Toronto Hosting International Indian Film Academy Awards

Toronto has been selected as the host city for the 2011 International Indian Film Academy Awards, the first North American city to host the event.

"We have the know-how, we’ve got the experience and we’ve got the infrastructure", said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty from Mumbai, India, referring to Toronto's international status as host of the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Indian Awards ceremony will close the Festival after four days of screenings, receptions, parties and industry forums, running June 16-19, 2011.

The first Festival, held in 2000 in London England, now has a worldwide TV audience of 350 million viewers.

Oscar-winning 'Bollywood'-like film "Slum Dog Millionaire" made the transition from the Indian community to a mainstream audience, gathering interest for Indian films in North America...