The New York Indian Film Festival is postponed

(New York, NY - March 12,2020) The longest-running, most prestigious New York Indian Film Festival in North America (NYIFF), will be postponed to a later date this year. The Indo-American Arts Council which runs the festival regrets to announce that, based on the guidance they have received and given the current concerns related to COVID-19, they have decided to postpone the festival.

Announcing this on Thursday IAAC vice chairman Rakesh Kaul said, "As the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is having an increasing impact in the United States, our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by the virus. Because this is a rapidly-evolving situation, we felt it important to assess the risk to the health and well-being of our guests from India and elsewhere, and the audience at the upcoming New York Indian Film Festival."

Festival Director Aseem Chhabra said, "We value the many submissions made by the filmmakers and thank them for supporting and being a part of the film festival. All the filmmakers are being notified. At this point, we have not confirmed the new dates."

IAAC would like to thank the staff, volunteers and participants who have been working to make the event a success. The festival team also thanks the audience members for their support and looks forward to hosting the event with all its glory in it's 20th year soon.


The New York Indian Film Festival is North America's oldest and most prestigious film festival which features cinema from India, and the Indian Diaspora.

Presented by the Indo-American Arts Council, Inc. NYIFF Celebrates alternative, independent cinema from the global Indian community. The festival is dedicated to providing filmmakers, actors,and industry professionals a platform to showcase their work, as well as creating an environment where filmmakers may exchange ideas with one another, and interact with discerning and diverse audiences, journalists, and aficionados.

The 20th Annual New York Indian Film Festival will be held in April 2020

Highlights Include: Opening night gala, premiere screenings, all day industry panels, nightly networking parties, post-screening discussions, red carpet galas, directorial debuts, award ceremony, industry participation, media attention, outreach events, and packed audiences.

Many films of our past festival selections have subsequently won awards or been featured at, the Academy Awards (Oscars), British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTA), Golden Globes, Screen Actor's Guild, Tribeca Film Festival, IFP Market.

Over the past years, our selection has showcased a wide range of South Asian film-makers such as Shyam Benegal, Mira Nair, Aparna Sen, Deepa Mehta, Mani Ratnam, Anurag Kashyap, and the late Rituparno Ghosh.

For more information visit: www.iaac.us

The Indo-American Arts Council is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit, secular service and resource arts organization.

Awards are presented in the following categories by the Festival Jury

Best Film
Best Short Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Child Actor
Best Screenplay

Films are nominated by the selection committee

Submitted works MUST satisfy ANY ONE of the eligibility criteria below:

Films produced and directed in India. Filmmakers working in all Indian regional languages, and those working on animation and children's films are encouraged to apply.


Films that feature the work of filmmakers, actors, writers, directors et al of Indian heritage.


Films made by Non-Indians that feature significant Indian content, inspiration, subject matter.

In addition to the above, Entrants must fully comply with the Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, film length, entry material and other requirements outlined below.

Only films that have not premiered in New York, or the Tri-State Area will remain in consideration.

Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Dialogue lists will not be accepted.

All entries must include the following:

1. ENTRY FORM completed on FilmFreeway
3. SCREENERS: A Secure Online Screener
4. PRESS KIT - Including: 4 Hi-Res publicity stills, 15 second trailer, Director's picture & bio, Cast and Crew information.

Please submit digital materials via FilmFreeway or to nyiff@iaac.us

Entry materials will not be returned and will be destroyed or discarded by the Festival.