In 2000, we opened the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival to facilitate creative work in an area that does not generally receive corporate support—South Asian independent film. Each November, we organize a film festival at prestigious venues across Manhattan, New York to showcase South Asian features, documentaries and shorts picked from applications received from the subcontinent and filmmakers of Indian origin from around the world.
The five-day festival commences with an opening Gala and ends with an awards ceremony. In addition to showcasing films, we organize workshops, discussions and talks revolving around cinematic topics from scriptwriting to the business of cinema.
The MIAAC Film Festival seeks to create conversation and collaboration around South Asian film. In addition to facilitating discussion through our screenings, workshops, dialogues, and talks, we expand awareness by partnering with institutions like New York University and arts organizations across North America. We also enjoy the support of the likes of Mira Nair, Shabana Azmi, and Madhur Jaffrey—people renowned for their contributions to cinema in India and abroad.