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                

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Chicago International Film Festival's INTERCOM Call for Entries
The Chicago International Film Festival's International Communications Video & Interactive Media Competition (known as INTERCOM), now in its 51st year, is accepting entries in the following categories: Corporate Sponsored and Non-Theatrical Films, Educational Videos, Business Communications and Interactive Productions. Deadline for entries is August 28, 2015. Full details are at 

For over five decades, the Chicago International Film Festival has been committed to recognizing and honoring the world's most exciting films and the artists behind them. That commitment doesn't stop at theatrically released films.

"INTERCOM is a champion of educational and industrial films. There's an incredible amount of talent to be found in these productions," says Competitions Coordinator Sam Flancher. "INTERCOM is so vital because it seeks out the exceptional talent and craftsmanship being poured into the communications field."

Chicago has a rich history as an innovative leader in the production of non-theatrical sponsored films - from Wilding Pictures to Kling Studios & Fred Niles Communications to today. INTERCOM honors the hard work of the talented creative industry and recognizes the importance of media arts in the .

Each year the Festival assemble panels of distinguished media professionals to judge our competitive categories. The top awards will be presented at the Awards Night Gala of the 51st Chicago International Film Festival and select winners from the competition screen during "Best of INTERCOM" as part of the Festival's "Best of the Fest" programming. Be recognized. Enter your work today.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Buffalo Niagara International Film FestivalCall For Entries
A Look At The Present and What's Coming - Including Comic-Con Day - April 13-17, 2016

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival
   About Buffalo Niagara Film Festival
The BNFF is the largest and most prestigious film festival in Western New York. It is a filmmaker's festival. A festival hosted by filmmakers and screenwriters for filmmakers and screenwriters...In a region that loves the arts and has produced many famous industry icons both behind the camera, on the screen, and abroad.

The BNFF is committed to providing opportunities to fellow filmmakers and all others in bringing cinematographic arts and other related entertainment products to Western New York through high-profile community events, talent, productions and films from around the country and the world.

We offer and bring unique events like no other, including the BNFF "Walk Of Fame" Trail Of The Stars, special events tailored around BNFF partner and renowned artist Philip Burke, and much more...  

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Amherst, 14228
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