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2010 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces Award Winners

“THE MAN BEYOND THE BRIDGE” RECEIVES THE GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
“AT MY DOORSTEP” RECEIVES THE GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
“GAREEB NAWAZ’S TAXI” IS NAMED BEST SHORT FILM
AND
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS GO TO “HARISHCHANDRACHI FACTORY” FOR NARRATIVE FEATURE,
“THE SUN BEHIND THE CLOUDS: TIBET’S STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM” FOR DOCUMENTARY
AND “KUNJO” FOR SHORT

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 26, 2010 – The 8th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles announced its 2010 Award winners with Laxmikant Shetgaonkar’s THE MAN BEYOND THE BRIDGE (Paltadacho Munis) told in the native tongue of Konkani, a language otherwise hardly used in Indian cinema, as the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature and Dilip Mehta’s COOKING WITH STELLA receiving an Honorable Mention in the category. Nishta Jain’s AT MY DOORSTEP was named winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary and Deepa Bhatia’s NERO’S GUESTS received Honorable Mention. Ritesh Batra’s GAREEB NAWAZ’S TAXI won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film with Anjoo Khosla’s WAHID’S MOBILE BOOKSTORE receiving an Honorable Mention.

Audience Choice Awards went to Paresh Mokashi’s HARISHCHANDRACHI FACTORY for Narrative, Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam’s THE SUN BEHIND THE CLOUDS: TIBET’S STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM for Documentary and Terrie Samundra’s KUNJO for the Short Film category.

The festival hosted over 7,000 attendees at ArcLight Hollywood, had numerous sold out screenings, and added the international director's cut of the Bollywood blockbuster MY NAME IS KHAN in its "Bollywood by Night" series. IFFLA Executive Director Christina Marouda said, “This year’s festival has been a great opportunity to celebrate the work of known Indian filmmakers and introduce a new generation of talents as they enter a global filmmaking community. The 2010 award winners have proven to captivate IFFLA’s audience with their unique and varied vision. Through its eight year history, IFFLA has established itself as an important annual event through which one can chart the evolution of the convergence of the Hollywood and Indian entertainment industries.”

“IFFLA's industry-related events reached new heights of excellence and creativity,” extolled the organization's Chairman of the Board Arnold Peter. The IFFLA Industry Leadership Award honored Fox International Productions President Sanford Panitch and Uday Shankar, CEO of STAR India, with a personal tribute from Bollywood megastar Shak Rukh Khan. The event was also highlighted with performances from TAAL Dance Collective and “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographers Nakul Dev Mahajan and Luther Brown. Educational panels featured an informative panel on alternative distribution platforms moderated by Blair Westlake, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Media and Entertainment Group; a presentation of cutting edge technology by Alan Silvers, Vice President International Operations for Reliance MediaWorks as well as a panel on the future of talent representation from a global perspective.

GRAND JURY AWARDS:
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE: THE MAN BEYOND THE BRIDGE
DIR/SCR: Laxmikant Shetgaonkar
Cast: Chitranjan Giri, Veena Jomkar, Prasanthi Talpanker, Vasanth Josalkar, Deepak Amonkar

HONORABLE MENTION: COOKING WITH STELLA
DIR/CO-SCR: Dilip Mehta
Cast: Seema Biswas, Lisa Ray, Don McKellar

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: AT MY DOORSTEP
DIR/ED: Nishta Jain

HONORABLE MENTION: NERO’S GUESTS
DIR: Deepa Bhatia

BEST SHORT FILM: GAREEB NAWAZ’S TAXI
DIR: Ritesh Batra

HONORABLE MENTION: WAHID’S MOBILE BOOKSTORE
DIR/PROD: Anjoo Khosla

AUDIENCE AWARDS:
NARRATIVE: HARISHCHANDRACHI FACTORY
DIR/SCR: Paresh Mokashi
Cast: Nandu Madhav, Vibhavari Desphande, Atharva Karve, Mohit Gokhale

DOCUMENTARY: THE SUN BEHIND THE CLOUDS: TIBET’S STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM
DIR: Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam

SHORT: KUNJO
DIR: Terrie Samundra

Jury members for the 2010 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Narrative Features are two-time Emmy® nominated motion picture and television producer Debra Martin Chase (SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS, THE PRINCESS DIARIES and the upcoming JUST WRIGHT); acclaimed actress Radha Mitchell (FINDING NEVERLAND, MELINDA AND MELINDA) who stars in and co-produced this year’s IFFLA closing night film, THE WAITING CITY; and actress Shannyn Sossamon (A KNIGHT’S TALE, WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY).

Jury members for the Short Film category are writer/ director Rajeev Dassani whose A DAY’S WORK won the gold medal at the Student Academy Awards®; actress Navi Rawat (THE HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG and OCEAN OF PEARLS), best known as the brilliant mathematician “Amita Ramanujan” on the hit television show “NUMB3RS”; and Kim Yutani, film critic and film programmer for the Sundance Film Festival and the Director of Programming of Outfest.

Jury members for this year’s Documentaries include Oscar® nominee Gregg Helvey, winner of the IFFLA 2009 Audience Award for Best Short for his film, KAVI; Peabody Award-winning producer and director Senain Kheshgi; and Sonali Kolhatkar, host and executive producer of KPFK’s “Uprising.”

About IFFLA
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry business executives and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. For more information about the upcoming festival running April 20th -25th at ArcLight Hollywood, visit www.indianfilmfestival.org.

About ArcLight Cinemas
ArcLight Cinemas, represents an evolution in the movie going experience. ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, opened in March 2002, ArcLight Sherman Oaks location, which opened in late 2007 and ArcLight Pasadena is scheduled to open Summer 2010. ArcLight offers an unprecedented combination of technology, amenities, comfort, and customer service. Facilities include the historic Cinerama Dome (at the Hollywood location) and state-of-the Art “black box” auditoriums as well as a café bar and gift shop. Tickets can be purchased online without a fee (members receive a $1 per ticket discount) and printed at home, at the theaters’ automated ticketing kiosks and lobby box office. ArcLight offers a free membership program with purchasing rewards and other members-only benefits. ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood is located at 6360 W. Sunset Boulevard, between Vine and Ivar. ArcLight Sherman Oaks is located in the Sherman Oaks Galleria at 15303 Ventura Blvd., at the corner of Sepulveda and Ventura. For more information about ArcLight visit www.arclightcinemas.com.

Grand Sponsors
Chakra Cuisine; Lufthansa German Airlines-Official Airline of IFFLA 2010; Peter Rubin & Simon, LLP; Wells Fargo Bank

Major Sponsors
Baseline; Deluxe Labs; Divya Wines; Entertainment Partners; Final Draft Inc.; Fox Entertainment Group; Globosat Entertainment Network; GMX; Gumbiner Savett, Inc; Juhu.com; Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP; NBC Universal; Nickelodeon; PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Reliance MediaWorks; Sony Creative Software, Inc; Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces; The Walt Disney Company; Zee Cinema

Supporters
Comcast Entertainment Group, Hyde Park Entertainment, Universal Music Group

Media Sponsors
Amoeba Music, Back Stage; DesiYou; Giant Robot; Hyphen Magazine; India Journal; India West; LA18; OC Life Magazine; Screen International; STAR USA; Variety; Yelp

PRESS CONTACT FOR IFFLA:
Kim Dixon and Carol Green
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Tel: 310-478-3393

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