April 30 – May 4
New York, US
What’s It All About?
The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) is the oldest and most prestigious film festival in the US. It screens premieres of feature, documentary and short films made from, of and about the Indian subcontinent in the Independent, art-house, alternative and diaspora genres. Five days of screenings, post-screening discussions, industry panels, an award ceremony and special events; nightly networking parties, red carpet galas, media attention and packed audiences build an awareness of Indian cinema, entertain and educate North Americans about the real India.
Watch Out For!
There will be a special address by filmmaker Mira Nair before the opening film, Dekh Tamasha Dekh, is screened.
Dekh Tamasha Dekh
Feroz Abbas Khan’s film revolves around the search for the religious identity of a poor man crushed under the weight of a politican’s hoarding. The film features Satish Kaushik and Tanvi Azmi.
There is a special segment to mark the centenary of Indian cinema titled Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema.
This section will showcase some critically acclaimed films which have won accolades including:
• The Human Factor
• The Only Real Game
• Pune 52
• B.A. Pass
• Delhi Diaries
• Much Ado About Knotting
• Shunyo Awnko
Hansal Mehta’s film Shaahid featuring Raj Kumar Yadav will enjoy the centerpiece position and will be screened on May 2.
There will be a screening of the documentary, Baavra Mann, based on the personal and professional life of Sudhir Mishra, one of Mumbai cinema’s longest-lasting and relevant filmmakers, using his life as a lens to explore declining cultural life in India.
Old classics like MS Sathyu’s Garam Hawa and Kundan Shah’s Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro and the black-and-white classic, Uday Shankar’s Kalpana will also be showcased.
There will be a special showcase of the Marathi film Dhag, which won the Best Female Lead National award for actor Usha Jhadav.
Filmmaker Aniruddha Chatterjee’s short film Sati has been nominated for the Best Short Film at the festival.
Director Nitin Kakkar’s National Award-winning film is set in Mumbai, where affable Bollywood buff and wanna-be-actor Sunny, who works as an assistant director, fantasies about becoming a heart-throb star.