The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles announces its 2011 winners, who were announced at the April 17 gala closing of the fest. Disney's Zokkomon (opens stateside April 22) also had its world premiere at the gala. The festival screened 32 features, docs and shorts at Hollywood's ArcLight.
Fest director Christina Marouda says that more than 7,000 attendees indicates the strong fan base for Indian cinema in the US: "Our audiences were captivated by the diversity of our offerings. We are thrilled at the enormous response to this year's program. We look forward to celebrating our momentous 10th year in 2012 in Los Angeles and have already begun preparations."
The list of winners, including Best Narrative Feature winner, Udaan (pictured), is below:
GRAND JURY AWARDS:
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE:
UDAAN (Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane)
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
I AM (Directed by Sonali Gulati)
GANISH BOY WONDER (Directed by Srinivas Krishna)
BEST SHORT FILM:
THE ECLIPSE OF TAREGNA (Produced/Directed by Rakesh Chaudhary)
I AM KALAM (Directed by Nila Madhab Panda)
BIG IN BOLLYWOOD (Directed by Kenny Meehan, Bill Bowles)
TUBELIGHT'S MOON (TUBELIGHT KA CHAND) (Written/Directed by Shlok Sharma)