New York -- The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) continues its annual tradition of film excellence with its signature program of the year and announced today that the 13th Annual New York Indian Film Festival, the oldest and most prestigious film festival for Indian cinema in North America, will be held Tuesday, April 30 to Saturday, May 4 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, which will take place at a prestigious new opening venue for the Festival, the Skirball Center for Performing Arts.
Festival screenings will take place throughout the week at Tribeca Cinemas, with the Closing Night selection to be followed by the annual awards ceremony and after-party at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts.
NYIFF's selection committee, led by Film Festival Director and noted film journalist Aseem Chhabra, will consider submissions for narrative and documentary features and shorts. The final submission deadline is February 8, extended deadline for Withoutabox members is February 15. All filmmakers can find details on the organization's web site: www.iaac.us.
In addition, this year marks the launch of a new award at the 2013 Festival that will honor student-created short films (five minute or less). Through open, no-fee submissions from film schools, one student will be selected to receive a special award at the Closing Night Award Ceremony.
In conjunction with their stellar cinematic line-up, NYIFF also presents excellent, informative networking events in the form of industry panels. These panels explore in depth such topics as financing, distribution, and production in an increasingly global market, and are helmed by esteemed experts in the film industry.
The New York Indian Film Festival (originally the IAAC Film Festival) started in 2001 following the devastation of the September 11 attacks on New York City. This festival creates an awareness and better understanding of the people and stories from the Indian Diaspora by bringing the most acclaimed feature films, documentaries, and shorts from that region to America's biggest and most remarkable city. Mira Nair's 'Monsoon Wedding' closed IAAC's first festival before its worldwide theatrical release. Since then, the festival has provided first-looks at many acclaimed films, including Deepa Mehta's Oscar-nominated 'Water,' Nair's 'The Namesake,' the Sundance audience award-winning ‘Valley of Saints,' the South by Southwest award-winning, ‘Kumare,' ‘Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1,' and the New York Premiere of Danny Boyle's 'Slumdog Millionaire' which won eight Oscars including Best Picture. Some of the artists who have lent their support to the festival include Nair, Mehta, Salman Rushdie, Madhur Jaffrey, Padma Lakshmi, Shabana Azmi, Rishi Kapoor & Neetu Singh Kapoor, Shashi Tharoor, and the late Ismail Merchant.
"I am thrilled to entertain, educate and challenge audiences with yet another year of fantastic Independent films from every country in the Indian subcontinent as well as the global Indian diaspora," says Indo-American Arts Council Executive Director Aroon Shivdasani. Film Festival Director Aseem Chhabra adds, "We are particularly excited about this year's festival since it marks 100 years of Indian cinema. As such, we are curating a series of recently restored classics from India, never seen before in this condition. There is no better place for these films to be showcased than at this year's New York Indian Film Festival."
For the latest news, updates and information about The 13th Annual New York Indian Film Festival, presented by The Indo-American Arts Council, visit www.iaac.us.
Race 2, the new action film featuring Agent Vinod star Saif Ali Khan and legendary Indian actor Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol), managed to fend off the competition during its first week in theaters. Action fans clearly aren't fazed by negative reviews highlighting the film's emphasis on flash over substance. Anupama Chopra of the Hundstan Times writes that, "Race 2 is essentially a big-budget cartoon in which coolness is all."
In North America, Race 2 has already grossed $1.1 million, a solid haul for any Indian film.
Note: These grosses come from territories with reliable reporting. They do not represent the entire country.
Jolly LLB will hit theaters in North America on March 15.
Advocate Jagdish Tyagi, who goes by the nickname of Jolly, is a law graduate with frustrated ambitions unhappy with his life in Meerut, a small town in North India. Desperate to make it big in the field of law, he moves to Delhi. In a shortcut method to achieve fame, he reopens a high profile case. What follows is a roller coaster ride of a man, his moralities, ambition and relationships.
UTV announced today that it will release Kai Po Che on February 22 in North America.
Best friends Ishaan, Omi and Govind - young, ambitious and restless - are trying to make a mark in the India of the early 2000's. These are exciting times - a new millennium has just dawned, India's a nuclear power and ostensibly shining - a perfect place for the 3 Ahmedabad boys to start a business that could be their ticket to fame and riches. In a country where cricket is religion, they hit upon a brilliant plan - to start a training academy that could produce India's next sporting superstars! What follows is without doubt the greatest adventure of their lives, as they attempt to navigate the big hurdles in the path of fulfilling their dreams.
Wednesday Update: Reliance has now moved David's release date back to February 1.
Tuesday Update: Reliance has now bumped David's release date to February 15.
Monday Update: Reliance will release the drama David in North America on February 1. David is the latest work from up-and-comind director Bejoy Nambiar (Shaitan).
The story revolves around the lives of 3 David's in 3 different parts of the world in 3 different eras. 1975 London - 30 year old David works for Iqbal Ghani, a dreaded Mafia don who controls the entire Asian community. He is a protégé who is poised to take over the empire until a revelation which changes the course of his future. 1999 Mumbai - 19 year old David is a musician born into a family of devout Christians. A happy go lucky teenager who loses all semblance of his peaceful existence when his family gets dragged into a political issue. 2010 Goa - 40 year old David is a fisherman living in the small fishing village of Betul in Goa. He falls in love with the deaf and mute Roma - the only hitch is that she is engaged to be married to his best friend Peter in 10 days! All 3 David's are about to take a step which is going to change their lives forever. 3 lives, 3 destinies connected by 1 name - David.