New York Indian Film Festival 2017


18th Annual NEW YORK INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL
May 7-12, 2018


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(New York, NY - May 10, 2017) The 17th annual New York Indian Film Festival ended on a high note Sunday with an awards ceremony, following the closing night film THIS IS MY SUNDAY. The week-long festival generated a lot of buzz after premiering 85 shorts, documentaries and feature films from the Indian subcontinent in Hindi, English and seven regional languages (Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati and Bengali). The films, filmmakers and actors who took home top prizes are:
 
- Best Film - MUKTI BHAWAN (HOTEL SALVATION)
- Best Director - Konkona Sen Sharma (A DEATH IN THE GUNJ)
- Best Screenplay - P. Balachandran (KAMMATTIPADAM)
- Best Actor - K. Kaladharan (THE NARROW PATH)
- Best Actress - Konkona Sen Sharma (LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA)
- Best Documentary - AN INSIGNIFICANT MAN
- Best Short - AABA
 
In addition to film premieres, the festival featured sidebar programming such as Sibling Filmmakers (Deepa & Dilip Mehta), Priyanka Produces (VENTILATOR & SARVANN), Tribute to Om Puri, Mobile Bollywood, "Shoot a Short Film" workshop, industry panels (CAA's Short Film Initiative), nightly networking events, red carpets and a gala. More than 40 filmmakers attended the festival and particpated in Q&A sessions after their films.
 
From L to R: Salman Rushdie, Aroon Shivdasani, Deepa Mehta, Shruti Ganguly, Kiran Desai & Aseem Chhabra (Photo Credit: Suman Madhuri)
   
From L to R: Alankrita Shrivastava & Aahana Kumra (Photo Credit: Jay Mandal) From L to R: Adil Hussain presents Best Actress Award to Konkona Sen Sharma (Photo Credit: Jay Mandal)
   
From L to R: Deepa Mehta, Aroon Shivdasani & Salman Rushdie (Photo Credit: Jay Mandal) From L to R: Indian Consul General (NY) and Rahul Bose (Photo Credit: Jay Mandal)
 
Clockwise From Top:
From L to R: Salman Rushdie, Aroon Shivdasani, Deepa Mehta, Shruti Ganguly, Kiran Desai & Aseem Chhabra (Photo Credit: Suman Madhuri)
From L to R: Adil Hussain presents Best Actress Award to Konkona Sen Sharma (Photo Credit: Jay Mandal)
From L to R: Indian Consul General (NY) and Rahul Bose (Photo Credit: Jay Mandal)
From L to R: Deepa Mehta, Aroon Shivdasani & Salman Rushdie (Photo Credit: Jay Mandal)
From L to R: Alankrita Shrivastava & Aahana Kumra (Photo Credit: Jay Mandal)
The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) is the oldest, most prestigious Indian film festival in the United States, screening premieres of feature, documentary and short films made from, of, and about the countries in the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan) in the Independent, arthouse, alternate and diaspora genres. Eight days of screenings, post-screening discussions, industry panels, an 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 realities of the lives and people in the Indian Sub-Continent,  and add to the amazing cultural diversity of New York City. NYIFF is the flagship event of the Indo-American Arts Council.

The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC): Founded in 1998, the Indo-American Arts Council is a secular, registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit, service and resource arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian, subcontinental and cross-cultural art forms in North America. Our focus is to work with artists and arts organizations in North America as well as to facilitate artists and arts organizations from India as well as other countries from the rest of the Indian sub-continent to exhibit, perform and produce their work here. The IAAC works passionately to become an integral part of the amazing cultural diversity of New York City and the United States. The IAAC supports all artistic disciplines int he classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of the Indian subcontinent. 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.

We do this through events in the performing, visual, literary and folk arts: an annual film festival (NYIFF), an annual traveling art exhibition (Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora), an annual dance festival (Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance), an annual literary festival (IAAC Literary Festival) and a myriad of dance, music, theatre, film and literary events throughout the year. For further information please visit www.iaac.us.
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