International Focus: Indian Cinema & Culture 

NYWIFT's new International Focus series celebrates the artistic, cultural and historical contributions of global cinema.  The series kicks off with an evening exploring the evolution and future of Indian Cinema throughout the Diaspora.

India is home to a varied and thriving film industry which is spread across various regions and globally.  Its cinematic offerings cater to a widely diverse audience. International Focus will explore the richness of this culture's cinematic tradition with an interactive panel of talented filmmakers, screening of film clips and a networking gathering at the MIST bar.  Join us for great conservation and celebration -- and even a Bollywood Dance Lesson!.  



Mrinalini Kamath’s short films What Happened on the Fourth Date? (an adaptation of her short play The Some of All Parts), Gentle Cycle Only and The Last Piece have screened at festivals nationwide including the DC Shorts Film Festival.



Shalini Kantayya finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox’s On the Lot, a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood’s next great director. Her sci-fi film about the world water crisis, a Drop of Life, won Best Short at Palm Beach International, received a national television broadcast in the U.S. and India, and was used as a tool to organize for water rights in forty villages across Africa. A William D. Fulbright Scholar, Shalini has received recognition from IFP Spotlight on Documentary, Jerome Hill Centennial, New York Women in Film & Television, and Media Action Network for Asian Americans. She is a Sundance Fellow, a TED Fellow, and was a finalist for the ABC | Disney Directing Program. Her work-in-progress documentary, Catching the Sun, has received support from the Sundance Documentary Program and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


Shilpa Mankikar is a New York-based filmmaker whose work combines a commercial sensibility with progressive content. Her work has won the Planet Out 1st Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, a National Board of Review Award, Best of Fest at Palm Springs, Shanghai, and other international festivals. Mankikar currently produces music videos, branded content, feature films, and documentaries.  She has produced in collaboration with MTV India - Best Director Raj Santhakumar and screenwriter Israel Horovitz (Sunshine). In 2001, she co-founded 3rd I, a national film exhibition network that hosts over one hundred South Asian diaspora filmmakers per year in the U.S. Mankikar formerly handled Programming and Outreach for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and Marketing for its affiliate CAAM (formerly NAATA) Distribution. Mankikar is also a contributor to indieWIRE.


Muriel (Mike) Peters’ production credits in India include coproducer of The Only Real Game, a documentary about baseball in Manipur.  The film recently had its theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles and has won numerous awards at film festivals, including Best Documentary at the 2013 New York Indian Film Festival. Peters produced a highly acclaimed film about the worship of the god Shiva, Manifestation of Shiva, and was associate producer on Merchant Ivory’s The Guru. While Director of the Film and Television Department of the Asia Society she organized in partnership with the Museum of Modern Art, an exhibition of Indian film, which included a section on its history, another on Parallel Cinema and a third which presented the complete works of Satyajit Ray. She also served as Media Executive with the Indo-US Subcommission on Education and Culture.  


Zenobia Dotiwala is a dancer and instructor at Bollywood Funk NYC Dance School. Formed in 2007, Bollywood Funk NYC is New York City’s only dance institution specializing in urban contemporary Bollywood Dance.


Rosalind Murphy (Moderator) is a Producer and Marketing Consultant specializing in film/theater/arts marketing and social media content strategy. Murphy has over ten years of experience as a strategist for media, promotions and marketing. She brings years of success creating strategic partnerships by customizing multi-channel programs that build brands and promotes products. Prior to working as an independent consultant, Murphy worked for six years at Microsoft as an Executive Engagement Manager and created branded entertainment for Microsoft Fortune 500 C-level clients. Murphy also spent four years as the Marketing Director for Film Life Inc., where she led marketing, media planning, promotion and advertising sales management. 



 Produced by Rosalind Murphy and Destiny Lilly


Special Thanks to MIST Harlem

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts