LOS ANGELES, CA – The 13th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) which ran from April 8 through 12, showcased 25 film features, documentaries, and shorts at ArcLight Hollywood, home of IFFLA since its inception. The festival kicked off on April 8 with a glamorous...
‘Four Colors’ (Chauranga), directed by Bikas Mishra, took home the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature, with Best Actress honors going to Kalki Koechlin for ‘Margarita , With a Sraw’, and Shweta Tripathi for ‘Haramkhor’ in a tie. The Best Actor prize, also a tie, was awarded to the young stars of ‘The Crow’s Egg,’ brothers J. Vignesh and Ramesh. A special jury mention was made for the stunning cinematography of‘ Labour Of Love.’
About ‘Four Colors’ , the narrative jury stated that it appreciated the way the film sensitively introduced the audience into a world of cast divided rural India that many of us are not familiar with. Inspired by a real life incident, it develops portraits of credible, insightfully drawn and diverse characters that, as Renoir said, ‘all have their reasons’.”The Grand Jury Prize for Best Short was presented to ‘Dandekar Makes a Sandwich,’ directed by Leena Pendharker. The jury stated: “We would like to present the award to Leena Pendharker, for immediately immersing us in the playful world of this complex and layered character, delivered with an impressive comedic sensibility.”
An honorable mention was given to ‘ The Rabbit’ (Khargosh), directed by Sudarshan Suresh for a “moving and memorable debut film.” The Audience Awards went to Best Feature - ‘The Crow’s Egg.’ Best Documentary -‘ Tomorrow We Disappear’ and Best Short - ‘Journey (Safar). The festival screened four world premieres, seven North American premieres, two U.S. premieres, and 10 Los Angeles premieres. The films hailed from six different countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Cuba, and of course India, and featured 10 different languages, from Hindi to Marathi, to German to Bengali.
The narrative film jurors were: director Ravi Mehta, Executive Vice President of Physical Production for Warner Bros. Pictures; Director, Sean Baker ;actor/producer Abhay Deol; long time member and frequent board director of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Yoram Kahana; and author and film curator Berenice Reynaud.
Judging the short films were star of NBC’s hit show ‘Community’ Danny Pudi; producer and Outfest Director of Programming Lucy Mukerjee-Brown; Shorts Programmer at Sundance Film Festival Lisa Ogdie, and Heather Morris Washington, Manager of the Emerging Writers Fellowship at Universal Pictures.