Posted on April 3, 2015 at 4:10 am

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Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles is getting ready to sizzle

IFFLA 2015

The 13th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announces their jury selection. This year has a great lineup of Movies, Shorts, Documentaries and jurors.

The Jury

The narrative jury are filmmaker Sean Baker, actor-producer Abhay Deol, HFPA member and frequent board director Yoram Kahana, Executive Vice President of Physical Production at Warner Bros. Ravi Mehta, and author and film curator Berenice Reynaud.

On the shorts jury are actor Danny Pudi, Outfest Director of Programming Lucy Mukerjee-Brown, Sundance Shorts Programmer Lisa Ogdie, and Heather Morris Washington, Manager of the Emerging Writers Fellowship at Universal.

The Lineup

This years film lineup is spectacular. IFFLA 2015 presents 25 films, including four world premieres, seven North American premieres, two U.S. premieres, and 10 Los Angeles premieres. The films hail from six different countries, including India, United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Cuba, in 10 different languages, from Hindi and Tamil to English, Spanish, and German.

Opening GALA night will feature Shlok Sharma’s debut film HARAAMKHOR, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and produced by Anurag Kashyap (GANGS OF WASSEYPUR) and Guneet Monga (THE LUNCHBOX).

IFFLA will screen two Marathi language features, including the North American Premiere of ELIZABETH EKADASHI. Tamil language titles include the documentary AMMA AND APPA about a filmmaking South Indian/German couple and their parents, and the U.S. premiere of the playful THE CROW’S EGG.

This year IFFLA will surprise pass holders with a Secret Screening, offering a first look at a film that has become a sensation in festivals around the world and winning numerous awards. The film is slated to release later this year. Directed by one of the most exciting auteurs in contemporary Indian cinema, and featuring a powerhouse performance by one of India’s brightest young stars, this is a film IFFLA passholders won’t want to miss!!!

The festival’s popular “Bollywood by Night” series returns this year with an exciting screening of Bollywood smash TAAL. Directed by Subhash Ghai and featuring Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Akshaye Khanna. Originally released in 1999 to worldwide acclaim, TAAL features iconic music composed by A.R. Rahman and is considered one of the best soundtracks in Bollywood history.

The shorts competition showcases an eclectic selection of 10 films including narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated works. Highlights of this year’s program include: acclaimed director Gitanjali Rao’s TRUELOVESTORY, a stunning animated film that made its premiere at the Critics’ Week section of Cannes; Jayisha Patel’s multiple award-winning documentary A PARADISE (UN PARAISO); and the U.S. premiere of three of India’s National Award winners, Pranjal Dua’s FLY, BIRD (CHIDIYA UDH), Christo Tomy’s VIRGIN (KANYAKA), and Ruchir Arun’s MANDRAKE! MANDRAKE!.

In addition, screening with JAI HO will be Satyajit Ray’s TWO, a spellbinding and deeply affecting short film by India’s master storyteller, which has been beautifully preserved by the Academy Film Archive.

Attending the festival this year to present their films will be a host of celebrated filmmakers, including Nagesh Kukunoor (DHANAK), Kanu Behl (TITLI), Amit Gupta (ONE CRAZY THING), Ravi Kapoor (MISS INDIA AMERICA), Paresh Mokashi (ELIZABETH EKADASHI), Bikas Mishra (FOUR COLORS), Shlok Sharma and award-winning producer Guneet Monga (HARAAMKHOR).

Check out highlights from last years IFFLA!.

The 13th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) runs April 8-12, 2015 at ArcLight Hollywood, located at 6360 W. Sunset Blvd between Vine and Ivar. Festival Passes and Gala tickets are currently on sale on the festival’s website.

Individual screening tickets go on sale March 20. Access to the Secret Screening is exclusively for passholders only. For more information please visit www.indianfilmfestival.org or follow us on:

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