The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is proud to present IFFLA Industry Day, the first-of-its-kind, day-long opportunity for South Asian entertainment industry talent – emerging artists, established executives, and eager students –  to connect in a curated forum aimed at creating new networks and potential collaborations. Industry Day will spotlight exciting South Asian voices, while attendees will have educational opportunities to hear first-hand expert advice from industry professionals, and engage in conversations around notable South Asian film and TV projects. 

We look forward to an inclusive and enlightening space to build relationships, gain mentorship and knowledge, and create the next wave of groundbreaking work from the South Asian community in Los Angeles and beyond.

The pinnacle event of IFFLA Industry Day is Launch Pad: A Pitch Competition, where pre-selected projects in development will be presented by their creative team to a diverse panel of executives. Invited projects will receive immediate feedback from the panelists who, upon completion of the event, will be awarding one of the projects a $10,000 development grant. The competition takes place in front of a live audience, where community members’ presence heightens the sense of discovery. 

IFFLA Industry Day will also include: 

Mentorship Roundtables – In an informal roundtable setting, small groups of emerging creatives get the unique opportunity to ask experienced industry executives questions about their own professional paths, and to receive informal advice about their projects and career trajectories. 

Panels – Exciting and timely panels on diverse aspects of the global South Asian entertainment space.

Special screenings and/or sneak previews of upcoming work by South Asian artists.

Networking Social Events and Reception, where the winner of the Launch Pad Pitch Competition will be announced

IFFLA Industry Day will be an enlightening space that builds context and buzz about upcoming work, provides a thrilling peek into typically closed door processes such as pitching, leverages relationships by imparting vital mentorship, and fosters community.

To learn more about Launchpad: A Pitch Competition and to begin the application process, please visit our page on FilmFreeway

Be sure to read the Submission Rules and Terms prior to submitting your pitch / project idea.

Final Deadline – Friday, May 10, 2024

Pitch Competition submission entry: $30

Submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted. 

All pitch / project ideas must be officially submitted through FilmFreeway via the link provided below. 

All filmmakers will be notified of the programming team’s decisions via email by June 10, 2024.

We look forward to receiving your entry!

If you have any questions, please contact IFFLA Programming Coordinator: Anna Li,