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8 th Annual Mahindra Indo American Arts Council Film Festival November 5 th – 9 th 2008 8 th Annual MIAAC Film Festival
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November 5th – 9th 2008
The MIAAC Film Festival is the annual celebration of voices of Indian Origin from around the world that tell stories
OPENING NIGHT SCREENING: The festival opens with the screening of a stellar movie followed a post-screening
dialogue with the filmmaker and cast.
GALA DINNER, LIVE AUCTION: A Gala Benefit dinner, live music and an art auction follow the screening.
FESTIVAL SCREENINGS: The rest of the festival screenings include short films, documentaries and features. These
screenings are held in two theatres.
POST SCREENING DISCUSSIONS: Post screening discussions are scheduled with filmmakers and cast after every
INDUSTRY PANELS: In 2007 we held our first industry panel as a part of the film festival. These panels are designed to
foster relations between film industry executives and writers of South Asian descent as well as to educate filmmakers
about the North American Film Culture.
AFTER PARTIES: Are an integral part of the celebrations for the filmmakers, cast, media, industry and audiences
encouraging and facilitating networking and relaxation.
Each year the MIAAC Film Festival opens with a ground
breaking, much-awaited feature film that sets the tone for
the rest of the event. Last year 600 people attended the
Opening night screening
2008 - TBD
2007 - Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya
2006 - Mira Nair’s The Namesake
2005 - Deepa Mehta’s Water
2004 - Gurinder Chadha’s Bride and Prejudice
2003 - Nisha Ganatra’s Cosmopolitan
2002 - Somnath Sen's Leela
2001 - Ismail Merchant’s ShakespeareWallah
The annual Gala Benefit dinner, which is a glamorous sit
down dinner is scheduled immediately after the opening
Intellectually stimulated, socially active supporters of
the arts representing prominent corporate and creative
giants attend the dinner and auction.
The auction enables the IAAC to promote awareness of
Indian Diaspora artists and raises funds for operational
The gala dinner and auction has been held at prominent
venues in New York such as Madam Tussauds, Tavern
on the Green and The Kaplan Penthouse.
Festival screenings include a wide range of short films, documentaries films and feature
Previous festivals have showcased a wide range of South Asian filmmakers from
veterans like Ismail Merchant, Mira Nair, Deepa Mehta & Nagesh Kukunoor to relative
newcomers like Shonali Bose, Nisha Ganatra, Smriti Mundhra, Ali Kazimi, Ashwin Kumar
Post screening discussions are held with the filmmakers, cast and crew providing the
audience with an insight into the different aspects of the films and filmmaking and
simultaneously giving the filmmakers visibility.
2007 marked the introduction of industry panels at the MIAAC Film
The industry panels are forums where aselect group of established
and emerging writers/filmmakers can develop and foster new
relationships with film industry representatives, including producers,
financiers and distributors, as well as other fellow filmmakers.
The industry panels are committed to helping South Asian talent find
its growing audience, and in turn, provides audiences everywhere
with an opportunity to see films that reflect the changing demographic
of global entertainment.
At the panels 14 screenplays were presented by the emerging
IAAC collaborates with various organizations to bring the filmmaking community closer to their audiences.
Mahindra, Virgin Comics, Nationwide, Time Warner, Verizon, Analog Digital, AppleCore Hotels, Radisson, Air India, Bank of America, Duggal Visual Solutions, American Airlines, QMA,DCA, NEA, NYSCA.
IFP, Aicon Gallery, SAAFA, Desipina, Breakthrough, Amar Chitra Katha, Women Make Movies, New York Women in Film and Television, SALAAM, Alter Ego, Gen Art, Indiewire, AAWIC, SAWLF,Asia Society, Meraticket, Sakhi.
Channels – Filmy, MTV Desi, CNN IBN, Showbiz India, Imaginations TV, NDTV, Eye on Asia, NY1, ITV, TV Asia.
Print – NY Times, TimeOut, India Today, Indian Express, India Abroad, Rave, NY Sun, Verve, Rediff.com, Village Voice.
Sponsorship of the MIAAC Film Festival is your company's chance to be associated with an important,
Our sponsorships are tailored to your company’s needs.
Sponsorship levels range from $5,000 - $100,000.
However you wish to position your company or brand to the film community, we will help you
accomplish your goals. Benefits range from advertising in festival brochure, logo placement, product
sampling opportunities, presence at parties, networking events and much more.
To become a sponsor or request more information on the possibilities, contact Aroon Shivdasani,
Executive Director IAAC at email@example.com . We look forward to customizing a sponsorship to fit
your company's needs.
Board of Directors
Talat Ansari, Legal Counsel
Aroon Shivdasani, President & Executive Director
Jonathan Hollander, Vice President & Co-Founder
Dilip Advani, Treasurer
Ambassador Prakash Shah
The Indo-American Arts Council is a registered 501 © 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.For Information please visit www.iaac.us.
Aroon Shivdasani, Executive Director
Somi Roy, Film Festival Director
Prachi Dalal, Dance Director
Amina Ahmed, Director of Exhibitions
Asad Lalljee, Literary Director
Bhuvana Bhagat, Publicity Director
Vasanti Mirchandani, Editor
Imrana Khera, Grant Writer
Vandana Agarwal, Volunteer Coordinator
Nikita Shivdasani, Administrative Assistant
Hina Oomer Ahmed, IAAC India Representative
Shabana Azmi • Robert Browning • Gerson da Cunha • Uma da Cunha • Mahesh Dattani • Vishakha Desai • Wynn Handman • Maqbool Fida Husain • Ustad Amjad Ali Khan • Deepa Mehta • Nari Pohani • Rajika Puri • Zeyba Rahman • Indur Shivdasani •Sundaram Tagore • Vijay Tendulkar • Shashi Tharoor • Madhur Jaffrey • Mira Nair • Salman Rushdie • Dr. Murali Doriaswamy •Jane Gullong • Mallika Sarabhai
Aroon Shivdasani, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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