New York Indian Film Festival

New York Indian Film Festival
517 E 87th street
Suite 1B
New York
New York, United States

Tel: 2125943685
Fax: 2125948476


Documentary Drama Experimental Hindi Independent Religious Short

Festival Overview

NYIFF is a once-a-year opportunity to experience 5 days of the rich and diverse film cultures of the Indian subcontinent through a mix of premiere film screenings, discussions, industry panels, red carpet galas, special events, nightly networking parties and an award ceremony.


The festival started in 2001, and is now in it's 14th year. New York Indian Film Festival (formerly known as MIAAC) is North America's largest and most prestigious film festival - Featuring cinema from the Indian Subcontinent, and South Asian diaspora. The Festival is attended by over 10,000 film lovers and has attracted unprecedented media attention.

NYIFF has premiered Slumdog Millionaire, The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding, Water, Bride & Prejudice, Yeh Sali Zindagi, Gulaal, Well Done Abba, Raavanan, Noukadubi, Shor, Japanese Wife, Tahaan………and a host of other fabulous feature films, documentaries, shorts and children's films from the Indian subcontinent.

Our Selection Committee, Award Jury and Advisory Board include illustrious names from the entertainment industry - Shabana Azmi, Mira Nair, Deepa Mehta, Javed Akhtar, Shyam Benegal, Mani Ratnam, Sabrina Dhawan, Sooni Taraporwala, Madhur Jaffrey, (late) Ismail Merchant, Vishal Bhardwaj, Salman Rushdie and many more veteran and recent luminaries.


All films at the festival are entered into competition.

The awards are: Best Short Film, Best Documentary, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Feature Film. The awards ceremony is hold on our closing night.


Open to the public

Only Films that comply with the following criteria will be considered.

INDIAN DIASPORA CINEMA: Films that feature the work of Filmmakers, Actors, Writers, Directors of South Asian descent living outside the subcontinent;
Films made by Non-South Asians that feature significant South Asian content, inspiration, subject matter.
INDIAN INDEPENDENT CINEMA: Films from the Indian Subcontinent with a unique voice/message/creative appeal that are considered avant-garde, or independent.

LANGUAGE: English or subtitled in English if the original language is different.

PREMIERE: The film should not have premiered in New York (including New Jersey and Connecticut) to remain in consideration.


PRESS KIT - including: at least 4 Hi-Res publicity stills,
30-sec trailer, Director picture & bio, and

Regular Deadline Dec 30th
Late Deadline Feb 10th
WAB Extended Deadline Feb 15th

$40 for Feature Films
$20 for Documentaries and Short Films.

Recent Festival News News
18th Dec 2014 New York Indian Film Festival May 3-9, 2015  
Known festival contacts Contacts
Ramneek Kang
Program Associate
Sushanti Bordoloi
Submissions Coordinator