IFFLA 2016 Jury Members Announced; Anu Menon's 'Waiting' To Close The Festival!

By Srikanth Kanchinadham. Posted on April 02, 2016

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles recently announced juries for the Narrative and the Short Film categories for its 14th edition. The juries will see an interesting mix of noted Indian filmmakers, festival consultants and prominent actors from across the globe.

The jury for narrative films comprises of director Shonali Bose (Margarita With A Straw), Shalini Dore - Features editor for Variety and international festival consultant, Alesia Weston.

Shonali Bose is best known for directing Margarita With A Straw and Amu, both of which had a stellar run in the international festival circuit. Amu, the debut film of Shonali, is the story of a young woman who returns from the U.S to meet her family in India and discovers some dark secrets of her past. The film won the prestigious Silver Lotus at the National awards in 2005 besides winning the FIPRESCI prize at the Bombay International Film Festival in the same year.

Margarita With A Straw that tells the story of a girl afflicted with cerebral palsy was equally celebrated in the domestic and international circuit. The film had won the NETPAC Jury Award for Best Asian Film at its world premiere in TIFF 2014 and the Sundance Mahindra Global Filmmaker Award for Bose at Sundance 2012.

Alesia Weston has served previously as the executive of the International Feature Film Program at Sundance labs in Middle East, India and Turkey. She has also served as the Executive Director for the Jerusalem Cinematheque, Jerusalem Film Festival and Israel Film Archives in 2012.

The shorts program jury consists of actor Rizwan Manji known for his role in NBC Universal TV’s show Outsourced, documentary filmmaker Laura Nix and prominent short filmmaker Aldo Velasco.

This year’s edition of the festival will also showcase a tribute to legendary director Bimal Roy. Marking the 50th death anniversary of the auteur, a restored version of Sujata, will be screened prior to the awards ceremony on the closing night.

Director Leena Khan's debut feature The Tiger Hunter starring Danny Pudi, will also be showcased at the festival. The comedy film set in the U.S in 1970 received funding through a Kickstarter campaign. The festival will also screen Sami Khan’s Khoya - a film that follows the journey of a man's search for connections across time and space.

The year’s edition of the festival has a special focus on women filmmakers and will see several filmmakers come together to discuss the much debated state of independent Indian cinema. The session will be moderated by John Nein, the senior programmer of Sundance Film Festival. The roundtable will also see filmmakers talk about the challenges faced by an independent filmmaker among other topics.

Scheduled to run from the 6th of April to the 10th of April, the festival will screen 27 films including 16 features and 11 shorts. Pan Nalin's Angry Indian Goddesses will open the festival and will also mark the film's U.S premiere. While Anu Menon’s Waiting, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin will close the festival. Click here to check the complete lineup of this year's edition of the festival.


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