INTERNATIONAL FILM SHOT IN EDMONTON PREMIERES AT INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF ALBERTA FRIDAY

The Malayalam-language film, And the Oscar Goes To …, shot a considerable portion of its footage in the city last fall.

Indian filmmaker Salim Ahamed shot Edmonton as L.A. in his new feature And the Oscar Goes To... It world-premieres at Metro 8 p.m. Friday. (SUPPLIED)

An international drama with key Edmonton connections plays opening night at Indian Film Festival of Alberta on Friday. The Malayalam-language film, And the Oscar Goes To …, shot a considerable portion of its footage in the city last fall.

IFFA executive director Madhan Selvaraj explains how the festival had a hand in helping an Indian production film in Edmonton, the capital city subbing in for Los Angeles.

“The festival focuses on the regional film industry — not Bollywood — which produces around 50 per cent of the films in India,” he explains. “For our festival, a lot of regional directors and producers come over to represent their films. So we talk to the local film commissions and take the filmmakers out on a tour of Edmonton, Calgary, the Rockies …

“The director, Salim Ahamed, came to our festival in 2016 with (the film) Pathemari, and he really liked it here. He said, ‘I might have a script.’ Of course, we didn’t know if he was serious.

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