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NOVEMBER 5-9, 2008


The MIAAC Film Festival Award Celebration follows the Closing Night screening & discussion. Award Decisions and the Award presentation are monitored by KPMG. A Closing Night party follows the Award Presentation.
The Donor & a celebrity are invited to the stage to present an award in each section.
Clips from nominated films from that category are screened.
A KPMG representative hands “the envelope” to the Donor.
The recipient is invited on stage to accept the award.

Best Film Award: Indira Mahindra Best Film Award
Best Director Award:  
Best Actor Award:  
Best Actress Award: Prestige Jewelery Best Actress Award
Best Screenplay Award: Time Warner Best Screenplay Award
Best Documentary Film Award: Analog Digital Best Documentary Award
Best Short Film Award:  
  • The Donor’s name is printed on the Award
  • The Donor and a Celebrity present the Award on Opening Night
  • The Donor receives a tax-deductible letter for the full value of the donation.
  • The Donor is thanked in the brochure, online and at the festival
  • The Donor may invite four more guests to the Closing Night Screening, Award Ceremony and Party.

Jury for Eighth Annual MIAAC Film Festival
KATHLEEN CARROLL KATHLEEN CARROLL was a film critic for the New York Daily News for nearly three decades interviewing some of the most prominent directors and actors of the period, including Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Woody Allen, Federico Fellini and Gloria Swanson. More recently, she has co-founder of the Lake Placid Film Forum, and serves as its Artistic Director.

EILEEN NEWMAN EILEEN NEWMAN is deputy director of Renew Media/Tribeca Film Institute, overseeing all Media Arts Fellowships and helping filmmakers disseminate their films to broader audiences. Eileen was previously executive director of the National Board of Review and Senior Director of Programming at the Independent Feature Project (IFP), where she ran the mentor and diversity program, Project Involve. She is a Senior Adjunct Professor of Cinema Studies at Adelphi University, and serves as a lecturer and panelist on independent media issues.

WILLIAM GREAVES WILLIAM GREAVES has produced and directed four feature films, and produced scores of documentary films and television programs. His films have won more than 70 international film festival awards, an Emmy and four Emmy nominations. Greaves, who has helped launch the careers of many African-American filmmakers, was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1980. Greaves recently produced and directed Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 ½ with Steven Soderbergh and Steve Buscemi. He is currently working on a documentary detailing the contributions of the Harlem Renaissance.

NILITA VACHANI NILITA VACHANI is a filmmaker and writer from India living in New York. She is the producer, director and editor of three award-winning documentaries: When Mother Comes Home for Christmas, Eyes of Stone, and Diamonds in a Vegetable Market.  Her first novel, Homespun, was published in May 2008.
JERRY CARLSON JERRY CARLSON is a specialist in narrative theory, global independent film, and the cinemas of the Americas.  Professor Carlson is Coordinator of Critical Studies in the Film & Video Program at The City College and a member of the doctoral faculties of French and Film Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.  His current research is focused on how slavery and its legacy in the New World have been represented in cinema. In addition, he is an active producer, director, and writer.

SALLY BERGER SALLY BERGER is Assistant Curator in the Department of Film at The Museum of Modern Art.  In 2001, Sally co-founded Documentary Fortnight, an annual festival held every February at MoMA that features contemporary trends in nonfiction film and media.  Her exhibitions range from the experimental media artist to the documentary director and the feature filmmaker.  She currently sits on the boards of Apex Art and the Alliance of Women Journalists.
KAVERY KAUL KAVERY KAUL directed and produced the nonfiction feature Long Way from Home.  Filming a rich variety of subjects, Kavery’s films have been shown at festivals in Berlin, London, and Sydney, and other countries including Japan, India, Burkina Faso and Martinique.  She is a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Film, and a two-time National Endowment for the Arts awardee.  Currently she is directing and producing the documentary Streetcar to Kolkata.

UDAYAN GUPTA UDAYAN GUPTA was a senior special writer at The Wall Street Journal, and has authored several books, including Done Deals, The First Venture Capitalist, and Mind Into Matter.  Udayan serves as strategic counsel for a number of healthcare, venture capital firms, and alternative asset firms.  A publisher and producer of interactive multi-media projects, he has spoken at the American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art, Dow Jones Black Entrepreneurship Conference, and the National Association of Black Journalists.

MARIAN MASONE MARIAN MASONE is Managing Director of Festivals and Associate Director of Programming for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, producer of the New York Film Festival.  A member of the selection committee for the New Directors/New Films Festival, Marian curates the New York Video Festival and serves on the programming committee of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. She organizes new and retrospective programs, as well as on-going series such as Image Innovators at the Film Society's Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center.

Sabrina Dhawan SABRINA DHAWAN is a screenwriter whose produced credits include 'Monsoon Wedding', directed by Mira Nair , '9.11.01', a short film for Canal Plus, and 'Cosmopolitan' for PBS starring Roshan Seth and Carol Kane. She has additionally written film and TV scripts for Disney Animation, , 20th Century Fox, Killer Films Disney TV and HBO amongst others. Ms Dhawan has recently started writing scripts for producers in Mumbai. She is one of the writers on Vishal Bhardwaj's upcoming 'Kaminey' and is working on biopic on the life of Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen for UTV. Her upcoming projects include writing a play for the Broadway musical version of 'Monsoon Wedding'. Ms Dhawan is also the Head of Screenwriting at the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. 


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