and shorts. The final submission deadline is February 8; extended deadline for Withoutabox members is February 15. Filmmakers can find more details on the organization’s web site: www.iaac.us
This year the festival will also honor student-created short films (five minute or less). Through open, no-fee submissions from film schools, one student will be selected to receive a special award at the Closing Night Award Ceremony.
In conjunction with their stellar cinematic line-up, NYIFF also presents excellent, informative networking events in the form of industry panels. These panels explore in depth such topics as financing, distribution, and production in an increasingly global market, and are helmed by esteemed experts in the film industry.
The New York Indian Film Festival (originally the IAAC Film Festival) started in 2001 following the devastation of the September 11 attacks on New York City. This festival creates an awareness and better understanding of the people and stories from the Indian Diaspora by bringing the most acclaimed feature films, documentaries, and shorts from that region to America’s biggest and most remarkable city.
Mira Nair’s ‘Monsoon Wedding’ closed IAAC’s first festival before its worldwide theatrical release. Since then, the festival has provided first-looks at many acclaimed films, including Deepa Mehta’s Oscar-nominated ‘Water,’ Nair’s ‘The Namesake,’ the Sundance audience award-winning ‘Valley of Saints,’ the South by Southwest award-winning, ‘Kumare,’ ‘Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1,’ and the New York Premiere of Danny Boyle’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ which won eight Oscars including Best Picture.
Some of the artists who have lent their support to the festival include Nair, Mehta, Salman Rushdie, Madhur Jaffrey, Padma Lakshmi, Shabana Azmi, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh Kapoor, Shashi Tharoor, and the late Ismail Merchant.
“I am thrilled to entertain, educate and challenge audiences with yet another year of fantastic Independent films from every country in the Indian subcontinent as well as the global Indian diaspora,” said IAAC Executive Director Aroon Shivdasani.
“We are particularly excited about this year’s festival since it marks 100 years of Indian cinema. As such, we are curating a series of recently restored classics from India, never seen before in this condition. There is no better place for these films to be showcased than at this year’s New York Indian Film Festival,” said Chhabra.