Indian film fest in LA calls for entries


MUMBAI: The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) has called for entries for the upcoming festival to be held at its home, ArcLight Hollywood for the 6th year. IFFLA 2008 festival will run from 22-27 April.


Festival Director Christina Marouda said, “Having premiered high quality Indian films by acclaimed and emerging filmmakers including Black Friday (Anurag Kashyap), Valley of Flowers (Pan Nalin), Water (Deepa Mehta) and Vanaja (Rajnesh Domalpalli), we look forward to reviewing the hundreds of entries that get submitted each year, and showcasing Indian cinema to the diverse audiences of Los Angeles, the capital of the entertainment industry.”


The festival is seeking narrative, documentary, music videos, experimental, children’s and animated films of any length and format. Due to the increasing number of submissions, IFFLA now offers reduced entry fees for films submitted before 12 November. Final submission deadline is 7 January, 2008.


IFFLA 2008 will present for the fifth year its one-on-one program where industry professionals from major and independent production and distribution companies are invited to participate in one-on-one meetings with the participating filmmakers. The objective of this program is to offer a new generation of talented filmmakers the opportunity to meet with players of the North American film industry and provide them with a unique opportunity to advance their careers.


IFFLA 2007 had over 6,000 attendees and screened 36 films from eight different countries. In addition to the presentation of their work, filmmakers in attendance gained access, through the festival, to an eclectic mix of professionals from the Los Angeles film industry.