Monday, July 6, 2015

News on Busan International Film Festival

Busan International Film Festival
Co-Director and Deputy Director Announced

*   KANG soo-youn, Co-Director, Busan International Film Festival 

Actress KANG soo-youn was introduced as co-director of the Busan International Film Festival. 
A member of the executive committee since 1998, KANG has played a significant role to connect international cineastes with the film festival and hopes to continue efforts with Director LEE Yong-kwan to create a brighter future for the festival. Director LEE discussed earlier in the year about the recruitment of a co-director and concluded that KANG was qualified for the position after several recommendations. Co-Director KANG showed deference to this decision stating that “it’s a difficult position to be in with tremendous responsibilities, but I will do my very best to create the best festival with people who already made it this far.”

Co-director KANG soo-youn started her career as a child actor and became an international star with best actress awards in acclaimed film festivals that include the 44th Venice International Film Festival with 'The Surrogate Woman' and 16th Moscow International Film Festival with 'Come, Come, Come Upward'. She also served on juries for major film festivals like the Moscow International Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, and Sydney Film Festival. As a member of the executive committee, co-director KANG will continue to interact with cineastes from around the world and successfully fulfill her role to secure an international network for the festival.

* LEE myung-shik, Deputy Director, Busan International Film Festival

LEE myung-shik, the former director of BUSAN E-FM, an English-speaking radio, who has been supporting local broadcasting for an extended period of time was appointed deputy director. Starting from the Busan Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) newsroom, LEE held many posts in Korea New Network (KNN), including director of news, administration, production, and planning head.  He will act as a bridge between the film festival and the local community.

Through this revision in the articles of association, the deputy director positions on the organization committee have increased to two and deputy directors of the film festival have increased to four. This will allow effective communication between the Busan International Film Festival, Busan Cinema Center, and all related organizations to prepare for the upcoming festival.

 20th Busan International Film Festival, October 1 to 10, 2015 
Asian Film Market, October 3 to 6, 2015 
Asian Project Market, October 4 to 6, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Film India Worldwide latest news of India's shorts and docs

Ansuman Chakrabortty's short film E Taxi
wins Best Director-Jury Award,
5th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival, New Delhi

Eminent Film Scholar and Writer Fr. Gaston Roberge
said about the film ...

The moment you begin to absorb the elements of this film, sight and sound, you get the strong impression that you are going to see, not a small film, even though it is a short film of 15 min, 37 sec. You are going to see a great film.

My overall impression is that I am greatly fascinated by this 15 minute film. I was impressed by the visual aspect along with the sound track. Both were very skillfully made. They created an atmosphere of greatness, on a very high level, giving the impression that something important and great was happening ...

Director Ansuman Chakrabortty

Ei...Taxi..! (A Call to Kill) Director, Screenplay Ansuman Chakrabortty2014, 15 min, digital, Bengali

Producer Ranbir Kaur, Prateek D Sharma DOP Srijit Basu Editor Sandip Kumar Das Music Suman Chakraborty, Sandip Kumar Das Sound Ayan Chakraborty Production Company PR Production, AG 104, Unit No-G-6, Sector-2, Salt Lake City, Kolkata 700091, West Bengal, India

Set dead of night in Kolkata, this psychological thriller follows a stubborn, middle-aged, intoxicated taxi-driver. He regularly cheats his customers on late night extra fares. When a mysterious young lady hails his taxi, his troubles begin. He finds a dead woman in the back seat left by a scheming passenger. Afraid, he covers up the situation - but his approach to the supernatural changes forever.

Ansuman Chakrabortty took his BSc from Calcutta University in 1998 and joined Chitrabani Studio to study cinema. He then spent three years as an Executive Producer in ETV Network before setting out to be an Independent filmmaker/script writer. He has directed several shorts/documentaries for the Government, NGOs and others. He also teaches Media Marketing and Film Promotion at MBA Institutions.
Short Film Corner is where independent short filmmakers like me can interact with various distributors. SFC provides the ideal venue for me to pitch my film to buyers and also my future projects.

"E Taxi" was also selected for 2015 Cannes 2015 Short Film Corner
Short film Corner Instituted in 2004 by the Festival de Cannes, the Short Film Corner (SFC) is the essential rendezvous, networking
venue for short and documentary filmmakers to screen their films and take decisive steps for their future careers.
The Short Film Corner offers each filmmaker a tailor-made programme of industry meets, workshops and conferences that deal with strategic issues. The filmmakers benefit from all the advantages of being an accredited attendee, from being able to access the Marché du Film exhibitors or those in the Village International. They also are able to network with all the biggest industry players: institutions, financiers and the most important international reps in the film

Friday, July 3, 2015

Asian Cinema Fund (ACF)

Three India projects selected

Total selection: 24 projects: 17 Asian projects: 7 Korean projects

India features with three major projects out of a total of 384 projects submitted over the past three months in three ACF categories:

*Script Development Fund
*Post-Production Fund
*Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

The applicants were from Southwest Asia, China, Middle Asia and the Middle East. 

* ACF2015 Post-Production Fund
(6 Projects: 2 from Asia, 3 from Korea, 1 from Biennale College-Cinema) 

Selected from India  Director Bhaskar Hazarika’s Kothanodi, a fable on Indian Assam women

Hazarika will receive post-production services that include Digital Intermediate (DI), Sound Mixing, and Digital Cinema Package (DCP) from quality Korean studios. Starting this year, projects will receive English subtitle spotting services from a new subtitling company KUMTLE along with cooperation from the Korean Film Council, CJ Powercast, SEBANG SDL, Digital Studio 2L, The Color, Studio SH, Wavelab STD, PLUSGAIN, and Forestt Studio of China.

* ACF2015 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
(13 Projects:  9 from Asia, 4 from Korea) 

Selected from  India

Anurag Singh’s   For  Our  Collective Conscience

Shashwati Talukdar/ Cheryl Hess’Marriage Cop


The AND Fund is supported by Youngsan University, Dongseo University, Busan Bank, and BIFF Mecenat.

The AND Fund Asian Project Cash Grant offers  KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 10,000) for Marriage Cop

KRW 5,000,000 (approx. USD 5,000) for Our Collective Conscience


20th Busan International Film Festival,  October 1 to 10, 2015

The Asian Film Market, October 3 to 6, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Call for Entries

4th Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival-2015

Short Films | Documentaries | Animations | Music Videos | Screenplays

Entry Deadline: 11 July 2015

Submit your entry
Festival Date: 02 Aug 2015
Key Highlights:
Film Screenings | Film Market | Screenplay incubation | Master Classes | Networking

Tel: +91 120-4129059 | +91 9582320467 |

Film India Worldwide's latest news - Shorts/Documentaries

Congratulations, Suresh Eriyat
... on being the first Indian to win the Annecy Cristal Award

SureshFrance's prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival, which ended on June 20,  for the first time awarded an Indian film its top award. The Annecy Cristal was given to Bangalore-based Suresh Eriyat for his short animated film, “Fateline”. 
Eriyat says "This is my 7th film that  has been nominated in the official selection of Annecy over the last ten years of  particpation!". “Fateline” is produced under the director's own banner, Eeksaurus Productions, for Rotary International. The film is about a child  labourer who is adamant to break free from the clutches that hold him down.
"Fateline" is part of a  three-series film campaign that  Eriyat produced and directed for Rotary India in association with JWT, Kolkata. The first  was called ‘Lifeline’ intended to create Polio eradication awareness. The second was ‘Heartline',  to create awareness for the free heart surgeries that Rotary provides for needy children. The third and the final one is "Fateline" intended to create awareness about the ten thousand free E-learning facilities that Rotary is organising for the children of India.

Here is the film link Rotary Fateline

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival is one of the four international animated film festivals sponsored by the Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (or ASIFA, the International Animated Film Association). The festival is a competition between cartoon films of various techniques (animated drawings, cut-out papers, modeling clay, etc.) classified in various categories:

* Feature films   *Short films  *Films produced for television and advertising
*Student films  *Films made for the internet (since 2002)