The International IndianFilm Academy (IIFA) Awards has selected Yorkshire to host the 2007 ceremony.

The winning bid, beating cities including New York, was madeby Regional Screen Agency, Screen Yorkshire, Regional Development Agency,Yorkshire Forward and Yorkshire Tourist Board.

The IIFA Awards will be held over four days, including theceremony, a world premiere film and film festival, a charity fundraiser andindustry workshop. More than 500 Indian film leaders are expected to attend.

The event is expected to bring a $17.6m (£9.5m) economicboost to the region. Yorkshire hopes toattract more film productions from India in thefuture.

"The IIFA awards represent afantastic opportunity for Screen Yorkshire to work closely with Indianproducers to market what the region has to offer and to work together to makesure that filming runs as smoothly as possible in the future," said Sally Joynson, Acting Chief Executive of Screen Yorkshire. "The awards are also a great opportunity forpeople across the region to get involved and learn about Indian cinema, througha host of activities which will take place alongside the main programme."