Tamil filmmaker Thamizh”s debut film “Seththumaan” and Karishma Dube”s short “Bittu” have recently bagged top prizes at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA).
- The 19th edition of the festival which was held virtually from May 20-27 showcased 40 films in 17 languages, including movies by 16 women directors.
- Among the feature film category, Tamil filmmaker Thamizh’s directorial debut Seththumaan (Pig) won the top Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature.
- While the Malayalam film Biriyaani directed by Sajin Baabu was given an honorable mention.
- Ajitpal Singh’s debut feature, Fire In The Mountains, which had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2021, won the Audience Award for Best Feature.
- The Grand Jury Prize for Best Short was awarded to Bittu, directed by Karishma Dev Dube.
- The jury also recognized National Award-winning filmmaker Rima Das” “For Each Other” and “Wade” by filmmakersUpamanyu Bhattacharyya and Kalp Sanghvi with Honorable Mentions.
- Actor Nivita Chaliki received the Honorable Mention for Best Performance in a Short for her film “Forever Tonight”.
- The Audience Award for Best Short was given to Aarti Neharsh’s The Song We Sang.