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Record Submissions and New Film School

1/10/12 - Tampa, FL – The India International Film Festival is proud to be the first SouthAsian Film Festival in the country to launch an independent film school for aspiring filmmakers. The two-day film school will take place on Feb. 4th and 5th. This exciting opportunity allows students to get hands on training with high quality equipment while honing their craft through one-on-one lessons from experienced film professionals. We have lined up an excellent team of instructors who have a wealth of knowledge in both television and film production. During the film school, students will learn about a wide range of topics including screenwriting, pre-production, sound, lighting and camera operation. Most importantly, the students will produce their own short films which will debut at the film festival. The film school costs $179.99 and seating is limited. For more information on the film school, visit our website, or contact Darshna Patel at In addition, we are thrilled to announce that we have received a record number of submissions for this year’s film festival. In fact, we’ve already received more submissions before the regular deadline than the total number of submissions we had last year. The number of high quality submissions increases the competition and further promotes our goal of providing a top notch festival experience. Furthermore, we are also in talks with several Bollywood and Indo-American celebrities who would like to attend this growing festival. Those who attended in years past know that the festival has already attracted big names and is gaining attention from people across the globe. We look forward to announcing more of these exciting details in the weeks ahead. About IIFF – Tampa Bay Tampa, FL – Within just two years of its inception, the India International Film Festival (IIFF) of Tampa Bay has attracted filmmakers from around the nation and media coverage across the globe. The 3-day festival drew in 2500 people last year. Of the 80 films submitted, the festival featured 27 films, including seven world premieres and four North American premieres. The goal of IIFF is to create a forum for local, national and international filmmakers to conceive, share and showcase ideas as related to India. The Indian film industry produces the largest number of films in the world. While, IIFF pays homage to Bollywood, it focuses on independent films in a wide variety of genres as related to the Indian culture and society. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2012 Film Festival, which will take place Feb. 17 – 19 at Channelside Cinemas. There will be two rounds of selections; so early submissions will enjoy an advantage, as there will be more open slots to begin with. For this reason we encourage you to submit your film at the earliest possible. This also gives us the opportunity to maximize the marketing and exposure of the selected films. Submission Rules & Guidelines: All films should be produced from 2009 - 2011. The length of the film can be up to 150mins (2.5 hrs) Films may be in the genres of shorts, feature films, documentaries or music videos. Films don’t necessarily need to have an Indian theme. Films may be directed/produced by Indian or international film-makers. Filmmakers may submit more than one entry (Each entry must be accompanied by the entry form) Films should meet at least one of the following criteria: Should be from or about the Indian subcontinent. Should be related to India or Indian subculture in other parts of the world. Should have prominent creative input or acting by artists of Indian origin. Deadline - January 7, 2012 - $25 For further information about submissions, visit Sponsorships Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Francis Vayalumkal at 813-719-0303 or

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