New York Indian Film Festival: Awards, Winner Lists & More

The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) is an annual film festival in New York City. It screens films relating to India, the Indian Diaspora, and the work of Indian filmmakers. The festival began in November 2001 and was founded by Aroon Shivdasani and the Indo-American Arts Council. About 40 films are screened, including feature films, shorts, documentaries, and animated films.

New York Indian Film Festival

New York Indian Film Festival History:

The Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival (IAAC) was established in November 2001, in response to the September 11 attacks with the aim of educating the community about Indian Culture.

The first festival took place at the Imagin Asian Theatre. Subsequent festivals have been hosted by Tribeca Cinemas, The Walter Read Theater at The Lincoln Center, Asia Society, Aicon Gallery, Cantor Film Center at New York University, and SVA Theaters. In 2011, the opening night ceremony was held at the Paris Theater.

In 2007, the festival partnered with The Mahindra Group to help the festival grow and reach wider audiences. The festival also changed its name to The Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival (MIAAC).

The festival introduced one-minute cell phone films in 2008, collaborating with NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, New York Film Academy, and Whistling Woods International. In 2011, it moved from November to May, with Aseem Chhabra as the new director, and was renamed The New York Indian Film Festival.

In 2022, the festival will showcase several Indian films, including Shoe Box, Boomba Ride (Assamese), and My Mother’s Girlfriend.

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The Festival

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Every year, the festival showcases approximately 40 films from Indian filmmakers, or films relating to India or the Indian Diaspora. During the festival, industry panels and discussions with filmmakers are held, with Q&As after the screenings.

Frequent festival attendees include Mira NairSalman RushdiePadma LakshmiShabana Azmi, and Deepa Mehta.

The festival typically features a retrospective to honor a distinguished filmmaker, artist, or actor, showcasing several of their most acclaimed films. Past retrospectives have featured Mira NairSmita Patil, and Rabindranath Tagore.

The 12th NYIFF will feature a retrospective of the Indian film director Shyam Benegal.

List Of  films that had their New York or World Premiere at NYIFF

Best ActressBala Hijam NingthoujamBala Hijam Ningthoujam (actress) – Lembi Leima
Best Short FilmLembi LeimaLembi Leima (Short Film) – Bijou Thaangjam (Producer), Mayank Pratap Singh (Director)
Best Supporting ActorBijou ThaangjamBijou Thaangjam (Actor) – Lembi Leima (Short Film)
Best Feature Film (Indian)LOVE ME, STUPIDLOVE ME, STUPID – Love Me Stupid (original title) – Buvana Ram
Best Indian Music VideoBewafaBewafa – Bijou Thaangjam, Tarab Kureishy
Best Visionary Film18881888 – Sourabh Shukla

visit: American Indian Film Festival: Awards, Winners List & More


NYIFF Juries

The festival’s jury consists of 13 members who have worked in both the Indian and American film industries. KPMG monitors and collects the jury’s votes.

List Of Juries:-

Poorna JagannathanActress
Ashish AvikunthakProfessor
Myrna Moncayo-IyengarCorporate Strategist
Udayan GuptaJournalist
Muriel (Mike) PetersProducer
Sabrina DhawanScreenwriter
Kavery KaulFilmmaker
Madhur JaffreyActress
Jerry CarlsonProfessor
Claus MuellerProfessor
Parag AmladiFilm Scholar
Zenobia ShroffActress
Nilita VachaniDocumentary Filmmaker
List Of Juries

New York Indian Film Festival


Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Child Actor

Best Debut Film

Best Director

Best Documentary

Best Documentary by a Women Filmmaker

Best Film

Best Screenplay

Best Short Film

Jury Award

New York Indian Film Festival 2024 Award Winners List

Award CategoryWinnerFilm Title
Best ActressRajshri DeshpandePrivacy
Best Debut FilmSudeep KanwalPrivacy
Best FilmNasir by Arun Karthick
Best DirectorAjitpal Singh for Fire in the Mountains
Best ActorSiddharth Menon for June
Best ActressAkshata Pandavapura for Where Is Pinki?
Best Child ActorKaran Dave for Habbadi
Best ScreenplayWhere Is Pinki? (Pinki Eili?)
Best Short (Narrative)Sudipto Roy for Tasher Ghawr
Best Documentary (Feature)Ahimsa- Gandhi: The Power of the Powerless by Ramesh Sharma
Best Documentary (Short)Seva

New York Indian Film Festival 2023 Award Winners List

Below is the list of 2023 New York Indian Film Festival winners:

CategoryFilm TitleWinnerDirector(s)/Writer(s)
Best Short Film – NarrativeBirha : The Journey Back HomeWINNERGhalib Datta
Best ScreenplayOn Either Sides of the PondParth Saurabh, Abhinav Jha
Best FilmGoldfishNominated for Best Film 2023Pushan Kripalani (Director), Amit Saxena (Producer), Kalki Koechlin (Actress), Deepti Naval (Actress), Rajit Kapoor (Actor)
On Either Sides of the PondParth Saurabh
OpiumAman Sachdeva (director)
Best DirectorAman SachdevaAman Sachdeva (director)
Best Debut FilmFootprints on WaterWINNERNathalia Syam (Director)
On Either Sides of the PondParth Saurabh
Best DocumentaryTo Kill a TigerWINNERNisha Pahuja
Best Documentary by Women FilmmakersCall Me DancerWINNERLeslie Shampaine (Director), Pip Gilmour (Director)

New York Indian Film Festival 2022 Award Winners List

CategoryFilm TitleWinnerDirector / Actor / Writer
Best Short FilmKicking BallsVijayeta Kumar
Best Short Film (Doc)Aakhri Safar (The Last Journey)
Best DocumentaryMurmurs of the JungleSohil Vaidya
Best NarrativeSucculentAmrita Bagchi
Best ScreenplayPowai
Best FilmShoeboxFaraz AliNaveen Mu, Dilani Rabindran, Raju Murugan
Best DirectorAditya Vikram Sengupta
Best ActorGodavariJitendra Joshi
Best ActressOnce Upon a Time in CalcuttaSreelekha Mitra
Best Child ActorGandhi & Co.Shah Reyaan, Hiranya Zinzuwadia


The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) is an annual film festival in New York City. It screens films relating to India. This Film Festival Awards showcases the talent of the young and the expertise of the cinemas and entertainment industries globally. In this Blog, you May Know About New York Indian Film Festival: Awards, Winner Lists & More.


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