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Korea to host Int’l Indian Film Academy Awards

Korea has been chosen to host one of India’s largest film festivals this year, a Korean presidential body said Monday during President Lee Myung-bak’s state visit here.

Andre Timmins, a member of the organizing committee for the International Indian Film Academy Awards, attended the Korea Night Event held here on Sunday and said Seoul was selected to host the annual IIFA Awards in June 2010, according to the Presidential Council on Nation Branding.

The organization, led by former Korea University president Euh Yoon-dae, is spearheading Korea’s efforts to enhance its international image.

“The IIFA Awards is the Indian movie industry’s largest festival, tantamount to the U.S. Academy Awards,” the council said.

It is expected to draw hundreds of India’s leading actors, actresses and filmmakers.

India has an advanced film industry based in Mumbai, widely called “Bollywood,” a mix of Hollywood and Bombay, Mumbai’s previous name.

The Canadian city of Toronto is scheduled to host the IIFA Awards in June 2011.

The film festival has previously been held in Britain, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and China. Yonhap
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