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

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.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

                                    Film India Worldwide
                                     congratulates the makers of
                 'Haider', 'Margarita with a Straw' and 'Court'

                   28th Tokyo International Film Festival
                                                       October 22 to October 31, 2015

In 2014, the Tokyo International Film Festival became a partner of the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA),  along with the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Busan International Film Festival, to promote develop and enrich Asian Cinema.  

The AFAA, in 2007, introduced the Asian Film Awards to highlight the best in Asian cinema to the world and  promote Asian film culture both regionally and internationally.

The nominees for the 2015 Asian Film Awards were announced by the Tokyo International Film Festival at a press conference held on February 25, 2015. 

Still from 'Haider'
42 films from 8 countries and regions received a total 74 nominations.
From India, Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider has received four nominations, in the categories of Best Film,  Best Director, Best Production Designer (Subrat Chakraborty and Amit Ray) and Tabassum Hashmi  (Tabu) for Best Supporting Actress. Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court has been nominated for Best Screenwriter. Shonali Bose’s Margarita with a Straw has received two nominations, one for Best Composer (Mikey Mccleary) and the second is Kalki  Koechlin for Best Actress.

Still from 'Margarita with a Straw'
In a parallel announcement, the AFAA revealed that internationally acclaimed film director and producer Ms. Mabel Cheung Yuen-ting is this year’s AFA Jury President, while established leading man Mr. Aaron Kwok Fu-shing will serve as a Celebrity Jury member.
Still from 'Court'

Please find the links for the Nomination List 
and further information.

Call for Entry!

December 5 to 10, 2015
  • Entries are now open and you may submit your films.
  • Please make sure that they are 2014 or 2015 works from and about India.
  • Deadline for entries is 15 September 2015: films need to reach the festival office within that date.
  • You may fill in the online entry form and get more details about the festival from  this link:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

For Filmmakers working in Animation !

Looking for brilliant animation 
for Le MIAFF - 
Montreal International Film Festival

Dear friends 

Le MIAFF, a partner is now calling for animation.  LATE late deadline is March 2, exclusive extended deadline is March 6.   

Le MIAFF! is  a showcase for animators and animation producers to showcase and market their works supporting animation film works for cinema, television and industry conference for animation technology and digital arts as the prime focus.
Animation narrows the divide between media and medium. Animation the medium harnessed by the  global community of filmmakers, special effect masters, artists and programmers who converge in MontrealApril 16-19, 2015.
Le MIAFF!  screens feature, documentary, experimental and short film through a film festival and special programs. Based in the city of Montreal, Quebec Canada, an international hub for animation for film and television, technology and industry.
Le MIAFF! will host lively panels discussions, a co-production market and surprise events. With feature animation film and industry conference highlighting the latest trends in animation, discover animation films and industry events for the professional and academic community.

To unite and converge animation film,  gaming, digital arts and related industries in the vibrant international city of Montreal Canada.
ANIMAZE DAZE [ˈanəˌmāz] is an industry event, co-production conference and educational forum hosting a series of panels and networking events and master classes connecting animation experts, producers and the curious from Quebec and around the world.
OBJECTIVES To benchmark and spread best practice.
Keynotes from industry luminaries, lively panels discussions, conferences, co-production market, to incubate new ideas, projects and talent for industry and the general public.
GUIDELINES: Completion date after 2013
ANIMAZE is a competitive festival including an Audience Award 5 selected Prizes and a Student Film Competition
FEATURE FILM 60 + mins
Open to all genres. Theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies of all types of animation are included.
Open to all genres – 59 minutes max.
EXPERIMENTAL – 60 minutes max.
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ANIMAZE initiates a national student film contest from the top animation schools in Quebec and the rest of Canada as school vs. school. Each academic program chooses films from their enrolled students. Prizes and awards.
Animation Contest – Theme: Spring in Montreal
An international call to animators of all ages the Open Call contest for professionals and amateurs. ANIMAZE wants to provide as much visibility to all talent to as broad an audience as possible. The juried nominees will be screened to a massive audience in Montreal and online partner resources.
  • Audience Choice Award
  • Best Feature Animation
  • Best Short
  • Best Experimental
  • Best Student Film
Awards include Animation software by TOON BOOM Festival distribution package by promoting winners around the world. 
*ANIMAZE is a registered non-profit organization