New York Indian Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: New York Indian Film Festival
SINCE: 2001
WHERE: New York, New York
WEBSITE: www.iaac.us
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) is the oldest, most prestigious film festival screening premieres of feature, documentary and short films made from, of, and about the Indian subcontinent in the Independent, arthouse, alternate and diaspora genres. Seven days of screenings, post-screening discussions, industry panels, award ceremony, special events, nightly networking parties, red carpet galas, media attention and packed audiences build an awareness of Indian cinema, entertain & educate North Americans about the real India, and add to the amazing cultural diversity of New York City.

New York Indian Film Festival Taking Place May 5 – 10, Announces Full Film Lineup

New York Indian Film Festival Taking Place May 5 – 10, Announces Full Film Lineup

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The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) announced the full lineup last night for their 14th year of celebrating independent, art house, alternate, and Diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent (May 5 – 10) at the SoHo Tiffin Junction. Dedicated to bringing these films to a New York audience, the festival will feature 34 screenings (23 narrative, 11 documentary) –all seen for the first time in New York City. 

The festival highlights various cinemas of India’s different regions – Marathi, Bengali and two films from the Northeast. In addition the festival covers cinemas from the neighboring South Asian countries – four films by Pakistani filmmakers, two from Sri Lanka – a feature and a documentary, and one from Nepal.  

“Anumati ” “The Only Real Game” Among Winners of 2013 New York Indian Film Festival

“Anumati ” “The Only Real Game” Among Winners of 2013 New York Indian Film Festival

Closing Night presenters and filmmakers.

The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) announced the winning films of the 2013 festival, which ran April 30 – May 4, with top honors awarded to Anumati directed by Gajendra Ahire, for Best Feature Film and the Best Documentary award went to The Only Real Game, directed by Mirra Bank.

Director Hansal Mehta took home the Best Director of a Feature Film award for his compelling film Shahid, which traces the true story of slain human rights activist lawyer Shahid Azmi. 

Below is the full list of winners as well as the presenters who honored the recipients with an award: 

13th Annual New York Indian Film Festival to Feature “100 Years of Indian Cinema” Series

13th Annual New York Indian Film Festival to Feature “100 Years of Indian Cinema” Series

Baavra Mann Directed by Jaideep Varma

The 13th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) announced the lineup for their “100 Years of Indian Cinema” series to mark the global celebration of 100 years of Indian Cinema – since filmmaker D.G Phalke released his first feature film RAJA HARISHCHANDRA on May 3, 1913. 

The lineup includes three rarely seen masterpieces from different time periods, as well as two world-premiere documentaries that explore different facets of Indian filmmaking.

NYIFF runs from April 30 – May 4 across New York City. NYIFF’s “100 Years” series will screen exclusively at Tribeca Cinemas. The following are the films featured in the 2013 New York Indian Film Festival “100 Years” series:

The New York Indian Film Festival Announces 2013 Full Lineup With Hansal Mehta’s SHAHID as the Centerpiece Film

The New York Indian Film Festival Announces 2013 Full Lineup With Hansal Mehta’s SHAHID as the Centerpiece Film

Hansal Mehta’s SHAHID

The 2013 New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) will screen 22 features (14 narrative, 5 documentary, 3 recently restored classics) – all having their New York City premieres. Among the highlights of the festival’s 13th year is centerpiece selection Hansal Mehta’s SHAHID. SHAHID traces the true story of slain human rights activist lawyer Shahid Azmi. 

DEKH TAMASHA DEKH to Open and FILMISTAAN to Close 2013 New York Indian Film Festival

DEKH TAMASHA DEKH to Open and FILMISTAAN to Close 2013 New York Indian Film Festival

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Feroz Abbas Khan’s DEKH TAMASHA DEKH will open the 2013 New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) while Nitin Kakkar’s FILMISTAAN will screen as the closing night film. Now celebrating its 13th year, the festival is considered the oldest, most prestigious Indian film festival in the United States and runs April 30 to May 4, 2013.

Lyrically interwoven, DEKH TAMASHA DEKH is a social and political satire that cuts deep to the heart of many current issues, a true story based off true events. Written by renowned marathi playwright Shafaat Khan, who creates finely nuanced characters with depth and dimensions and sets them against a lush visual backdrop of a small village in India. Director Feroz Abbas Khan has directed some of India’s finest acting talent during his career of over two decades and he is at the forefront of Indian theatre today. His debut Film “Gandhi My Father” received rave reviews and won several national and international awards. He now showcases his new cinematic vision as the opening night film for the festival.  

Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children to Help Kick Off 2013 New York Indian Film Festival

Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children to Help Kick Off 2013 New York Indian Film Festival

The 13th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) announced an exclusive kick-off screening of MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN followed by a special Q&A on April 10, 2013. In attendance will be the film’s acclaimed director Deepa Mehta, award-winning writer of the novel Salman Rushdie who also adapted the screenplay, producer David Hamilton, cast members Sarita Choudhury and Samrat Chakrabarti, plus other special guests. Paladin and 108 Media will be officially releasing MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN in major U.S. cities starting in New York City on April 26. 

(L-R) Author and Screenwriter Salman Rushdie and Director Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta returns to NYIFF after her Oscar-nominated film WATER opened the film festival in 2005. “We have had a very long and creatively fruitful relationship with NYIFF. FIRE, the very first film in the elemental Trilogy was shown there and almost every film I have made since,” says Mehta. “Aroon Shivdasani was in fact responsible for the creation of MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN. She brought Salman to the premiere screening of WATER in New York and that began a close relationship with Salman, which culminated in the very first film adaptation of any of his novels. It is enormously pleasing for me to be once again collaborating with NYIFF and bringing to their extremely discerning audience MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN, a film that I have been dreaming of doing since I first read the book over 30 years ago.”

With this latest masterpiece, MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN, Mehta tantalizes audiences with lush visuals and a magical, wide-spanning story. Two babies, born within moments of India proclaiming Independence from Britain, are switched at birth and are forever marked by history.

Long-time supporter of NYIFF, Salman Rushdie also narrates the film. “I’m delighted the film of MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN is to be given this preview screening in New York by my old friends at NYIFF,” says Rushdie. “I look forward to a great evening with you all!”

MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN has played at festivals worldwide to much critical acclaim. This star-studded event is open only to press and members of the film festival’s presenting organization, the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC). Widely recognized as the premiere showcase of groundbreaking Indian cinema globally, IAAC’s NYIFF will announce the full line-up of screenings and events for the festival by March 22.

Celebrating its 13th year, NYIFF will run April 30 to May 4.

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13th Annual New York Indian Film Festival Announces 2013 Dates

13th Annual New York Indian Film Festival Announces 2013 Dates

The 13th Annual New York Indian Film Festival, described as “the oldest and most prestigious film festival for Indian cinema in North America”, will be held Tuesday, April 30 to Saturday, May 4, 2013 in New York City.   The New York Indian Film Festival will kick off its week-long festivities with a star-studded Opening Night red carpet premiere, at the the Skirball Center for Performing Arts. Festival screenings will take place throughout the week at Tribeca Cinemas, […]

2011 New York Indian Film Festival Announces Award Winners; Sthaniya Sambaad (Spring in the Colony) wins Best Film

2011 New York Indian Film Festival Announces Award Winners; Sthaniya Sambaad (Spring in the Colony) wins Best Film

The 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival came to a close on May 8 with the Closing Night red carpet premiere of Rituparno Ghosh’s powerful film Noukadubi which was attended by Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh Kapoor, Salman Rushdie, Mira Nair, Aparna Sen, Madhur Jaffrey, Ambassador Prakash Shah, Consul General Prabhu Dayal, and many other notable celebrities. Noukadubi is a 1920s love story based on the novel by Rabindranath Tagore. Following the premiere at Asia […]

11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival Kicks Off.. runs through Sunday, May 8

11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival Kicks Off.. runs through Sunday, May 8

The 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday night, May 4, with the Opening Night celebration which featured the U.S. Premiere of the Delhi-set comedy “Do Dooni Chaar,” Disney’s first live-action Hindi film. The star-studded red carpet premiere, held at Manhattan’s prestigious Paris Theater, was attended by special guests Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh Kapoor along with writer/director Habib Faisal. Also attending the premiere were Aparna Sen, Madhur Jaffrey, Aditya Bhattacharya, […]

New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) Announces its Line-up of 25 Films

New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) Announces its Line-up of 25 Films

The 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) which will take place from May 4 to May 8 in Manhattan, announced its complete line-up of 25 feature films. The full line-up of features includes three previously announced films – Disney’s Do Dooni Chaar directed by Habib Faisal and starring Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh which makes its U.S. Premiere as the Opening Night selection of NYIFF, the U.S. Premiere of Rituparno Ghosh’s Nauka Dubi […]

11th New York Indian Film Festival Announces Opening + Closing + Centerpiece Films

11th New York Indian Film Festival Announces Opening + Closing + Centerpiece Films

Opening the Indo-American Arts Council’s 11th New York Indian Film Festival which runs May 4 to May 8 in Manhattan, New York, will be the North American premiere of Disney’s family comedy DO DOONI CHAAR starring the legendary husband-wife acting couple Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh. The Habib Faisal-directed film marks the Hollywood studio’s first live-action production in India. It is a heart-warming comedy about the dreams and challenges of a middle-class family who take […]