New York Indian Film Festival Moves Dates, Changes Its Name, And Gets A New Director
The 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival, now renamed the Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival, is moving dates, and has a new director! According to The Hollywood Reporter, film writer and IAAC selection committee member Aseen Chhabra will serve as director for the festival, which will be held May 4th through the 8th.
“I am thrilled to have been appointed as the director of the festival. I have been a part of the IAAC family for several years and its events have been my one-stop shop as an entertainment writer and a New York-based consumer of Indian arts,” Chhabra stated.
Created in 2001 after the September 11th attacks, the festival was set up as a way for the region to showcase feature films, documentaries, and short stories from their region.
Monsoon Wedding closed the festival in 2001 before its theatrical release, and since then films like Slumdog Millionaire, Born Into Brothels, and The Namesake have all joined the festival as well.
Submissions for the festival this year are being submitted with a deadline of February 20th, and consequently, the lineup is still to be announced.
The red carpet event will be held at Manhattan’s Paris Theatre with the screenings at Tribeca Cinemas from May 5th through the 8th. The festival will also honor the 150th anniversary of the birth of India’s Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabinranath Tagore on May 8th.
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