Film Festival: 19th IFFLA for the first time will be accessible to audiences in India


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The festival will be held virtually on May 20-27, 2021

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In the hope of helping lift the spirits of people in India during these exceptionally dark times, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), for the very first time is making a section of its 2021 lineup available to audiences in India, with the India Pass. This was said in a statement issued here on Thursday.

For the price of Rs. 150 ($2), the India Pass will offer access to 24 films from this year’s lineup, including 6 features and 18 shorts.

Highlights from the India Pass selection include the Malayalam feature Biriyaani, with a powerhouse performance by Kani Kusruti; the poignant Rotterdam selected documentary A Rifle and a Bag; and the impressive debut feature Aise Hee (Just Like That).

Of note this year is a special program curated by the legendary Uma da Cunha“Childhood on Edge”, with characters on the verge of the momentous transformation from childhood to adulthood. This program includes three diverse features (BridgeThe Tenant, and Vanaja) and one short, Kanya.

From the shorts in the India Pass, highlights include the riveting National Award winning Custody; the Nagaland-set period drama Angh, which won a prize at Clermont-Ferrand 2021; the bold and mysterious Catdog, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes’ Cinefondation; the Student Academy Award winner and Oscar-shortlisted film Bittu by IFFLA alum Karishma Dube; the Gujarati film Anita, featuring a memorable performance by Aditi Vasudev; the dystopian animated masterwork Wade, winner at the Annecy Film Festival; the Rotterdam selected Letter From Your Far-Off Country, whose potent exploration of history, memory and oppression is more relevant than ever; Annual Day, a striking student debut from the Satyajit Ray Film Institute; the enchanting The Song We Sang, a love story between two young women in the streets of Ahmedabad during the Navratri festival; and For Each Other, the latest film by Rima Das. 

In addition to the films and their corresponding Q&As with the filmmakers, the India Pass will also give audiences in India access to two panels: an engaging conversation among successful industry executives navigating the world of film and television development both in the US and in India; and a dynamic discussion among trans, non-binary and gender nonconforming creators about the authentic representation of transgender and gender nonconforming stories on the screen.

All screenings will become available for viewing starting May 20th at 8:00 am IST and through May 27th at 11:59 pm IST.

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