The 9th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) which takes place April 12-17 at ArcLight Hollywood has announced the 13 short films that will screen in the 2011 festival. The shorts were selected from over 350 submissions worldwide. The shorts will be presented in two programs each one screening twice throughout the six-day festival.
The IFFLA programming team includes Rani Breslow, Isaac Klausner, Sudeep Sharma, and Rachael Sevilla along with Executive Director Christina Marouda and Programming Consultant in Mumbai Uma Da Cunha.
Shorts Program 1
BEHOLDER (Director/Writer Nisha Ganatra)
USA/Los Angeles Premiere/English
Imagine a future where it is mandatory to alter the sexual orientation of an unborn child who doesn’t fit the heterosexual norm.
IDOL (Director/Writer Kranti Kanade)
India /Los Angeles Premiere/Marathi, English*
A father and son fight in defense of each of their idols, be it Lord Ganesh or soccer superstar Maradona
IN THAT MOMENT (Director/Writer Shripriya Mahesh)
USA /Los Angeles Premiere/Silent
A brief moment of tenderness in Central Park is enough to brighten a lonely man’s day.
THE RETURN ADDRESS (Director Abi Varghese Writers: Matt Grubb, Abi Varghese)
A young boy plays cupid in a small, sleepy town.
THE STITCHES SPEAK (Director Nina Sabnani)
India /Doc/USA Premiere/Gujurati, English, Kutchi*
In this animated documentary, Kutch artisans tell stories of finding both themselves and a home.
TUBELIGHT’S MOON (Director/Writer Shlok Sharma)
If you cannot go to the moon – make one!
WHEELING DREAMS (Director Hardik Mehta Writers: Bharat Parmar, Hardik Mehta)
Beware of other men eyeing your wheels.
Shorts Program 2
…JUST THAT SORT OF A DAY (Director/Writer Abhay Kumar)
India /Animated/USA Premiere/English
Disconnected characters each have one of those days that you really can’t put a finger on.
ALL IS WELL (Director/Writer Akshay Roy)
India/Los Angeles Premiere/Hindi, English*
A rich boy and a poor boy spend the night at a roadside tea stall.
FAÇADE (Director/Writer Iram Parveen Bilal)
Pakistan/Los Angeles Premiere/English,Urdu*
A dancer reflects on life and art.
JOY OF GIVING (Director/Writer Shlok Sharma)
Kindness is always rewarded, sometimes in the most unexpected way.
MUMBAIKER GANESH (Director Collin D’Cunha)
India/ Doc /USA Premiere/Hindi*
Hello World! Meet Ganesh from Mumbai!
THE ECLIPSE OF TAREGNA (Director/Writer Rakesh Chaudhary)
India/Los Angeles Premiere/Hindi*
An eclipse draws a man, his grandson, and their village closer together.
*Subtitled in English
Having seen Shripriya’s In That Moment and Shlok’s Tubelight’s Moon will recco both the shorts. Congrats!