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First Indo-American film fest in Atlanta

The first annual Atlanta Indo-American Film Festival (AIAFF) is to be held Nov 10-14, 2006. The five-day event is being organised by the Indo-American Film Society (IAFS).

india Updated: Oct 04, 2006 14:56 IST
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The first annual Atlanta Indo-American Film Festival (AIAFF) is to be held Nov 10-14, 2006.

The five-day event is being organised by the Indo-American Film Society (IAFS) in association with the Independent Media Artists of Georgia, Etc (IMAGE) and the Indo-American Arts Council, New York, according to a press release.

The fest promises to take viewers into a delightful journey of independent Indian cinema with a selection of mainstream films, discussions with filmmakers and a gala reception.

Kaneva, an online social entertainment network, will also host an online short film competition where filmmakers can submit Indian-American short films for global viewing and voting.

Films from India and from the non-resident Indian (NRI) diaspora in the narrative and documentary categories will be screened at three locations in Atlanta, - Georgia Tech, Emory University and Georgia State University.

The organisers are expecting to attract over 3,000 viewers.

"The goal of IAFS is to create global awareness and encourage the production and exhibition of Indian diaspora cinema, music and video in partnership with artists and other organisations," said AIAFF Director Ani Agnihotri.

Though Indian cinema is often synonymous with Bollywood, there is an equally vibrant independent film producing industry in India. For years, the Indian film industry's annual production hovered at around 1,000 features a year, 25 percent more than Hollywood's.

Also, a whole new generation of Indians and NRIs are building a trans-national hybrid Desi cinema that reflects their lives around the world. They are now making features and documentaries that continue to broaden the concept of Indian Cinema.