Indian Film Festival receives grant

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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.

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