Los Angeles is an amazing and diverse place that celebrates art and creativity every month. April continues the tradition with The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), April 9-14, 2013. The IFFLA website helps explain this event’s mission and purpose, “This is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, supporting emerging filmmakers, recognizing the leadership of entertainment industry performers and business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian Diaspora.”
The festival is to be held at ArcLight Hollywood, as it is every year. In an effort to support and build the growing interest in Indian entertainment, it will feature a rich mix of film programs that will attract an audience by supporting filmmakers of Indian descent.
In addition, there will be a focus on navigating the Hollywood scene, “IFFLA’s creative and business programs include the IFFLA Film Fund that helps emerging filmmakers realize their feature-length narrative and non-narrative film projects; the Industry Leadership Awards created to recognize the achievements of industry executives who have contributed considerably towards the entertainment and media industry in India; the One-on-One program where industry professionals from major and independent production and distribution companies are invited to participate in meetings with the IFFLA filmmakers; and the panel discussions with speakers from the film industry.”
The event will showcase feature films, short films and documentaries. The opening and closing night galas will begin with a feature film, “followed by receptions that include Indian culinary delights, music and dance performances. In addition, the festival presents Tributes and Retrospectives to acclaimed Indian filmmakers.”
There will be programs and activities that are not available at any other LA film festival, including awards for industry leadership, seminars and question and answer forums serving Indian and international filmmakers. This will provide a unique opportunity for all industry professionals to learn more about this multi-faceted culture and long history of filmmaking.
The 11th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) will take place April 9-14, 2013 at ArcLight Hollywood, the elegant, state-of-the-art facility at Sunset and Vine in Hollywood.
Jane L. Fitzpatrick