IIFLA declares 2010 award winners

MUMBAI: The eighth Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IIFLA) has declared winners of its 2010 awards.

The winner of the Grand Jury award is Laxmikant Shetgaonkar‘s The Man Beyond The Bridge (Paltadacho Munis) while Dilip Mehta‘s Cooking With Stella received a honorable mention in the category.

While Nishta Jain‘s At My Doorstep was named winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, Deepa Bhatia‘s Nero‘s Guests received a honourable mention. Ritesh Batra‘s Gareeb Nawaz‘s Taxi won the Grand Jury Prize for best short film with Anjoo Khosla‘s Wahid‘s Mobile Bookstore receiving a honourable mention.

The Audience Choice Awards went to Paresh Mokashi‘s Harischandrachi Factory for narrative. Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam‘s The Sun Behind The Clouds: Tibet‘s Struggle For Freedom annexed it for documentary and Terrie Samundra‘s Kunjo for the short film category.

Said IFFLA executive director Christina Marouda, "This year‘s festival has been a great opportunity to celebrate the work of known Indian filmmakers and introduce a new generation of talents as they enter a global filmmaking community."

"The 2010 award winners have proven to captivate IFFLA‘s audience with their unique and varied vision. Through its eight year history, IFFLA has established itself as an important annual event through which one can chart the evolution of the convergence of the Hollywood and Indian entertainment industries," Marouda added.

The IFFLA Industry Leadership Award honoured Fox International Productions‘ president Sanford Panitch and Star India CEO Uday Shankar with a personal tribute from Shak Rukh Khan.

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