Celebrating South Asian Filmmaking Excellence
Los Angeles, CA – The 2023 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is primed to captivate audiences during its 21st edition, running from October 11th to 15th, 2023. The festival will take place at the renowned Regal L.A. Live, featuring spectacular galas at Harmony Gold. IFFLA is dedicated to showcasing the most innovative independent films emerging from South Asia and its diasporas. Beyond a mere film festival, IFFLA is a comprehensive celebration of the diverse and enriching contributions of immigrant culture to the United States.
Christina Marouda, IFFLA Executive Director, expressed her enthusiasm: “We are thrilled to enter IFFLA’s third decade, providing an invaluable platform for emerging South Asian storytellers and delivering a meticulously curated program to Los Angeles audiences. Los Angeles, now home to countless artists hailing from South Asia and its diasporas, has witnessed IFFLA evolve into a vital cornerstone for filmmakers. It offers them both prominence within the heart of the American film industry and a supportive network that embraces directors, actors, and other film artists who have become part of the IFFLA ‘family.‘”
A Cinematic Extravaganza and Cultural Showcase
IFFLA presents a vibrant program featuring a diverse array of features and shorts spanning narrative, documentary, and animated works. This eclectic selection highlights the creativity and storytelling richness within the South Asian film landscape. However, IFFLA goes beyond being a film festival; it is an all-encompassing experience that celebrates the varied and valuable contributions of immigrant culture to the United States.
Deepening the Dialogue in a Complex World
In addition to film screenings, IFFLA offers a platform for engaging discussions with filmmakers, thought-provoking panel conversations, and enlightening industry sessions. The festival also includes special programs such as retrospectives, spotlights, and masterclasses, all designed to foster a deeper appreciation of Indian cinema and culture while celebrating the diverse perspectives of the Indian and larger South Asian diaspora.
A Rich Legacy of Fostering Understanding in Challenging Times
Founded in 2002 as a non-profit organization, IFFLA has a proud history of introducing the Los Angeles community to India’s multifaceted culture and rich cinematic heritage. Over the years, it has evolved into the premier U.S. venue for discovering the best of Indian cinema while serving as a vital hub for dialogue among independent storytellers from India and its diaspora, the broader South Asian diasporic community, and the global film industry.
Why This Matters Now More Than Ever
In today’s world, marked by global challenges and increasing divisiveness, IFFLA stands as a beacon of unity and understanding. It reminds us that culture knows no borders and that the diverse fabric of the United States is woven together with threads of immigrant experiences, stories, and contributions. Now, more than ever, it’s vital to celebrate and recognize the profound impact of immigrant culture. It’s a testament to the resilience, creativity, and strength of immigrant communities, which have enriched the nation’s cultural, social, and economic landscapes.
What Awaits at IFFLA 2023
As IFFLA celebrates its 21st anniversary, the festival promises an exceptional cinematic experience that not only celebrates South Asian cinema but also underscores the profound and lasting impact of immigrant culture on the United States.
Features and Shorts: This competitive category showcases the most exciting new feature-length films from India, the greater South Asian subcontinent, and the South Asian diasporas. Selections for this category are curated by invitation only.
One-on-One Industry Program: IFFLA’s renowned One-on-One event is open to all selected features and shorts filmmakers. This pioneering industry program connects emerging storytellers with industry professionals and executives from major and independent production and distribution companies. Through one-on-one 15-minute meetings, this program offers talented filmmakers the opportunity to receive guidance on their careers and establish potential future collaborations.
Awards & Prizes: IFFLA recognizes excellence with a range of awards and prizes, including the Grand Jury Award for Best Feature and Best Short, Honorable Mentions for both features and shorts, and the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature and Best Short.
IFFLA welcomes films from South Asia, filmmakers of South Asian descent worldwide, and films with a South Asian focus from international filmmakers. Films must have been completed in 2021 or later and must not be available online or on streaming services before the festival dates. Films are invited to be shown at IFFLA at the discretion of the festival’s programming team. Once selected, filmmakers agree not to screen their films in Los Angeles or online to a Los Angeles audience before the festival. Films must be provided in DCP format for screening.
Join us for an unforgettable cinematic journey from October 11th to 15th, 2023, at Regal L.A. Live and Harmony Gold. IFFLA 2023 promises to be a celebration of storytelling, culture, and creativity, bringing the best of South Asian cinema to Los Angeles while shining a spotlight on the profound impact of immigrant culture on the United States.
In a world where unity and understanding are more important than ever, IFFLA reminds us of the power of storytelling to bridge divides and highlight the enduring contributions of immigrant communities to the nation’s rich cultural tapestry. Stay tuned for updates and further details as we approach this exciting event and prepare to immerse yourself in the world of cinema at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
If you would like more details about any specific film or have any other questions, please feel free to visit the festival site at indianfilmfestival.org
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