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The 13th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is accepting entries for the 2015 festival, which will run from April 8–12.

– The final deadline for submission is January 16, 2015.

– To submit your film and more details, visit:

Submission Fees

For Shorts and Documentaries below 40 minutes: $50
For Features and Documentaries above 40 minutes: $65

Submission fees are discounted by $5 if paying through Withoutabox. Films received after the final deadline will not be accepted.

– The fest has also announced a new partnership with Carpe diem Residency. IFFLA’s 2015 Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Feature will be awarded a participation at their artists-in-residence program, a retreat designed to allow artists, writers and filmmakers an opportunity to create new works in a stimulating environment. The winner will get to choose from one of these exciting locations for their residency: Almora, Rishikesh, Kerala and Spain.

– All filmmakers will be notified via email by February 27, 2015.

– Programming questions, please contact IFFLA Programming Coordinator: Brenna Galvin,

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced its Call for Entries today. The 10th anniversary edition will be held April 10-15, 2012, at ArcLight Hollywood, located in the heart of Los Angeles.

DATES : The early deadline with reduced fees for all film submissions is November 11, 2011. The final deadline is January 6, 2012.

Early Bird Deadline: November 11, 2011
Films under 40 min: $30.  Films 40 min and over: $45

Final Deadline – January 6, 2012
Films under 40 min: $45.   Films 40 min and over: $60

FILMS/VIDEOS : IFFLA 2012 seeks narrative, documentary, music videos, experimental, children’s and animated films of any length and format. Jury and Audience Choice Prizes are awarded for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short films.


– Films from or about India, with or without an Indian theme, made by Indian and international filmmakers, produced in 2010 or later, and films that have not had a public screening in Los Angeles are eligible to be submitted.

– All submissions must be made through

– Filmmakers may submit more than one entry. Each entry must be submitted separately and with an entry fee. Please note that submission fees are not refundable.

– DVDs (preferably in NTSC format) and online, streaming files will be accepted for submission screening.

– DVDs must be labeled with the title, running time, format (PAL or NTSC), and contact information on the DVD label.

– Submission DVDs will not be returned unless the filmmaker agrees to cover the mailing expenses.

– Submission of a screener via a digital file may be made through When using an alternate site (i.e., Vimeo, Dropbox, etc) the web link and password needed to view the film must be clearly indicated on the entry form.

– The entry fee is non-refundable. We only accept checks, US money orders or credit card payments through pay pal or withoutabox.

– Please make check or money order payable to Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, in US dollars ONLY.

– If your film is selected, you will be required to provide 10 DVD (NTSC) screeners, a press kit with press reviews, synopsis, full credits, film stills, trailer (or film clips), posters, and a director’s bio with a headshot.

– All filmmakers will be notified via email by March 1, 2012.

To know more about the festival, click here.

The 2011 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles launched with the Opening Night Gala presentation of Nila Madhab Panda’s I AM KALAM starring Gulshan Grover and concluded with the IFFLA Closing Night Gala world premiere presentation of Disney’s ZOKKOMON starring Anupam Kher.

Other highlights included the presentation of the 2012 IFFLA Industry Leadership Awards to Andy Kaplan, President, Networks, Sony Pictures Television; Ajay Bijli, Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, PVR Limited; and Man Jit Singh, CEO, Multi Screen Media Private Limited India; seminars with panelists from Sundance, Reliance, Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America, USA Networks, Deluxe Labs, and Nickelodeon; and nightly musical performances in the IFFLA Rhythm Village presented by Rukus Avenue.

Previous IFFLA screenings include: Udaan (Vikramaditya Motwane), Mumbai Diaries(Kiran Rao), 3 Idiots (Rajkumar Hirani), Amelia (Mira Nair), The Waiting City (Claire McCarthy), Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle), Firaaq (Nandita Das), Sita Sings The Blues (Nina Paley), Quick Gun Murugun (Shashank Ghosh), Water (Deepa Mehta), Loins Of Punjab Presents (Manish Acharya), Dombivili Fast (Nishikant Kamat), Vanaja (Rajnesh Domalpalli), and Black Friday (Anurag Kashyap) among others.

Abhay Kumar – the name sounds familiar. Little bit of searching and i realised that it’s the same Abhay whose short Udaan was in the news when Dibakar Bannerjee’s LSD released. His short was suspiciously similar to one of the stories in LSD and we wrote about it earlier here.

Abhay is ready with his new film and it’s titled Just That Sort Of A Day. Well, when i first heard the title, it felt like just that sort of a title that doesn’t say anything. No emotions attached, no nothing attached. And then i read the official synopsis…

.. Just that sort of a day is a 14 minute short film which follows seemingly random characters as they go about their day to day activities, watching the dense cloud of nothingness which surrounds their lives…

Aha, nothingness again!

And the IMDB synopsis tells you little more or just say, little more about the objects in the film…to quote…

Peeps into the lives of random characters, with their doubts, quirks and misgivings. As these characters hang in a timeless space- they gaze at the universe through letters, galaxies, parapets, and fishbowls

Finally saw the film and it was love at first sight. Quickly wanted to watch it again because it’s just BRILLIANT.

No actors, no names, random characters, all moving around in that very familiar atmosphere with those very familiar emotions. Difficult to put a finger where exactly you connect with them and start flowing with their emotions because it moves fast and jumps from one character to another. Add to that, some biutiful images and you are easily lost in that maze called life.

Made over a period of 9 months and shot on a handycam with zero budget, the film is a Must-Watch for those who have been cribbing about the death of new ideas. Without explaining much, will just say that it also works as mixed art form installation, and i was grinning from ear to ear while watching it. Pure joy!

The film premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival, is also in competition at the IFFLA and has now been selected for the Tribeca Film Festival.Watch it, whenever you can.

Congrats Abhay. Way to go!
Click here to go to its Facebook Group.

Shashank Ghosh’s Quickgun Murugun had its premiere at the Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles ( IFFLA). PFC has posted an early review of the film. Here is the full review. To quote from the review…

quickgun muruganGo watch this movie. If not for anything, just the satisfaction value it offers by being crazy. If in Indian context our justification to make dreamy films is to say people don’t want to use their grey cells while watching films, this challenges every sense of logic you may have. Support this film – a very unoriginal effort – if that is the way you like your cinema.

quickgun murugan2Well the intial buzz suggests the same. Its an insane film fron the crazy guy Shashank Ghosh. If gossipmongers are to be believed, Shashank is quite frustrated because the film is complete and its release has not been scheduled yet. 20th Century Fox has bought the rights of the film and has been sitting on its cans for quite sometime. Why ? How ? Even Shashank doesn’t have any clue.

In short, the film is a south indian spoof of a western cowboy (played by Rajendra Prasad). Sounds mad ? we are waiting.

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