In Conversation with Christina Marouda about IFFLA – Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

Most of you already know that I went to Los Angeles at the end of December 2014 to study screenwriting at the New York Film Academy in an 8 week program ending February. I spent about 10 weeks total in Los Angeles and I loved it! The city, made up of smaller counties, felt just like home. It was the “Hollywood” version of Mumbai. Everyone I met was aspiring to be a part of the film industry. Of course, it made me all nostalgic. I wouldn’t leave any opportunity to tell people about Bollywood – my first love.

Recently, I spoke with Christina Marouda, Founder of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. Following are some snippets from our conversation:

Christina Marouda
Christina Marouda

Dhruvi: How do you want Indians to know IFFLA?
Christina: We are in our 14th year. We have established ourselves as the first Indian film fest to put Indian cinema on the global map. It is known to discover critically acclaimed filmmakers before the rest of the world did. Newer filmmakers are eager to submit their films. This year, we have an excellent programme and the festival is taking place from April 6th to 10th in L.A.

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When Some Of Your Dreams Are About To Come True…

Los Angeles
Los Angeles

The thing about me is I’ve grown up in one city, lived on the same street in the same home for almost all of my life. When I graduated from college, I had a sort of life plan. I was interested in film and film theory and wanted it to exist in whatever work I do. I fulfilled my dream of pursuing film criticism and being a published journalist. The next step was always to write a film script. And out of nowhere, somehow my wish of studying screenwriting is being granted. I’m going to a film academy for an intensive 8 week program in LA! It hasn’t sunk in yet because I’ve been so busy since the beginning of the month. But I sure as hell am very excited and a little nervous. I don’t want to pin any expectations on this trip and let it take its own course. Good plan?