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The New York Indian Film Festival announces full lineup for
2020 Virtual Edition July 24 - August 2
Run Kalyani
Son Rise
The New York Indian Film Festival announces full lineup for
2020 Virtual Edition July 24 - August 2

Special Tribute to Irrfan Khan, Spotlight on Manoj Bajpayee’s Career, and One Year of 'Article 15'

Plus Focus on Malayalam Cinema with opening and closing films, both directed by women filmmakers

New York –July 13, 2020 –The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) announced the full lineup for their 20th year of celebrating Independent, art house, alternate, and diaspora films from India (July 24 – August 2). This year, the virtual edition will run online, powered by MovieSaints on nyiff.moviesaints.com.  Dedicated to bringing these films to a New York audience and now in the new normal, to a wider global audience through the virtual platform, the festival will feature 12 narrative films, 4 documentaries and 30 shorts (both narratives and documentaries) on a range of subjects and languages.

Here is the entire list of the feature films being shown:

Feature Narrative Films

Aani Maani (Hindi/ Urdu), dir. Fahim Irshad
Ahaa Re (Bengali), dir. Ranjan Ghosh
Gamak Ghar (Maithili), dir. Achal Mishra
Kastoori (Hindi/ Marathi), dir. Vinod Kamble
Knock Knock Knock (Bengali, English), dir. Sudhanshu Saria
Lorni- the Flaneur (Khasi), dir.  Wanphrang Diengdoh
Moothon (Malayalam, Hindi), dir. Geethu Mohandas
Nimtoh (Nepali), dir. Saurav Rai
Run Kalyani (Malayalam), dir. Geetha J
Trijya (Marathi), dir. Akshay Indikar
The False Eye (Malayalam), dir. Rahul Nair
The Prologue (Bengali), dir. Chandrasish Ray

Feature Documentary Films

Aunty Sudha, Aunty Radha (Hindi), dir. Tanuja Chandra
Son Rise (Haryanvi, English), dir. Vibha Bakshi
Two Flags (Tamil, French, English), dir. Pankaj Rishi Kumar
Yeh Freedom Life (Hindi), dir. Priya Sen

This year NYIFF continues to support regional cinema with Malayalam films book ending the festival - Opening film Run Kalyani by Geetha J and Closing film Moothon by Geethu Mohandas. Adding to that, the two centerpiece documentaries, Son Rise by Vibha Bakshi and Aunty Sudha, Aunty Radha by Tanuja Chandra, showcase films by women directors. The languages focused on are Assamese, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Kannada, Ladakhi, Punjabi, Khasi, Nepali and Haryanavi. All the films will have English subtitles.

The shorts program is divided into four groups: Queer Perspectives; Connection, Explores; Social Ideals & Illusions; and A Collection of Short Documentaries.

NYIFF Festival Director Aseem Chhabra said “We are excited to bring this year’s selection right into audience’s homes. We will be hosting intimate conversations and chats with the filmmakers and stars involved in the movies being presented. This year all the events will stream exclusively on the MovieSaints platform.”

The Indian film industry lost an outstanding actor and a wonderful human being, Irrfan Khan, this year and NYIFF will pay a tribute to him by reminiscing about his work in The Namesake. Joining in will be director Mira Nair and actor Kal Penn. Returning to NYIFF is Manoj Bajpayee who talks about his career, his directors and his experiences. The festival will be hosting a Special Spotlight on Anubhav Sinhas Article 15 which completed one year in June this year. An incisive look at caste discrimination in India, the film was both a commercial and critical success in India. Member of Parliament Mr. Shashi Tharoor will open the panel sessions by moderating the Run Kalyani post-screening Q&A.

Said Rakesh Kaul, Vice Chairman, IAAC, "We have received tremendous support from the Consulate General India, New York as well as the associations FIA and AIA. Corporate sponsors such as Bank of Baroda are amongst others who have come forward with significant contributions. During these tough times, we hope our selection of the best of Indian Indie Cinema provides a welcoming avenue of entertainment and relief for audience across the world. With an expanded reach on a digital platform, we look forward to great audience participation. Mark your calendars!”

And here is the list of NYIFF 2020's nominated films for awards:

NYIFF 2020 Virtual Edition Nominations

Best Film

  1.  Aani Maani
  2. Gamak Ghar
  3. Kastoori (Musk)
  4. Moothon
  5. Run Kalyani

Best Director

  1. Achal Mishra (Gamak Ghar)
  2. Akshay Indikar (Trijya)
  3. Geetha J (Run Kalyani)
  4. Geethu Mohandas (Moothon)
  5. Vinod Kamble (Kastoori)

Best Screenplay

  1. Knock Knock Knock
  2. Lorni – the Flaneur
  3. Nimtoh
  4. The False Eye
  5. The Prologue

Best Actor

  1. Adil Hussain (Lorni – the Flaneur)
  2. Farrukh Seyer (Aani Maani)
  3. Nivin Pauly (Moothon)
  4. Paran Banerjee (Ahaa Re)
  5. Prasenjit Chatterjee (The Prologue)

Best Actress

  1. Garggi Anathan (Run Kalyani)
  2. Priyanka Verma (Aani Maani)
  3. Rituparna Sengupta (Ahaa Re)
  4. Vee Kumari (Halwa)

Best Child Actor

  1. Pravesh Gurung (Nimtoh)
  2. Sabit Khan (Flying Wagon)
  3. Samarth Sonawane (Kastoori)
  4. Sanjana Dipu (Moothon)
  5. Vasudev Sajeesh Marar, Suryadev Sajeesh Marar & Ansu Maria Thomas (The False Eye)

Best Documentary (Feature)

  1. Aunty Sudha, Aunty Radha
  2. Two Flags
  3. Son Rise
  4. Yeh Freedom Life

Best Documentary (Short)

  1. Gladiators on Wheels
  2. In Thunder & Lightening
  3. Niru’s News
  4. Tailing Pond
  5. Urmila Devi
  6. Utran Conversations

Best Short (Narrative)

  1. Arabian Nights
  2. Grandfather
  3. Hauah
  4. Sekool
  5. Wig

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More info at: iaac.us & nyiff.moviesaints.com


NYIFF is the oldest, most prestigious film festival screening premieres of feature, documentary and short films made from, of, and about the Indian subcontinent in the Independent, arthouse, alternate and diaspora genres. Seven days of screenings, post-screening discussions, industry panels, award ceremony, special events, nightly networking parties, red carpet galas, media attention and packed audiences build an awareness of Indian cinema, entertain & educate North Americans about the real India, and add to the amazing cultural diversity of New York City. For more information, please visit the website HERE and at nyiff.moviesaints.com.


The IAAC supports all the artistic disciplines in classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. We work cooperatively with colleagues around the United States to broaden our collective audiences and to create a network for shared information, resources and funding. Our focus is to help artists and art organizations in North America as well as to facilitate artists from India to exhibit, perform and produce their work here. The IAAC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. For information please visit www.iaac.us.


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