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APRIL 22, 2007

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THE 5TH INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES WINNERS


GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST FEATURE GOES TO VALLEY OF FLOWERS
OUTSOURCED WINS TOP AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

April 22, 2007 (Los Angeles) – The 5th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles concluded tonight at the ArcLight Hollywood with the LA Premiere of Rajnesh Domalpalli’s VANAJA, Best Debut Feature winner at the Berlin International Film Festival. At the post-screening Gala Reception at Level 3 in Hollywood, the Jury and Audience Awards were announced. The Pan Nalin’s epic love story Valley of Flowers wone the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature, while the Audience Choice Award went to John Jeffcoat’s romantic comedy Outsourced.

JURY AWARDS

GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST FEATURE
VALLEY OF FLOWERS directed by Pan Nalin
Special mention for Debut Feature film: VANAJA directed by Rajnesh Domalpalli
Jurors: Naman Ramachandran, Mary Sweeney, Josh Welsh

GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
Q2P directed by Paromita Vohra
Jurors: Lisa Leeman, Phillip Rodriquez, Meher Tatna

GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST SHORT
TEA BREAK directed by Srinivas Sunderrajan
Special mention to PRINTED RAINBOW directed by Gitanjali Rao
Jurors: Radha Bharadwaj, Asher Goldstein, Ravi Kapoor

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS

BEST FEATURE FILM
OUTSOURCED directed by John Jeffcoat

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
DIVIDED WE FALL directed by Sharat Raju

BEST SHORT FILM
MONSOON directed by Shyam Balsé

This year, the festival paid tribute to acclaimed actress, poet, painter and writer DEEPTI NAVAL who has received widespread recognition for a career that has spanned nearly 30 years. As part of the tribute, IFFLA showcased three films of her most renowned performances that included KAMLA, PANCHVATI and I AM ALIVE (MAIN ZINDA HOON).

As part of the 5th year celebrations, the festival added two new programs to their expanding festival: “Bollywood By Night” highlighting some of the most popular Bollywood Films of all times, including the 20th anniversary screening of Shekhar Kapur’s MR. INDIA. Presented by LA Weekly, the new program was a remarkable hit with both American and South Asian patrons creating a lively energetic audience that packed the theatres every night. The second addition was the IFFLA EcoVision, a new program that aims to spread ecological awareness to coincide with Earth Day.

Although official attendance figures are still being tabulated, festival organizers have seen a 20% increase in Box Office receipts over the previous year from many sold out shows.

"Over the past six days, we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from filmmakers, audiences, sponsors and press,” commented Festival Director Christina Marouda. “In fact, we have received many requests to take the festival to other parts of the country which we are going to look into. IFFLA 2007 has been tremendously successful on every level."

The six-day festival kicked off on Tuesday, April 17 with the LA Premiere of Jag Mundhra’s PROVOKED with an all star Indian and British cast including Aishwarya Rai, Academy Award nominee Miranda Richardson, Naveen Andrews, Nandita Das, Rebecca Pidgeon, Robbie Coltrane and Nicholas Irons from Eros Entertainment.

The festival showcased 36 films including 11 US Premieres and 3 World Premieres with the majority of the filmmakers in attendance.

IFFLA 2007 runs April 17-22, presented by the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles established in 2002 as a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting a greater appreciation of Indian culture by showcasing a selection of films from or about India by Indian and international filmmakers as well as films that reflect diverse perspectives of the Indian Diaspora. In addition, IFFLA continues to spotlight works by Indian filmmakers that cross boundaries to tell compelling stories of a global perspective. For more information go to our website: http://www.indianfilmfestival.org

About ArcLight Cinemas
ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, represents and an evolution in the movie going experience. The beautifully designed flagship facility in Hollywood, which opened in March 2002, offers an unprecedented combination of technology, amenities, comfort, and customer service. Facilities include the historic Cinerama Dome and 14 state-of-the-art "black box" auditoriums as well as a café bar and a cinema-focused gift shop. Tickets can be purchased online without a fee and printed at home, at the theaters automated ticketing kiosks, lobby box office and over the phone. Plus, ArcLight offers a free membership program with purchasing rewards and other members-only benefits. ArcLight Hollywood is located at 6360 W. Sunset Boulevard, between Vine and Ivar. For more information about ArcLight, visit http://www.arclightcinemas.com.

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