LOS ANGELES, CA (March 5, 2014) – The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced today the Opening Night Gala film, SOLD, a harrowing and inspiring story of child trafficking directed by Jeffrey D. Brown, executive produced by Emma Thompson, and starring Gillian Anderson, David Arquette, and Seema Biswas.

The full line-up of screenings and events will be announced in mid-March. The festival is widely recognized as the premiere showcase of groundbreaking Indian cinema. Celebrating its 12th year, IFFLA will run April 8 to 13 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, the festival’s home since its inception.

Through one extraordinary girl's journey, SOLD illustrates the brutality of child trafficking, a crime experienced by millions of girls every year around the globe. SOLD is a clarion call to action and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

“Because of SOLD’s marvelous script and courageous and brilliant cast,” said Emma Thompson, “it is a story that we can ALL watch – so that we may understand the processes of slavery in modern India and feel able to act without feeling the kind of rage and hopelessness that gets in the way of doing anything.”

SOLD is an adaptation of the National Book Award-nominated novel by Patricia McCormick, based on true accounts. The book has been translated into 32 languages and is a powerful entry point to introduce young people to the issue of modern day slavery.

Director Jeffery D. Brown and select A-list cast and supporters will be in attendance at the Opening Night Gala.

Nirvana-Bombay Palace will host the Opening Night Gala Reception in Beverly Hills. This year’s exclusive after-party will align with Nirvana’s sophisticated and positively vibrant atmosphere in an intimate setting that features masterful culinary renditions of Indian cuisine.

In addition, the appointment of Jasmine Jaisinghani as the festival’s first-ever Artistic Director was announced today by Christina Marouda, IFFLA’s Founder and Chair of the Board.

“We’re thrilled to have Jasmine on board as our Artistic Director,” said Marouda. “She was our first Festival Coordinator in 2005, and has been associated with IFFLA since. This feels like a full circle, and we could not think of a more deserving person to take on this position.”

Jasmine Jaisinghani comes to IFFLA from AFI FEST where she served as the Cultural and Industry Relations Director and headed Guest Services. An independent producer of Indian-Mexican descent, Jasmine has also worked extensively in the music industry, including a tenure at George Harrison’s record label Dark Horse.

Rounding out this year’s programming team are Director of Programming Mike Dougherty, Documentary Film Programmer Sudeep Sharma, and Short Film Programmer Thouly Dosios.

Tickets and Passes 
The 12th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) runs April 8-13 at ArcLight Hollywood, located at 6360 W. Sunset Blvd between Vine and Ivar. 
Festival Passes and Opening Night Gala tickets go on sale March 5 at the festival's website.Individual screening tickets go on sale March 20.

For more information, please visit www.indianfilmfestival.org or follow us on Twitter (@iffla). 

About IFFLA 
Now in its 12th year, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. 

The six-day festival is the premiere platform for the latest in cutting-edge global Indian cinema and bridges the gap between the two largest entertainment industries in the world – Hollywood and India. The festival will showcase more than 30 films from the Indian filmmaking community across the globe, host the highly anticipated Opening and Closing red carpet Galas, and the Closing Awards ceremony. This year will feature again the wildly popular “Bollywood by Night” series, live music, and dance performances.

About ArcLight Cinemas 
ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, represents an evolution in the movie-going experience. ArcLight Cinemas, with locations in Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, and El Segundo, offers an unprecedented combination of technology, amenities, comfort, and customer service. Facilities include the historic Cinerama Dome (only at the Hollywood location) and state-of-the-art "black box" auditoriums as well as a cafe bar and a cinema-focused gift shop. Tickets can be purchased online without a fee and printed at home and at the theaters' automated ticketing kiosks. For more information about ArcLight, visit www.ArcLightcinemas.com

Los Angeles Premiere 
U.S.A./2014/97 minutes 
Director: Jeffrey D. Brown 
Screenwriters: Joseph Kwong and Jeffrey D. Brown
Producers: Jane Charles (Producer), Emma Thompson (Executive), Jessica Dhillon (Co-Executive), Anadil Hossain (Co-Executive), Jennifer Reibman (Co-Executive), Kavi Virk (Co-Executive), Joseph Kwong (Co-Producer), Katie Mustard (Co-Producer)

Composers: John McDowell, Sammy Chand, Salim & Sulaiman Merchant
Cast: Gillian Anderson, David Arquette, Seema Biswas

Logline: A girl risks everything for freedom after being trafficked from her mountain village in Nepal to a brothel in India.