What’s It All About?
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) showcases a combination of features, shorts and documentaries. IFFLA’s opening and closing night galas begin with a screening of a feature film, and the highly anticipated Bollywood By Night programme which includes late-night screenings of classic, new, fresh and noteworthy films from the Hindi film industry. The festival also recognises acclaimed Indian filmmakers.
Watch Out For
Opening Film: Chittagong
Directed by Bedabrata Pain and featuring Manoj Bajpayee, the film is set in the 1930s, when British occupied Chittagong on the brink of a youth-led revolution.
Closing Film: Patang (The Kite)
A film by Prashant Bhargava, Patang is making its Los Angeles premiere at the festival this year.
5th Annual IFFLA Industry Leadership Awards
The IFFLA Industry Leadership Awards were brought in to recognise the achievements of industry executives who have had a substantial impact on the creation and distribution of Indian-themed content globally. They have even been instrumental in the expansion of the entertainment and media industry in India.
Following are the awardees:
• Kishore Lulla, Group Executive Chairman of Eros International.
• Michelle Satter, founding director of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program.
• Alesia Weston leads the international work of Sundance Institute’s year-round Feature Film Program.
• Ahmed Lateef, member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the Films Editor’s Union and the Directors Guild of America. He will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
• Paan Singh Tomar (Tigmanshu Dhulia)
• Delhi Belly (Abhinay Deo)
• Agent Vinod (Sriram Raghavan)
10th Anniversary Retrospective:
• Black Friday (Anurag Kashyap)
• Udaan (Vikramaditya Motwane)
• Loins Of Punjab Presents (Manish Acharya)
• Gattu, directed by Rajan Khosa, is about a complex, funny and imaginative world of children. Gattu, a fierce and defiant little street urchin, takes matters into his own hands when one day he’s had enough of the ridicule and day-to-day toil of his life.
• Dekh Indian Circus (Watch Indian Circus), directed by Mangesh Hadawale. Set against the visually picturesque landscape of Rajasthan, this is the story of a young girl who is enchanted by the notion of a circus character. A sweet and profound struggle for the simple act of watching the circus ensues.
• Aashprodha (Audacity), directed by Anirban Roy. How far will rebellious 13-year-old Lily go to defy her overbearing father and ridiculous, nosy neighbours?• Mother India, directed by Raffaele Brunetti, a film on surrogacy in India.
• Raju, directed by Max Zahle, is based on a German couple adopting a child in West Bengal in India, and later when the son disappears, the couple discovers the horrific truth behind the elaborate scheme that they are now a part of.
• Delhi In A Day, directed by Prashant Nair. This dark romantic comedy parodies and the classes; the rich Indian class in particular.
• The Great Indian Marriage Bazaar, directed by Ruchika Muchhala, is a fascinating journey into the roots of Indian society, especially arranged marriages.