Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hubert Bals Fund, CineMart and Binger Filmlab select first projects for Boost!

The Hubert Bals Fund, CineMart and Binger Filmlab have chosen film projects by Hawa Essuman (Kenya), Adrian Biniez (Uruguay) and Nikola Ljuca (Serbia) as the first selections in their new joint initiative ‘Boost!’ The filmmakers will be offered coaching in the Binger On Demand programme. The projects will subsequently be presented at CineMart 2012.

As of 2011, the Hubert Bals Fund, CineMart and Binger Filmlab have joined forces in organizing a special coaching trajectory for Hubert Bals Fund supported film projects. Each year, 5 projects selected for HBF Script and Project Development support are offered the opportunity to further develop their project at Binger Filmlab, as part of their Binger On Demand programme. At Binger Filmlab, the filmmakers are offered coaching – based on the specific needs of the project and filmmaker – focused on the further development of their film projects.

During the upcoming International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Boost! projects by Essuman, Biniez and Ljuca will be presented at the 29th CineMart (January 29 – 1 February 2012), where they will be offered special pitching and project development sessions prior to taking one-to-on meetings at the co-production market.

Djin, Hawa Essuman’s second feature film project, is set in a sleepy seaside town that is about to be roused by Djin, the wind that stirs people’s deepest emotions and blows every forty years. Essuman’s first film Soul Boy received Hubert Bals Fund support for post-production and saw its world premiere during IFFR 2010 as part of the theme section Where is Africa. German director Tom Tykwer supported Essuman in making Soul Boy based on the script that Tykwer wrote together with Nairobi-based writer Billy Kahora. Soul Boy took the Dioraphte Audience Award for Best Hubert Bals Fund supported film of IFFR 2010.

Adrian Biniez’s second feature film project El 5 de Talleres (Center Half of Talleres) tells about 35-year old Paton, who plays soccer in the third division team. His last months as a professional soccer player force him to think about his life in a new way and what his life after soccer may look like.

Biniez’s feature film début Gigante (Giant) received Hubert Bals Fund support for script and project development in 2006, was coproduced by Dutch IDTV/Motel Films as part of the HBF Plus scheme and took the Silver Bear at its Berlinale 2008 premiere.

In Humidity, Nikola Ljuca’s first feature film project, the wife of a successful young man has suddenly disappeared. Assured that she will come back, the man returns to his work and friends. But, maybe she is just the first of the dominoes to collapse.

Serbian filmmaker Ljuca works in film and television as casting director as well as video artist for theatre and art projects. He won several international and domestic awards for his short film Thursday. Ljuca’s script for Humidity was developed during the Berlinale Script Station 2011.


EXPERIMENTA – the international festival for moving image art in
India, seeks artists’ films and videos from any country that challenge
popular and conventional modes of cinema. Abstract to obscure
compositions produced on the margins of contemporary screen-culture
are welcome. Innovative,cutting edge and non-traditional work that
attempts to aesthetically extend the parameters of the mediums of film
and video is encouraged.

Preview copies must be submitted for selection purposes. All lengths
of film are considered.Please submit entries as soon as possible. The
final deadline for receipt of submissions in 10th September 2011. The
festival programme will be finalised by October 2011, at which time
only those whose works are selected will be informed.

EXPERIMENTA is a curated film festival, and will be held in Bangalore
India, December 1-4, 2011

For more information on EXPERIMENTA and to download a submission form

Friday, August 12, 2011

New Jersey Independen​t South Asian Cine Fest announces "Final Call For Entries"

5th New Jersey Independent South Asian Cine Fest (NJISACF) announces their “Final Call for entries” in all genres, formats and lengths. The final date of submission is August 30, 2011. Jury and Audience Choice Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Submission form and guidelines are available at Submission forms may also be requested by sending an email to

The three day-long festival, to be held in October to be held at Big Cinemas, Edison in New Jersey, will showcase more than 30 independent works by or about South Asian Women that challenge the stereotypical and traditional portrayal of women in mainstream commercial cinema. There will also be a side-bar on works celebrating the achievements of new and established Indian filmmakers.

The festival will also include filmmaker Q&As and panel discussions with filmmakers, thought leaders and academics from a variety of disciplines.

Festival’s Director, Sakti Sengupta believes that a women's film festival can be significant in that critical views are expressed, voices of resistance and protests are heard, questions raised, debates started, vitality and accomplishments celebrated, dreams shared, artistic virtuosity demonstrated.

“Ultimately, we want to make a journey through the past and present of women’s struggles and victories and have a better understanding of a world that for many in the South Asian community has remained alien,” he says.

Last year, the festival saw a tremendous response from the audience.  Please use this link to learn about what the audience had to say about us:

NJISACF was created as a part of the Asian American Film and Theater Project, a non-profit tax-exempt organization based in USA.

Please visit to download Submission Guidelines and Entry form.

To support the festival and to get up-to date information about programming, please visit or the website
We'd appreciate if you could carry the information in your blog and/magazine.
Please feel free to contact me for any information you may need.

Neha Mahajan

732 500 8844

Marketing, NJISACF 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Press Release – AFRIFF 2011

AFRIFF 2011: Organisers call for entry
Organisers of this year's Africa International Film Festival
(AFRIFF) have started calling for entries for the 2011 edition of the
festival. The entry which opened March 30 will close on AUGUST
30 2011.

AFRIFF is a celebration of filmmaking and a platform for the
recognition of new and established talents from all over the world.
It hosts local and international filmmakers, celebrities, actors,
producers, distributors, visual artists, film students, amateurs and
the press. The first edition held in Port Harcourt last December
with Rivers state government as major sponsor.

Chief Executive Officer of AFRIFF, Mrs. Chioma Ude, in a
statement noted that this year's edition would be a masterpiece as
serious efforts are being made to overhaul the total gamut of the
processes that would lead to achieving a world class festival.
While reeling out submission guidelines for the festival which is the
new annual appointment of the world film community celebrated on
Africa's soil, she said each entry must be accompanied by a
completed entry form and on DVD. Foreign language work must be
dubbed or subtitled in English, including a concise
synopsis of the film. Besides, all tapes/DVDs must be labelled with
the title of the entry, running time, and the name of the director.
According to her, ‘’all entries will be viewed by the selection
committee as there will be no cuts or changes. Festival selections
will be announced in September while all entrants will be notified
by email. A festival jury is expected to present awards to films and
videos selected as best in their category at the festival awards
ceremony scheduled for December.ʼʼ

Practitioners in the industry who wish to enter for the various
categories are required to follow the entry guidelines posted on the
AFRIFF website Eligible films must have
been produced after January 1, 2011 and preference will be given
to films which are yet to be screened globally or in Africa.
Categories include Feature, Short, Documentary and Animation.

Founded in 2009, the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)
has a vision to create a platform for the world to zoom in on the
diversity and creativity of Africa through motion pictures. Started
December 2010, in the tradition of the likes of the Cannes Film
Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival,
AFRIFF will unite film makers from across the world on the African
soil. It will hold yearly in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
hosting both local and international film-makers, celebrities, actors,
directors, film buyers, distributors, visual artists, film students,
amateurs, film lovers and the media. AFRIFF will launch the
unique Film & Equipment Market, which will grow content and
equipment trade out of Africa and foster partnerships.

For further information please visit or
contact us
Call can also be made to
Afolabi Adewole, Media Managers PR Limited 08023165439

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Announcing winners of the 12 Indian Scripts at Locarno's Open Doors, 2011!

Among the 12 Indian scripts competing at the Locarno’s Open Doors, 2011,
the main prize of Swiss Francs 50,000 was shared by the two top winners:
Shanker Raman was awarded 30,000 Swiss Francs for his script The Trapper’s Snare, produced by Rucha Pathak. The Trapper’s Snare is the spiritual journey of 15-year-old Sundaran, his experiences and realisations, and the rite of going into adulthood. He is the only child of a Tamil tribal family in Sri Lanka and his parents are bird trappers. This is award winning Shankar Raman’s third feature as writer and his first as director.

Shankar Raman

Alka Raghuram was awarded a grant of 20,000 Swiss Francs for her script Burqa Boxers (produced by her). Burqa Boxers is about three young Muslim girls learning boxing at a little gym in Kolkata, each one a warrior determined to knock out a few stereotypes. This will be a feature length documentary. San Francisco-based independent writer-director Alka Raghuram has made three short films and the 40-minute documentary Black Waters.

Alka Raghuram


The CNC (Centre National du Cinema et de L’image Animee awarded a grant of 7,000 Euros to Anup Singh for his script Lasya (The Gentle Dance) produced by Johannes Rexin.

Lasya is set in Mumbai, a city steadily flooded by raging monsoon rains, in which a beggar child is fatally hit by a truck. Her young mother is determined to fulfil her promise to the child that she will find the father who had deserted them a long time ago. Anup Singh, born in Tanyania, East Africa, studied direction at the Film and Television Institute in Pune. He made his debut in filmmaking with the award winning feature film The Name of a Rover. His next feature Quissa starts shooting in November 2011.

Anup Singh


The grant of 6,000 Euros for develoment from ARTE was awarded to Char … The Island Within, directed and produced by Sourav Sarangi and co-produced by Stefano Tealdi and Signe Byrge Sorenson. Char … The Island Within follows a 14 year old boy who lives near a river that eroded an entire village - his home, his school, green fields and the large banyan tree. Sourav Sarangi studied Biology before he took his diploma from the Film and Television Institute in Pune. His documentaries and shorts have won numerous awards, particularly Bilal made in 2008.

Sourav Sarangi


From over 200 projects submitted in 18 different languages from 30 regions in India,the following twelve were selected to participate in Open Doors, the 2011 Festival del film Locarno’s co-production lab.
- Aharbal Falls by Ajay Raina
- Ajeeb Aashiq by Natasha Mendonca
- Arunoday / Sunrise by Partho Sen-Gupta
- Burqa Boxers by Alka Raghuram
- Char, The Island Within by Sourav Sarangi
- Jat Panchayat / The Judgement by Satish Manwar
- Lasya / The Gentle Dance by Anup Singh
- Samaadhi / The Penance by Sidharth Srinivasan
- Sebastian Wants to Remember by Vasant Nath
- The Trapper's Snare by Shanker Raman
- Thread / Le Fil by Lilium Leonard
- Vidhvastha / Devastated by Ashish Avikunthak

With support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Swiss Foreign Ministry, for the last eight years, the Open Doors section has worked to highlight filmmakers and films from countries whose cinema is still developing, and is committed to enabling them to find coproduction partners for their new projects.

This initiative, focusing on a different region every year, operates in two modes. Open Doors co-production lab brings professionals from the chosen region together with potential partners, mostly from Europe, to foster support for projects that would otherwise be difficult to make. Every year, following a call for submissions, the Festival selects a dozen new projects from the chosen region. At the end of the workshop, the winning projects receive either development or production support. For the public audience, the Open Doors Screenings present a selection of key films from the national cinemas of the chosen region.

Since its inception, Open Doors has showcased projects from Cuba and Argentina, countries in the Mekong, the Maghreb, South-East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand), the Near and Middle East (Mashrek), Latin America, Greater China and, in 2010, central Asia.

India was the country of focus for the Locarno’s 2011 Open Doors.

Monday, August 8, 2011

62nd Berlin International Film Festival (February 9-19, 2012)


Press Release

Changing Perspectives
Berlinale Talent Campus #10 call for entries now open

The tenth edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus will take place at the Hebbel am Ufer Theatre (HAU 1-3) in Berlin-Kreuzberg from February 11-16, 2012. "Changing Perspectives" is the thematic focus of the 2012 Campus, to which 350 up-and-coming filmmakers from all over the world will be invited during the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.
Getting out of your reality tunnel: the ability to see things from multiple perspectives is an essential skill when it comes to approaching today’s vibrant issues. It requires imagination and transforms change into an opportunity to improve one's work. Emerging filmmakers will play an increasingly essential role in this film industry, where shifting paradigms strongly affect how films are presented and reach audiences. "Changing perspectives is a process that requires active participation: sharing ideas and experiences, approaching filmmaking in a transdisciplinary way, getting inspired by visionary pioneers and being open to the unexpected along the way. This doesn't just happen by coincidence", says Campus programme manager Matthijs Wouter Knol.
The Berlinale Talent Campus brings emerging filmmakers and seasoned film professionals together and offers them a platform to refresh their views, discover new horizons, find fellow filmmaking collaborators and discuss new trends and developments in contemporary cinema and media. The application can be found online at until October 5, 2011.

On the lookout for talented distributors
Every year the Campus invites professionals from all sectors of film: directors, screenwriters, producers, actors, cinematographers, production designers, editors, film critics, composers and sound designers. For the first time, the Berlinale Talent Campus is encouraging a new generation of talented distributors to apply. Those young international professionals who are passionate about developing new strategies and who use traditional cinemas and groundbreaking platforms to get films seen by an audience now have the possibility to submit an application. At the Campus they can join intensive programme sessions on distribution as well as enter into discussion with other filmmakers about future collaboration.

Campus International: Talent Campus Durban and Sarajevo Talent Campus
Like in Berlin, prepping projects for the market is equally important at the Campus' international sister programmes. The Doc Station at the 4th Talent Campus Durban (July 22-26, 2011) helps documentary filmmakers present their projects in the Durban FilmMart. In addition, about 40 talented African filmmakers will attend masterclasses with Gaston Kaboré, Djo Munga and Leonard Retel Helmrich. At the 5th Sarajevo Talent Campus (July 24-30, 2011), filmmakers in the Pack&Pitch programme will be coached to present their projects in the Cinelink co-production market. Cary Fukunaga, Wim Wenders and Béla Tarr are just some of the experts who will be there to share their insights with south-eastern European filmmakers.

The Berlinale Talent Campus is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, a business division of the Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media upon a decision of the German Bundestag, in co-operation with MEDIA - Training programme of the European Union and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

as pdf-file download on our website:

Berlinale Talent Campus #10
11 - 16 FEB 2012
Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Potsdamer Straße 5
10785 Berlin
Tel. +49.30.259 20.458
Fax +49.30.259 20.519