Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces 2024 Lineup

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced today its inaugural annual IFFLA Industry Day lineup and partners.

This full day of curated events will take place during the festival on Friday, June 28, 2024, from 10:00 am – 11:30 pm at the Landmark Theatres Sunset, 8000 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046.

Industry Day Passes are now available at

The IFFLA Industry Day is a first-of-its-kind forum designed to bring together revered and aspiring filmmakers from South Asia and its diasporas with experts and decision-makers from companies such as Warner Bros. Discovery, Netflix, Sundance Institute, Roadside Attractions, Film Independent, Macro, The Salon, ColorCreative, CAPE, and more. Given the recent successes of South Asian filmmakers at the Oscars® and Cannes Film Festival, this highly curated program is both timely and relevant.


With a remarkable career spanning over three decades, Moira Shourie brings her unique insights and wealth of experience to inspire and enrich the understanding of the dynamic world of filmmaking. She is the executive director of Zócalo Public Square, a California-based unit of ASU Media Enterprise that aims to connect people and ideas by examining essential questions in an accessible and broad-minded spirit through public events and published opinion pieces. Shourie’s career in media began as part of the startup team that launched Outlook, now one of India’s most widely read news magazines. She went on to be the first music programmer of MTV India.


$10,000 Development Grant
Five selected finalists will have the chance to pitch their idea for a feature film or episodic series to a panel of distinguished, industry-expert judges in front of a live audience. The pitches will receive immediate feedback from the judge’s panel, not only giving valuable advice to the contestants but also providing an educational experience to the gathered audience as to what goes into crafting an effective pitch. The pitch competition winner of the $10,000 development
grant will be announced at the closing reception of IFFLA Industry Day hosted by Warner Bros. Discovery.

The jury for the Pitch Competition includes:
● Mohammed Ali – Lit Manager, Authentic Talent and Literary Management
● Talha Asad – VP, Drama Programming, HBO
● Najeeb Khuda – Producer, Literary Manager, Co-Founder, Endless Media
● Smriti Mundhra – DGA-winning, Emmy®-nominated, and Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker (St. Louis Superman, Indian Matchmaking)

1. Qasim Anwar, Tanmay Chowdhary (Imaginary Homelands)
2. Sachin Dharwadker (The Whisper)
3. Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda and Dini Parayitam, (Mouna Tharangam, A Silent Wave)
4. Shuchi Dwivedi (Friends and Fascism)
5. Sejal Pachisia (Empathico)

An enlightening discussion with a panel of trailblazing South Asian creatives who have beaten the odds and gotten their stories told in this ever-changing climate. Attendees will gain valuable insights into questions such as how to get your story noticed in a competitive space, how their work fits into that bigger picture, what the paths to success are available in an extremely competitive business, and how to remain true to your voice throughout the process.


Moderator: Priya Giri Desai, Producer, Prism Entertainment
● Mridu Chandra, Producer (Becoming Cousteau, Cured)

● Kilian Kerwin, Executive, Jaya Entertainment (Delhi Crime, Crazy Rich Asians)
● Sanjay Patel, Executive Producer, Director, Animator (Ghee Happy, The Incredibles)
● Madhuri Shekhar, Playwright/Screenwriter (Evil Boy, Nice Indian Boy)
● Tarsem Singh, Director (Dear Jassi, The Cell, Immortals)


Hosted by Warner Bros. Discovery
Dive into the real-world journeys of trailblazing South Asian writers, directors, producers and actors who have navigated the highs and lows of the entertainment industry. This panel offers pragmatic insights on forging an enduring creative career, from getting noticed to adapting to shifts, while staying authentic to your vision. An unmissable masterclass for emerging and accomplished talents alike.

Moderator: Senain Kheshgi, Senior Programmer, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
● Nik Dodani, Actor (Atypical, Murphy Brown), Co-Founder, The Salon
● Geeta Malik, Writer and Director (India Sweets and Spices)
● Guneet Monga, Producer (The Elephant Whisperers, Kill)

At the Industry Roundtables, executives and representatives from top entertainment companies will meet with festival filmmakers and the five finalists of the pitch competition to talk about their companies, how they might intersect with South Asian artists, what they are looking for, and how they see the industry shifting. Industry participants include Netflix, Macro, M88, Roadside Attractions, Sundance Institute, CAPE, ColorCreative, Film Independent, Salon and Warner
Bros. Discovery. This event is open to the IFFLA 2024 filmmakers and Pitch Competition finalists and will be followed by a lunch hosted by Disney.

For more information and to secure a pass, please visit

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