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Bollywood 2014


Bollywood's 'Oscars' coming to Tampa next year

The International Indian Film Academy has announced its 2014 award weekend will be held in Tampa. The "Bollywood Oscars" will be held in June 2014.

The event will mark the first time the IIFA awards will be held in the United States.

The multi-day program is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the area during the summer. Previous IIFA events have generated upwards of 24,000 room nights with more than $11 million in economic impact to the host community.

A delegation from Tampa Bay is in Macau for the 2013 IIFA Weekend & Awards, taking place this weekend.

"We are thrilled to be selected as the host city for IIFA," said Santiago Corrada, President & CEO of Visit Tampa Bay. "Tampa Bay makes a great host for events and meetings of all sizes. Much like Super Bowls and national political conventions place Tampa in the national spotlight, this event will place unprecedented international attention on Tampa Bay.

"We are ready to welcome the IIFA to our dynamic destination."

Friday, July 05, 2013, 10:58 AM
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Tampa to host big Bollywood event in 2014

TAMPA -- The stars of Bollywood will be coming to Tampa in June 2014 for their version of the Oscar's.

The International Indian Film Academy will be holding a weekend of events and an awards ceremony.

"This announcement rivals the announcement of the RNC, and even surpasses it in terms of worldwide impact," said Visit Tampa Bay CEO Santiago Corrada.

City officials say their convincing bid included showing Tampa's ability to handle large events, like last year’s Republican National Convention and the 2009 Super Bowl. They say support from the community, along with private investments sealed the deal.

Possible venues include Tampa Bay Times Forum, Raymond James stadium, and Florida State Fairgrounds. Word of the event is already spreading to downtown businesses, like Hattricks tavern.

"We're very excited about it, after hockey and basketball we tend to slow down a little bit, so having a boost in June and especially with the size of the event is fantastic for us," said owner John Heffernan.

Tourism officials say business owners like Heffernan have good reason to be excited. The award weekend is expected to bring in 30,000 visitors, 12,000 room nights and an $18 million economic impact.

Numerous events are being planned leading up to the weekend, and it is also expected to create job opportunities. City leaders say they're proud to be the host for the academy's first award ceremony in the U.S.

"It is through arts and entertainment that countries are brought together," said Commissioner Al Higginbotham.

Tampa is now among a list of host cities that includes Amsterdam, Singapore, and Toronto.

Tampa city leaders say the IIFA awards weekend is India's biggest media event, with a viewership of almost 800 million. They expect security at the event to be similar to the Super Bowl, and they're relying on in-kind services.

By Cheryl Glassford, Reporter
Monday, July 08, 2013, 10:16 PM
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Florida to host Bollywood ‘Oscars’ event in 2014

TAMPA, FLORIDA – Bollywood’s version of the Oscars is coming to Florida, and it marks the first time that the multiday film event will be held in the United States.

Tampa officials announced Friday that the International Indian Film Academy’s Weekend & Awards is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the area next June. Local officials say previous IIFA events have generated up to 24,000 room nights with a local economic impact exceeding $11 million.

According to the IIFA, the awards have a worldwide viewership of approximately 600,000 people.

The term “Bollywood” is the nickname for the Mumbai-based Hindi film industry — but Indian cinema is not just comprised of the song-and-dance extravaganzas mostly produced there. Indian cinema has become the largest producer of films in the world. India produced nearly 1,500 films last year, according to accounting firm KPMG.

While they have been slow to catch on in the U.S. outside major cities, Indian films have won audiences across the world.

The group’s selection of the U.S. as the site for its 2014 awards could signal a push to gain English-speaking audiences. Indian directors also are eager to bring different kinds of films — not just the popular musicals — to a worldwide audience.

In an email, Santiago Corrada of Tampa Bay and Co. tourism agency said the local Indian community was instrumental in winning the film awards bid.

“We have a very active, dedicated and supportive Indian community in Tampa Bay,” he said. “They have championed this bid from the beginning and of course, with all of our assets, we make the perfect host city.”

The IIFA is based in Mumbai. It presents the awards to honor achievements in Indian cinema.

The awards weekend takes place in a different city around the world each year. The 2013 event is being held this week in Macau, and Tampa officials and local organizers of the 2014 event are attending it.

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Oscars of Indian film head to Florida in 2014; thousands of visitors expected for Bollywood event

The 2014 edition of the Bollywood Oscars will take place in Tampa, Florida, according to reports.

Tampa officials announced Friday that the International Indian Film Academy’s Weekend and Awards is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the city next June. According to local officials, previous IIFA events have generated up to 24,000 room nights with a local economic impact exceeding $11 million.

The awards weekend takes place in different cities around the world each year. The 2013 edition kicked off in Macau, China Thursday night and runs until Saturday. Next year will mark the first time the multi-day event is held in the United States. In 2011 the IIFA awards came to Canada for the first time at the Roger Centre in Toronto.

The IIFA is based in Mumbai, India and presents the awards to honour achievements in Indian cinema.

The Government of British Columbia bidded for the IIFA awards to come to Vancouver this year, but with its bid rejected, they instead brought the inaugural Times of India Film Awards in April. Premier Christy Clark has routinely come under fire for the star-studded event that took over the West Coast April 4 to 6 — one month before the election.

Clark boasted that 400 million viewers would tune in to the extravagant event taking place in B.C., but the show was instead a relative ratings flop in India, with just under 30 million TV viewers.

The NDP believe the show, which attracted Bollywood film stars and paparazzi, was a blatant taxpayer-financed attempt to woo Liberal support from Indo-Canadian voters.

—with files from The Associated Press
11:41ET 05-07-13
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Bollywood's 2014 IIFA awards to be held in US

TAMPA: Bollywood’s version of the Oscars is coming to Florida, and it marks the first time that the multiday film event will be held in the United States.

Tampa officials announced Friday that the International Indian Film Academy's Weekend & Awards is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the area next June.

Local officials say previous IIFA events have generated up to 24,000 room nights with a local economic impact exceeding $11 million.

According to the IIFA, the awards have a worldwide viewership of approximately 600,000 people.

The term ''Bollywood'' is the nickname for the Mumbai-based Hindi film industry, but Indian cinema isn't just comprised of the song-and-dance extravaganzas mostly produced there. Indian cinema has become the largest producer of films in the world. India produced nearly 1,500 films last year, according to accounting firm KPMG.

While they have been slow to catch on in the US outside major cities, Indian films have won audiences across the world.

The group's selection of the US as the site for its 2014 awards could signal a push to gain English-speaking audiences. Indian directors also are eager to bring different kinds of films, not just the popular musicals, to a worldwide audience.

In an email, Corrada of Tampa Bay and Co. said the local Indian community was instrumental in winning the film awards bid.

''We have a very active, dedicated and supportive Indian community in Tampa Bay,'' he said. ''They have championed this bid from the beginning and of course, with all of our assets, we make the perfect host city.''

The IIFA is based in Mumbai, India.

It presents the awards to honor achievements in Indian cinema.

The awards weekend takes place in a different city around the world each year.

The 2013 event is being held this week in Macau, and Tampa officials and local organisers of the 2014 event are attending this year's festival.

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