Friday, June 10, 2011

London Indian Film Festival 2011 - A Sizzling summer of new independent Indian films

Celebrating the burgeoning movement of alternative Indian cinema, the second annual London INDIAN Film Festival will run from 30 June – 12 July in London, bringing to UK audiences a selection of cutting edge films from some of India’s hottest independent talents. Going way beyond Bollywood, these are films that challenge, shock, generate debate and present a more realistic view of India today in all its colour and diversity.

Following the Opening Night World Premiere screening of DELHI BELLY, produced by Aamir Khan Productions and UTV Motion Pictures, starring Imran Khan, the festival will go on to showcase the work of India’s new wave of independent filmmakers, including Anurag Kashyap and Rituparno Ghosh. The festival will stretch city wide, opening in the West End at the Cineworld Haymarket and continuing at V&A, BFI Southbank, Nehru Centre, Watermans, Cineworld Trocadero, Feltham, Wood Green and Ilford and The University of Westminster.

On the heels of three Glastonbury performances and a stellar appearance on Later… with Jools Holland, singer and film composer Raghu Dixit will perform before the closing night film AUTOGRAPH on July 12.

Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Festival Director comments, “In addition to showing great movies, we also aim to help get these films talked about and screened more broadly in cinemas in the UK, in the same way that Iranian cinema has been. London of course has a huge Asian audience for these movies, but many non-Asian Brits would also like to find out more about the 1.2 billion strong India of today, and cinema is a great way to do this”.

For more information and booking details please visit: Tickets are currently on sale at the BFI and V&A and will commence sales at other venues from June 15.

The Satyajit Ray Foundation’s Short Film Competition has joined the Festival with the winning filmmaker receiving a £1,000 Award on 12 July at Cineworld, Haymarket.

For more information please contact: Naman Ramachandran

T: +44 (0) 7941941745


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Monday, June 6, 2011

10th International Film Students Meeting (at the 59th San Sebastian Festival) - Registrations open now!

The 10th International Film Students Meeting will take place on Wednesday 21, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 September 2011 as part of the 59th San Sebastian Festival.

Organised by San Sebastian Festival and Tabakalera-International Contemporary Culture Centre, the meeting is a platform for youngsters to show their short films, meet with professionals and discover the latest in audiovisual technology in the Master Class.

The selected short films will be screened at showings open to the general public and Festival guests attended by professionals from the audiovisual industry. A specific jury, consisting of students from the participating school and chaired by a personality from the world of film will choose the winner of the Panavision prize going to the director of the winning short. The Jury will also choose three directors who will have the opportunity to participate with their works in the next Cannes Festival Short Film Corner.

Projects can be registered from June 6.

The rules and regulations, the guide for filling out the registration form and other information on the International Film Students Meeting will be available from June 6 on It will be also available on and on

The deadline for receiving short films is July 2.


In other news, the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival will be held from October 22 to 30 in Roppongi, Japan, while its affiliated multi-content market TIFFCOM will be held from October 24 to 26.

TIFF is now accepting international submission for 2011 Competition