In 2012 the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles will celebrate its 10th Aniversary with an extra $10,000. The donation comes from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which annually grants money to ﬁlm organizations, charities, and the Golden Globe Awards. Many Hollywood actors have received money from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for personal charities or ﬁlm projects.
Film submissions have already begun for the festival to be held next April. Last yearʻs festival featured Disneyʼs Zokkomon. This year should bring many more emerging ﬁlmmakers, notable members of the Indian ﬁlm industry, and talent from around the country.
The ﬁlm festivalʼs location and mission lends itself well to cultural exchange of ideas. By encouraging interest in Indian ﬁlms, the festival brings Indian ﬁlm industries, not limited to Bollywood ﬁlms, to the world stage. The Hollywood Foreign Press Associationʼs grant is not only a ﬁnancial gesture, but one of cultural interaction and mutual interest in the ﬁlm world.