Marking its 22nd anniversary, IFFLA 2024 will take place June 27-30 in Los Angeles.

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) brings to Los Angeles audiences the most innovative independent films coming out of South Asia and its diasporas, in a vibrant program comprising features and shorts, including narrative, documentary and animated works.

IFFLA was founded in 2002 as a non-profit organization with the aim to offer the Los Angeles community a unique opportunity to learn about India’s multifaceted culture and long history of filmmaking. Since then, IFFLA has grown into the premier US venue for discovering the best of South Asian cinema, as well as the hub for an important dialogue among the most original independent storytellers from South Asia and its diasporas, and the international film industry at large.

In addition to film screenings, the festival offers stimulating discussions between filmmakers and audiences, as well as panel conversations and industry sessions. The four-day event also hosts special programs, such as retrospectives, spotlights and masterclasses, social gatherings and lively industry-facing events, all aimed at fostering a greater appreciation of South Asian cinema and culture and promoting the diverse perspectives of the South Asian diaspora.


The IFFLA 2024 lineup will include competition sections for both features and shorts, comprising narrative, documentary and animation works.

This competitive category presents the most exciting new feature-length films from India, the greater South Asian subcontinent and the South Asian diasporas. Please note that we are not opening the call for feature submissions this year. Selections for this category will be curated by invitation only.

This category presents in competition an eclectic lineup of new short-length films that represent the most singular work coming out of India and the greater South Asian subcontinent, and its diasporas. This category is now open for submissions.

ONE-ON-ONE - Industry Program
ALL selected features and shorts filmmakers are invited to participate in the festival’s renowned One-on-One event, a pioneering industry program that connects emerging storytellers to industry professionals and executives from major and independent production and distribution companies. Through a series of one-on-one 15-minute meetings, the program offers a new generation of talented filmmakers a unique opportunity to get guidance about their careers, as well as lay the foundation for possible future collaborations.

Grand Jury Award for Best Feature
Grand Jury Award for Best Short

Honorable Mention for Features
Honorable Mention for Shorts

Audience Choice Award for Best Feature
Audience Choice Award for Best Short


1. Eligible for the festival are films from South Asia (defined here as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka); films by filmmakers of South Asian descent worldwide, irrespective of theme; films with key creatives of South Asian descent (defined here as director, writer, producer or lead cast); and films by international filmmakers worldwide, with a prevalent South Asian focus.

2. Films must have been completed in 2022 or later.

3. A theatrical Los Angeles premiere status is strongly preferred, but not required. Films must not be available online or on streaming services, on or before the festival dates.

4. Films must be submitted in English or with English language subtitles.

5. All entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway. Filmmakers must submit an online screener of their film through the platform, or by providing a link to an external site (e.g., Vimeo) with any necessary passwords.

6. Entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by credit card through FilmFreeway.

7. Filmmakers may submit more than one entry. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and entry fee.

8. Student submissions require proof of student status. To qualify for a student discount, a film must be registered as a student project on FilmFreeway and the filmmaker must be, or have been, enrolled in an accredited school at the time of the film’s production. At the time of submission, a picture of the filmmaker’s student ID must be emailed to Anna Li, IFFLA’s Programming Coordinator, at ali@indianfilmfestival.org.

9. If your film is selected to be screened at the festival, you will be required to provide the final exhibition copy of your film in DCP format, and well as a press kit, synopsis, full credits, film stills, trailer (or film clips), and a director's bio with a headshot.

10. All filmmakers will be notified of their film's selection status via email on or before May 24, 2024.


1. Films are invited to be shown in the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles by the festival’s Artistic Director in consultation with staff. Inclusion in the festival is at the sole discretion of the festival’s Artistic Director and the Executive Director.

2. The number, dates, times and locations of screenings shall be at the discretion of the festival’s Artistic Director and the Executive Director.

3. Once a film is selected to be screened at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, producers or distributors agree not to hold a screening of the film in Los Angeles or one accessible virtually to a Los Angeles audience prior to the festival screening.

4. All exhibition copies must be delivered in the DCP (Digital Cinema Package) format, preferably a non-encrypted DCP. Exhibition copies can be delivered to IFFLA via a downloadable link. We may also be able to provide a host for you to upload the DCP, and can confirm with details in time. If a physical copy of the DCP must be sent, it will be sent at the film representative's expense. IFFLA will cover the return of the physical DCP to the film's representative as specified in the Invited Film Entry form.

5. Films will be shown to the press in advance of the festival, if at all possible, unless the representative specifies "no press screenings" on the Invited Entry Form (or by writing to the festival office).

6. Films invited by the festival agree to provide in a timely fashion the screening copy of the film in an approved format, as well as adequate publicity materials, such as director’s bio and headshot, high-quality film stills, film trailer and/or film clips.

7. Submission of a signed entry form constitutes acceptance of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles regulations. Additionally, festival management reserves the right to decide all questions not specifically provided for in the regulations.

8. All disputes, matters of interpretation, controversies and other issues arising under, or relating to the submission rules or the above terms and conditions shall be determined and resolved according to the laws of the State of California.

Overall Rating
  • IFFLA does the most for both the filmmakers and the films! As someone who has attended in the past as a patron, it was so exciting to be on the other side. Our Q&A had incredibly thoughtful questions, the selection was well curated and the staff went over and above to help us and schedule amazing one-on-ones with Network executives. Could not have imagined a better world premiere for us.

    November 2023
  • Saleem Gondal

    IFFLA was an amazing experience. It was really special to connect with the close-knit South Asian community in LA. The programmers are invested in all the filmmakers who attend and cultivating joy and excitement about all the films. The hospitality was out of this world from the moment I landed in LAX. The whole IFFLA team will make you love movies again.

    November 2023
  • Ethan & Luke Montgomery

    IFFLA is a wonderful festival filled with lovely, genuine people. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

    October 2023
  • Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda

    The best thing that has happened to our film :)

    October 2023
  • Shazia Iqbal

    Fantastic festival. You ll see some of the best Indian films at the fest and the team at IFFLA goes out of their way to make it a special experience for the filmmakers. Very well organised and I would love to go back to my IFFLA family with a film soon.

    May 2019