The 24th New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), North America’s longest-running Indian film festival, is set to dazzle audiences with 49 films featuring some of the biggest stars in the industry. From May 31 to June 2, New York City will be the stage for this prestigious event, celebrating the depth of contemporary Indian cinema.

A highlight of this year’s festival is the tribute to veteran actor Shabana Azmi’s illustrious 50-year career. Presented by the Indo-American Arts Council, Inc., NYIFF is dedicated to showcasing alternative, independent films from the global Indian community. The festival kicks off with Dear Jassi, directed by Indian-American filmmaker Tarsem Singh, known for his work with Jennifer Lopez, Julia Roberts, and music legends like REM and Lady Gaga. The event will conclude with Mrs, starring Sanya Malhotra and directed by Arati Kadav.

This year’s lineup includes the Amitabh Bachchan and Vivek Gomber starrer The Umesh Chronicles by Pooja Kaul, Naseeruddin Shah in the short film Khidki, the documentary Merchant Ivory, and Wendy Bednarz’s debut film Yellow Bus starring Tannishtha Chatterjee.

NYIFF 2024 features films in 12 languages, reflecting the rich linguistic diversity of India. “Our selection epitomizes the artistic brilliance and vibrant narratives we strive to share with our community,” said IAAC board member Poonam Khubani.

Chairman of the Indo-American Arts Council, Dr. Nirmal Mattoo, emphasized the festival’s role in showcasing the growing impact of Indian cinema globally. Festival director Aseem Chhabra highlighted NYIFF’s commitment to diversity and cultural representation.

In addition to screenings, the festival will offer post-screening discussions, industry panels, and award ceremonies, making it a must-watch event for anyone passionate about Indian cinema.