The International Indian Film Academy will this year travel to Kuala Lumpur for the 16th edition of its annual awards show, and will take place during the first weekend of June.
The peripatetic event was last year held in Tampa Bay, Florida, and included appearances from John Travolta and Kevin Spacey.
The awards weekend, which ranges from fashion shows and screenings to community outreach events and a televised awards and variety show, aims to connect existing and potential audiences with Bollywood cinema and Bollywood stars. The events are run by Wizcraft Entertainment.
The IIFA Awards were previously held in Malaysia’s Genting Highlands 13 years ago.
Awards nominations are decided through a three-day polling process that began today (March 13) with celebrities Anil Kapoor (“24,” “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Dia Mirza (“Lage Raho Munna Bhai”) among the first to cast their votes.
“[In Kuala Lumpur] we have a large Indian population and Malaysian community that along with audiences worldwide enjoy the magic of Indian movies,” said Tony Nagamaiah, general manager, Malaysia Major Events.