The upcoming New York Indian Film Festival, which will run from May 11-14, screening more than 20 features, documentaries and shorts, will have Indian actors like Shefali Shah and Kalki Koechlin headlining the festival.
NYIFF, which is North America's longest-running and most prestigious Indian film festival will open with the film ‘The Three of Us’ starring Shah at at Village East by Angelika and Koechlin's film ‘Goldfish’ will be aired on closing night at SVA Theatre.
"As we celebrate the 23rd year of the New York Indian Film Festival, we are thrilled to witness the global recognition of Indian cinema with not just one, but three Indian films being acknowledged at the Oscars. This milestone highlights the incredible talent and diversity of Indian cinema, and we are honored to showcase some of the best works of Indian filmmakers to our audience," Suman Gollamudi, executive director for the Indo-American Arts Council which runs NYIFF, said in a statement.
"We are committed to providing a platform for independent voices and stories that captivate and resonate with audiences worldwide, and we look forward to another year of celebrating the rich culture and cinematic heritage of India,"she added.
A special New York screening of Rahul Chittella's critically acclaimed film Gulmohar, starring actors Sharmila Tagore and Manoj Bajpayee, will also be held during the event. The two actors and the director will be attending the festival.
“After a hiatus of three years we are thrilled to be back with a physical film festival,” said Aseem Chhabra, NYIFF festival director. “Once again our audience will interact with the filmmakers, discuss and celebrate new Indian cinema. The mission of NYIFF has and will always be to elevate the very best filmmakers and storytellers featuring India and its culture.”
Rakesh Kaul, vice chairman of Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), added: “At IAAC, we value our classical arts that are rooted deeply in our civilization, and we believe in nurturing and celebrating them joyfully. Through the New York Indian Film Festival, we strive to showcase not only the latest trends in Indian cinema but also the timeless traditions that have enriched our culture for centuries.”