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:
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.