The 16th annual International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards is going to take place in Malaysia in June. Having traveled to some phenomenal destinations across the globe over the last 15 years, IIFA has graced the shores of the USA, UK, Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Canada. IIFA will now return to the culturally diverse country of Malaysia after 13 years, where fans and enthusiasts from around the world can expect to see their favorite stars descend into Kuala Lumpur during the weekend and witness Indian cinema’s most celebrated event unfold in their city.
The voting for the awards opened today (March 13th) to members of the film fraternity. Actors Anil Kapoor and Dia Mirza were the first ones to come out and show their support and casting their votes. Speaking about the voting, Anil Kapoor said, “I’m honored to be given the opportunity to cast the first vote and show my support to the institution that is the IIFA weekend and awards. I’ve been a friend of IIFA for many years and I will always continue to support what I believe is the biggest congregation of the film industry and one that awaited by the entire fraternity year on year.”
Commenting on the occasion, Andre Timmins, Director of Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are very happy to announce that IIFA will be traveling to Malaysia this year. We had a great Weekend in Malaysia 13 years ago when we went to the Genting Highlands and the country has welcomed us back. With its rich and diverse culture and the sheer beauty of the city of Kuala Lumpur, we’re absolutely certain this year’s IIFA celebration will be a sight to behold.”
Commenting on the announcement Tony Nagamaiah – General Manager, Malaysia Major Events said, “It’s great news that IIFA is returning to Malaysia in 2015 after we enjoyed a successful experience with them in Genting Highlands13 years ago. Malaysia has grown and evolved during this time just like IIFA has as a globally recognized brand and so we are proud and ready to welcome IIFA this time in the world-class city of Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with Malaysia Year of Festival 2015. We have a large Indian population and Malaysian community that along with audiences worldwide enjoy the magic of Indian movies. We look forward to working with IIFA to create the biggest spectacular and celebration of Indian cinema and to welcoming the Indian film industry in Kuala Lumpur.”
Check out pictures of the celebrities that have come out for the IIFA voting weekend so far.