Los Angeles, CA (May 16, 2024) – Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award of $20,000. This grant will support the 23rd edition of IFFLA in 2025.

In total, the NEA will award 1,135 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling more than $37 million as part of its second round of fiscal year 2024 grants.

“Projects like the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles exemplify the creativity and care with which communities are telling their stories, creating connection, and responding to challenges and opportunities in their communities—all through the arts,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “So many aspects of our communities such as cultural vitality, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, and the economy are advanced and improved through investments in art and design, and the National Endowment for the Arts is committed to ensuring people across the country benefit.”

“We’re truly honored and thrilled to be receiving this award and the recognition from NEA,” said IFFLA Executive Director Christina Marouda. “This invaluable support will empower IFFLA to present the most exciting and groundbreaking cinema of South Asia and its diasporas to the diverse audiences of Los Angeles, and to offer this underrepresented community of emerging and established South Asian filmmakers numerous industry-facing mentorship, educational, and networking opportunities.”

IFFLA curates a vibrant program comprising features and shorts, including narrative, documentary and animated works. Since its inception the festival has presented over 700 films and 300 events, and has built a strong alumni community of over 1,000 filmmakers worldwide. Film selections include films that are rarely or never distributed in the US. IFFLA’s Los Angeles location in the heart of Hollywood allows the festival to introduce these films to international audiences and to serve those who are engaged in South Asian cinema.

For more information on other projects included in the NEA’s grant announcement, visit

For more information on IFFLA and this year’s festival that runs June 27-30 at Landmark Theatres Sunset, please visit