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

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics 2012 - 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam

41st International Film Festival Rotterdam

January 25 – February 5, 2012

IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics 2012


The International Film Festival Rotterdam welcomes applications for the 14th IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics taking place during its 41st edition (January 25 - February 5, 2012). Please forward this message to any one you think might be interested.

Deadline for applications: Friday November 4, 2011.
Information / applications: IFFR Press Office,


The International Film Festival Rotterdam supports film making, film producing and journalistic talent on several levels: the main festival section 'Bright Future' (including competitions for feature length and short films) presents recent works by first and second time filmmakers; Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund contributes to film projects in developing countries and CineMart organizes a talent development project for young film producers (Rotterdam Lab) in close collaboration with its partner organizations. Recognizing the important role of film criticism to the perception of independent cinema, the Rotterdam film festival organizes a trainee project for young film critics.

The IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics is a talent development program that offers up to six young (under 30 years), motivated and talented professional film critics from outside The Netherlands a chance to travel abroad for covering a major international film festival, to get acquainted with the Rotterdam film festival in particular and the broad range of independent cinema it offers.

The project was created in 1998 motivated by the fact that young and upcoming film critics get less opportunities to explore and sharpen their knowledge and views on independent and experimental cinema - and on the festivals, like the International Film Festival Rotterdam, that present it.

The program of the Trainee Project includes taking part in the Rotterdam FIPRESCI Jury meetings; exploring an assigned part of the festival; publishing a blog on the IFFR website and writing up to three contributions for the festival's newspaper Daily Tiger; taking part in expert meetings; reporting about the festival for own affiliation(s).
The past editions the Rotterdam film festival welcomed trainee film critics from:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Turkey, UK and USA.


- Complimentary IFFR 2012 press accreditation
- Budget hotel accommodation in Rotterdam from January 26 - February 4, 2012

- Part of travel costs according to country of origin
- The IFFR wants its trainee film critics to really participate in the festival. The trainees will form a team, hosted by the IFFR Press Office and supported by the Daily Tiger Editorial Staff. Each trainee will take part in the trainee program. There will however be time to explore all aspects of the International Film Festival Rotterdam - screenings, exhibitions, Q&A sessions, debates.


- Age under 30 years

- Fluent command of the English language (written and spoken)

- Demonstrable experience in film criticism (printed media, radio/television, online)

- Not yet established enough to profit from facilities as attending international film festivals outside your country

- Have agreement(s) with printed and/or online media to publish a report or reports on the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012

Your application will only be taken in consideration if you match all the above criteria.

Your application should include all of the following documents and information:
- A motivation letter to support your application: explain why this project and the Rotterdam festival appeal to you.
- Your resume (CV) including your contact details and date of birth.
- Up to three proofs of recent work you published on (independent) film or film festivals. If not in English, provide English translations to demonstrate your command of this language. If you work for a print medium, send in a complete copy.
- Information about your affiliation(s): title, name of chief editor, postal address, phone number, email account, periodicity, circulation, web address, estimated unique page views per month.
- A recommendation letter (on company letterhead) of your principal affiliation’s chief editor assigning you to cover IFFR 2012 and confirming that your IFFR 2012 report will be published.

You may send in your application:
- by mail to
- or by land mail to IFFR Press Office, PO Box 21696, 3001 AR Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Deadline for applications: Friday November 4, 2011.
Applications received after this date risk not to be proceeded. Notification before Dec 4, 2011.

Please note: if you are selected and participate in the IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics, you agree that your work produced as part the project may be published by IFFR in print or online in the festival's publications and on the FIPRESCI website.

For further information, please contact:

Nancy van Oorschot, Press Officer & Trainee Project Manager


IFFR Press Office

Bert-Jan Zoet, Head of Media Relations & International PR

Nancy van Oorschot, Press Officer & Trainee Project Manager

Edwige Leblay, Press Accreditations & Press Desk Manager

phone +31 10 8909090


International Film Festival Rotterdam


Bert-Jan Zoet, Head of Media Relations & International PR

P.O. Box 21696


The Netherlands

tel + 31 10 890 90 90

fax + 31 10 890 90 91

41st International Film Festival Rotterdam: 25 January - 5 February 2012

29th CineMart: 29 January - 1 February 2012