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1 8 th Annual Mahindra Indo American Arts Council Film Festival November 5 th – 9 th 2008

2 8 th Annual MIAAC Film Festival The IAAC Film Festival was conceived in 2001 as an Indian Independent and Diaspora Film Festival. The festival partnered with Mahindra and Mahindra in 2007 and is now called the MIAAC Film Festival. The 8th MIAAC Film Festival is the premiere South Asian platform to promote, showcase, and celebrate unique voices and talent that tell compelling stories. Established and emerging filmmakers converge with thousands of quality entertainment-seeking audience members, press, media outlets, industry heads and festival programmers at this event. The MIAAC Film Festival gives audiences an opportunity to view unique, award-winning films never before screened in the New York area. This event is made possible through the support of visionary corporate and individual sponsors as well as dedicated staff and volunteers.

3 The MIAAC Film Festival has grown tremendously in the past 8 years Films in the Festival increased from 12 to 60 Festival venues have included Lincoln Center, AMC Loews, Jacobs Burns, Stamford Center, Queens Museum, NewPort Mall. Select films travel to Queens, Connecticut, Atlanta and Westchester Films premiered at the MIAAC Film Festival have been showcased at Tribeca Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Indian Film Festival LA, Mumbai International Film Festival, IFP Market and many more. 8 th Annual MIAAC Film Festival

4 Film Festival Components The MIAAC Film Festival is the annual celebration of voices of Indian Origin from around the world that tell stories that matter. 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 screening. 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.

5 Opening Night Screening 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 Bhansalis Saawariya 2006 - Mira Nairs The Namesake 2005 - Deepa Mehtas Water 2004 - Gurinder Chadhas Bride and Prejudice 2003 - Nisha Ganatras Cosmopolitan 2002 - Somnath Sen's Leela 2001 - Ismail Merchants ShakespeareWallah

6 Gala Dinner / Live Auction The annual Gala Benefit dinner, which is a glamorous sit down dinner is scheduled immediately after the opening night screening. 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 costs. 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.

7 Festival Screenings and Post Screening Discussions Festival screenings include a wide range of short films, documentaries films and feature films. 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 and more. 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.

8 Industry Panels 2007 marked the introduction of industry panels at the MIAAC Film Festival. The industry panels are forums where a select 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 writers.

9 Social Networking Parties Every evening filmmakers with their cast and crew mingle with the audience at a hip and up-scale venue: Networking and Relaxing The parties have been held at venues such as Taj, Blvd, Mantra, Katra, Earth, The Rubin Museum and Bodhi Art Gallery. 200-300 people join in the celebrations everyday. Complimentary wine and snacks are served amidst music and dancing.

10 Press and Partners IAAC collaborates with various organizations to bring the filmmaking community closer to their audiences. Sponsors 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. Partners 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. Media 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,, Village Voice.

11 Sponsorship Opportunities Sponsorship of the MIAAC Film Festival is your company's chance to be associated with an important, unique event. Our sponsorships are tailored to your companys 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 We look forward to customizing a sponsorship to your company's needs.

12 Board of Directors Talat Ansari, Legal Counsel Aroon Shivdasani, President & Executive Director Jonathan Hollander, Vice President & Co-Founder Dilip Advani, Treasurer Ambassador Prakash Shah Tushar Kothari Sandhya Narain Anupam Puri Chandrika Tandon About The IAAC Staff 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 MISSION STATEMENT 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 Advisory Board 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

13 For more information, please contact: Aroon Shivdasani, Executive Director ( The IAAC Office ( Indo-American Arts Council 146 West 29th St, #7R-3, New York, NY 10001 Ph: (212) 594-3685 Fax: (212) 594-8476 Web:

14 About The Mahindra Group The $4.5 billion Mahindra Group is among the top 10 industrial houses in India. Mahindra & Mahindra is the only Indian company among the top four tractor manufacturers in the world and is the market leader in multi-utility vehicles in India. The Group has a leading presence in key sectors of the Indian economy, including trade and financial services (Mahindra Intertrade, Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Ltd.), automotive components, information technology & telecom (Tech Mahindra, Bristlecone), and infrastructure development (Mahindra GESCO, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd., Mahindra World City). The Group employs over 40,000 people and has several state-of-the-art facilities in India and overseas. The Mahindra Group has ambitious global aspirations and has a presence in five continents. Forbes has ranked the Mahindra Group in its Top 200 list of the World's Most Reputable Companies and in the Top 10 list of Most Reputable Indian companies. For further information, please visit

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