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Event Schedule

All films will be screened at Channelside Cinemas, Tampa. Please note that this schedule is subject to changes and reflects the latest updates. Parking at the Channelside garage is available for 50c(upto 4hrs). Please have your chip coin validated at Channelside Cinemas.

06:30 pm
Red Carpet, VIP Reception . Film festival opens with Film makers & Guests
08:00 pm
Formal inauguration and remarks.
08:30 pm
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Opening Feature

Director: Sandeep Mohan
Producers: Giju John, Kamal Shah
DOP: Binendra Menon
Editor: Shreyas Beltangady
Running Time: 106 Mins

Followed by Q&A with Director Sandeep Mohan and Producer

At its heart, "Love, Wrinkle-Free"is an off-beat, light-hearted story about love going beyond cosmetic barriers - a universal theme that finds resonance across the world.

10:15 pm
Dinner and After Party
12:00 pm
Adwait Sangeet
[Theater 6]
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Documentary Feature

Directed by: Makarand Brahme
Produced by: Milind Damle, Vasanti Brahme
Running time: 90 Mins 

Padma Bhushan Pt. Rajan Mishra and Pt. Sajan Mishra - two brothers from the Benaras Gharana are the living legends of Indian Classical Music field. After the well known singing duo of the late Salamat and Nazakat Ali, they are the only vocalists singing together in Indian classical music for last 40 years in their unique style.
This was the opening film at International Film Festival of India, Goa in 2011

12:00 pm
Aadukalam (The Arena)
[Theater 7]
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Tamil Feature

Director: Vetri Maaran
Actors: Dhanush, Velraj Rajamani, Taapsee Pannu

Running time 120 mins

When Petaikkaran, the emperor of the murky underworld of rooster fight in southern Indian state of Tamilnadu for 40 years, is challenged and proved wrong by his disciple, Black, he decides to avenge the insult. Black's small world is shattered. When he comes to know about the betrayal and confronts Petaikkaran, he decides to do the unthinkable...

Winner of 6 National Awards at the 58th National Film Awards, India including Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best actor.

02:00 pm
The Great Indian Marriage Bazaar
[Theater 6]
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Documentary Feature

Director: Ruchika Muchhala
Co-Director: Faiza Khan
Producer, Executive Producer: Hee Yah Ong

Running time: 59 mins

In the middle of a family wedding, documentary filmmaker, Ruchika is put on the spot as her aunts poke at her about 'mission son-in-law'. As the pressure mounts, Ruchika narrates her story of going through with the arranged marriage process in modern-day India in this quirky and profoundly raw film.
FREE ADMISSION. Limited seating. Please reserve a ticket by clicking "Buy Ticket".

02:30 pm
Short Documentaries
[Theater 7]
Director: Harpreet Kaur
Running Time: 49 mins
Punjabi/English
A Little Revolution- A Story of Suicides and Dreams, follows the remarkable journey of filmmaker Harpreet Kaur, who travels from the rural villages of Punjab to the capital of India with children of farmers, who've committed suicide. She confronts the government's highest officials with the hope that they will understand the effects of their policies and avail the opportunity to help these children.
Director: Anjay Nagpal and David Gielicz
Running Time: 16 mins
English
The insecurities of Mixed-Race Americans and their emergence as a modern demographic are examined during one man’s seemingly impossible quest to find long lost relatives in his father’s Indian homeland.
Director: Jayshree Janu Kharpade
Running Time: 28 mins
Marathi with English subtitles
Jayshree Janu Kharpade of India was taken out of school when she was seven years old to raise her two younger brothers and contribute to her parents' labor at a brick kiln site. Exceptionally bright and motivated, she pleaded for years with her parents to let her return to her studies. Her mother used to tell her, 'education is one of the luxurious things we poor people cannot afford. So stop thinking about it and pay proper attention to your siblings and help us earn our living.' When her parents finally relented, she quickly rose to the top of her class. Now aged 15, Jayshree reveals to us the immense social and economic benefits of educating girls in the developing world.
Documentaries segment is followed by a Q&A with film-makers
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Cultural Entertainment
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FREE for all

Open to all in Channelside Courtyard

1. Cinematic Dance Performance by Swetha , Sparsha and Navya.

2. Bollowood dance by Desi International Dance Team - Nishit Patel and friends

3. Bangra workshop by Nishit patel

03:30 pm
Short Films Segment 1
[Theater 6]
Director: Neilesh Verma
Running Time: 12 Mins
English
Jas an isolated international student from India struggles to adapt to his new found homeland in Sydney Australia, that is until he meets Tara a local at the convenience store where he works
Director: Sameer H. Acharya
Running Time: 12 Mins
English
During a job interview, a man is grilled about what he posts online. He must respond to questions about his seemingly innocent behavior on multiple social networking websites. What begins as employees asking questions of a prospective candidate, slowly evolves into a personal battle between the existing employees, as a result of these websites. The question everyone must ask is, Have I Shared Too Much?
Director: Ravi Kapoor
Running Time: 19 Mins
English
While absorbing the death of their mother, five exiled brothers must face their tormentor in a final showdown.
Director: Anuj Nijhawan
Running Time: 24 Mins
English
Set in Silicon Valley, the film tells the story of Abhi, a young immigrant techie who hopes to get from point A to point B, the old fashioned way - hard work, late nights, regular promotions and eventually, fame and recognition for his talents. As he toils through the daily grind, with his eye on the prize, life decides to have a little fun... And when life smacks you in the head with a lemon, the lemonade can have quite a kick!
Director: Divij Roopchand
Running Time: 23 Mins
English
On this roller coaster ride that is their last night together, Ria & Satya nearly fall off a balcony, get chased by a watchman and even dance on top of a table.The two young lovers find themselves standing on a burning platform having to choose between long distance love and breaking up. Inspired by a moment of madness, Satya convinces Ria to leave it up to chance. They play a game. If Ria wins they break up, If Satya wins they stay together.
Short Films segment is followed by a Q&A with film-makers
04:30 pm
Shuttlecock Boys
[Theater 7]
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Hindi Feature

Director: Hemant Gaba
Running time : 94 mins
Hindi with subtitles
Shuttlecock Boys revolves around the lives, successes and failures of four friends who hail from lower middle class backgrounds in Delhi, as they try to start a new business. Should we accept what life offers to us on a platter or should we try to chase our dreams, taking the path less taken? That’s the question our protagonists seek answer to, as they decide to embark upon an eventful journey that will change the course of their lives and careers forever.

06:15 pm
Do Paise ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane ki Baarish
[Theater 6]
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CENTERPIECE / Hindi Feature

Director/Writer: Deepti Naval
Producer: Kite Films
Starring: Manisha Koirala, Rajit Kapur, Sanaj Naval
Running time:118 mins
Hindi with subtitles
Juhi is an ageing prostitute who has a wheelchair bound son, Kaku, to take care of with the limited number of customers that now find her attractive. Debu, a not so successful lyricist, gets dumped by his boyfriend, and is out on streets. These characters, in need of money, in need of love, bump into each other, after which their lives take a similar direction. Their relationships, born out of mutual needs, change their perceptions about each other, which in turn brings a change in them, finally, a sunny day after days of merciless downpour.

Followed by Q&A With Director/Actress Deepti Naval

09:00 pm
Love You to Death
[Theater 7]
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Hindi Feature

Director: Rafeeq Ellias
Producer: Chiman Savla
Executive Producer: Nandu Kamath
Running time: 105 mins
English/Hindi with subtitles
An outrageous comedy in 'Hinglish' about love that does not exist, therapy that does not work and three murders waiting to happen!

09:15 pm
Short Films Segment 4
[Theater 6]
Director: Ken Kwek
Running Time: 15 Mins
English
An amateur actor snags the lead role in Singapore's first 'art-house porno', only to discover that the part requires him to dig far deeper than he ever expected. Featuring Singapore TV stars Vadi PVSS and Adrian Pang in the most iconoclastic roles of their careers, PORN MASALA is a showbiz satire that pitches political correctness out the window of Singapore mainstream cinema.
This film has sexual references and might be offensive to some. Not recommended for all audiences. No nudity.
Director: Neilesh Verma
Running Time: 12 Mins
English
Jas an isolated international student from India struggles to adapt to his new found homeland in Sydney Australia, that is until he meets Tara a local at the convenience store where he works
Director: Sameer H. Acharya
Running Time: 12 Mins
English
During a job interview, a man is grilled about what he posts online. He must respond to questions about his seemingly innocent behavior on multiple social networking websites. What begins as employees asking questions of a prospective candidate, slowly evolves into a personal battle between the existing employees, as a result of these websites. The question everyone must ask is, Have I Shared Too Much?
Director: Ravi Kapoor
Running Time: 19 Mins
English
While absorbing the death of their mother, five exiled brothers must face their tormentor in a final showdown.
Director: Anuj Nijhawan
Running Time: 24 Mins
English
Set in Silicon Valley, the film tells the story of Abhi, a young immigrant techie who hopes to get from point A to point B, the old fashioned way - hard work, late nights, regular promotions and eventually, fame and recognition for his talents. As he toils through the daily grind, with his eye on the prize, life decides to have a little fun... And when life smacks you in the head with a lemon, the lemonade can have quite a kick!
11:00 pm - After Party at Jackson's
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After Party at Jackson's
OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY AT JACKSON'S BISTRO & BAR
Register early and get on the guest list, avoid lines! To be included in Cabana or Table reservations, please contact chris@iifftampa.com

Location: 601 South Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa.
View pictures from last year's party in our Gallery

Contact Details: Directions to Venue:  813-277-0112

Please note that this off-site party has a cover charge and is not part of the Festival Pass.
12:00 pm
The Myth of Buddha's Birthplace
[Theater 6]
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Documentary Feature

Director: James Freeman
Executive Producer: Annapurna Devi Pandey
Co-Director: Karsten Freeman
Running time: 35 mins
India/USA
An ancient stone inscription, discovered in 1928, states that the Buddha was born in a village in eastern India. This claim runs counter to all established theories. Anthropologists James Freeman and Annapurna Pandey investigate the claim and make an unexpected and significant discovery.
FREE ADMISSION. Limited seating. Please reserve a ticket by clicking "Buy Ticket".

01:00 pm
Paulwaat
[Theater 6]
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Marathi Feature
Paulwaat (The Pathway)

Director: Aditya Ingale
Producer: Mukta Bhide
Running time: 130 mins
India/Marathi /2011

A relation based story of a youngster who wants to become a playback singer and an old landlady with whom he is living as a paying guest.

03:00 pm
Short Films Segment 2
[Theater 7]
Director: Vinay Shukla
Running Time: 26 Mins
Hindi
Bureaucracy Sonata is a satire on the inner workings of the government during a period of political crisis. The film is set in and based on true stories from the Emergency Era(1975-77) in India, often described as the time interval which split Mrs.Indira Gandhi's political career into two halves(pre & post). It closely explores the life of a jailer in the face of a calamity.
Director: Anand Raghavan
Running Time: 16 Mins
English
Raj and Sarah are expecting their first child, a baby girl when Raj's parents show up. Raj's mom immediately enforces an old tradition which demands that the first born be a son. Forced to abort her baby girl, Sarah has to face her own childhood and choose between the family she never had and the baby girl.
Director: Sourav Sarkar
Running Time: 8 Mins
Bengali
Rick, a little boy, adorns his own world with his paintings and paper-cuttings. Like other kids , he also wants to be in a warm nest filled with affection and playfulness. But the grim confrontation between his parents puts a mark of fright and frustration on his tender mind. The in-depth impact of regular domestic conflicts makes him feel like encaged. Rick longs for his best friend Bubun, who has left the neighborhood to a far-off place. The sequence of events paints the pain of Rick. In a letter to Bubun , he metaphorically depicts his own fate and languishment. His note ends with a dream of reunion with his dearest friend and a freedom from his world of morbid despair towards a happy togetherness.
Director: Tejal Shah
Running Time: 29 Mins
English
Inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's beloved short story Bernice Bobs Her Hair, Sati Shaves Her Head is a modern, South-Asian take on the classic fish out of water tale. During one hot summer, sophisticated Cali-girl Nikki (Hannah Simone), transforms her dopey Indian cousin, Sati (Sonal Shah), into a first class Beverly Hills beauty. However, the plan backfires when Sati becomes more popular, especially with Jay (Joey Sinko), the boy Nikki keeps around as her lap dog. Nikki tries to teach Sati a lesson, but soon learns that revenge is a dish best served shaved!
Running Time: 7 Mins
Tamil
Description Pending.
Director: Jayesh Pillai
Running Time: 5 Mins
English
The film is seen through the eyes of a man crushed by an unexpected breakup. While helplessly trying to accept his fate, will he be able to let her go?
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cultural Entertainment
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FREE FOR ALL
Open to all in Channelside Courtyard

1. Bhangra Dance-- Nach de  - Presented by---- Swapna Komarraju / Srishti Dance Academy
2. Bharatnatyam - SaiNritya Group.
3. Bollywood Dance - Divya Paramashivan
4. Aadi Kondar : Choreography: Sheila & Shreya Narayanan
5. Divya parmashivan: Bolloywood dance
6. Mooshika Vahana - Choreography by Sheila and Shreya Narayanan from Shreyas-An Expression of Dance.
7. Gujarathi folk dance by Srigantha Kannada koota  of Florida
8. Neeraja Jasti Dance team
9.  Chakde Team  - A Medley
10.  Bollywood Dance
11. Dance Choreographed by Shaila Sateesh
12. Indian Regional Dances

03:45 pm
Short Films Segment 3
[Theater 6]
Director: Derek Frey
Running Time: 28 Mins
English
Where the dirt meets the pavement, where the sub-continent meets the Delaware Valley, one song rings out clearly: The Ballad of Sandeep, anthem of clowns, slaves, and heroes. After his IT job is outsourced to Bangalore, Sandeep Majumdar (played by Deep Roy) sets up a remote access in his apartment, tricking his former company into believing that he is really working from India. Operating under the alias Sudesh Patel, he soon catches the eye of the company's vice president, who wants to promote him.
Director: Rohit Gupta
Running Time: 5 Mins
English
Another day Another life is a man's tryst with his destiny in these tumultuous economic times. For a young man, his job, his investments, his dwelling and most importantly his love is what keeps him going until the day he loses all of them. His rage and his yearning to salvage his love are so conflicted that he reacts in the most conventional fashion. But, what if that conflict itself rescues him from the brink of disaster?
Director: Hemant Dinkar
Running Time: 12 Mins
English
The Coffee is a short love story that captures the poignant tale of a couple brought together by destiny. In just a few brief frames, the movie conveys a strong message: that of true love transcending the parameters imposed by moral codes. The film ends on a touching note, leaving the viewers to answer the rhetorical question, "When love is genuine, does anything else matter?".
Director: Monica Bassi
Running Time: 17 Mins
English
Being single has never bothered Karina, a 30-something Indo-American who considers herself a free-spirited party animal, and the world her nightclub. It isn't until she finds herself 'singled out' at a party full of couples that she begins to question her singular status. 'Uncoupled' is a story about a woman who learns to overcome societal pressure while breaking through her own barriers when it comes to love..
Director: Anjani Pandey
Running Time: 9 Mins
English
What if you get a second chance to spend your life with the girl of your dreams? Is your life going to be a fairy tale? Is it going to be happily ever after?
Running Time: 8 Mins
English
A short film made by the students of the IIFF Weekend Film School conducted Feb 4 to Feb 5 2012.
05:00 pm
Patang
[Theater 7]
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Gujarati/Hindi

Director: Prashant Bhargava
Running Time: 90 Mins
Producer: Jaideep Punjabi
Starring: Seema Biswas, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sugandha Garg
Hindi with subtitles

In the old city of Ahmedabad, amid India's largest kite festival, a family duels, spins and soars like the countless kites in the skies above.

A poetic journey to the old city of Ahmedabad, PATANG weaves together the stories of six people transformed by the energy of India's largest kite festival.

07:00 pm
Love, Lies & Seeta
[Theater 6]
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English

Closing Night Feature

Writer/Producer/Director: Chandra Pemmaraju
Cinematographer : Lukasz Pruchnik
Editor : Kenneth Fabritius
Starring: Melanie Kannokada, Arjun Gupta, Michael Derek, Lavrenti Lopes
Running Time: 110 Mins
English

Love Lies and Seeta is a romantic comedy about "falling for a girl who doesn't believe love exists", interweaving friendships that cross traditional borders of ethnicity and how they feel about love featuring East Indian - American and American actors, appeals to the 'hipster' generation of moviegoers or anyone who loves cinema.

Q&A with Director Chandra Pemmaraju and actor Arjun Gupta.

09:15 pm
Dinner
[Lobby]
Closing Reception, Dinner

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