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In Memoriam: 


Chris Cotton

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October 31st and

November 1st, 2024

True Diwal'Oween Night

With Halloween on

October 31st and Diwali on November 1st, 2024 is set up to have a true

Diwal'Oween night!

February 12th, 2017

Maneesh Bidaye's  Production Work on Drake's Album Views Wins

 Grammy Award for

Best Rap Album

Congratulations, Maneesh! 

Maneesh has also received Grammy nominations for his production work on Giveon's Heartbreak Anniversary, as well as tracks with Dua Lipa, Rihanna, and Calvin Harris

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April 3rd, 2022

Falu wins

 Grammy Award for

Best Children's Music Album

Congratulations, Falu! 

Falu's songs are featured on the Diwal'Oween soundtrack.

She wrote the song "Happy Diwali" as an original for Diwal'Oween


Falu wins 2022 Grammy

November 15th

 Diwali Clip #3:

Fall Foliage 


November 14th

Diwali Clip #2:

Holidays Teach Culture

November 13th

 Diwali Clip #1:

Brands Embrace Diwali in 2024

October 29th

 Interview with The Four Oranges

Director Shilpa Mankikar sits down with Darren Tobia to discuss Diwal'Oween, holiday festivities, and other aspects of local Indian culture

in an interview with

The Four Oranges

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October 29th

 Diwal'Oween Booth at the Diwali Fair and Exhibition at

West Orange High School in West Orange, NJ

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October 28th


"Strut Your Mutt" Halloween Dog Parade

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October 26th

 Haunt Your House! 

With Cast Member Yehara Raddalgoda

Cast member

Yehara Raddalgoda gives her personal tips on how to celebrate the Halloween season to the fullest

October 19th

Diwal'Oween Screening at Livingston Public Library in Livingston, NJ

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October 18th

 Director Shilpa Mankikar as Indian Lady Liberty at

NYC Mayor Eric Adam's Diwali Celebration at Gracie Mansion


September 11th

 Interview at

Toronto International

Film Festival with

Spark the Genius'

Josh Rachlis

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August 18th

Composer Falu

Performs at the

City Museum of New York

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August 10th

 HipHop 50 Live Instagram Ticket Giveaway

Congrats to photographer  Fernando Alvarez for winning the free ticket to the HipHop 50 Live Performance at Yankee's Stadium 

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June 22nd

 Cast Member

Sorab Wadia Performs in  Touring Company of Aladdin on Broadway


May 20th

Screening at

Oberlin College 

 Lots of laughs at sold out screening - Apollo Theater, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH


May 11th

DVD Release with

Cast Member

Bev Sheehan


April 23rd

 Cast Member

Meetu Chilana Performs in


Monsoon Wedding

Cast member Meetu Chilana stars as Saroj Rai in an off-Broadway production of Monsoon Wedding at St. Anne's Warehouse in Brooklyn

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January 8th

 DVD Release with

Cast Member

Manvir Singh



October 31st


Halloween Screening

Outdoor screening at South Mountain Reservation, one of our locations. Neighbors stopped to watch while trick-or-treating


October 21st

 Diwali Celebration in

Soho House

DJ Rekha from our Soundtrack at SoHo House Diwali Celebration hosted by 1497 Lab


October 14th   Diwal'Oween

Old Bridge Screening

Back to In-Person Screening at Old Bridge Public Library, NJ


October 5th

 Diwali Festival in

West Orange

Diwali Festival hosted by United Asian Voices, West Orange, NJ



 DVD's Release and Unboxing

Thanks to all our Buyers!


March 17th

 Cast Member Swann Gruenn Appears on

Amy Schumer's Life and Beth on Hulu

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March 8th

 Cast Member

Meetu Chilana Appears in Bhangin' It

at La Jolla Playhouse


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July 6th

 Cast Member

Abeer Khan Appears


Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj


Abeer Khan on Deep Cuts

October 31

 Shot by Shot Interview on TV Asia 

Diwal'Oween is featured in episode 6 of Shot by Shot on TV Asia, aired for special Halloween programming. Thank you to producer Nidhi Kathuria for having us!


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October 28th

 Workshop & Screening at Harvard University during Diwali & Halloween Weekend


October 27th

 West Orange Premiere of Diwal'Oween Draws Large Crowd

The independently-produced family comedy Diwal'Oween celebrates its West Orange premiere at West Orange Art Center in New Jersey.

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April 27th

 Won Best Editing at Apulia Webfest

Amazing time at

Apulia Webfest in Italy!

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Apulia Webfest Award 2019


December 7th

How to Celebrate Diwal'Oween at the Office!

A Diwal'Oween movie screening is part of the celebrations at Cisco's 7th Annual Diwal'Oween Office Party in San Jose, California.


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Filmmaker Highlights WO's Cultural Diversity

Essex News Daily features story about Diwal'Oween movie shooting in New Jersey.

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October 28th

 Screening at Maplewood

Diwali Festival

Actors Bev Sheehan and Swann Gruenn with director/producer/writer Shilpa Mankikar at Maplewood Diwali Festival in New Jersey.


October 28th

Sold Out Screening at Maplewood Movie Theater

Sold out Diwal'Oween screening at Maplewood Movie Theater in collaboration with Maplewood Diwali Festival, followed by a performance by AUM Dance Creations.


October 27th

 Screening at

Queens Library

Diwal'Oween proves to be a popular educational screening for Queens Public Library's Halloween week programming at its Flushing and Glen Oak locations.

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October 21st

 Halloween & Diwali

Screening at

Southampton UK

Film Festival,

Orange Screens Pub



 Screening at

Canon Professional Support

 in Burbank 

Work-in-progress screening of Diwal'Oween for the Alliance of Women Directors at Canon Professional Service & Support Center in Burbank, California.

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 Diwal'Oween Wins Two Awards At

Central Java

Film Festival

Diwal'Oween is awarded two Platinum Star of Java awards-- one for Best International Short Film, and one for Best Director.

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 Awards Ceremony at Central Java

Film Festival

Diwal'Oween Won 3 Awards in 3 Indonesian Kingdoms

(Bali, Yogyakarta, and Borobudur)


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Diwal'Oween nominated for awards at the 2018 World Film Awards

in Bali

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July 24th

 Q&A at

Seoul Webfest

Director Shilpa Mankikar in a live question and answer session at Seoul Webfest in South Korea, where Diwal'Oween was nominated for 5 awards.


July 24th

 Invited to Seoul Webfest FAMTour

Diwal'Oween proudly represents the USA at the 2018 Seoul Webfest. FAMTour took filmmakers from all over the world to neighboring cities Sangju and Chuncheon, where many international and Korean soap operas and films are shot! It was an unforgettable VIP experience that opened the door to potential co-productions in the future.

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June 20th

 Pitch Market at

Nashville Film-Com

Mitchell Galin: Production Manager, Writer, Producer for Stephen King's 

Pet Sematary (Left)

Beatles Impersonators (Right)


April 21st

Nominated for Best Pilot at Vancouver Webfest 


April 9th

 Cast member Sparrowhawk appears on High Maintenance on HBO

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March 23rd

 Cast and Director At Garden State Film Festival

Cast members Abeer Khan, Rehnuma Rahman, Manvir Singh, and director Shilpa Mankikar at the Garden State Film Festival in New Jersey.

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March 22nd

Director and Actor at Garden State Film Festival

Director Shilpa Mankikar with actor Rehnuma Rahman at the Garden State Film Festival.

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March 22nd

 Diwal'Oween Screening at

Asbury Park Senior Center

Diwal'Oween is screened at the Asbury Park Senior Center as part of the 2018 Garden State Film Festival. The team shot 5 days in New Jersey with support from the New Jersey Motion Picture & TV Commission. Asbury Park at the Jersey Shore helped launch the careers of Wendy Williams, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, and many more.



Screening at

Jodhphur International

Film Festival

Diwal'Oween has the last screening of the year in the Professional Shorts Competition at the 2017 Jodhpur International Film Festival in Rajasthan, India.


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Diwal'Oween Wins

Second Place for

Best Webseries at

New Delhi Short Film Awards



 Interview By

WebVee Guide

Diwal'Oween director Shilpa Mankikar is interviewed by a correspondent from WebVee Guide, an online entertainment news outlet that focuses on webseries and independent projects.


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November 27th

Interview With Times of India

Diwal'Oween director Shilpa Mankikar discusses the forgotten story of influential Indian painter Vishwanath Nageshkar in an interview with The Times of India.


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November 4th

Won Best Family Series at Baltimore Next Media Webfest 

Diwal'Oween wins Best Family Series award at the 2017 Baltimore Next Media WebFest, hosted at the historic Patterson Theatre.



Screening at

Rome Webfest

An excerpt of Diwal'Oween enters the competition at the 2017 Rome WebFest, hosted at the MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Art.



Sparrowhawk Interview at Toronto Webfest

Sparrowhawk Caught on Fire is interviewed at the 2017 Toronto Webfest, where Diwal'Oween was nominated for two awards.

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Screening at

Berlin Webfest

Diwal'Oween teaser is screened in the lounge at the 2017

Berlin Webfest.


 Palm Springs

International Shortsfest

Thanks to all the distributors who contacted us from the

Palm Springs Market!

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May 17th

 Cannes Market

Short Film Corner

Thanks to all the distributors who contacted us from the

Cannes Market!

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Nominated at

Toronto Webfest

After years of development, casting, shooting, and editing, episode 5 of Diwal'Oween's webseries format previews at the 2017 Toronto Webfest, hosted in the CN Tower.

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