New York Indian Film Festival 2012


Board of Directors:

Talat Ansari, Legal Counsel
Aroon Shivdasani, President & Executive Director
Jonathan Hollander, Vice President & Co-Founder
Ambassador Prakash Shah
Dr. Patrick Basu

Advisory Board:

Dilip Advani, Veena Advani, Shabana Azmi, Robert Browning, Gerson da Cunha, Uma da Cunha, Mahesh Dattani, Vishakha Desai, Wynn Handman, (late) Maqbool Fida Husain , Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Deepa Mehta, Nari Pohani, Rajika Puri, Zeyba Rahman, Indur Shivdasani, Sundaram Tagore, Shashi TharoorMadhur JaffreyMira NairSalman Rushdie, Dr. Murali Doriaswamy, Jane Gullong, Mallika Sarabhai, Ambassador Neelam Deo, Tino PuriChandrika Tandon,Yakub Mathew, Priyanka Mathew, Dr. Sunil Kothari, Javed Akhtar, (late)Ismail Merchant. 

Festival Staff:

Aroon Shivdasani  Artistic & Executive Director
Aseem Chhabra Film Festival Director
Vasanti Mirchandani Hospitality Director
Milan Mantri Volunteer Coordinator  
Vishesh Sharma, Technical Director
Sehyr BainsEvent Manager
Reena MahavirGift bag Coordinator
Aarti Susan Publicity
Emily JanakiranIntern
Sushanti BordoloiSubmissions Coordinator
Smrita Jain, Design
Pooja Jain
, Marketing
Rajeev Gupta
, Social Media  
Anjali Maniam, Development Director
Thomas Kelso, Accountant

Film Festival Screening Committee:

Aseem Chhabra
Aroon Shivdasani
Satish Kolluri

IAAC Publicist, Aarti Susan
Box Office Guru, Rohi & Gitesh Pandya.

IAACThe Indo-American Arts Council is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit, secular service and resource arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian and cross-cultural art forms in North America.

The IAAC supports all artistic disciplines in the classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. We work cooperatively with colleagues around the United States to broaden our collective audiences and to create a network for shared information, resources and funding.

Our focus is to work with artists and arts organizations in North America as well as to facilitate artists and arts organizations from India to exhibit, perform and produce their works here.

Please visit for more information.

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. Five 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. Please visit:


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