THE GOLDEN WING, the rare language film in Rajbangshi (an eastern Indic language) shot in Assam, directed by Bobby Sarma Baruah, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature and DEVI, directed by Karishma Dube, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short at the 15th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA).

The audiences at this year’s IFFLA chose N Padmakumar's debut film, A BILLION COLOUR STORY as their favorite narrative feature film, and AN INSIGNIFICANT MAN directed by Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla and produced by filmmaker Anand Gandhi as their favorite documentary feature. AABA was chosen as Best Short.

A special jury mention for feature was made for Haobam Paban Kumar’s LADY OF THE LAKE and Shorts Special Mention was given to GUDH directed by Saurav Rai.

In awarding the Grand Prize to THE GOLDEN WING, the narrative jury stated: “We wanted to recognize this work for its artistry in storytelling and filmmaking, its exploration of class and society, and for the seamless and elegant way in which it incorporates music and performance. This is a film that celebrates a woman’s independence, her compassion and humanism and ultimately her enduring reputation as an artist.”

The GOLDEN WING was filmed in Assam in the rare Rajbangshi language.

The Grand Jury Prize for Best Short was presented to DEVI, directed by Karishma Dube. Regarding the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short, the jury awarded “its well-defined characters, elegant narrative economy and subtle performances depicting a taboo gay attraction.”

A special jury mention was made for LADY OF THE LAKE, directed by Haobam Paban Kumar “for its inspired and distinctly cinematic fusion of magical realism and docu-fiction approaches in depicting the beleaguered fishing community living atop and among the hypnotic floating biomasses of Loktak Lake in the little-photographed Manipur region.”

Shorts Special Mention was given to GUDH, directed by Saurav Rai “for lyrical storytelling to a film that uses poetic wandering of a child’s memory in a way that is quietly acrobatic, emotionally resonant and ultimately elevates its storytelling to a cinema of the senses.”


Best Feature: THE GOLDEN WING, directed by Bobby Sarma Baruah

Features Special Mention: LADY OF THE LAKE, directed by Haobam Paban Kumar

Best Short Film: DEVI, directed by Karishma Dube

Short Film Special Mention: GUDH, directed by Saurav Rai


Best Feature (Documentary): AN INSIGNIFICANT MAN, directed by Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla.

Best Feature (Narrative): A BILLION COLOUR STORY, Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy

Best Short: AABA, directed by Amar Kaushik

The prestigious 2017 narrative film jurors were:

David Marriott (VP, Acquisitions & Distribution, Cinelicious)

Gingger Shankar (composer)

Kim Yutani (Sundance Film Festival)

The red carpet and gala that featured the Los Angeles premiere of Shubhashish Bhutiani’s HOTEL SALVATION starring Adil Hussain who was in attendance, as well as the presentation of the festival’s Grand Jury and Audience Choice Awards presented by HBO.

The festival is widely recognized as the premiere showcase of groundbreaking Indian cinema globally. The 15th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) took place April 5-9, 2017 at Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center in Los Angeles, California.

This year the festival featured two World premieres, five North American premieres, five US premieres, and eleven LA premieres. This festival premiered work representing twelve languages, and highlighted a combination of exciting first and second-time filmmakers and experienced cinema masters returning with new work.
Now in its 15th year, 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 and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.

The five-day festival is the premiere platform for the latest in cutting-edge global Indian cinema and bridges the gap between the two largest entertainment industries in the world – Hollywood and India. The festival will showcase nearly 30 films from the Indian filmmaking community across the globe, host the highly anticipated opening and closing red carpet galas, and the closing awards ceremony.

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