Saturday, August 1, 2015

Jio MAMI introduces new award!


               Jio MAMI’s 17th Mumbai Film Festival's
          “Book Award for Excellence 
        in Writing on Cinema”
                      To recognise quality writing on cinema, Jio MAMI                                    Mumbai  Film Festival announces a new award category – 
                      the Book Award for Excellencein Writing on Cinema.


The Award seeks entries that showcase nuanced and imaginative film writing  and publishing in South Asia. Book-length works written by authors from the sub-continent and published by an Indian publishing house in print format  between July 3 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. The Award covers works of fiction, graphic novel, creative non-fiction,  reportage, analysis and screenplay, written in English or translated into  English. The Award carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakhs. The last date of submission is Monday, August 10, 2015.

Leading Publisher & Editor, Arpita Das (Yoda Press), is curating the AwardReflecting on the idea behind the Award, she said, “If we want more nuanced discussions around cinema in India, we need to have more writing on and around film. That is the belief which lies behind the Jio MAMI Book Award for Excellence in Writing on Cinema -- a recognition of the best writing on films in India in a way that more writers want to engage with cinema and make it their subject matter in their future.”

Anupama Chopra, Festival Director, Jio MAMI, said, “As a journalist and book author, it gives me immense pleasure to introduce the book award at Jio MAMI Mumbai film festival. We need to preserve, document, archive and analyze our rich and diverse cinema cultureMy hope is that this will help support and produce some stellar writing on our collective passion: Cinema."
Jio MAMI's Mumbai Film Festival will be held in Mumbai from 29th October - 5th November 2015.

The festival has received an overwhelming show of support from members of the Indian Film fraternity who have committed their time and resources to make the Festival a showcase of the best creative talent from India and around the world. 

Along with Chairperson, Kiran Rao and Festival Director, Anupama Chopra, the members of the new Board of Trustees of MAMI are Filmmakers Farhan Akhtar, Karan Johar, Vikramaditya Motwane, Actor Riteish Deshmukh, Actress Deepika Padukone, Mr. Anand Mahindra, Chairman & MD, Mahindra Group, Mr. Ajay Bijli, Chairman and MD, PVR Ltd, Mr. Siddharth Roy Kapur, MD, Disney and Mr. Manish Mundra, Founder and CEO, Drishyam Films. These eminent personalities, outstanding achievers in their respective fields, are bringing together their expertise and experience to give Mumbai and India a bigger, better and even more exciting 17th edition of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Berlinale Talent Campus opens its doors ...

Berlinale Talent Campus, Goethe Institute and FIPRESCI  ...

Berlinale Talents is a vibrant platform for emerging film critics and journalists
to improve their working skills and discover current trends in world cinema.
Along with our Talent Press partners we invite you to apply for the 2016 edition.
At Talent Press, the most promising critics and journalists from around the world
meet people, review movies and take part in events throughout the entire festival
and Berlinale Talents. They share their experiences and thoughts in an extensive
essay, written under the tutelage of renowned mentors. All work done in Berlin
is published at the partner websites of FIPRESCI (the International Federation
of Film Critics) and Goethe-Institut as well as within the participants' own
international media networks.

DEADLINE: 1 September 2015, 23:59 (CET)

Talent Press offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and spend a week
with 300 talented film creatives from all over the world and to experience the
day-to-day buzz of a prestigious festival. You will be guided through the Talent
Press programme and and receive feedback on your work by internationally
renowned mentors and experts. According to your chosen topic for the essay,
you have the opportunity to access film screenings, make interviews and take
part in all masterclasses and other events of Berlinale Talents. Your work will
be published and promoted on the websites of Berlinale Talents, Goethe-Institut
and FIPRESCI. Berlinale Talents offers you free accommodation in Berlin during
the time of the event. Furthermore, Berlinale Talents will cover a share of your
travel expenses (depending on your country of origin).

In addition to the Talent Press workshops, Berlinale Talents offers a programme
of around 60 master classes, roundtables and interactive panel discussions per year.
Film professionals from the Berlinale, the European Film Market and many other
experts of international reputation and from various backgrounds give insights
into their work and enter into a direct dialogue with the audience.

Last year's Summit welcomed Darren Aronofsky, Claudia Llosa, Matthew Weiner,
Ursula Meier, Joshua Oppenheimer, Alex McDowell, Joanna Hogg, The Yes Men,
Wim Wenders, Bong Joon-Ho, Walter Salles, and many more.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Toronto 2015 first round lauds three Indian women directors!

2015 Toronto International Film Festival's first round Galas/Special Presentations

Three  films  that connect with India feature in the first lot of top line-up of films to be screened this year.  All three are by women directors

Of the 15 Galas and 34 Special Presentations announced, this initial lineup includes films from such acclaimed directors as Ridley Scott, Michael Moore, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón,
Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller and Johnnie To.

India to the fore!

Deepa Mehta’s Beeba Boys       World Premiere
Gala screening 
Starring Randeep Hooda        

An adrenaline-charged violent Indo-Canadian gang war mixes guns, bhangra beats, bespoke suits, cocaine, and betrayal. Gang boss Jeet Johar and his loyal, young crew are audaciously taking over the Vancouver drug and arms scene from an old-style crime syndicate. Hearts are broken and family bonds shattered when the Beeba Boys (known as the "nice boys") do anything "to be seen and to be feared" — in a white world.

Meghna Gulzar’s  Guilty (Talvar)       World Premiere
Starring Irrfan Khan.
Special Presentation 

Based on true events that set off a media frenzy all over the world. Guilty follows the 2008 Noida Double Murder Case of an investigation into the deaths of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar and 45-year-old Hemraj Banjade, a domestic employed by Aarushi’s family, in Noida, India. The controversial case lives on in the mind of the public, despite a guilty verdict that sentenced the parents of the murdered girl to life in prison.

Leena Yadav’s Parched        World Premiere
Special Presentations 
Starring Tannishtha Chaterjee, Radhika Apte and Surveen Chawla
Three ordinary women dare to break free from the century old patriarchal ways of their village in the desert heartland of rural India. This unforgettable tale of friendship and triumph is called Parched.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

37th Festival of Three Continents 24 Nov - 1st Dec, 2015

The outlets of the program
International Competition

Tribute to Im Kwon-taek
As part of the France-Corée Year 2015-2016, in partnership with La Cinémathèque française.

50 years of the Tricontinental Conference: a different approach story to globalization
In partnership with the Institut d’histoire du temps présent and the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research).

Modernity of Indian cinema: tribute and carte blanche to Kumar Shahani
In partnership with the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study.

Teenager Portraits

Hong-Kong cinema: one night, one fight Read online

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Congratulations, Ruchika Oberoi!

                  Official Selection,  2015 Venice Film Days!
                          Ruchika Oberoi’s  Island City

12th  edition of VENICE DAYS 
September 2 to 12, 2015
Held in conjunction with the 72nd Venice International Film Festival

Ruchika Oberoi's  debut work "Island City" is one among the 11 official feature films to be screened at 2015 Venice Days festival. This will be the film's world premiere.  "Island City"
is produced by the National Film Development Corporation India and stars Vinay Pathak,  Amruta Subhash  and Tannishtha Chatterjee. 

‘Island City’ is a collection of three tenuously connected stories dealing with themes of industrialization, urbanization and alienation in Mumbai. The first is a black-comic tale of an office drone who wins the office ‘Fun Committee’ award which forces him to go on an absurd fun spree. The second is the story of how the domineering head of a family suddenly goes into a coma and how the family slowly begins to replace their oppressive son/husband/father with an extremely seductive TV soap opera character. The third talks about the impossibility of love in a mechanical world. The film seeks to grapple with issues of what it means to be human in a world that is built at an industrial scale.


Directed by Giorgio Gosetti, under the presidency of Roberto Barzanti, Venice Days brings the faces of independent film around the world to the Lido each year, while cultivating an ongoing dialogue and a focus on the frontiers of filmmaking today, in a spirit which certainly goes well beyond that of a mere "showcase" of glittering premieres.

This year there are  20 films, 15 countries, 8 first films, 18 world premieres, 8 women filmmakers; a world-class director such as Carlos Saura; the Nobel-Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk and the founder of the Odin Teatret, Eugenio Barba, both of whom will take the stage for two of our special events. Then there's the Palme d'or winner Laurent Cantet, chairing the jury; the muse of the French New Wave, Agnès Varda, central to the Women's Tales series produced by Miu Miu; along with film stars Luis Tosar, Miranda Otto, Sam Neill, Paul Ducet, Suzanne Clément, Riccardo Scamarcio, Alba Rohrwacher, Celia Rowlson Hall.

Eleven films will be in the running for the Venice Days Award, with its cash prize of ?20,000 to be split equally between the filmmaker and the international distributor of the winning film. The winner will be selected during an open session of the jury chaired by Laurent Cantet.  These films will also be eligible for the BNL People´s Choice Award promoted by BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas, while all the first films premiering at Venice Days are eligible for the Lion of the Future Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Film at the Venice Film Festival.
In addition, the European films in our official selection will be vying for the Label Europa Cinemas prize assigned by a jury comprised of member exhibitors. Lastly, the jury of FEDEORA film critics will assign its own prizes for best film and best debut filmmaker.

Venice Days -promoted by ANAC and 100autori, in agreement with the 72. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia.Main Sponsors: Direzione Cinema del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, BNL Gruppo BNP ParibasCreative Partner: Miu Miu.Partners: SIAE, SubTi, Lux Prize of the European Parliament.Technical Partners: Frame by Frame, I-Club, L'Eco della Stampa, Europa Cinemas, Cinecittà News, Cineuropa