Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mexican Platform and RivieraLAB 

Outstanding as an event that encourages national film distribution, as well as national and international film production, the Riviera Maya Film Festival 2015 proudly informs that filmmakers and producers have delivered an exceptional response to the Mexican Platform and RivieraLAB calls, receiving 231 entries from more than 20 countries.

RMFF deeply thanks the filmmakers who have sent their projects. The selection of projects to be presented at the fourth Edition of the Festival, taking place on April 23 to 29,  will be published on March the 6th.

For the Mexican Platform competition 45 national projects were submitted. 12 among those projects will be selected to take part of a contemporary Mexican film exhibit that represent the trends of the national film industry. These films will enter the competition to obtain the two Kukulkán Awards and one Youth Jury Award, altogether endowed with 700 thousand pesos.

RivieraLab, our project creation laboratory has received 182 projects from various countries, entering two sections, RivieraLab/Work in Progress and RivieraLab /Coproduction Forum. Among those, 17 will be chosen. Creators will join the Festival to exhibit their work and to compete for 3 awards endowed altogether with 600 thousand pesos.

Thanks to the plentiful participation obtained, the Riviera Maya Film Festival endorses its commitment to encourage national film distribution as well as national and international filmmaking.

Cinema du reel is an international documentary film festival that will take place in Centre Pompidou from March 19 to 29.
This year, for its 37th edition, and two years after receiving Anand Patwardhan one of the mainprograms is dedicated to AMIT DUTTA. 

AMIT DUTTA: Through the looking glass
> 12 films, 2 world premiere: PURNA / APURNA (Finished/Unfinished, The Rock-Cut Temples of Masrur) and EVEN RED CAN BE SAD.
Curated by Marie-Pierre Muller


AMIT DUTTA: Through the looking glass
A well-known figure of contemporary Indian cinema, Amit Dutta explores the expressive dimensions of cinema
as a time machine. He builds up a universe for the spectator where research feeds the imaginary, where the
arts, history and mythology form part of landscapes and gestures and where knowledge enchants reality.
> 12 films, 2 world premiere: PURNA / APURNA (Finished/Unfinished, The Rock-Cut Temples of Masrur) and
> Meeting: Amit Dutta, cinema is research. Hosted by Marie-Pierre Muller // Sunday, March 29 / C2 / 6:15pm

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hamptons International Film Festival Newsletter

Filmmakers, your moment has arrived! We are now accepting submissions through Withoutabox for narrative features, documentaries, shorts of all kinds, and student films for the 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival (October 8-12). Find deadlines and learn more about the process here.
HIFF is an intimate showcase for films that express fresh voices and differing perspectives, entertaining audiences and providing invaluable exposure for filmmakers. With cash and in-kind prizes valued at more than $165,000, HIFF continues to support the artists that create some of the year's best films.
Be a part of HIFF. Submit your film today!
The East Hampton Star​ rounds up all the HIFF 2014 winners at this year's Academy​ Awards, including Julianne Moore​ for Best Actress, J. K. Simmons​ for Best Supporting Actor, and Birdman​ for Best Picture, just to name a few. Congratulations to all the nominees and honorees! 

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Chaitanya Tamhane's “Court”
selected to screen to screen at the
 44th New Directors/ New Films
March 19 -29

            The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced  the complete lineup for the 44th New Directors/New Films (ND/NF), March 18-29.
             Since 1972, the festival has been an annual rite of early spring in New York City, bringing exciting discoveries from around the world to adventurous moviegoers. All aspects of cinema, from production to exhibition, have changed dramatically over the years, but the spirit of innovation and the element of surprise that have always defined this festival remain intact. Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, this year’s festival will screen 26 international features and 16 short films.

Chief Curator of Film at The Museum of Modern Art, Rajendra Roy, said: “If I had to boil down the aspirations of New Directors/New Films to one word, it would be ‘unexpected.’ Familiarity is great when you spend an evening at a multiplex with a bucket of popcorn to watch your favorite superhero, but allowing yourself the freedom to engage with the unfamiliar is what this festival is all about.”

“The wonderful thing about a festival like New Directors/New Films is that, by definition, it renews itself every year,” said Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Director of Programming Dennis Lim. “We’re very excited about this lineup, which showcases the many forms that cinematic innovation can take. I think it also introduces New York audiences to some very distinctive voices, new and emerging auteurs who will be at the forefront of the art form in the years to come.”

The 2015 lineup stands out in many ways, but what is particularly exciting is a unifying sense of unconventional storytelling through visual experimentation and inventive dialogue (or a lack thereof). Whether told in sign language without subtitles (
The Tribe), through beautifully shot landscapes and imagery shot on 16mm (Theeb, Mercuriales, Fort Buchanan, Tired Moonlight, and Christmas, Again) or visually arresting imagery on 35mm (in low-contrast black and white in Tu dors Nicole), the integrity and importance of the story remains paramount.

The New Directors/New Films selection committee is made up of members from both presenting organizations: from The Museum of Modern Art, Jytte Jensen, Rajendra Roy, and Joshua Siegel; and from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Dennis Lim, Marian Masone, and Gavin Smith.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Manish Mundra's Ddrishyam/Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab, 2015 

Call for submissions for the first edition

Manish Mundra’s film production company, Drishyam, in partnership with Sundance Institute, 
is organising Dhrishyam – Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab 2015,  to be held in Goa.
The Lab is inviting applications as a part of its Open Submission Process. The deadline for submission of scripts is March 5, 2015.

The Lab is for filmmakers making their first or second narrative feature; we will consider co-writers, writer/directors, or writer/director teams, and the scripts should be independent in terms of story and spirit and also in terms of budget.

The Drishyam Sundance Screenwriters Lab will provide an opportunity for writers to develop their work under the guidance of accomplished international advisors in an environment that encourages storytelling at the highest level.

In order to apply, filmmakers must submit a complete draft of a screenplay as well as supporting materials (cover letter, artistic statement, bio, synopsis, and directing sample if applicable).  Interest and inquires should be directed to drishyamsundancelab@sundance.org

Srinivasan Narayanan, the former Festival Director of Mumbai Film Festival, MAMI who will be heading this initiative says, “With our rich tradition of storytelling, the effort is to hone the skills, open new perspectives in narration and usher in the international idiom in film making to our own tales. The goal is to help Indian films and film makers to find their rightful place in the global space.”

Manish Mundra, chairman of Drishyam, says, “The idea behind Drishyam’s collaboration with the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in India, is to promote and nurture the new breed of young and talented writers and directors and give them an opportunity to be mentored by the finest International filmmakers. “

“The lab will be very beneficial for Indian Cinema in the long run. It goes well with our idea of promoting content driven cinema. Films like Margarita with A Straw, Umrika and Masaan have come out of Sundance Screenwriters Lab.”

About Sundance Institute
Sundance Institute is a global nonprofit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981.Through its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, composers and playwrights, the Institute seeks to discover and support independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to inform, inspire, and unite diverse populations around the globe.

Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Son of Babylon, Umrika, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, I Am My Own Wife, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America.
About Drishyam
Drishyam is a company established by Manish Mundra, which is focused on actively working towards contributing to the development of Indian independent cinema. The company has already invested in films that are being recognised internationally, and is in the process of finalizing more projects for the upcoming year. The journey started with the film Ankhon Dekhi directed by Rajat Kapoor. The film was one of the best-reviewed films in India in 2014 and was critically acclaimed for its simplicity, philosophy, ensemble cast and acting. The two projects that followed Ankhon Dekhi won great accolades as well - Umrika, directed by Prasant Nair won the Audience Choice Award at Sundance Film Festival 2015 and Dhanak directed by Nagesh Kuknoor won the Grand Prix award and Crystal Bear Special Mention at Berlinale 2015 – Generation Kplus. Committed to its cause of developing and nurturing film talent in India, the company has also partnered with the Sundance Institute to set up a Screenwriters' Lab in India.