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Gattu, Dekh Indian Circus & Shala Garner Top Awards at The 12th Annual New York Indian Film Festival

The 12th annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) came to a close on Sunday, May 27, after five days of red carpet screenings, industry panels, and networking parties, with the U.S. premiere of Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur, which received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, followed by an awards ceremony and closing night reception, sponsored by Wells Fargo. The winners of the NYIFF 2012 Jury Awards are:

One-minute Cell Phone Film Award – Love Lost by Caroline Cantone, NYU student
Audience Choice Award, presented by Mela’s Pooja Kohli – Let’s Be Out, The Sun is Shining by Bornilla Chatterjee
Best Short Film Award, presented by director Bedabrata Pain – Bombay Snow by Chinmay Dalvi
Best Documentary, presented by UB Group Brand Ambassador and former Miss India Pooja Batra – Saving Face by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (also won the Oscar for Best Doc)
Best Screenplay, presented by author Suketu Mehta – Avinash Deshpande for Shala
Best Young Actor Award, presented by director Prashant Nair – Mohammad Samad for Gattu
Best Actress, presented by director Dev Benegal – Tannishtha Chatterjee for Dekh Indian Circus
Best Actor, presented by director Aishwarya.R.Dhanush – Nawazuddin Siddiqui for Dehk Indian Circus
Best Director, presented by director Anurag Kashyap – Sujay Dahake for Shala
Best Film, presented by Rahul Baig of Wells Fargo – Gattu by Rajan Khosa
Special Contribution to Indian Cinema Award presented to actor/director Rituparno Ghosh
Lifetime Achievement Award presented to director Shyam Benegal

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About the Indo-American Arts Council: The Indo-American Arts Council is a registered not-for-profit arts organization passionately dedicated to showcasing, building awareness, and celebrating artists of Indian origin in the performing, visual and literary arts. Annual festivals of art, dance, play writing and film are scheduled through the year, with several special events and book launches. For further information please visit NYIFF was born in the aftermath of 9/11 in response to Mayor Giuliani’s call to New Yorkers to help rebuild a limping city. The First Annual film Festival opened its doors with Film Diaspora Godfather Ismail Merchant and closed with New York’s favorite Indian filmmaker Mira Nair.

12th Annual New York Indian Film Festival Nominees for Best Picture, Best Documentary, Best Actor, & Best Actress
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Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist.
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