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The 14TH Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) witnesses a Grandeur Opening

May 10, 2014 01:11 PM


New York: Being in its 14th year, The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) returns with new innings from May 5 – 10, 2014.  NYIFF is the oldest, most prestigious film festival screening premieres of feature, documentary and short films made from, of and about Indian subcontinent in the independent, art-house, alternate and diaspora genres. The festival is presented by The Indo-American Arts Council, which is a registered not-for-profit, secular service and resource arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian and cross-cultural art forms in North America.

 

May 5, 2014 was the opening night of the festival, which had Anurag Kashyap, Nagesh Kukunoor, Rahul Bhatt, Dr. Mohan Agashe, Aparna Sen, Gurinder Chadha, Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay, Ambassador Vijay Nambiar in attendance.

 

The opening night of the festival, May 5, 2014 showcased the film ‘Ugly’ which has actor Rahul Bhatt and is directed by the ace director Anurag Kashyap. A post-screening discussion was held with Rahul Bhatt and Anurag Kashyap. May 10, 2014 will screen ‘Goynar Baksho’, a Bengali film for the closing night of the festival. A post-screening discussion will be held with director Aparna Sen. The venue for the opening and closing night of the festival will be Skirball Center for Performing Arts, La Guardia Place at Washington Square Park, New York City. All other screenings, industry panel discussions and special events will be at Village East Cinema, 2nd Avenue at 12th Street, New York City. Much acclaimed film ‘Lakshmi’ directed by director Nagesh Kukunoor too will be screened at the festival.

 

Talking about the festival’s connect with the Indian culture, President & Executive Director, NYIFF, Aroon Shivdasani says, “In its 14th year, with great pride and immense pleasure we at NYIFF are very ecstatic to showcase films from the Indian subcontinent, especially featuring and motivating regional cinema. Indian cinema is known for its diversity in various genres and it is great to see young parade of directors and actors showcasing their talent magnanimously. This initiative is also taken to educate and create awareness about Indian cinema amongst American citizens and to strike an Indian chord with them.”

 

On this occasion where films from the Indian sub-continent are showcased to merge cultures and societies, director Anurag Kashyap says, “This initiative is certainly a great platform for Indian cinema to showcase and bring forward the talent to NYIFF. It gives filmmakers, actors and the film fraternity an opportunity to feature their works by getting recognition at such festivals.  The prerogative of this festival is to make American citizens comprehend the magnanimity of Indian cinema. This year the NYIFF will have young talent in abundance, showcasing their creativity in cinema.”

 

The film festival will be showcasing 34 films and will screen 23 narratives along with 11 documentaries which will highlight various cinemas of India’s different regions – Marathi, Bengali and 2 films from North East India. The festival's Marathi films include "Postcard", multiple-award winning film "Astu" and National Award Winning film "Fandry". With this initiative, NYIFF will be featuring regional cinema for the first time since its inception, giving it a pathway and motivating the need and significance of such cinema. Additionally, the festival covers cinemas from the neighboring South Asian countries - four films by Pakistani filmmakers, two from Sri Lanka - a feature and a documentary, and one from Nepal.

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