18th Annual New York Indian Film Festival Showcases 78 Shorts, Docs & Feature Films from South Asia, North America & the UK

FOUR world premieres, TWO international premieres, SIX North American premieres, ONE U.S. premiere and 11 New York premieres from FOUR South Asian countries (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka), as well as North America and the United Kingdom, will be unveiled at the 18th annual NYIFF, which will take place from May 7th to the 12th at the Village East Cinemas in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The entire festival schedule, which comprises of 78 films in 11 different languages (English, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Tulu, Konkani, Bengali & Assamese), is now available on the festival’s website.

The media is invited to cover the NYIFF kick-off press conference on Friday, May 4th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Consulate General of India (3 East 64th Street, between Madison and 5th Avenues).

The festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Ravi Jadhav’s Marathi language film NUDE (with English subtitles) and close with the New York premiere of veteran NYIFF director Hansal Mehta’s biopic on Islamic fundamentalist Omar Saeed Sheikh, OMERTA. This year’s centerpiece slot will be occupied by Miransha Naik’s Konkoni language film JUZE (with English subtitles),making its North American premiere at NYIFF.

Additional highlights at the festival include: Tribute to late Shashi Kapoor and late Sridevi; Merchant-Ivory Restrospective; Discovering the Film & Television Market in India Panel Discussion; Shooting Films in New York State Panel Discussion; The Inclusion Rider’s Role in Diversifying Hollywood Panel Discussion; Networking events and nightly parties; Opening and Closing Night Red Carpets.

The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) is the oldest, most prestigious film festival screening premieres of feature, documentary and short films made from, of, and about the Indian subcontinent in the Independent, arthouse, alternate and diaspora genres. Seven days of screenings, post-screening discussions, industry panels, award ceremony, special events, nightly networking parties, red carpet galas, media attention and packed audiences build an awareness of Indian cinema, entertain & educate North Americans about the real India, and add to the amazing cultural diversity of New York City. For more information, please visit the website HERE.  The Indo-American Arts Council is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit, secular service and resource arts organization, passionately dedicated to showcasing, promoting and building an awareness of Indian sub-continental performing, visual and literary arts.

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