Saturday, April 23, 2011

MAMI – Busan join hands!

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Mumbai - Busan Cooperation Agreement At the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, Srinivasan Narayanan, the festival director of Mumbai FF and Lee Yong-Kwan, Busan IFF’s festival director, signed an agreement to strengthen artistic, financial and educational exchanges between the two festivals.

Mumbai Film Festival, organized by MAMI is a Reliance Entertainment Ltd. initiative which is the flagship media and entertainment arm of India's Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.

The Busan International Film Festival is widely regarded as Asia's most important and influential film event; its 16th edition is scheduled from Oct 6 to 14, 2011, with its Asian Film Market to be held between Oct 10 and 13. The 13th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival will take place from Oct 13 to 20, 2011.

Busan International Film Festival Director Lee Yong-Kwan with Mumbai Film Festival Director Srinivasan Narayanan

While Busan has been screening Indian films and hosting Indian talents, veteran Korean Actress Jeong-hee Yoon was a member of the International jury of the 12 Mumbai Film Festival which also screened several Korean films including Lee Chang Dong’s Poetry starring Ms. Yoon. Korean director Sang Woo Lee attended the Festival with his latest film My Mother is a Whore.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Shekhar Kapoor presents 'Bollywood" in Cannes!

Bollywood gets the limelight in Cannes - Out of Competition!

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
India, 81 mins
DirectionRakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Jeff Zimbalist
Production: Shekhar Kapoor & UTV Motion Pictures with Ronnie Screwvala and Trishya Screwvala.
Out of competition

It all began with a conversation with Shekhar Kapoor, a member of the Cannes Jury in 2010. Why not make a film that brings together the most beautiful moments in the history of Indian musical films, with all their moving pageantry and dance? A few months later, there was Bollywood, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told. It is a swirling and poignant montage in which Shekhar Kapoor, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
 Jeff Zimbalist pay tribute to this cinema genre that has contributed to establishing India’s identity in the eyes of the world and to making Mumbai one of the world capitals of film history.

"We love it. We hate it. We see it as regressive. We see it as modern. We need to breathe it to feel alive. Some say it is the only culture that holds India together. Some say it gives identity and individuality to 25 million Indians that have left her shores and whose third generations that are still addicted to it. That’s Bollywood!”


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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Animation filmmaker Gitanjali Rao on the Jury for Short Films at Cannes Critics Week

Gitanjali Rao, animation film maker living in Mumbai, became a known name overnight in cinema circles when her debut work, the 15-minute animation film Printed Rainbow won three Awards for the Best Short film in Critic’s Week, Cannes 2006. The film describes the loneliness of an old woman and her cat, who escape into the fantastical world of matchbox covers. Gitanjali painted the entire film frame by frame over three years as a labour of love dedicated to her mother and cat – then followed 22 international awards and screenings in over a hundred international film festivals. Printed Rainbow will be presented in Short Film Corner.

Printed Rainbow

Gitanjali’s feature film Girgit has been selected at the 'Les Cinema du Monde' Pavilion, Cannes Market, as work in progress

The film follows three young friends, Salim, Kamala and Unni, who have migrated to Mumbai from villages in different parts of India. Their lives, their stories and their reasons for leaving their roots are as distinct as their languages, their villages and their traditions. In Mumbai, their struggle for survival brings them closer to each other. The film silently speaks about the survival of their spirit, their dreams, and their innocence in the harsh reality of a big city. Gitanjali states that this 80-minute film, minus dialogue, would be pure visual storytelling in 2D Animation. It would be painted frame by frame using inspiration from Indian folk art styles belonging to three regions of India that the friends come from. It would reflect the visual splendor of Indian traditional and folk art, telling a contemporary urban story


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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Call for Entry ‑ Tokyo International Film Festival(TIFF)

Call for Entry ‑Deadline July 15th‑

As one of the biggest film festivals in Asia - the 24th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will be held from October 22 (Sat) to October 30 (Sun), 2011 at the central of Tokyo, together with the rapidly growing entertainment multi-content business market TIFFCOM, held during the festival at the same venue. 

As in the past editions, the Competition Section will highlight selected films created by up-and-coming directors as well as premieres of works by world prestigious filmmakers.
Last year, the Competition attracted 832 films from 76 countries and regions, the record in the history of TIFF, aspiring to win the prestigious Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix.

©2010 TIFF
"Intimate Grammar"
The 23rd Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix Winner

We will start accepting entries to the Competition from this week, April 20 (Wed) to July 15 (Fri). A summary of the Regulations for the Competition 2011 is provided below.
TIFF looks forward to even a larger number of submissions for this year from around the world.
Regulations for the Competition 2011 (summary)
All films selected and invited for the Competition must meet the following conditions:
① Must be films completed after January 1st 2011.
② Should not have been screened at main competition section of "competitive feature film festivals (non-specialised)" accredited by FIAPF*¹ prior to TIFF.
③ Must have its East-Asian Premiere at TIFF. World and International Premieres are given priority. Japanese films must have its World Premiere.
④ Must be feature films (including animation) running over 60 minutes.
⑤ Documentary films are not eligible.
⑥ Both digital format (in high definition) and 35mm film print, with English subtitles, are eligible as screening material.
The application of these conditions belongs at the discretion of TIFF.
Please refer to FIAPF's official web site for the list of accredited Festivals: 

The Awards
TIFF will award the following prizes in accordance with the decision of the International Competition Jury who is obliged to award the following prizes:
Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix (for the producer and the director*²) cash prize of 50,000 USD
Special Jury Prize (for the producer and the director*²) cash prize of 20,000 USD
Award for Best Director cash prize of 5,000 USD
Award for Best Actress cash prize of 5,000 USD
Award for Best Actor cash prize of 5,000 USD
Award for Best Artistic Contribution (Photography, Sound, Art Direction, Music, Script etc.) cash prize of 5,000 USD
The cash prize is to be shared equally by the producer and the director.
For further inquiries for film submission, please visit the official TIFF website,, or contact us by e–mail at

For more information regarding the 24th TIFF, please contact Mr. Ryuta Hattori (International Communications / TIFF)
E–mail:; Tel: +81 (0)3 35 24 10 81; Fax: +81 (0)3 35 24 10 87; TIFF website:


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

India-France co-production “Chatrak” (Mushrooms) directed by Vimukthi Jayasundara features in the 2011 Directors’ Fortnight Lineup

The Singhalese filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara attended the Film and Television Institute in Pune, India. He was born in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka, educated at Mahinda College, Galle, began his cinematic career as a journalist, film critic and screenwriter. He returned to Sri Lanka and was employed at the Lowe Lintas Worldwide ad-agency as a copywriter for three years. Vimukthi Jayasundara enrolled as a post-graduate at Le Fresnoy-Studio National des Arts. Following his time at Fresnoy, he directed a short film, Empty for Love, shot in France and Sri Lanka. The film was produced by Lefresnoy and was officially selected to the Cannes film festival in 2003. It won the Best Director Award at the Novo Mesto International Short Film festival – Slovenia in 2003 and the same year, he became a resident at the Cinéfondation of the Cannes Film Festival.

Jayasundara’s first film The Land Of Silence, a documentary in black and white about the victims of civil war, was selected at several festivals including Marseilles, Rotterdam and Berlin. The film made with cinematographic equipment from the 1960s and interspersed with occasional dialogues, deliberately not translated, but relayed by a background commentary, the film transforms images of the present into ghostly archives. It refuses to intensify the horror by making it appear close at hand, and denounces the alliance between technological virtuosity and fascination with war. Rather, it has faith in “history as a source of knowledge” to counteract silence.

In 2005 Jayasundara directed his first feature, The Forsaken Land - Sulanga Enu Pinisa won the 2005 Cannes Film Festival Camera d'Or, the first Sri lankan to do so. The film is minimalist, constructed with sparse dialogue and haunting tableaux of an isolated desolate rural landscape. The film is considered by many international critics to be one of the most important cinematic statements to emerge from Asia in the last ten years. It won the Jury Prize at the New Delhi Osian’s-Cinefan international Film Festival in India, 2005 and also won Golden Harvest for the Best Film at the Bangkok world Film festival in Thailand, 2006. The Forsaken Land was co-produced by Unlimited, Les Films de l'Etranger, Onoma and Arte France Cinema, in association with Film Council Productions (Sri Lanka) - with Philippe Avril as executive producer. The Forsaken Land was released in France by Tadrart Films (French title: La terre abandonnée) and in United States by New Yorker. The film is available on DVD in America and France (MK2 video) as well.


Between Two Worlds (Ahasin Wetei), his second feature film, was produced by Les Films Hatari and Unlimited and co-produced by Arte France Cinéma and Film Council Productions and Anura Silva in Sri Lanka. The cast includes Chinese actress Huang Lu, Thusitha Laknath, Kaushalya Fernando and Steve de la Zilwa. With cinematography by Channa Deshapriya, and original music by Lakshman Joseph de Saram, this film was in Competition at the 66th Venice International film festival, 2009 and was nominated for the prestigious Golden Lion. Between Two Worlds was invited to more than 100 film festivals around the world and it will be playing at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York from 22nd November to 29th 2010.


Other Feature films

Après le sud

France - 1h29 (2011)

Jean-Jacques Jauffret




Austria - 1h38 (2011)

Karl Markovics


Blue Bird

Belgium - 1h26 (2011)

Gust Van den Berghe



Palawan Destin

Philippines - 1h33 (2011)

Auraeus Solito


Code Blue

Netherlands, Denmark - 1h21 (2011)

Urszula Antoniak


Corpo celeste

Italy, Swiss, France - 1h40 (2011)

Alice Rohrwacher



Denmark, Iceland - 1h39 (2011)

Rúnar Rúnarsson


En Ville

France - 1h15 (2011)

Bertrand Schefer

Valérie Mréjen



France - 1h50 (2011)

André Téchiné


Jeanne captive

France - 1h32 (2011)

Philippe Ramos


La Fée

France, Belgium - 1h33 (2011)

Fiona Gordon

Dominique Abel

Bruno Romy


La Fin du silence

France - 1h20 (2011)

Roland Edzard


Les Géants

Belgium, France, Luxembourg - 1h25 (2011)

Bouli Lanners


O Abismo prateado

Le Gouffre argenté

Brazil - 1h22 (2011)

Karim Aïnouz



Sweden, France, Denmark - 0 (2011)

Ruben Östlund



Colombia, Spain, Uruguay, Argentina, France - 1h41 (2011)

Alejandro Landes



U.S.A. - (2011)

Liza Johnson


Sur la planche

Morocco, France, Germany - 1h50 (2011)

Leïla Kilani


The Island

Bulgaria, Sweden - 1h50 (2011)

Kamen Kalev


The Other Side Of Sleep

Netherlands, Hungary, Irland - 1h31 (2011)

Rebecca Daly


Short films (14)

Armand 15 ans l'été

France - 50 min (2011)

Blaise Harrison


Bielutin - Dans le jardin du temps

France - 30 min (2011)

Clément Cogitore


Boro In The Box

France - 40 min (2011)

Bertrand Mandico


Cigarette at Night

United Kingdom - 5 min (2011)

Duane Hopkins



Hungary - 20 min (2011)

Attila Till


Demain, ça sera bien

France - 16 min (2011)

Pauline Gay


Fourplay : Tampa

U.S.A. - 17 min (2011)

Kyle Henry


Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys

Sweden, Thailand - 23 min (2011)

Jens Assur


La Conduite de la Raison

France - 21 min (2011)



Las Palmas

Sweden - 13 min (2011)

Johannes Nyholm


Le Songe de Poliphile

France - 10 minutes (2011)

Camille Henrot


Mila Caos

Germany, Cuba - 18 min (2011)

Simon Paetau



Swiss, Portugal - 30 min (2011)

Basil da Cunha


Vice Versa One

Afghanistan - 10 min (2011)

Shahrbanoo Sadat


Special screenings (4)

Des Jeunes Gens Mödernes

France, Belgium - 1h37 (2011)

Jérôme de Missolz


El Velador

Le Veilleur de nuit

U.S.A., Mexico, France - 1h12 (2011)

Natalia Almada


Koi no Tsumi

Japan - 2h23 (2011)

Sion Sono


La Nuit elles dansent

Canada - 1h21 (2011)

Isabelle Lavigne

Stéphane Thibault



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Monday, April 18, 2011

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2011 Winners – Congratulations to ALL!

The following films have collected the coveted top awards at the Los Angeles Indian Film Festival 2011,  announced at its closing night party on April 17.

And the Winners are …

* Vikramaditya Motwane's "Udaan" receives the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature

* Sonali Gulati’s "I am" receives the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary

* Rakesh Chaudhary's "The Eclipse of Taregna" is named Best Short Film

Audience Choice Awards go to:

* Nila Madhab Panda's "I am Kalam" for Narrative Feature

* Kenny Meehan and Bill Bowles’ "Big In Bollywood" for Documentary

* Shlok Sharma's "Tubelight's Moon" for Short

Celebrate, Captivate, and Connect was the theme for the 2011 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA)! After 6 days and over 7,000 attendees the Festival drew to a close Sunday night (April 17) with a gala celebration that included the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' ZOKKOMON which opens in U.S. theaters on April 22nd and the presentation of the festival's Grand Jury and Audience Award, followed by a reception.

The festival, which screened 32 features, documentaries and short films at ArcLight Hollywood, played to sell out crowds at nearly all of its screenings and events. IFFLA Executive Director Christina Marouda said, "This year's festival broke previous year's attendance proving there is a major audience fan base for Indian cinema in the U.S. Our audiences were captivated by the diversity of our offerings. We are thrilled at the enormous response to this year's program. We look forward to celebrating our momentous 10th year in 2012 in Los Angeles and have already begun preparations."

"IFFLA's industry-related events continued to connect Hollywood and Indian executives and educate filmmakers through our Seminar Day on Saturday. We were also proud to honor the outstanding contributions that Sony Pictures Television Networks President Andy Kaplan, Chief Executive Officer - Multi Screen Media Private Limited Man Jit Singh, and Chairman and Managing Director, PVR Cinemas, Ajay Bilji have made to the industry as this year's Industry Leadership Awards recipients", added the organization's Chairman of the Board Arnold Peter.

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