Thursday, August 18, 2011

IFFLA 2012 Ready For Entries!

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles announces 2012 call for entries

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced its Call for Entries today. The 10th anniversary edition will be held April 10-15, 2012, at ArcLight Hollywood, located in the heart of Los Angeles.

The early deadline with reduced fees for all film submissions is November 11, 2011. The final deadline is January 6, 2012. IFFLA 2012 seeks narrative, documentary, music videos, experimental, children’s and animated films of any length and format. Jury and Audience Choice Prizes are awarded for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short films.

IFFLA 2011 had over 7,500 attendees and screened 35 films from India and around the world. In addition to the state-of-the-art exhibition of their work, through the festival filmmakers in attendance gained access to prominent executives in the Hollywood film industry.

The 2011 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles launched with the Opening Night Gala presentation of Nila Madhab Panda's I AM KALAM starring Gulshan Grover and concluded with the IFFLA Closing Night Gala world premiere presentation of Disney's ZOKKOMON starring Anupam Kher. Both Grover and Kher were in attendance.

Other highlights included the presentation of the 2012 IFFLA Industry Leadership Awards to Andy Kaplan, President, Networks, Sony Pictures Television; Ajay Bijli, Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, PVR Limited; and Man Jit Singh, CEO, Multi Screen Media Private Limited India; seminars with panelists from Sundance, Reliance, Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America, USA Networks, Deluxe Labs, and Nickelodeon; and nightly musical performances in the IFFLA Rhythm Village presented by Rukus Avenue.

Previous IFFLA screenings include: UDAAN (Vikramaditya Motwane), MUMBAI DIARIES (Kiran Rao), 3 IDIOTS (Rajkumar Hirani), AMELIA (Mira Nair), THE WAITING CITY (Claire McCarthy), SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (Danny Boyle), FIRAAQ (Nandita Das), SITA SINGS THE BLUES (Nina Paley), QUICK GUN MURUGUN (Shashank Ghosh), WATER (Deepa Mehta), LOINS OF PUNJAB PRESENTS (Manish Acharya), DOMBIVLI FAST (Nishikant Kamat), VANAJA (Rajnesh Domalpalli), and BLACK FRIDAY (Anurag Kashyap) among others.

For more information on the Festival, including submission form and guidelines, please visit


The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry performers and business executives and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian Diaspora. For more information about the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, please visit

Press Contact for IFFLA:
Surekha Paruchuri
Tel: 310.403.0665

India representative for IFFLA: Uma da Cunha

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

2011 Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 8 to 18) reflects new Indian cinema in a sweep of features, documentaries and short!

Toronto’s choice three Indian feature films cover current intrinsic genres…
Seven more films testify to India’s global cinematic appeal  

India at Toronto 2011


In Tamil: World premiere of Suseendran’s Azhagarsamy's Horse, featured in Contemporary World Cinema. The film is set in Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu, whose inhabitants believe that the rain god will bless them only after their annual temple festival is performed during which its ceremonial wooden image of a horse is taken in procession through the streets. The sacred emblem goes missing one day leading to consternation that expresses itself in different ways.


In Hindi: World premiere of Pankaj Kapur’s eagerly awaited debut Mausam, featured in Special Presentations. It is the eagerly awaited debut work of a leading stage and screen thespian in Indian cinema, which teams his star-son Shahid Kapur with the elegant new presence of Sonam Kapoor (daughter of Anil Kapoor)


In Hindi: World premiere of Ribhu Dasgupta’s Michael, in Contemporary World Cinema. This debut work takes it place in India’s emerging independent cinema where the country’s current social scene are vividly examined. The film, produced by Anurag Kashyap and starring Naseeruddin Shah, follows the lives of people as they merge and get lost in Kolkata’s landscape.


Co-productions linked to India

Calcutta forges links with France and Sri Lanka to produce a Bengali film, which premiered in Cannes:

Vimukthi Jayasundara’s Chatrak (Mushrooms), featured in Visions.

The film is set in a forest in Bengal where a local youth and an European soldier confront one another.

An Indo-Canadian blockbuster by a Canadian director marks the North American premiere of Robert Lieberman’s Breakaway, featured in Special Presentations. A key figure in the film’s production team is the leading Canada-based Indian film producer, Ajay Virmani, whose son makes his debut in the film’s lead role with Akshay Kumar in cameo scene-stealers.


A South African production set in Durban, which marks the international debut of leading Bangalore based thespian Jayashree Basavra featured with child actor Sihle Dlamini: world premiere of Avie Luthra’s Lucky, featured in Contemporary World Cinema.

From the United Kingdom, Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna, making its world premiere in Special Presentations. This is an unusual adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles set in contemporary India in which

Freida Pinto stars as the titular Trishna, a young woman who is seduced by the wealthy son of a property developer.

Documentary extraordinary: veteran Scottish director-journalist Mark Cousins The Story of Film: An Odyssey

This 15 hour coverage of world cinema in a key segment zeroes into the great names and voices in Indian cinema, including Amitabh Bachchan and Sharmila Tagore. It is featured in the Real to Reel section.

Premiered at Short Cuts - Canada, D J Parmar’s Afternoon Tea, directed and produced by Vancouver based D J Parmar, whose biography reveals that he grew up with a legendary Bollywood family. The short is on the unexpected repercussions and reactions when an elderly Indian man answers the door and finds a young boy who wants to use his telephone.

An event in Toronto festival’s live on-stage Mavericks events: Deepa Mehta and Salman Rushdie in Conversation: On bringing the story of “Midnight's Children” from page to screen, held September 12 at 2 pm, Bell Lightbox - Cinema 2

Monday, August 15, 2011

16th International Kerala Festival, 2011 calls for Entries

The 16th International Film Festival of Kerala will be held from the 9th -16th Dec 2011 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

The festival has a Competition for films from Asia, Africa and Latin America,as well as an Official World Section. Last date for entries is the 30th Sept2011

We request you to pass this information on and participate as in previous years.

For Enquiries/Information:

Bina Paul Venugopal
Artistic Director
16th International Film Festival of Kerala
Mani Bhavan
India 695010
Ph: 0091 471 2310323
Fax: 0091 471 2310322 ,

Sunday, August 14, 2011


We are pleased to announce the 4th edition of BIFFES, the Bengaluru International
Film Festival, from 15th to 22nd December, 2011. This edition of the festival will be
bigger in scope and ambition thanks to the Government of Karnataka, which has
responded to the aspirations of the film fraternity of the state and announced annual
budgetary funding and support for the festival. The event is being organised and
conducted by Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, founded by the government to
promote cinema culture and education.
For Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka, to aspire to and emerge as an important
centre of international film culture is in keeping with Karnataka's glorious heritage
and the state's achievements in the fields of literature, fine arts and cinema. The
Kannada film industry has made signal contributions to the quality and range of
Indian cinematic expression and grown to produce over a 100 feature films every
year. Films from Karnataka have won national and international recognition and
critical acclaim at various film festivals.
The 4th BIFFES will feature both Competition and non-Competition sections.
Selection of the films to be invited for screening at the competition will be made by
an expert committee and prizes will be awarded by jury panels comprising Indian and
international members.
The Competition Section itself will be in four categories:

1. International category for feature films:
Awards instituted by Government of Karnataka; International Jury
Best film Award: GOLDEN BERUNDA
Cash Award of Rs. 10,00,000 (approx. US $20,000)
Best Director Award: SILVER BERUNDA
Cash Award of Rs. 5,00,000 (approx US $10,000)
Eligibility: Films made between: 1st Jan 2010 and 15th June 2011.

2. Asian cinema category
Award from Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce; Netpac Jury
Cash Prize: Rs 2,00,000/- (approx: US $ 4,000)
Films made in the Asian Continent
Eligibility: Films made between: 1st Jan 2010 and 15th June 2011.

3. Chitrabharathi: Indian cinema category.
Award from Suchitra Film Society; FIPRESCI Jury
Best film award: SUCHITRA SANMAN, Cash Prize: Rs 2,00,000/- (approx: US $
Indian language films.
Eligibility: Films made between: 1st Sept 2010 and 31st Aug 2011.

4. Kannada cinema category
Award: Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy; Film Societies' Jury.
Cash Prize: Rs. 2,00,000/- (approx: US$ 4,000)
Films in the languages of Karnataka
Eligibility: Films made between: 1st Sept 2010 and 31st Aug 2011.
Guidelines for both Competition and non-Competition Sections:
• Film submission formats: 35mm, Digi-Beta and international-standard digital
• Films must be sub-titled in English
Competition Section
o Films entered in competition sections of the other festivals in India are also
o No screening charges will be paid for the films.
o One representative - Producer or Director or any authorized representative -
is entitled for travel (economy class- return airfare) and local hospitality at
the festival
o Entries are to be sent in the prescribed form (available on our website) along
with a DVD screener with English Subtitles.
We invite films for Non-Competition section also under the following
o World Cinema
o Retrospectives & Tributes
o Country Focus
o Special Genre
o Nostalgia

Do visit our website for details about the film festival, guidelines
and entry forms.
We look forward to your participation.

Warm Regards,
T S Nagabharana
Festival Director
+91 984 527 7408

Bengaluru International Film Festival,
Badami House, NR Sqaure
Opp BBMP Office, Bangalore 560008, INDIA

HN Narahari Rao,
Artistic Director,
+91 944 847 6681
For queries, contact us at |;
call +91 80 2222 2355 / +91 80 4219 8411