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Bay News 9 shows off our new venue

TAMPA -- Software company owner Frankie Vayalumkal began the India International Film Festival, now in its fourth year, to introduce people to his country of birth.

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“The Indian community in Tampa Bay has been growing and really getting established here,” Vayalumkal said, “and we wanted to share that rich Indian culture to the rest of the community, and we thought films would be the best medium to do that."

This year’s festival is taking place at Muvico Centro Ybor 20 in Tampa, February 15-17.

The opening night film is Listen Amaya.

"It's a very family-oriented movie about relationships," Vayalumkal said.

Vayalumkal says universal themes like family and human relationships are seen throughout all 24 films.

Darshna Patel is in her second year as a festival board member.

In addition to lending her expertise as a lawyer, Patel is working a weekend film school for the festival.

One reason she joined the festival was to learn more about her heritage. And now she has caught the film bug.

"The films are all independent films, so the variety of films that we show in general are films you wouldn't necessarily get to see. We also are showing several films that have premiered at different festival around the country, including the film "Valley of Saints," which actually premiered at Sundance."

The organizers street the festival is a chance to “take a virtual tour” of India while here in Tampa.

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