The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards is coming to Tampa next year. This is the first time Bollywood's version of the Oscars will be hosted in the United States.
IIFA has a viewership of more than 800 million people around the world, and has been hosted in a different city in each of its 14 previous years, including London, Singapore, and Bangkok.
City Councilman Al Higginbotham was a part of a group that traveled to China in order to make a bid to IIFA representatives to bring the awards show here. He said this event is a way to bridge two cultures.