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New York Film Festival to begin May 4
New York, Jan 22 (PTI) The 11th edition of the annual New York Indian Film Festival would be held in the Big Apple from May 4 to 8.

"We start 2011 with a whole new energy for our annual IAAC Film Festival - a new name, a new Film Festival Director and a move to Spring," Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) executive director Aroon Shivdasani said on Friday.

Created in 2001 in the wake of the September 11 attacks on New York City, the New York Indian Film Festival, which is the oldest and most prestigious film festival for Indian cinema in North America, was so far being held in the month of November. From now onwards it will be held in May, IAAC said.

Aseem Chhabra, noted film writer and long-time IAAC Film Festival selection committee member, is the new director of the fest.

The New York Indian Film Festival will continue its tradition of launching at the world-famous Paris Theatre in Manhattan with its star-studded Opening Night red carpet premiere which will take place on May 4 followed by a gala benefit dinner at the opulent Jumeirah Essex House.

Film screenings will take place from May 5 through May 8 at Tribeca Cinemas with the Closing Night selection to screen at Asia Society followed by the annual awards ceremony and after party.

The festival will also host an exclusive celebrity-filled celebration honoring the 150th anniversary of the birth of India''s legendary Nobel Prize-winning artist and poet Rabindranath Tagore at Asia Society on May 8.

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