Friday, December 30, 2011

From Film India Worldwide’s latest December issue …

The latest issue of Film India Worldwide highlights the 16th International Film festival of Kerala held in Thiruvananthapuram over December 9 to 16. What follows below is one of the articles in this special year-end issue of Film India Worldwide.
As we enter 2012 we urge you to consider subscribing to Film India Worldwide. This quarterly magazine brings you the latest news and happenings in the Indian film scene, both in India and abroad. The magazine lists recent and under production films made in India or films that connect with India. It also covers Indian films that have been selected in film festivals all over the world. The cost is Rs 400 for four issues, starting with the next issue that comes out in February.


"Fortnight at Busan Fest?" - "Life Changing!"

By Ridhesh Sejpal

A casual conversation over coffee with a fellow participant at IFFI 2010 made Ridhesh Sejpal aware of one of the best-kept secrets of the Busan International Film Festival. Its Asian Film Academy is one of the world’s biggest talent boot camp, which intends to foster young talent in Asia and create a filmmakers network among the attendees

I was inspired to be a part of Busan's Asian Film Academy. Going quickly through the website, I was amazed to see world renowned directors such as Abbas Kiarostami (Iran), Im Kwon-taek (Korea) and Kurosawa Kiyoshi (Japan) as respective deans over previous years.

The meticulous selection process in the first round required credentials, a filmography and an essay. The second round consisted of a telephonic interview with select applicants.

After an impatient wait of close to a month, I got the acceptance confirmation! It was gratifying to learn that I was among the two Indians selected from 144 applications across 21 Asian countries.

I felt exhilarated seeing the opportunity that lay ahead, spending 17 unforgettable days in South Korea making a short film with 23 other select Fellows from all corners of Asia. This year’s Dean was the father of modern Polish Cinema, Krzysztof Zanussi, the first Non-Asian Dean for AFA. Heading the direction faculty was India’s Camera O’dor winner, Murali Nair. Johnny Jensen (USA) with his 45 years of experience headed the Cinematography Department. Assisting them were production supervisors, the best in their respective fields.

The Fellows were divided into two teams numbering 12 each. Each member was given his/ her individual role. I was in the Direction team.

The program started on September 29. Our script was finalized during the online preparations, so we went straight into a six-day pre-production. We had ample options for our locations, and the best actors to choose from the Korean industry.

Making call sheets till 3 am in the morning and waking up at 6 am for rehearsals was exhausting but worthwhile. What made it unique was the chance to collaborate with other young Asian filmmakers under the supervision and wisdom of world-class mentors.

With thorough pre-production and solid preparation, we got into production. We shot on 35mm Digital and were provided with the best technical resources. The shoot lasted for three rigorous, exciting days. What followed was post-production over the next four days.

While editing, we managed to attend other events such as filmmaking workshops, films playing at the Busan Film Festival, networking parties and master classes by renowned filmmakers such as Luc Besson,Lee Chang Dong, Shunji Iwai and Yonfan.

What was special was our visit to the film pitching sessions at the Asian Film Market, which included introductions to investors at the festival’s Asian Cinema Fund.

Our 17-day program culminated at a graduation ceremony on October 13. Our films were shown to the public at the Busan Film Festival. Walking the red carpet in front of thousands and seeing our arduous work transform into a movie on the big screen was an experience no words can explain. There was also an award for the “Best Fellow” in each team. The AFA staff and mentors chose me from my team for this award, for which I received USD 5000 for my next project. A proud moment for me!

My experience at AFA is by far the best in my entire career. It has made me more confident about the path I have chosen. Apart from the practical experience, what I took back with me are the priceless moments I spent with my fellow filmmakers. Those endless pre-production meetings, night-long conversations, ardent arguments over cinema, will remain with me always. It has helped me rediscover myself. It will have a profound effect on everything I do, here on.

Ridhesh Sejpal is a filmmaker from Mumbai. He runs a film production company called Wise Guy Entertainment.

Monday, December 26, 2011

From Film India Worldwide’s latest December issue …

The latest issue of Film India Worldwide highlights the 16th International Film festival of Kerala held in Thiruvananthapuram over December 9 to 16. What follows below is one of the articles in this special year-end issue of Film India Worldwide.
As we enter 2012 we urge you to consider subscribing to Film India Worldwide. This quarterly magazine brings you the latest news and happenings in the Indian film scene, both in India and abroad. The magazine lists recent and under production films made in India or films that connect with India. It also covers Indian films that have been selected in film festivals all over the world. The cost is Rs 400 for four issues, starting with the next issue that comes out in February.


The power of hype

by Saibal Chatterjee

The past two months have represented a phase of great expectations for the Mumbai movie industry. Two big budget releases, Ra.One and Rockstar, arrived at the multiplexes amid much fanfare within weeks of one another. Both made big bucks, but little else. They failed to whet the appetite of the discerning movie buff.

However, Ra.One and Rockstar demonstrated yet again what star power can achieve when backed by a strong and aggressive publicity arsenal. It is pretty clear: the name of the game today is hype and hoopla.

The superstar is still undisputed king. He is probably a bigger force than ever before. And the poor old screenplay continues to be a largely neglected commodity. When packaging overshadows substance, what you get is a film like Ra.One.

When the fortunes of a film are driven by the redoubtable Shah Rukh Khan, everything else falls into place even if the end result falls well short of expectations.

Rockstar, essentially a different kettle of fish, was spearheaded by the youthful Ranbir Kapoor, a Gen-X heart-throb with a fan following that borders on the hysterical. So a bare minimum buzz was guaranteed.

The nature and substance of the publicity blitzkrieg that is mounted when a big budget Mumbai movie is set to hit the screen have undergone a massive transformation in recent years. The spin doctors behind the big Bollywood films never seem to be short of ideas. And with a pliable media ever willing to lap up everything that glitters, life is a cakewalk for a wannabe blockbuster.

The movie-going masses were, in a way, prepared for the all the media sound and fury that preceded the release of the most expensive Hindi film ever made, Ra.One, an actionpacked sci-fi thriller directed by Anubhav Sinha and produced by Shah Rukh Khan himself.

The film promised to take Hindi cinema to “the next level”. Understandably, given SRK’s undeniable box-office draw, Ra.One had a bumper opening. But this overlong, brazenly derivative and rather monotonous video game masquerading as a movie, began to lose steam by the second week. By the third week, it was just another also-ran in a crowded entertainment market.

Yet, Ra.One was never going to be in the red. In fact, it made pots of money. Even before it arrived at the theatres, SRK’s production house had mopped up enough from the sale of the music and other pre-release rights to cover the film’s `160-crore budget.

In Bollywood, superstars are indeed superheroes, and the laws that govern the lesser mortals of the industry do not quite apply to them. Ra.One is proof that SRK does not need to deliver a high-quality product to make a big budget cinematic venture commercially viable. The right promotional strategy, a release date of choice and a crowd-pleasing item number – Ra.One has the peppy Chammak Challo with Kareena Kapoor gyrating to the tune of a cybernetic avatar of the male protagonist, to make the concoction work.

It did not really matter that SRK’s magnum opus garnered mixed reviews and an average response at the box-office. It was a winner all the way.

As was Imtiaz Ali’s musical love story, Rockstar. It was certainly not as vacuous and most definitely not as expensive as Ra.One. Its producers pulled out all the stops to promote the film among its target audience.

Accompanied by lead actor Ranbir Kapoor and debutante Nargis Fakhri, the Rockstar director went from one college campus to another to whip up a buzz for Rockstar. He succeeded.

Rockstar rocked at the box-office in the opening week. Critics were effusive about Ranbir Kapoor’s performance as a simple-minded Delhi Jat boy who aspires to emulate his idol, Jim Morrison. Some went to the extent of describing it as Kapoor’s best star turn to date.

Rockstar is an intense love story inspired by a line from Rumi. “Out beyond the ideas of right and wrong, there is a field/I will meet you there,”the poet had intoned. Imtiaz Ali uses that evocative line as his starting point. Sadly, Rockstar does not have the instant transcendental quality of Sufi poetry to raise it above the mundane level of a Bollywood love story. The film is unconventional in parts all right, but it is rather low on substance to be able to support its lofty aspirations.

Much the same could be said of widely feted character actor Pankaj Kapur’s directorial debut, Mausam. Another languid love story that spans a decade and more, the film is too long for its own good. Despite its many obvious merits, Mausam was dumped rather unceremoniously by movie-goers.

Many other promising titles fell by the wayside for want of either intrinsic quality or sufficient promotional support. Nagesh Kukunoor’s Mod, Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, Sagar Ballary’s Hum Tum Shabana and Nishikant Kamat’s Force flattered to deceive. So there rests our case: you don’t stand a chance in hell without a superhero or a Rockstar on your side.

Saibal Chatterjee is a film analyst based in Delhi

Saturday, December 24, 2011

From Film India Worldwide’s latest December issue …

The latest issue of Film India Worldwide highlights the 16th International Film festival of India held in Thiruvananthapuram over December 9 to 16. What follows below is one of the articles in this special year-end issue of Film India Worldwide.

As we enter 2012 we urge you to consider subscribing to Film India Worldwide. This quarterly magazine brings you the latest news and happenings in the Indian film scene, both in India and abroad. The magazine lists recent and under production films made in India or films that connect with India. It also covers Indian films that have been selected in film festivals all over the world. The cost is Rs 400 for four issues, starting with the next issue that comes out in February.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Venice screenwriters lab
by Sharat Kataria

Six days in Venice. All paid for. All for writing a script. Things looked swell when Leena Khobragade (Manager, NFDC) called to say that my script, 'Dum Laga Ke' (working title, The Weighting Game) was selected for the Screenwriters Lab organized by NFDC in co-operation with Binger’s Script Lab, Amsterdam. Plans were made to catch George Clooney, Monica Belluci, Matt Damon and many more with their films that were to screen at the Venice film festival. But Martin Roberts (Artistic Director, Binger Filmlab) and Olivia Stewart (Script Advisor, Binger Filmlab) had other plans for us.

It turned out to be a high-intensity close-knit workshop regulated by various mentors. The packed schedule started with an interesting ice-breaker where each of the six participants introduced themselves vis-à-vis their scripts. It was wonderful how we got to know one another instantly through our work. From psychological thrillers to romantic comedies to semi-autobiographical narratives, we were a mixed bag, indeed. It was refreshing to share completely different styles and stories.

One-on-one sessions with individual mentors followed next.

My first session was with Urmi Juvekar

(Writer of Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and I Am). I had earlier met her at the airport, travelling Mumbai to Venice. We had time to kill before boarding. When I asked her what she thought of my script, hoping that with that, I could put my hours in Venice to better use, she refused to comment. Nor was she amused. Later, it was her no-nonsense attitude that I started truly appreciating. The footnotes she meticulously scribbled on every page took its toll on me initially. She questioned every emotion till it was as clear on paper as it was in my head. Over the next two days, over coffee, we agreed to disagree on many screenplay issues. Before I moved to my next mentor, Urmi left me with interesting pointers on how to choose my words carefully and follow the emotional graph of characters with consistency.

My next session was both an eye opener and a confidence booster. Bianca Taal (Industry advisor, Binger Filmlab), first briefed us on how to pitch scripts to prospective studios and producers. Then a game followed, when we got ten minutes each to hard-sell ourselves and our scripts. It felt like a speed dating exercise.

After our first mock pitch, we met again to discuss the project in detail. Unlike pitches back in Mumbai, Bianca was warm and attentive. No instant messages on her ipad, no signs of boredom on the horizon. This of course was only a precurser to the real pitch during the Film Bazaar in Goa during IFFI.

The last session, slightly rushed, was the one we looked forward to the most. It was with Massimo Gaudioso, co-writer of the highly acclaimed Gomorra, Primo Amore and Benvenuti al sud, among others. We exchanged notes on just about everything - from the art of writing classic comedies to the craft in penning their remakes. We connected most on our love for comedies and creating simple moments of joy in a screenplay. I was happy that he appreciated the finer nuances of my script in spite of my half-baked narration.

All in all, it was a very hectic workshop, morning to evening without a break. We had less time and a lot to discuss. The good part of the workshop was that I know more about my story and characters now. The sad part is that the script still needs working on …

Kataria works as a screenwriter/filmmaker in Mumbai. He has written the scripts for films like Bheja Fry 1 and 2, Fruit and Nut, Hum Tum Shabana and Phillum City. His directorial venture 10ml Love, an adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will release in 2012.

Friday, December 23, 2011

PSBT Celebrating A Decade of Broadcasting


Now is the time to subscribe to Film India Worldwide

As we enter 2012 we urge you to consider subscribing to Film India Worldwide. This quarterly magazine brings you the latest news and happenings in the Indian film scene, both in India and abroad. The magazine lists recent and under production films made in India or films that connect with India. It also covers Indian films that have been selected in film festivals all over the world. The cost is Rs 400 for four issues, starting with the next issue that comes out in February.

The latest issue of Film India Worldwide highlights the 16th International Film festival of India held in Thiruvananthapuram over December 9 to 16. What follows below is one of the articles in this special year-end issue of Film India Worldwide.


PSBT Celebrating A Decade of Broadcasting

The past decade has witnessed the growth of a unique non-governmental organisation in the field of documentary filmmaking, one that holds ‘public service’ as its motivating talisman. During this period, it has already commissioned and supported 480 films created by 350 independent filmmakers. In doing so, PSBT (Public Service Broadcasting Trust) has rendered yeoman service to the cause of socially and culturally relevant entertainment, sorely needed at a time when space and funds for it continue to shrink.

Public broadcasting in India existed much before PSBT came into being, but what the organisation has successfully contributed is a nuanced approach towards creating accurate, impartial, good quality content. By encouraging independent filmmakers to focus on a host of socio-cultural issues that are not addressed adequately by mainstream media, PSBT has, in the words of its Managing Trustee, Rajiv Mehrotra, attempted to “create and sustain an independent, participatory, pluralistic and democratic space in the non-print media”.

That PSBT’s efforts have been invaluable in the creation of such a space in India is evident from the films it produces year after year, with an extensive breadth and range of concerns. Freedom, diversity, democracy, gender, sexuality, ecology, urbanisation, globalisation and so on – all topical concerns in the dynamic reality of today’s India – have informed the choice of theme and context in PSBT’s films. In dealing with these issues, a sensitive, empathetic perspective prevails, honed in part by the mentoring PSBT provides.

Creating meaningful and thought-provoking films, though not its sole activity, forms a major part of PSBT’s function. Once or twice every year, filmmakers are invited to submit proposals in keeping with a ‘commissioning brief’ that articulates an immediate or pressing concern. Proposals received are circulated among PSBT’s trustees and filmmakers who make it to the short list and are asked to provide a more comprehensive proposal, including ‘pitching’ the idea directly to the trustees.

Once the film is commissioned, PSBT acts not only as a funding agency but also as a mentor. Feedback is provided at every stage, and peers are invited to evaluate rough cuts, contributing professional guidance. During this process, PSBT remains committed to the independence of the filmmakers. While offering suggestions, it ensures the film remains the filmmaker’s articulation and responsibility, no mean achievement as it strives to negotiate the space between commercial television on the one hand and state managed television on the other.

‘Open Frame’, which has become synonymous with PSBT, is the series title of all the films it produces, as well as being the name of its annual festival and forum. Over the years, the festival has evolved into a dynamic hotspot for new ideas, impassioned discussions, and workshops that impart skills crucial to the craft of filmmaking. Open Frame is supported by the Goethe Institute, Movies that Matter Foundation, UNESCO, British Council, Prasar Bharati, INPUT (International Public Television), India Habitat Centre and India International Centre.

PSBT films travel across the country and internationally, with one out of every ten films winning an award. In addition, every PSBT-produced film is assured broadcast on Doordarshan, through which it potentially reaches six million viewers around the country. In this sense, PSBT has been able to utilise the vast potential of the state broadcaster, using its phenomenal reach in the interest of disseminating well-made, meaningful content.

Rajiv Mehrotra sees this partnership, between the state-run broadcaster and independent filmmakers, as being imperative at a time when there is an omnipresent nexus between business, advertising and mainstream media, and also because of the neglect public broadcasting has suffered. “Public television fulfils its role and justifies the use of public money only when it delivers quality content that meets the real, felt needs for information and entertainment,” he says. “Where public money funds public television, as in India, it becomes a greater imperative to create an independent, autonomous structure that reassures audiences of the credibility of their information.”

If we wish for a vibrant democracy that allows for a multitude of voices to sing their individual songs, where minorities are adequately represented, and where the marginalised can still hope for equal participation in the life of the nation, the work of organisations like PSBT needs to be facilitated as well as felicitated.


Swati Chopra is a writer and editor. Her most recent book is Women Awakened: Stories of Contemporary Spirituality in India (HarperCollins, 2011) <>

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Film India Worldwide salutes the 16th International Film Festival of Kerala.

The special issue of Film India Worldwide, with its cover story on the 16th International Film Festival of Kerala, is now ready.

This issue highlights the India-related films being screened at the 2011 Kerala film festival which was held December 9 to 16 in Trivandrum. In addition, this issue also lists Indian films screened at other leading festivals in the last quarter of 2011. It then covers close to 70 films in different genres (debut, art-house, films made outside of India that relate to India, Bollywood films, and films from the Subcontinent - Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burma) that are new and/or in the final stages of production. The issue has articles as well on the latest news and happenings in the Indian film scene, both in India and abroad.

We give below one of the articles in this special year-end issue of Film India Worldwide.


India Welcomes WIFT

By Shweta Chawla

WIFT India has become the 45th chapter to join the international platform of Women in Film & Television. Petrina D’Rozario is its Founder President

India through Women In Film & Television Association (WIFT) will, for the first time, be profiling the work force of women employed in various areas of film and television and other screen-based media. With that, its centralised database will help filmmakers connect with each other.

The WIFT India Chapter, as part of the WIFT International network, is committed to support the work of women filmmakers worldwide. It will do so by increasing their presence at international film festivals and creating opportunities for screening films globally. WIFT will be a not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to provide a dynamic global platform to facilitate the exchange of ideas, create opportunities and recognise the achievements of women in film, television and other screen-based media.

Founder/President of WIFT India, Petrina D’Rozario, was determined to form a WIFT chapter in India after she had witnessed the work that WIFT did on a global platform through networking, learning opportunities, scholarships, mentorships, internships, job opportunities, presence at international film festivals, as well as helping women who aspire to work in the film and TV industry.

With the support of Uma da Cunha, Dimple Verma, Riddhi Wallia and an Advisory Board comprising Anupama Chopra (Journalist, Film Critic), Ashvini Yarde (Head of Programming, Colors,

GEC), Ashni Parekh (Entertainment Lawyer), Jeroo Mulla (HOD, Social Media, Sophia Polytech College), Kiran Rao (Producer, Director), Paromita Vohra (Documentary Director, Writer), Sooni Taraporevala (Screenplay Writer, Director/Producer), Vandana Malik (Executive Director, Network 18) and Madhusree Dutta (National award-winning Documentary Director), WIFT India has become the 45th chapter to join the international platform of Women in Film & Television.

“Having been part of the WIFT New Zealand chapter, I have experienced the importance of a support system that helps newcomers to the film industry. This platform already existed but we needed to become part of that global support system. I approached the chairperson to set up an India chapter. I believe that WIFT is a gateway to global networking opportunities and interacting with leading professionals from the industry through activities like workshops, seminars, screenings and exchange programmes," says Petrina D’Rozario, Producer.

Recently, the short film Green Bangles, written and directed by Archana Shinde, was submitted by WIFT Mumbai for the Showcase 2012 organised by WIFT International. It has been selected for screening across 44 chapters worldwide.

On a 10-member jury team of the Indian Panorama for the International Film Festival of India, this year, five were women. At the 13th Mumbai Film Festival, the competition section featured 14 films of first-time film directors and of these, six were by women. Last year, this festival had an all-women international jury. These facts are a true indication of the rapid growth in the number of women in film and television in India today, compared to only a decade ago.

Memberships open in March 2012

Students ` 500, Professionals Rs 1000 annually, Facebook WIFT MUMBAI


“Women are seen in increasing numbers contributing to the medium’s growth and creativity. With the India Women in Film & Television chapter, this work force will have a platform to establish and enhance its professional presence." - Uma da Cunha, Editor, Film India Worldwide

“I'm delighted to know that WIFT has a Mumbai chapter now! It's a brilliant initiative and one that has tremendous potential to make the multifarious, fertile and inventive female voice be heard out loud.” - Loveleen Tandan, Co-director, Slumdog Millionaire

“Mumbai’s emerging chapter can benefit from these platforms by bringing the work of women filmmakers from India to the forefront of our international programs. WIFTI members worldwide embrace this new addition to our WIFTI network at upcoming film festivals and international events.” - Kimberly Skryme, WIFTI Chairperson

“I am very happy to be a part of WIFT India, through which I hope we will be able to create a more level playing field for women in the world of film and television in India - a world which will certainly benefit from the greater participation and the perspective of women. Having always had fewer opportunities and limited exposure, through a community like WIFT, women can been couraged and supported to step out and follow their dreams. We hope to inspire young women to achieve their potential and build a strong network for them to grow and learn from, which in turn we hope will go a long way in resolving inequities and creating a more equal society.” - Kiran Rao, Producer/Director

“It is with the single objective of making this opportunity available to many more women, especially those living in the small towns and cities of our very vast country, that we have launched the WIFT chapter in India."- Vandana Malik, Executive Director, Network 18

“The number of women in the Hindi Film and Television Industry has increased greatly in the past decade. However, to my mind it's not nearly as large as it should be. If half were women, then we'd be talking! I think WIFT will help us reach that goal in a very big way."- Tanuja Chandra, Director

Shweta Chawla, a freelance journalist, is based in Mumbai

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Call for Entries

New York International Film Festival (NYIFF)  

The Longest  Running Independent Film Festival In NYC And LA.

Now Accepting Entries For Los Angeles, April 12th - 19th, 2012. 

Don't Miss The Early Bird Deadline. Lowest Submission Fees In Our 19 Year History! 

Dubbed by The Wall Street Journal as "THE INDEPENDENT ALTERNATIVE TO THE GRAND NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL," the NYIFF has been a major showcase for independent features, shorts, documentaries, music videos and animation in New York and Los Angeles since 1993.

The New York International Film Festival (NYIFF) in Los Angeles 2012 is now open and accepting entries (features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, animations, webisodes, TV pilots, screenplays, etc.) for our 2012 LA Festival. Festival dates: April 12th-19th, 2012. 

Festival screenings will take place exclusively at Raleigh Studios located at 5300 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038. 

Please click on the NYIFF Submission Form link below. Please follow the instructions and mail or email your entry as the deadline is quickly approaching. The  Early Bird Deadline is December 21st, 2011. If you are mailing your submission, it must be POSTMARKED by December 21st, 2011 OR you can submit INSTANTLY online.

Please let us know by replying to this email if you plan to submit for the "EARLY BIRD DEADLINE," so that we know to look out for your materials. 


You can access the NYIFF Submission Form on NYIFF's Official website:

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"A Novel Romance" (Steve Guttenberg, Shannon Elizabeth) film's international rights were acquired by New Film. All of this happened right after the picture premiered as the closing-night film of the NYIFF.|News|LatestNews

Saturday, December 17, 2011

8th Dubai International Film Festival Awards!

Two Indian Documentaries Score at 8th Dubai International Film Festival (December 7 to 14)


Directed by Anand Patwardhan

Winner of Muhr AsiaAfrica / Documentary /Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary – Special Mention :

India / 2011 / English, Hindi, Marathi dialouge with English subtitles / Colour / Digital File / 199 mins

Genre: Music Documentary

Cast & Credits

Director: Anand Patwardhan

Producer: Anand Patwardhan

Scriptwriter: Anand Patwardhan

Cinematographer: Anand Patwardhan, Simantini Dhuru

Editor: Anand Patwardhan

Composer: Vilas Ghogre

Synopsis :

Dalits have faced caste oppression in India for more than 2,000 years. In 1997 police opened fire on unarmed Dalits killing 10. Vilas Ghogre, a leftist poet and singer, hanged himself in protest. Shot over 14 years, the meticulous "Jai Bhim Comrade" follows the music and the tradition of reason that Vilas had been a part of.


Directed by Rohit Pandey

Winner of Muhr AsiaAfrica / Short /Muhr AsiaAfrica Shorts – Second Prize :Rohit Pandey (Director)

India / 2011 / Hindi dialouge with English subtitles / Colour / DigiBeta / 16 mins

Genre: Experimental, Fantasy, Mystery Surrealistic, Romance

Cast & Credits

Director: Rohit Pandey

Producer: Anurag Kashyap

Scriptwriter: Rohit Pandey

Cinematographer: Vidyut Singh Jaswal

Editor: Nitin Baid

Composer: Naozad Patel

Cast (in alphabetical order): Aditi Khanna, Nawazuddin Siddiqui


Violence in the city has changed its soul. At the border of the town, a man takes care of all the death around. One night, he notices a strange woman wandering through the empty streets. As her behaviour changes, so does his own journey.

16th International Film Festival of Kerala Awards!

Aditi Roy’s Abosheshey bags Netpac award

The Netpac Award for Best Asian Film shown at the 16th Kerala International Film Festival held December 9 to 16 was given to Aditi Roy’s debut film in Bengali, Abosheshey (At the end of it all).

Making its Asia premiere, Aditi Roy’s debut feature Abosheshey screens in competition at the 2011 IFFK. Earlier, it was in the Eurasia competition section at the 15th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. The film, in Bengali, is about the discovery of a woman by her son. Separated from his mother who chose a city over a relationship, brought up by his father who chose a career in a distant land over marital commitments, Soumyo’s return to Kolkata, his birthplace, was never a home coming. It was merely to close legal deals relating to an apartment after his mother’s death. Soumyo unwillingly steps into a world that was waiting for him for twenty years and gets drawn into it gradually. The pages of his mother’s diaries reveal her thoughts about him, her solitary spaces, about the city and its evolution and about the people she loved. One door after another opens for Soumyo as he gets to know the woman his mother was. It becomes a coming together of sorts, where the past and present intermingle to weave the story, where time shifts as space remains a constant and everyone is awaiting his return. The 121-minute film is shot in real locations in Kolkata, South Sikkim and San Francisco. Based on an original screenplay by Neel B Mitra, the cinematography is by Ranjan Palit. The exceptional cast includes Roopa Ganguly, Ankur Khanna, Raima Sen, Suman Mukhopadhya and Deepankar De. It is produced by Anil B Dev for Deb’s Entertainment House. After graduating in Political Science, Aditi opted for a masters in film studies and a diploma in Mass Communication from Jadabpur University, Kolkata. In 2006, she took a two years course in Direction from the Indo-Italian Institute, Roopkala Kendro. She has been independently making shorts, documentaries and corporate films.

The Malayalam film Adaminte Makan Abu (Abu, Son of Adam) directed by Salim Ahmed (which is India’s contender for next year’s Oscar) won two awards: Best Malayalam film and also the Hassankuty Award for the most promising debut film, instituted by Mira Nair, which carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000.

KIFF’s top award, the Suvarna Chakoram went to the Columbia-Panama film “Colours of the Mountain” directed by Carlos Cesar. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 15 lakhs. The Rajatha Chakoram (with a cash award of 4 lakhs, went to the Iranian film "Flamingo No 13" directed by Hamid Reza Aligholian. The festival’s award for best debut director went to Sebastian Heriat for the Mexcian film, "A Stone’s Throw Away". The award comes with a cash prize of 3 lakhs.

The Audience Award for the Best Competition film went to the Chilean film Painting Lesson by Pablo Perleman.

The international jury was headed by the Australian director Bruce Beresford. The other members of the Laurence Cavron, Jeffery Jeturian, Semih Kaplanoglu and Indian actor Rahul Bose

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Call for Entries – Comedies Invited!


If your film is a comedy, here’s a Festival for you!

22nd  African, Asian and Latin America Film Festival, Milano

March 19 to 25, 2012.

This edition’s programme will feature a thematic section on the funniest comedies from Africa, Asia and Latin America of recent production - selected with the collaboration of Italian comedians Gino and Michele from “Zelig“, the famous Italian tv programme of cabaret.

In its twenty-one years, the Festival had devoted only one retrospective to comedy in Africa, a genre that is not very present in African films. Today, with the advent all over Africa of a more popular cinema, produced and distributed in video, in the wake of the Nigerian phenomenon of Nollywood, the comic genre is beginning to develop as films of entertainment but also as sharp analysis and social catharsis. The genre is also enjoying great popular success in Asia and Latin America.

To give a voice to this new trend and also to give dignity to a genre that has always been ignored by film critics, the Festival has decided to create a section that presents the most hilarious and scathing comedies of recent film production in the three continents.

For this special section, please do send the screener of the most recent comedies produced or distributed (since 2010) for consideration. Enter the film(s), completing the entry form and send a DVD for the Selection Committee to the postal address as soon as possible.

Please also send the biography and filmography of the director and informative material on the film.

The Rules of the Festival and the entry form, can also be consulted and completed on the Festival’s Internet site:

For further information contact

Alessandra Speciale,  Tel: +39-02-6696258.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

33rd Durban International Film Festival

July 19 to 29, 2012


Supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), the National Film and Video Foundation, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism and other valued funders and partners, the festival will present over 200 screenings of films from around the world, with a special focus on films from South African and Africa. Screenings will take place throughout Durban including township areas where cinemas are non-existent.

The festival will also offer an extensive seminar and workshop programme featuring local and international filmmakers. 2012 will also see the return of Talent Campus Durban and the Durban FilmMart.

The festival calls for entries from around the world. Feature films, short films and documentaries are all welcome. The festival does have a competition component.

The deadline for entries is 16 March 2012 for short films and documentaries; 6 April 2012 for feature films. Early submissions are encouraged.

All submissions must be done via the Eventival online system - please create an account to submit.

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12th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF)

May 23-27, 2012, New York City

(formerly the MIAAC film festival in November changed to NYIFF in May)


For the oldest, most prestigious, spectacular film festival

Featuring films from the Indian Subcontinent!!!

Premier Indian Film Festival in the United States.

NYIFF is a once-a-year opportunity to experience 5 days of the rich and diverse film cultures of the Indian subcontinent through a mix of premiere film screenings, discussions, industry panels, red carpet galas, special events, nightly networking parties and an award ceremony.

NYIFF has premiered Slumdog Millionaire, The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding, Water, Bride & Prejudice, Ye Sali Zindagi, Gulaal, Well Done Abba, Raavana, Iti Mrinalini, Noukadubi, Shor, Japanese Wife, Tahaan, Baal Gandharva………

Submit your films

For further information please contact:

New York Indian Film Festival

Indo-American Arts Council

517East 87th Street, Suite 1B,

New York, NY 10128

Phone: 212 594 3685 Fax: 212 594 8476



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hamptons International Film Festival

The 12th Annual Screenwriter’s Lab is Now Open for Submissions

The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Screenwriters’ Lab, going into its 12th year, is an intimate gathering that takes place each Spring in East Hampton, New York (April 13 - 15, 2012). The Lab develops emerging screenwriting talent by pairing established writers & creative producers with up-and-coming screenwriters (chosen by HIFF in collaboration with key industry contacts). The mentors advise in a one-on-one creative laboratory setting while additional events bring the participants together with board members, sponsors, the local artistic community, and other friends of the festival. With scripts from past writers produced year after year, the Lab continues to be a safe and inspiring place for artists to find and hone their creative vision.

Recent mentors at the lab include Michael Cunningham (The Hours, Evening); James Vanderbilt (Zodiac); Mark Heyman (Black Swan); Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, Sugar, It’s Kind of a Funny Story); Billy Frolick (Madagascar); J.D. Zeik (Ronin); J. Robin Baitz (People I Know, The Substance of Fire); Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco); Ira Sachs (40 Shades of Blue, This Married Life); Jeff Sharp (Producer, You Can Count on Me, Evening); Maria Maggenti (The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love); Sabrina Dhawan (Monsoon Wedding, Cosmopolitan); Gregory Widen (Highlander, Backdraft); Mark Christopher (54); Maggie Greenwald (Songcatcher, Ballad of Little Jo); Lawrence Lasker (Sneakers, War Games); Chap Taylor (Changing Lanes, National Treasure); and Dylan Kidd (Roger Dodger, P.S.).

We seek a broad selection of screenplays addressing a wide subject matter. Additionally, in collaboration with The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s initiative in furthering the public understanding of science, we encourage writers to submit screenplays that explore science, technology, mathematics, invention, and engineering in fresh and innovative ways.

For more information, please visit

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Call for Entries - 58th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 26 April - 1 May 2012

Calling for entries for the 2012 competitions

The 58th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is now calling for entries for its competitions. In 2012, a record 44,000 euros of prize money will be distributed.

The new Promotional Prize of the Festival is the main cause of the increase in prize money at Oberhausen. For this prize, the festival will donate 10 cents per admission. With an average of almost 18,000 admissions per year, Oberhausen is expecting to award a sum of around 1,800 euros. In addition, the prize money in the International Children's and Youth Film Competition has increased from 2,000 to 3,000 euros and the Zonta Prize for a female filmmaker in the International or German Competition was raised from 500 to 1,000 euros.

Oberhausen organises five competitions: International, German, North Rhine-Westphalian, International Children's and Youth Films and the MuVi Award for the best German Music Video. Entry forms and regulations are available as downloads from The festival recommends submission via, where films can be registered and uploaded online.


- Submission deadline for international productions: 13 January 2012

(max. 35 minutes running time, produced after 1 January 2010)

- Submission deadline for German productions: 15 February 2012

(max. 45 minutes running time, produced after 1 January 2011)

- Submission deadline for the MuVi Award: 21 February 2012

(the director or production company must be located in Germany, produced after 1 January 2011)


Oberhausen, 25 October 2011

Press contact: Sabine Niewalda, T +49 (0)208 825-3073,

Friday, October 28, 2011

Call for entries

DocedgeKolkata - Asian Forum for Documentary
9 -15 January 2012
Call for Submission
Dear Filmmakers

The 9th edition of DokedgeKolkata will take place from 9 to15 January 2012 in Kolkata, India. The forum focuses on

the very best of intensive training and mentoring of documentary filmmakers working on their new projects and looking

for further guidance, insight and international co-production opportunities.
The forum includes intensive training, Masterclasses and Pitching of projects to an international panel of Broadcasters,
Producers and Foundations.

The last date of application submission is: 26th of November 2012.
For further information on application process, regulations and entry submission please log on to:
If you have any question, please contact us by email
Bishnu Dev Halder - or

We look forward to receiving your applications at your earliest convenience.

Warm wishes
DocedgeKolkata Team

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Invitation for Project Submission to Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum 2012

With nearly a decade of celebrated history, the Hong Kong –Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) has become Asia’s premier film financing platform

where filmmakers and producers connect with international financiers and other industry players every year. The 10th edition of the HAF will take place

from 19-21 March 2012 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and we cordially invite you to submit your film project to be part of this

world-renowned event and win our prestigious cash and in-kind awards.

We are accepting submissions from now until 11 November 2011.From this year on, we also welcome non-fiction and documentary works to showcase

a wider range of talents. A total of 25 to 30 projects will be selected to participate in HAF 2012,and the producer and director of each successful entry will be

invited to present their project during the three-day event. Cash awards of up toHK$350,000 will be given to projects with outstanding originality, while we

continue to support Chinese-language films with the HAF Script Development Fund and the all-new FOX Chinese Film Development Award – a “First Look Deal”

with FOX International Productions and a prize of HK$100,000.

Apply now at capitalize on the various opportunities at the HAF. Information on

Selection criteria and required materials is available at enquiries, please feel free to contact us at

We look forward to seeing you at the 10th HAF.

Yours sincerely,

Jacob Wong

HAF Director

Hong Kong International Film Festival Society

Selected HAF Project Accomplishments

HAF 2011Projects

Bisperas, Jeffrey JETURIAN (The Philippines)

- Best Film, Best Performance of an Actress, Best Performance of a Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design,

Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2011 (Directors’ Showcase)

HAF2010 Projects

Floating Lives, NGUYEN Pan Quang Binh (Vietnam)

- In competition, Pusan International Film Festival2010

- Opening Film, Vietnam International Film Festival 2010

HAF 2009 Projects

Kinatay, Brillante MENDOZA (ThePhilippines)

- Best Director, Cannes Film Festival 2009

- Best Director and Original Soundtrack, Sitges-Catalonia International Film Festival 2009

- Pusan International Film Festival 2009

- Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2009

Seediq Bale,WEI Te-Sheng (Taiwan)

- In competition, Venice Film Festival 2011

- Taiwan’s entry for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards 2011

- Toronto International Film Festival 2011

- Busan International Film Festival 2011

Winter Vacation, LI Hongqi (China)

- Golden Leopard award, Locarno International Film Festival 2010

- Red Chameleon Award, Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival 2010

- In competition, Vancouver International Film Festival 2010

- International Film Festival Rotterdam 2011

HAF 2008 Projects

Mother, BONGJoon-ho (South Korea)

- South Korea's entry for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards 2010

- Best Film, Best Actresses and Best Screenwriter, Asian Film Awards 2010

- Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2009

- Best Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Lighting, Blue Dragon Awards 2009

- Toronto International Film Festival 2009

- Pusan International Film Festival 2009

- Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2009

Thirst, PARK Chan-wook (South Korea)

- Best Visual Effects, Asian Film Awards 2010

- Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2009

- NETPAC Award, Pusan International Film Festival 2009

- Best Supporting Actress, Best Music, Blue Dragon Awards 2009

- Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2009

HAF 2007 Projects

The Good, the Bad, the Weird, KIMJee-woon (South Korea)

- Eight nominations and winners of the Best Supporting Actor, Asian Film Awards 2009

- Hong Kong International Film Festival 2009

- Cannes Film Festival 2008

- Best Cinematography, Asia-Pacific Screen Awards 2008

- Toronto International Film Festival 2008

- Pusan International Film Festival 2008

- No. 1 box office in South Korea,2008

Tokyo Sonata, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi (Japan/ Hong Kong / The Netherlands)

- Best Film and Best Screenwriter, Asian Film Awards2009

- Jury Prize, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2008

- Best Film, Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema 2008.

- Grand Jury Prize, Chicago Film Festival 2008

- Toronto International Film Festival 2008

HAF 2006 Projects

Lostin Beijing, LI Yu (China)

- In competition, Berlin International Film Festival 2007

- Honorable Mention for its script at the Tribeca Film Festival

Help Me Eros (Originally titled Help Me), LEE Kang-Sheng (Taiwan)

- Hong Kong International Film Festival 2008

- In competition, Venice Film Festival 2007

- Best Cinematographer, Asian Film Awards 2007

- Grand Prix, Gijon International Film Festival 2007

- Toronto International Film Festival 2007

- Pusan International Film Festival 2007

HAF 2005Projects

Crazy Racer, NING Hao (China)

- New York Asian Film Festival 2010

- Two nominations, Asian Film Awards 2010

- Best Visual Effects in Golden Horse Awards 2009 with 3 other nominations

- Hong Kong International Film Festival 2009

City of Life and Death, LU Chuan (China)

- Best Director and Best Cinematographer, Asian Film Awards 2010

- Best Picture, Best Cinematography and SIGNIS Award, San Sebastian Film Festival 2009

- Best Cinematography, Golden Horse Awards 2009

- Achievement in Directing and Cinematography, Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2009

- Toronto International Film Festival 2009

HAF 2003Projects

Bodyguards and Assassins, Teddy CHEN (Hong Kong)

- Nine nominations at Golden Horse Award 2010

- New York Asian Film Festival 2010

- Closing Film and Audience Award at Terracotta Far East Film Festival2010

- Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and other 5 Awards at Hong Kong Film Awards 2010

- Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Asian Film Awards 2010

- Best Chinese Film, HongKong Film Critics’ Association 2009

Saturday, October 22, 2011

India two-time winner at 2011 Abu Dhabi …

* Actress Jayashree Basavaraj gets the Black Pearl Award for the film “Lucky”
* Special Jury Award goes to Gurvinder Singh for “Alms to a Blind Horse”

Jayashree Basavaraj, stage and screen personality form Bangalore and also Member of Parliament,
won the top Black Pearl award for Best Actress award in  Narrative Competition at Abu Dhabi for her role in Avie Luthra’s feature film LUCKY set in Durban, South Africa.  The jury honoured Jayashree for her portrayal of an elderly Indian widow who befriends a South African orphan.

Jayashree was  attending the Mumbai International Film Festival, where her film LUCKY was playing in the festival’s Film India Worldwide section, when she received the news.  She was  taken by surprise and overwhelmed at  getting the coveted award which she won against such huge and respected names in the world of acting talent. Arrangements to fly her back to Abu Dhabi to collect the award in person could not work out. Director Avie Luthra collected the award in her name. 

Spot News: “Lucky” to screen at Palm Springs

During its well received screenings at the Mumbai International Film Festival, programmer of Asian films for the Palm Springs International Film Festival (held early January, 2012) announced that LUCKY had been invited to the next Palm Springs festival and would screen there.  Avie Luthra’s rapid-fire festival stops now include Toronto, where it premiered, and then Busan, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai and now Palm Springs.

Abu Dhabi’s Special Jury Award was given to Alms for a Blind Horse, directed by Gurvinder Singh “For its visual style and a poetic journey indicating a new and intriguing voice to emerge from the cinematic landscape of India”

Flmmaker Anwar Jamal served on the Documentary Competition jury.

The 2011 Black Pearl Awards:

Best Narrative Film: Chicken with Plums, directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (France, Germany, Belgium)

Special Jury Award: A Separation, directed by Asghar Farhadi (Iran)

Best Director from the Arab World: Ismaël Ferroukhi, Free Men (France, Morocco)

Best Producer from the Arab World: Ziad Hamzeh and Ridha Behi, Always Brando (Tunisia)
Best Actor: Woody Harrelson, Rampart (USA)

Best Actress: Jayashree Basavaraj, Lucky (South Africa)

Jury Special Mention: Soufia Issami, Mouna Bahmad, Nouza Akel and Sara Betioui, actresses, On the Edge (Morocco, France, Germany, UAE)

New Horizons Competition
Best Film: Stories Only Exist When Remembered, directed by Julie Murat (Brazil, Argentina, France)

  Special Jury Award: Alms for a Blind Horse, directed by Gurvinder Singh (India) –

Best Producer from the Arab World: Souney Kadouh, This Narrow Place (Lebanon, USA)
Best Actor: Maged El Kedwany, Asma’a (Egypt)

Best Documentary: Position Among the Stars, directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich (Netherlands) -  Special Jury Award: The Tiniest Place, directed by Tatiana Huezo (Mexico)

Best New Director: Gemma Atwal, Marathon Boy (India, UK, USA)-

Best Director from the Arab World: Safinez Bousbia, El Gusto (France, Algeria, Ireland, UAE)

Best Producer from the Arab World: Film Clinic, Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad and the Politician (Egypt, UAE)

Our World
Best Film: The Last Mountain, directed by Bill Haney (USA)

Audience Choice Award: Skeem, directed by Timothy Greene (South Africa)

NETPAC Award: Marathon Boy, directed by Gemma Atwal  

FIPRESCI Prize: El Gusto, directed by Safinez Bousbia (France, Algeria, Ireland, UAE)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Film India Worldwide Closing Film ‘Chatrak’ screens October 20, 3.30 pm at Cinemax

Vimukthi Jayasundara’s ‘Chatrak’ after doing festivals rounds at Cannes, Toronto and other festivals now screens at the Mumbai Film Festival as the Closing Film of Film India Worldwide section curated by Uma da Cunha.



India-France/2011 / DCP (D-Cinema) / Colour /90 mins / Bengali

India Premiere

Director Vimukthi Jayasundara

Synopsis Rahul, an architect, has returned from Dubai to Kolkata, to work on a huge construction site. He is reunited with his girlfriend, Paoli, who has waited a long time for him to come back home. Rahul and Paoli set out in search of Rahul’s brother, who is believed to have gone insane and is living in a forest near the border, “Chatrak” was shot in Kolkata and Bolpur (Shantiniketan) in West Bengal, over a 28-day shoot spread over November - December 2010.

Producer: Vinod Lahoti

Co-Producers: Philippe Avril, Michel Klein, Stéphane Lehembre, Yov Moor

Production Company: Vandana Trading Company, 27 Brabourne Road, 3rd Floor, Room No.313, Kolkata 700001. Tel 033-2262 3797, 6499 3100.

Screenplay: Vimukthi Jayasundara

Director of Photography: Channa Deshapriya

Editor: Julie Beziau

Music: Roman Dymny

International Sales: Eastwest Filmdistribution GmbH, Schottenfeldgasse 14, Vienna 1070 Austria. Tel: 43 1 5249 31034

Cast: Paoli Dam, Sudip Mukherjee, Sumeet Thakur, Tomas Lemarquis

Director’s Biography Journalist, film critic and screenwriter Vimukthi Jayasundara’s shorts and features have been acclaimed at numerous festivals and won high awards, specially at Cannes. He studied film at India’s premiere Film and Television Institute, Pune, then enrolled as a post-graduate student at Le Fresnoy-Studio National des Arts, which produced his first short film, The same year he became a resident at the Cinéfondation, Cannes Film Festival.

Director’s Filmography

1. Mushrooms (Drama, 2011)

2. Between Two Worlds (Drama, 2009)

3. The Forsaken Land (Debut Feature/ 2005),

Camera d’Or winner, Cannes International Film Festival

4. The Land of Silence (Short Documentary, 2002)

5. Vide our l’amour (Short Fiction, 2003)

Festivals & Awards

Cannes International Film Festival (Directors Fortnight / 05-2011)

Toronto International Film Festival (09-2011)

Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival, South Korea (08-2011),

Movie College Award

Zadar International Film Festival, Croatia (08-2011),

Award for Best Cinematography

Vladivostok International Film Festival, Russia


Warsaw Film Festival, Poland (10-2011)

Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, Brazil (10-2011)

Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (11-2011)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Avie Luthra's LUCKY plays in Mumbai after winning kudos at Toronto, Busan and Abu Dhabi


Avie Luthra's LUCKY screens October 19, 8.15 pm at Cinemax


South Africa / 2011 /35mm /Colour / 100 mins/ Zulu, English, Hindi

India Premiere

Director Avie Luthra


Set in Durban, this cross-cultural film is about the orphaned 10-year- old Zulu boy, Lucky, whose mother has just died of AIDS. Bent on getting an education, he leaves his village for the big city in search of the uncle who his mother had left money with for his schooling. The uncle, a dissolute wastrel, has no use for him. Quite by chance, he is given shelter by an orthodox elderly Indian woman who has a pathological fear of Africans. She takes Lucky in grudgingly segregating him in her balcony. Together, unable to speak each other's language, they develop an unlikely bond, which leads to a potentially promising and unexpected future. Through an odyssey marked by greed, violence, and, ultimately, belonging, Lucky shows how a child’s spirit can bring out decency, humility and even love in adults struggling to survive in the new South Africa.

Producer: Lance Samuels, Christopher Wilmot

Production Company: Out of Africa Entertainment/How Town Film Productions, 30 Judith Road, Emmerantia Johannesburg, Gauteng 2195, South Africa. Tel: +27 11 486 3355. Fax: 27 11 486 2531. Email: Website:

Screenplay: Avie Luthra, Tanya Welz

Director of Photography: Willie Nel

Editor: Josh Levinsky

Music: Phillip Miller

Cast: Sihle Dlamini, Jayashree Basavra, James Ngcobo, Vusi Kunene

Director’s Biography Avie Luthra is an award winning writer/director who has worked in features, short films, TV drama, documentaries and radio. He resides in London, UK and is a 2002 graduate of the Director's Course at the National Film and Television School. “LUCKY”, Avie’s second feature length film, grew from his BAFTA-nominated short film “LUCKY” (2006), which won 43 international film festival awards and was short listed for an Oscar in 2007. Avie is also a licensed Forensic Psychiatrist and is passionate about both psychiatry and filmmaking.

Director’s Filmography

1. Mad Sad & Bad (Feature / 2009)

2. Lucky (Short / 2005)

3. Torn (TV drama / 2005)

Festivals & Awards

1. Toronto International Film Festival, Canada (Contemporary World Cinema / 09-2011)

2. Atlantic Film Festival, USA (International Perspectives / 09-2011)

3. Busan International Film Festival (World Cinema / 10-2011)

4. Abu Dhabi International Film Festival (Narrative Feature Competition / 10-2011)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

India scores two awards at Busan!

The list of coveted awards given out at the 2011  Busan International Film Festival were announced on October 14, its closing night.

The Audience Award, which is fast becoming an indicator for distributors to be a film that should run well in theatres, went to India’s entry, “Dekh Indian Circus” directed by Mangesh Hadawale. The film held its world premiere in Busan and from its very first screening had packed houses and a delighted audience that chuckled along with its quirky humour. The foreign press gave the film good reviews as well.    

The Sonje Award (Short Films)  went to “Thug Beram” directed by Venkat Amudhan.  A group of men are in a cafe looking for man, tipped off by an errand boy. However, the subject of the film is neither the group nor the target. Instead, it is the boy. The camera portrays his psychological stress and anxiety in a skillful and enticing way to tell a new story from a reverse point of view.

Yeun Sang Ho's 'The King of Pigs' won three prizes at the Busan International Film Festival.Yeun Sang Ho's 'The King of Pigs' wins three awards. The Morteza Farshbag of Iran's Mourning and Loy Arcenas's Niño sharing the top prize in the New Currents competition.

Although not a competitive festival, awards and prizes are given in various categories.

Below is the complete list.

Sonje Award (Short Films)

Winner (Asia): Thug Beram -- Venkat Amudhan (India)

Special Mention: DIY Encouragement -- Kohei Yoshino (Japan)

Winner (Korea): See You Tomorrow -- Lee Woo-jung

Special Mention: Bugging Heaven; Listen to Her -- O Hyun-ju


BIFF Mecenat Award (Documentaries): Sea of Butterfly -- Park Bae-il (Korea) 

Shoji & Takao -- Yoko Ide (Japan)

KNN Movie Award (Audience Award):Watch Indian Circus -- Mangesh Hadawale (India)

FIPRESCI Award: Mourning -- Morteza FARSHBAF (Iran)

NETPAC Award: The King of Pigs -- Yeun Sang Ho (Korea)

Busan Cinephile Award - The Twin -- Gustav Danielsson (Sweden)

Citizen Reviewers’ Award - Blue Pine Tree: Jesus Hospital -- Lee Sangcheol, Shin Aga (Korea)

Red Pine Tree: A Fish -- Park Hong-Min (Korea)

Yellow: Romance Joe -- Lee Kwangkuk (Korea)


DGK Award Directors Award: The King of Pigs -- Yeun Sang Ho (Korea)

Best Actor: Beautiful Miss Jin -- Ha Hyun Kwan (Korea)

Best Actress: Jesus Hospital -- Han Song Hee, Whang Jungmin (Korea)

CGV Movie Collage Award: The King of Pigs -- Yeun Sang Ho (Korea)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Block the dates for Film India Worldwide selection at the 2011 Mumbai Film Festival (Oct. 13 to 20)

Programmed by Uma da Cunha

Seven select films that present the global face of the cinemas of India.

Day I – Friday Oct 14, 3.30 pm at Screen I, Cinemax, Versova

Opening Film: Prashant Nair’s Delhi in A Day

Attending director Prashant Nair (based in Paris) and his actors Lillette Dubey, Kulbushan Kharbanda, Anjali Patil, among others in his crew and cast

Repeat screening: Wednesday Oct. 19th, 12.30 noon, Big Cinema – Metro. Screen 2

Day 2 – Saturday Oct 15th, 5.30 pm at Screen I, Cinemax, Versova

Daniela Dar-Creutz’s Arranged Happiness (feature-length documneatry)

Attending: director Daniela Dar-Creutz (based in Germany)

Repeat screening: : Monday 17th, 10.00 am (Big Cinema, Metro. Screen 2)

Day 3 Sunday Oct 16, 3.45 pm at Screen 2 Cinemax. Versova

Menhaj Huda’s Everywhere and Nowhere

Attending lead actor James Floyd (based in London) and Ally Khan (based London/Mumbai)

Repeat screening: Thursday Oct 20th, 3.30 pm (Cinemax, Sion, Screen 1)

Day 4 Monday Oct 17, 5.45 pm, Screen I, Cinemax, Versova

Sarovar Banka’s A Decent Arrangement

Attending director Sarovar Banka (based in Phildaelphia), lead actor Adam Laupus Screen 2 (based in Los Angeles), Shabana Azmi, Diskha Basu, Lethia Nall, Farid Currim, Shreya Sharma

Repeat screening Tuesday Oct 18th, 12.30 noon (Screen I, Cinemax, Sion )

DAY 5 Tuesday Oct 18, 3.30 pm, Screen I, Cinemax, Versova

Sandeep Mohan’s Love, Wrinkle-Free

Attending director Sandeep Mohan and lead actors Ash Chandler, Shernaaz Patel, Seema Rahmani, Sohrab Ardeshir, Ashwin Mushran, Aarika Silaichia,Marianne Borgo, Theron Carmine, Tensin Dasang

Repeat screening Thursday 20th, 12.45 pm (Screen 2, Cinemax. Sion

DAY 6 Wednesday Oct 19, 8.15 pm, Screen 2, Cinemax, Versova

Avie Luthra’s LUCKY

Attending: lead actress Jayashree Basavra (based in Bangalore).

Repeat screening: Thurs. Oct 20th,3.45 pm (Screen 4, Metro, Big Cinema)

DAY 7 Thursday Oct 20, 3.30 pm Screen 1, Cinemax, Versova.

Closing Film: Vimukthi Jayasundara’s Chatrak (Mushrooms)

Attending lead actor Paoli Dam based in Kolkata, producer Vinod Lahoti (based in Kolkata) and director Vimuktti Jayasundhara (based in Paris/Colombo)

Press material and interviews:

Spot News!

Partnering with programmer Uma da Cunha in presenting Film India Worldwide at MAMI is Therese Hayes, programmer for the Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA (held Jan. 5 to 16, 2012). The bonus here is that one film from MAMI’s Film India Worldwide section will be selected by Therese Hayes for inclusion in her India programme at Palm Springs 2012!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mangesh Hadawale's "Dekh Indian Circus” lauded at the on-going Busan fest, where it is selected in competition

India has a wide-ranging bunch of films at the on-going Busan International Film Festival, holding its 16th edition over October 6th to 14th. The Indian film competing in its New Currents section, “Dekh Indian Circus” (Watch Indian Circus) is getting noticed there and winning plaudits.

The Hollywood Reporter is bringing out a daily edition reviewing the leading films being premiered at the Busan festival. The journal’s seasoned film critic, Kirk Honeycutt, covered the film “Watch Indian Circus”, introducing the film as a "A charming, buoyant look at the challenges of living in rural India". His review of the film follows:

Most international filmmakers who focus on issues of third-world corruption and lack of opportunity yet yearn for plaudits from festival crowds bore in on grinding poverty, utter misery and sickening tragedy. In Watch Indian Circus, director-writer Mangesh Hadawale has a better idea: Why not approach these subjects with a lighthearted story about young children who want to go to the circus and the efforts, sometimes quite comical with even a touch of slapstick, by the youngsters and their harried parents to fulfill this wish?

Watch Indian Circus did indeed win appreciative applause at its first screening here in Busan as the film’s two children were adorable yet accomplished actors, while the parents were most effective in creating genuine pathos — a rare thing in films. Meanwhile, the barren beauty and bright colors of the Rajasthan desert fill the eye with pleasing imagery.

But Hadawale’s story always keeps its deeper meanings in mind. It is a family comedy that contains a stinging satire of contemporary India and its rampant corruption.

The idea that India is still third world has almost been eradicated by that country’s wildly successful effort to rebrand itself. The word India today conjures images of high tech progress and tremendous economic growth in a country lousy with billionaires. And yet hundreds of millions of Indians still live in villages without decent water, electricity or access in any way to the “miracle” of modern-day India.

It is in such a state that the film’s parents struggle to earn the money to insure the education of their children. Kajru (Tannishtha Chatterje, star of Brick Lane and Road, Movie) spends as much time giving her kids strong values as she does cooking and maintaining their open-air desert home. Their father Jethu (Nawazuddin Siddiqui from Peepli Live) is a mute who works long hours on a road crew but must suffer many indignities in silence.

Ghumroo (Virendra Singh Rathod) wants nothing to do with education and runs away from his mother when she drags him off to school. His younger sister Panni (Suhani Oza) picks up a flyer advertising a visiting circus and her goal in life is set: She wants to go to see the “bamboo man.”

But every rupee the family can set aside is for education, not circus visits. The father recently attended a political rally and took a politician’s proffered money to vote for him in state elections. But when that money is stolen in a misunderstanding over his support for a rival candidate, he is embarrassed not to have the money to fulfill his promise to take his children to the circus. His resourceful wife finds a means but she must do so surreptitiously so her husband doesn’t find out.

So as the storyline takes you through the trials and tribulations of this circus visit, the filmmaker subtly conveys the larger sense of a nation where doors of opportunity constantly slam shut even as those in charge steal votes and money to leave a Rajasthani family to their poverty.

Metaphorically, the film comes most alive with the circus visit. The self-billed Indian Circus stands in for the nation itself. When there isn’t enough money for the mother and children to all enter, she buys two tickets and waits outside.

But Ghumroo is determined to bring his mother inside the big tent. Spying a rupee note, he gives chase, a comical adventure that sees the drifting money always elude him even as he must elude the circus’ Keystone Kop security guards.

Meanwhile his little sister remains in her seat, mesmerized by the clowns, trapeze artists, elephants and her beloved bamboo man, the stilt walker. India is indeed a circus that can entertain and entrance while the venal operators block children in the scramble for ticket money. Political rallies swirl around the circus tent with the spectacle of vote buying and empty promises. One circus is inside, the other outside.

Watch Indian Circus is a charming film that nevertheless deals with tough Indian realities. The film, in Hindi and the Rajasthani dialect, features eye-catching images by cinematographer Laxman Utekar, an attentive production design by Ashwini Shrivatav and both western music by Wayne Sharp and Indian melodies and songs by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and lyricist Prasoon Joshi.

Production company Sundail Pictures

Cast Tannishtha Chatterje, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Virendra Singh Rathod, Suhani Oza

Director/screenwriter Mangesh Hadawale

Producers Chirag D. Shah, Mahaveer S. Jain, Anil Lad, Vivek Oberoi

No rating, 106 minutes

(This review appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, The Busan Daily No 3, October 9th, 2011)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Award winning feature-length documentary at MAMI's Film India Worldwide

See acclaimed documentary "Arranged Happiness"
on a Kashmiri family's search for the right bridegroom
* Saturday Oct 15th, 5.30 pm at Screen I, Cinemax, Versova
* Repeat screening: Monday Oct 17th, 10.00 am (Big Cinema, Metro. Screen 2

Kashmir-India, Germany / 2011 / HDCAM, 16mm/ Colour/87 mins /Kashmiri, Urdu
Asian Premiere

Director Daniela Dar-Creutz

Waheeda Dar, a 27-year-old actress/singer living in Srinagar (a disputed territory of Kashmir), is the third daughter of four in a carpet-making family. It is high time for her to get married. Her younger brother, Ashiq, spends his life’s savings on a traditional ‘arrangement’ for his sister’s marriage and the search for a husband. This quest serves as the film’s narrative thread. It weaves through different stages, leading up to Waheeda’s wedding celebrations. While filmmaker Daniela Dar-Creutz starts as a neutral observer, she gradually reveals more of herself and her relationship with the son, Ashiq (who is now her husband and living in Germany). Ashiq and Waheeda’s delicate journey and their family’s history reflect the differences between the traditions of the past and the modern life that young Muslims now seek.

Producers: Daniela Dar-Creutz, Joseph Reidinger, Carolin Dassel

Production Company: Blue Circe Productions, in collaboration with devifilm Gbr & National Broadcast Television BR

Screenplay: Daniela Dar-CreutzDirector of Photography: Roland Vuskovic, Daniela Dar-Creutz

Editor: Caspar Stracke, Daniela Dar-Creutz

Music: Ori Kaplan, Balkan Beat Box, Philipp Benesch

International Sales: Deckert Distribution GmbH, Marienplatz 1, D-04103 Leipzig. Tel: 0341 215 66 38   Email:

Participants: Ashiq Dar, Waheeda Banu, Iqbal Dar, Masrat Jan, Bashir Beigh, Shareefa Beigh, AinaSir, RehanaGulzar, BalbirSingh, MalikSir

Director’s Biography
Born and raised in Germany, Daniela Dar-Creutz obtained her MFA in Communication-Design from University of Munich and joined the Graduate Film Program at New York University. Her several documentaries include “Nobel Voices”, a 33-part series about Alfred Nobel, and “Generation Climate”, a documentary promoting environmental consciousness. Dar-Creutz is known for her intimate human portraits and her compassionate treatment of difficult subjects, both in non-fiction and narrative. “Arranged Happiness” is Dar-Creutz’s first feature-length documentary.

Director’s Filmography

Nobel Voices (Segment-Documentary/2002)
Generation Climate (Short Documentary/2007)
Captivated (Short, Direction & Screenplay/2006)
Conman (Short, Direction & Screenplay/1997)
Room For Rent (Feature Screenplay/2005)
Tug of War (Feature Screenplay/ 2007)
Tuc Tuc Rebell of India (documentary, in post/2011).

Festivals & Awards
1. Bollywood and Beyond (Germany), 7- 2011, Director’s Vision Award
2. Aljazeera International Film Festival (Qatar), 04-2011, Special Jury Award (Family & Child)
3. Madrid’s Imagine India (Spain), 05-2011, Best Documentary
4. Byron Bay International Film Festival (Australia), 03-2011, Competition
5. Krakow International Film Festival (Poland), 05-2011
6. FIPA Biarritz (France), 01-2011, January Audiovisual Program
7. FIFAD Festival du Film des Diablerets (Switzerland), 08-2011, Competition
8. Pärnu Int. Documentary Film Festival (Estonia), 07-2011, Competition
9. Montreal Int. Film Festival (Canada), 08-2011, Competition
10. flEXiff International Film Festival, Sydney (Australia), 2011 Competition

Friday, October 7, 2011

Watch out for young UK actor James Floyd at the 13th Mumbai Film Festival, October 13 to 20, 2011

James Floyd
Actor James Floyd is coming to Mumbai festival to represent the film, Everywhere and Nowhere, which will hold its international premiere at the festival this year. It will screen in the Film India Worldwide section, as one of its special seven selections that illustrate the interest and appeal of India in various aspects and areas of international cinema.

James has this to share with us: "I am half Indian, I am proud to say: my mother is from Kerala".In the film Everywhere and Nowhere, James plays the role of an adolescent growing into adulthood, whose parents originally came from the Subcontinent and have now made England their home. The film is a coming-of-age story of how he deals with the two cultures that he belongs to and the conflict they create within him.

James is an acclaimed, fast -rising Anglo-Indian actor. The well known British newspaper The Independent named him 'A star-in-the-making' and another, The Guardian, profiled him in their prestigious 'First Sight' feature of April 2011. He recently starred in My Brother The Devil with Said Taghmaoui (La Haine, Three Kings, GI Joe), directed by Sally El Hosaini. Backed by Sundance, it is due for a 2012 release.

James is also the central protagonist of Everywhere& Nowhere, the film that is showcasing shortly at the Mumbai film festival, directed by Menhaj Huda (Kidulthood). The supporting cast includes names such as Art Malik, Alyy Khan and Adam Deacon.

Screen International wrote, 'Floyd gives an attractive star performance.' and Time Out described his performance in Everywhere and Nowhere as a 'career-making performance.

James's other films include Tormented (BBCFilms/Pathe/Forward Films), The Infidel (MetFilm) and ITV's huge ratings hit Compulsion in which he is teamed with Ray Winstone and Parminder Nagra. He also has a critically lauded theatre profile with starring roles in plays such as Dov & Ali and The Glass Cage.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

13th Mumbai Film Festival October 13 to 20, 2011

Film India Worldwide (FIW), presents seven select films from the world over that link with India. The Opening Film:


India / 2011 /35mm / Colour/89 mins/English-Hindi

Indian Premiere

Director Prashant Nair

This dark comedy looks at the life of the rich mainly through the large kitchen of the nouveau riche Ghambir family and their sprawling South Delhi house. The attractive young maid, her elderly father, the ingratiating cook and a house-bearer gossip incessantly about their drunken employers the morning after one of their endless parties.

Family patriarch Mukund cracks his sleazy jokes while his high society wife basks in her lifestyle. Jasper, son of a British business associate, comes to stay overnight and is quickly overwhelmed by the colourful manner in which his hosts conduct their lives. Matters get complicated when cash disappears from his room.

Producer Prashant Nair, B Chintu Mohapatra

Production Company Nomad Productions Pvt Ltd <>

Story Prashant Nair

Screenplay Prashant Nair

Director of Photography Eun-Ah Lee

Editor Sylvie Landra, Bhuvan Srinivasan

Music Mathias Duplessy

International Sales Nomad Productions Pvt Ltd., B-53 IFS APTS, Mayur Vihar Phase 1, New Delhi 110091. Tel +336. <>

Cast Lee Wiliams, Lillete Dubey, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Victor Banerjee, Anjali Patil

Chandigarh-born writer-director Prashant Nair, the son of diplomat parents, spent his childhood in Switzerland, Syria, Zambia and Austria. With an engineering degree from Purdue University, he worked in social media for 10 years, living in New York, Prague and Paris. In 2001 he founded Avedya, an European social media consultancy, and has since been based in Paris. He turned to filmmaking in 2009, attending NYU's filmmaking intensive program and obtaining post-production and editing training at Soho editors in London. This is his first feature film.


*Max & Helena (Short / 2009)

*Yes (Short / 2011)

Festivals and Awards

*Best Feature Film - Indian Film Festival Houston (USA / 09-2011)

*Palo Alto Film Festival (USA /09-2011)

*Cincinnati Film Festival (USA / 10-2011)

*Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (USA / 10-2011)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Film India Worldwide at 2011 Mumbai International Film Festival (Oct. 13 to 20)

Programmed by Uma da Cunha

Seven select films that present the global face of the cinemas of India.

Day I – Friday Oct 14, 3.30 pm at Screen I, Cinemax, Versova

Opening Film: Prashant Nair’s Delhi in A Day Attending director Prashant Nair (based in Paris) and his actors Lillette Dubey, Kulbushan Kharbanda, Anjali Patil, among others in his crew and cast

Repeat screening:  Wednesday Oct. 19 th, 12.30 noon, Big Cinema – Metro. Screen 2

Day 2 – Saturday Oct 15 th ,  5.30 pm at Screen I, Cinemax, Versova

Daniela Dar-Creutz’s Arranged Happiness (feature-length documneatry) Attending: director Daniela Dar-Creutz (based in Germany)

Repeat screening: : Monday 17 th, 10.00 am (Big Cinema,  Metro. Screen 2)

Day 3  Sunday  Oct 16,  3.45 pm at Screen 2 Cinemax. Versova

Menhaj Huda’s Everywhere and Nowhere Attending lead actor James Floyd (based in London) and Ally Khan (based London/Mumbai)

Repeat screening:  Thursday Oct 20 th , 3.30 pm (Cinemax, Sion,  Screen 1)

Day 4  Monday  Oct 17,  5.45 pm,  Screen I,  Cinemax, Versova

Sarovar Banka’s A Decent Arrangement Attending director Sarovar Banka (based in Phildaelphia), lead actor Adam Laupus Screen  2 (based in Los Angeles), Shabana Azmi,  Diskha Basu, Lethia Nall, Farid Currim, Shreya Sharma

Repeat screening Tuesday  Oct 18 th, 12.30 noon (Screen I, Cinemax, Sion )

DAY 5 Tuesday Oct 18,  3.30 pm, Screen I, Cinemax, Versova

Sandeep Mohan’s Love, Wrinkle-Free Attending director Sandeep Mohan and lead actors Ash Chandler, Shernaaz Patel, Seema Rahmani, Sohrab Ardeshir, Ashwin Mushran, Aarika Silaichia,Marianne Borgo, Theron Carmine, Tensin Dasang

Repeat screening Thursday 20 th, 12.45 pm (Screen 2, Cinemax. Sion

DAY 6 Wednesday  Oct 19, 8.15 pm, Screen 2, Cinemax, Versova

Avie Luthra’s LUCKY Attending: lead actress  Jayashree Basavra (based in Bangalore).

Repeat screening: Thurs. Oct 20 th, 3.45 pm  (Screen 4, Metro, Big Cinema)

DAY 7 Thursday Oct  20, 3.30 pm Screen 1, Cinemax, Versova. 

Closing Film:  Vimukthi Jayasundara’s Chatrak (Mushrooms) Attending lead actor Paoli Dam based in Kolkata, producer Vinod Lahoti (based in Kolkata) and director Vimuktti  Jayasundhara (based in Paris/Colombo)

Press material and interviews:

Monday, October 3, 2011

The films from India at Chicago festival’s “Spotlight South Asia”

New Directors Competition

Karan Gour’s Kshay


World Cinema

Suseendhiran’s Azhagarsamy's Horse (World Cinema)

Mangesh Hadawale’s Dekh Indian Circus

Q’s Gandu

Prashant Bhargava’s Patang


Gala Presentation

Pankaj Kapoor’s Mausam



Ashvin Kumar’s Inshallah, Football


Abhay Kumar’s Just That Sort of a Day


The other films in “Spotlight South Asia”

Short: 720 Degrees (Bangladesh)

Director: Ishtiaque Zico

Short: Bitter Lemon (Scotland)

Director: Nazmun Nakeb (from Bangladesh)

Feature film: Bol (Pakistan)

Director: Shoaib Mansoor

Feature film: Flying Fish (Sri Lanka)

Director: Sanjeewa Pushpakumara

Feature film: Karma (Sri Lanka)

Director: Prasanna Jayakody

Friday, September 30, 2011

India at the 16th Busan International Film festival, Oct 6 to 14

A Window on Asian Cinema

Gurvinder Singh’s Alms for a Blind Horse

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish

Suman Ghosh’s Nobel Thief

Amol Gupte’s Stanley’s Tiffin Box

Madhav Ramadasan’s The Address

Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni’s The Temple

Santosh Sivan’s Urumi - The Warriors Who Wanted to Kill Vasco Da Gama

New Currents

Mangesh Hadawale’s Watch Indian Circus

World Cinema

Avie Luthra’s Lucky

Asian Short Film Competition

Venkat Amudhan’s Thug Beram

Short Film Showcase 3

Bikas Ranjan Mishra’s Dance of Ganesha

Documentary Competition

Shashwati Talukdar, P Kerim Friedman’s Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!

Ranu Ghosh’s Quarter No. 4/11

Sandeep Ray’s The Sound of Old Rooms

Open Cinema

Vijay Anand L’s God's Own Child

Special Programs in Focus

Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Congratulations, Award Winners at 2011 Indian Film Festival of Houston!

3rd Annual Indian Film Festival of Houston on its closing day (September 24) announced its winners in different categories …

* Best Feature Film Jury Award

Delhi in a Day directed by Paris-based Prashant Nair.

The film, set in Delhi, has Lillette Dubey, Kulbushan Kharbanda, Anjali Patil in the lead roles. The dark comedy looks at the life of the rich mainly through the large kitchen of the nouveau riche Ghambir family and their sprawling South Delhi house.

* Best Documentary Film Jury Award

In Search of God directed by Rupam Sarmah (born in Assam and now based in the US).

The transformative journey of an American woman who finds deeper meaning in her life after traveling to a mystical island in India where the inhabitants use artistic expression as a means for communing with God.

* Best Short Film Jury Award

Fatakra directed by Soham Mehta (India-born and raised in Houston)

The film is about Naveen, who left India to chase his dreams in America. Three years and a recession later, his wife and son finally join him. Fatakra (Firecracker) tells the story of the sparks that fly on their first day together as dreams collide with reality.

* Special Recognition for Outstanding Performance Mumbai star Gulshan Grover for his permance in the film Desperate Endeavors directed by French-Algerian filmmaker, Salim Khassa.

Gulshan Grover plays the role of Guru Dada Bhagwan, who guides the hapless Bombay-born immigrant Ram Patel when he arrives in New York City in 1973 and confronts over hurdles of discrimination and prejudice.

*Special Recognition for Outstanding Contribution Mrs Ellen I Goldberg for her work in bringing together diverse cultures.

Complete Programme: 3rd Indian Film Festival of Houston, Sept 20 to 24, 2011.

Feature films

Nila Madhab Panda’s I am Kalam

Sarovar Banka’s A Decent Arrangement

Prashant Nair’s Delhi in a Day

Salim Khassa’s Desperate Endeavors


Rupam Sarmah’s In Search of God

Sudhir Aggarwal’s It’s Cricket, No?

Short Films :

Sonam Mehta’s Fatakra

Rakesh Chaudhary’s The Eclipse of Taregna

Piyush Thakur’s Khara Karodpati


The Indian Film Festival of Houston (IFFH) Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to creating a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing quality films that honor entertainment industry performers and film makers while promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian Diaspora through an annual event.

Festival Director Sutapa Ghosh, based in Houston.

Programmer in India Uma da Cunha