New York Indian Film Festival 2012


Board of Directors:

Talat Ansari, Legal Counsel
Aroon Shivdasani, President & Executive Director
Jonathan Hollander, Vice President & Co-Founder
Ambassador Prakash Shah
Dr.Manjula Bansal
Dr. Samin Sharma
Dr. Patrick Basu

Advisory Board:

Dilip Advani, Veena Advani, Shabana Azmi, Robert Browning, Gerson da Cunha, Uma da Cunha, Mahesh Dattani, Vishakha Desai, Wynn Handman, (late) Maqbool Fida Husain  , Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Deepa Mehta, Nari Pohani, Rajika Puri, Zeyba Rahman, Indur Shivdasani, Sundaram Tagore, Shashi Tharoor, Madhur Jaffrey, Mira Nair, Salman Rushdie, Dr. Murali Doriaswamy, Jane Gullong, Mallika Sarabhai, Ambassador Neelam Deo, Tino Puri , Chandrika Tandon , Yakub Mathew, Priyanka Mathew, Dr. Sunil Kothari, Javed Akhtar, (late)Ismail Merchant.

Festival Staff:

Aroon Shivdasani Artistic & Executive Director
Aseem Chhabra Film Festival Director
Vasanti Mirchandani Hospitality Director
Milan Mantri Operations Director & Volunteer Coordinator 
Abhay Bikram Singh, Marketing Manager
Rohan Gupta Technical Director
Lokesh Kataria Production Director
Divya Rajan Online Marketing Manager
Reena Mahavir Gift bag Coordinator
Kabir Chopra Production & Photography
Archana Desai Videography
Shilpa Chotai & Swati Pophaly, Outreach Manager
Nili Lakhani, Registration & Fashion Show
Shiralie Chaturvedi, Intern
Sam Ahmed, Intern
Escarlen Baque, Intern
Prakhar Khemkar, Intern
Thomas Kelso, Accountant

Film Festival Screening Committee:
Aseem Chhabra
Aroon Shivdasani
Satish Kolluri
Parvez Sharma 

Box Office Guru, Rohi & Gitesh Pandya.
IAACThe Indo-American Arts Council is a registered 501(c)3 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.

The IAAC supports all artistic disciplines in the classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. We work cooperatively with colleagues around the United States to broaden our collective audiences and to create a network for shared information, resources and funding.

Our focus is to work with artists and arts organizations in North America as well as to facilitate artists and arts organizations from India to exhibit, perform and produce their works here.

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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. Five 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. Please visit:


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