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Female Led Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) Announces Winners for 19th Festival

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA)  has announced it's Grand Jury and Audience Award winners for the festival's 19th edition. Following an incredible response to fascinating panels focused on gender inclusion and diversity, alongside an impressive list of films honoring diversity in stories and filmmakers for the festival’s 19th edition, held virtually and geo-blocked to California and India this year from May 20th through today, May 27th. This female led film festival by Christina Marouda, Executive Director offered a number of special programs including “Childhood on Edge”  curated by Uma da Cunha, a panel featuring South Asian showrunners, and a special screening of Prakash Deka's Fireflies, followed by a panel on transgender and non-binary representation in India and the diaspora. This 19th annual IFFLA boasts an impressive total of 40 films, including 3 World, 8 North American, 5 U.S. and 17 Los Angeles premieres, spanning 17 languages, with 16 women directors.

Award Winners: Features

Grand Jury Award for Best Feature- Seththumaan (Pig) (Director: Thamizh)

Honorable Mention – Biriyaani (Director: Sajin Baabu)

Audience Award for Best Feature - Fire In The Mountains (Director: Ajitpal Singh)

Award Winners: Shorts

Grand Jury Award for Best Short- Bittu (Director: Karishma Dev Dube)

Honorable Mention - For Each Other (Director: Rima Das)

Honorable Mention - Wade (Directors: Upamanyu Bhattacharyya & Kalp Sanghvi)

Honorable Mention for Best Performance in a Short - Nivita Chaliki in Forever Tonight 

Audience Award for Best Short - The Song We Sang (Director: Aarti Neharsh)