India International Film Festival of Tampa Bay

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The India International Film Festival (IIFF) of Tampa Bay takes place annually in Tampa, Florida. IIFF's mission is to provide "a platform for increased awareness of Indian cinema and culture to the community by promoting films and industry professionals representing the diversity of India." [1][2] The films featured at the festival include feature films, short films, and documentaries that are produced by Indians, films with Indian actors or actresses, or films with Indian themes.[3] The festival takes place over the course of three days and includes a red carpet, Indian food, and various entertainment, including music and dance performances.[4][5]

The fourth annual festival took place February 15, 2013 to February 17, 2013.[6]


IIFF was founded by Francis Vayalumkal,[7] Rahul Korlipara, and Rachna Dinkar in February, 2010. It was originally sponsored by the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce.[8]

There were approximately 3,000 attendees in 2012,[9] 2,500 attendees in 2011,[10] and 1,000 attendees in 2010.[11]

2013 Film Screenings[edit]

Title Director Cast
Listen Amaya Avinash Kumar Singh
Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey Suzanne Bryant
Indelible Pavitra Chalam
Planes, Trains & Autorickshaws Scott Sheppard
A Gran Plan Sangeeta Nambiar
Jana Gana Mana Vijay Das
Shaya Amir Noorani
Larry Brought Lemon Ujjwal Patel
Ehsaas Sunil Nair
Daadi David Stoler
Sidekick (3D Animation) Amrinder Jassar
Gattu Rajan Khosa
Vishwaroopam Kamal Haasan
Leaving Home Robert Richter
Sambhavna Joseph Malone
Saari Raat Parimal Aloke
Party Santosh Davakhar
Do Pahar Shazia Shrivastava & Sharifa Roy
Un.Kahi Samrat DasGupta
Little Terrors Maninder Chana
Highway Deepak Rauniyar
Paanch Adhyay Pratim DasGupta
Valley of Saints Musa Syeed

2012 Film Screenings[edit]

2011 Film Screenings[edit]

2010 Film Screenings[edit]

Film School[edit]

IIFF was the first South Asian Film Festival in the United States to hold an independent film school for aspiring filmmakers. It was started in 2012.[10][15]


  1. ^ "About IIFF." India International Film Festival of Tampa Bay. 2010. Web. <>.
  2. ^ "India International Film Festival of Tampa Bay." Filmmakers, Withoutabox. Web. 3 January 2013. <>.
  3. ^ "About IIFF," 2010.
  4. ^ George, Justin. "India International Film Festival Opens Feb. 17 in Tampa and Points to Growth of the South Asian Community. " Tampa Bay Times. 17 February 2012. Web. 2 January 2013. <>.
  5. ^ Priyanka, Vidisha. "Indian Film Fest Celebrates Human Spirit, Grit." TBO Extra. 16 February 2011. Web. 2 January 2013. <>.
  6. ^ "India International Film Festival of Tampa Bay." Filmmakers, Withoutabox.
  7. ^ Guzzo, Paul, and the Center for Understanding Modern Indian American Culture (CUMIAC). From Indians to Indian Americans: How Tampa Bay's Indian Community Was Built. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2012. 79-84. Print.
  8. ^ Hutcheson, Nicole. "Tampa Bay Festivals, Theaters and Temples Indicate How Indian Community Has Grown and Flourished. " Tampa Bay Times. 21 February 2010. Web. 2 January 2013. <>.
  9. ^ Cashill, Margaret. "India International Film Festival Develops Following." Tampa Bay Business Journal. 27 February 2012. Web. 3 January 2013. <>.
  10. ^ a b George, 2012.
  11. ^ Hutcheson, 2010.
  12. ^ | Watch "Nu Me"
  13. ^ | Nukkad-USA Productions
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  15. ^ "India International Film Festival of Tampa Bay." Filmmakers, Withoutabox.

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