Saturday, February 11, 2012

MIFF 2012 Award Winners

12th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films

February 3 – 9, 2012


Special Mention - Indian Critic Jury Award Certificate
Anthony Gonsalves - The Music Legend (India)
Directed by Ashok Rane
Producers: Shreekant Joshi -Mrinalini

Indian Critic Jury Award Certificate

Good Morning Mumbai

Directed and Produced by Rajesh Thakare and Troy Vasanth

Indian Documentary Producers' Association (IDPA)

Best Student Film Award plus Rupees 1,00,000/-

Anoop Sathyan’s A Dream Called America

Produced by National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

Best Film of the Festival Award (For Producer Only)

plus Rupees 2,00,000/-

Tuhinabha Majumdar’s Midnight Bioscope

Producer: Rupashi Bangla

Indian Jury Award plus Rupees 2,50,000/-

Prantik Basu’s One, Two

Producer: Film and Television Institute of India, Pune

Special Mention – Animation Certificate

Unni ( A Plight of a Kid and Many Others)

Directed by Mayur, Ranjitha, Abhimanyu, Saheb, Abhilash

Producer: National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

Second Best Animation Film - Silver Conch + Rupees 2,50,000/-

Good Morning Mumbai
Produced and Directed by Rajesh Thakare and Troy Vasanth

Best Animation Film - Golden Conch + Rupees 5,00,000/-

Aditi Chitre’s Journey to Nagaland

Produced by Rajiv Mehrotra, Public Broadcasting Service Trust

Special Mention – Fiction Certificate


Directed by Kunal Suresh Walve

Producerr: Suresh R. Walve

Special Mention – Fiction Certificate

Rajiv Mohite’s Aaliya

Produced by Amarjeet Amle

Second Best Fiction Film (Upto 70 Mins.)

Silver Conch + Rupees 2,50,000/-

The Black Hole

Directed and Produced by Tanmayee Deo and Dnyanesh Zoting

Best Fiction Film (Upto 70 Mins.)

Golden Conch + Rupees 5,00,000/-

Tuhinabha Majumdar’s Midnight Bioscope

Produced by Rupashi Bangla

Special Mention – Documentary Certificate

Amlan Dutta’s One Day Ahead of Democracy

Produced by Anirban Dutta

Second Best Documentary Film

Silver Conch + Rupees 2,50,000/-

Ashvin Kumar ‘s Inshallah, Football

Produced by Ashwin Kumar and Giulia Achilli

Best Documentary Film

Golden Conch + Rupees. 5,00,000/-

At the Stairs

Produced and Directed by Rajesh S Jala


International Critic Jury Award - Certificate

by Kyaw Kyaw Oo and Maung Myint Aung’s

Nargis - when time stopped breathing (Myanmar)

Produced by Claire Franklin

Best Debut Film of a Director

Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari – A Govt. of Maharashtra Undertaking

Trophy + Rupees 1 00 000/

Still Standing

Directed and Produced by Pankaj Johar

Best Film of the Festival Award (for producer only)

plus Rupees Rs.2,00,000/-

Jai Bhim Comrade

Directed and Produced by Anand Patwardhan

International Jury Award ( shared)

Rupees.1,25,000/- each

Mamta Murthy’s Fried fish, Chicken Soup

Produced by Majlis


Moni Bency JJ ’s Mahasweta Devi Close Up

Produced by Suvendu Chatterjee, Drik

Second Best Animation Film

Silver Conch + Rs. 2,50,000/-

Susan Danta and Wendy Chandler’s Heirlooms (Australia)

Produced by Wendy Chandler

Best Animation Film

Golden Conch + Rupees 5,00,000/-
Anand Tharaney and Kurnal Rawat’s Prince

Produced by Grandmother India Design Pvt Ltd

Second Best Fiction Film (upto 70 Mins.)

Silver Conch + Rupees .2,50,000/- each

Wong Wai-Kit The Decisive Moment (Hong Kong)

Produced by Hui chi-kin

Best Fiction Film (upto 70 Mins.)

Golden Conch + Rupees 5,00,000/-

Alexandru Mavrodineanu’s Music In the Blood (Romania)

Producer by Catalin Mitulescu

Second Best Documentary Film (above 40 Mins.) - Shared

Silver Conch + Rupees 1,25,000/- each

Nirmal Chander’s Dreaming Taj Mahal (India)


Olga Maurina, Anna Kapkina’s Home (Russia)

Produced by Anna Kapkina and Samsara Studios

Best Documentary Film (above 40 Mins.)

Golden Conch + Rupees. 5,00,000/-

Kim Longinotto’s Pink Saris (United Kingdom)

Produced by Amber Latif and Girijashanker Vohra

Second Best Documentary Film (upto 40 mins.)

Silver Conch + Rupees.2,50,000/-

Shape of the Shapeless (USA)

Produced and Directed by Jayan Cherian

Best Documentary Film (upto 40 Mins.)

Golden Conch + Rupees 5,00,000/-

I am Your Poet (India)

Produced and Directed Nitin Kumar

Friday, February 10, 2012

Berlin Co-production Market


For the first time in nine years, the Berlinale’s Co-production Market (February 12 to 14, 2012) selects Indian participants. The producers and directors of 39 selected film projects from 30 countries will meet with 450 potential co-production and financing partners. For each of these projects, the Berlinale Co-production Market team will arrange approximately 25 meetings with interested partners. This means carefully scheduling more than 1000 meetings in two days according to the individual wishes of the participants and the priorities of the projects. The official selection of projects for the Berlinale Co-production Market 2012 includes 25 exciting new feature film projects (chosen out of 311 entries). They will be presented by their producers, who have international experience and at least 30% of their financing already in place. The projects all have budgets between one and seven million Euros.

Ritesh Batra

Project: feature film, Dabba - The Lunch Box

(also selected for Cinemart at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam)

The Lunch Box is a love story set in Mumbai between a young housewife and an old man in the dusk of his life. Ritesh Batra will direct the film, which is being co-produced by Guneet Monga of Anurag Kashyap Films, India and Lydia Pilcher of Cine Moscia, New York.

Ritesh Batra says: “Both, Rotterdam’s Cinemart and the Berlinale Talent Campus invite applicants to submit their new projects which give the synopsis, letters of intent, samples of past work, etc. The Talent Campus then selects 11 participants who present their projects in the Berlin Co-production Market and also have mentoring sessions by industry experts. The first 3½ days will be at the Berlin Co-production Market, and the remainder at the Talent Campus. We are hoping to find additional partners to come on board. We plan to shoot in September 2012 and are currently casting and raising a portion of our budget.”

Mumbai-raised Ritesh Batra left the Graduate Film Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2010 without completing his course. He then developed a feature screenplay called The Story of Ram at the 2009 Sundance Institute Screenwriters and Directors Labs, for which he was named the Sundance Time Warner Storytelling Fellow and an Annenberg Fellow. His latest new feature script, The Lunch Box, was part of the 2011 Binger/NFDC Screenwriting Lab selected for both the Cinemart at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, and the Berlinale Talent Project Market. His short films have been presented at several international film festivals and fine arts venues. His recent short Café Regular, Cairo (2011) will screen at the 2012 International Film Festival of Rotterdam.


The Morning Ritual (Short) Writer/Director, 2007, 10 mins, Hindi

Gareeb Nawaz ki Taxi (Short) Writer/Director, 2009, 18 mins, Hindi/English

Super, Full (Short) )Producer, Actor, 2010, 10 mins, Silent

Café Regular, Cairo (Short) Writer/Director, 2011, 10 mins, Arabic

The State of Siege (Short) Writer/Director, 2011, 10 mins, Arabic, Hebrew

The Story of Ram (Feature in-development, producer - Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt Ltd)

One Day in Cairo (Feature in-development)

Dabba/Lunchbox (Feature in pre-production)

Producer, Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt Ltd and Cine Mosaic

Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap Films

“Anurag Kashyap introduced me to Ritesh at the 2010 Goa Film Bazaar in 2010 where we discussed The Story of Ram. We came on board in Rotterdam last year (Ritesh and I were both in the Producer’s Lab). Ritesh then pitched The Lunch Box and we fell in love with this too. It is a story with a big heart and lots of warmth. We decided to produce it first in 2012 and then The Story of Ram.

“Our focus has been to tell stories from India that appeal to the world. Both Anurag Kashyap and I will also be attending the Berlinale this year. We are looking forward to our co-production with Lydia and the new partners who have shown strong interest at Cinemart and Berlin.

“I have produced That Girl in Yellow Boots directed by Anurag Kashyap and Shaitan by Bejoy Nambair, which released in 2011. I am now gearing up for the release of Anurag Kashyap’s Wasseypur Part 1 and 2, Tasher Desh by Q, Monsoon Shootout by Amit Kumar, Aiyya by Sachin Kundalkar and Michael by Ribhu Dasgupta. I have also co-produced Trishna with Michael Winterbottom, releasng in 2012.”

Lydia Pilcher of Cine Mosaic

“This is the first Hindi-language film I am producing. I've produced over ten films with Mira Nair working in India numerous times since 1995, and most recently we wrapped production on The Reluctant Fundamentalist, filmed in Delhi, Istanbul, Atlanta and New York. I also produced a film called The Darjeeling Limited directed by Wes Anderson which was filmed on location in Jodphur and Udaipur in 2006. Dabba is the first Hindi-language film I am producing. I first met Ritesh at the Doha Film Festival and he told me about his idea to create a love story set in the world of the dabbawallahs. I fell in love with the idea as he told it to me then, and when he sent me the script six months later, it was just as magical and special as I had imagined it to be. It's a story with universal themes and I believe it will have tremendous international appeal. I'm very excited to be working with Ritesh and producer Guneet Monga."

Bobby Bedi

Project: feature film, Kutch

Kutch is a thriller of detection and discovery set in the Rann of Kutch. Unlike other thrillers, it deals with the revelation of one of the most serious moral crimes facing humanity today – the prejudice against the very existence of women and the traditions of female infanticide that persist in the world today.

The story is written by Sujata Sabnis. Farrukh Dhondy is doing additional writing. The cinematographer is Giles Nuttgens (Deepa Mehta’s Fire, Midnight's Children and many more). Talvin Singh will do the music. The cast is yet to be announced.

Every year, the Berlin International Film Festival hosts the 2 ½ day-long Berlinale Co-production Market where 500 experienced international producers, film financiers and film distributors as well as representatives from funding bodies, sales agents and TV channels, come together to initiate international co-productions. The event takes place in the Berlin House of Representatives, directly opposite the Martin-Gropius-Bau, the venue for the on-going European Film Market. It is a “kind of home for the international producers and financers attending the Berlinale”. The Berlinale Co-production Market brings the producers of 25 pre-selected projects together with possible co-production and financing partners. The Berlinale Co-production Market team led by project director Sonja Heinen supports the participants from the beginning of the preparation phase.

After starting his career in the corporate sector, Bobby Bedi founded Kaleidoscope Entertainment Private Limited (KEPL) in 1984. KEPL is a film and TV production company which offers a fully functioning studio and post-production facilities, including a 20-acre film studio, as well as visual and creative services. In addition, Bobby has also produced and directed several television shows, both fiction and documentary. He has recently forayed into the museum space, designing multimedia exhibits for what he calls “experiential museums" which are narrative rather than artifact-based. In 2001, he founded the School of Convergence, offering India’s first post-graduate content creation and management degree. He will be producing his first feature film as director himself on behalf of his company (KEPL). KEPL has achieved critical and commercial success domestically and abroad, having produced 10 feature films including: Ranjit Kapur’s Chintuji (2009), winner of two Stardust Awards; Manish Gupta’s Stoneman Murders (2009), Ketan Mehta’s The Rising (2005), premiering at Locarno and winning the Audience Award; Roger Christian’s American Daylight (2004), Vishal Bharadwaj’s Maqbool (2003), premiering at Toronto and screened at Berlinale (2004); Deepa Mehta’s Fire (1998) which won the Audience Award at Toronto and Best Actress at Chicago; Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen (1994) which premiered at Cannes Director’s Fortnight in 1994 and was India’s Official Entry for the Academy Awards.

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Shonali Bose

winner: 2012 Sundance Institute-Mahindra

Global Filmmaking Award

Indian director Shonali Bose (Amu, 2005) is one among four filmmakers who won the Sundance Institute-Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award 2012 announced at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Each of  the four winning filmmakers will receive a cash award of $10,000, attendance at the Sundance Film Festival for targeted industry and creative meetings, year-round mentoring from Institute staff and creative advisors,
participation in a Feature Film Program Lab and ongoing creative and strategic support. The awards were instituted in 2011 in recognition and support of emerging independent filmmakers from around the world. “We are grateful to the Mahindra Group for building with us this multifaceted program, which embraces our joint global commitment to nurturing new storytellers and getting their voices out to the widest possible audiences,” said Sundance Institute President and Founder, Robert Redford. The outline for Margarita. With A Straw by Shonali Bose goes like this: she falls repeatedly in love, yearns to have sex and wants to be a Bollywood songwriter, Laila. A brilliant mind trapped in a disobedient body.


vies for the Oscar

The 24-minute short film Raju, an Indo-German co-production, has been nominated for the 84th Academy Awards, 2012, in the Short Film, Live Action category. Directed by Max Zähle, the film is produced by Stephan Gieran for the Hamburg Media School. The story follows a German couple who adopts an Indian orphan in Kolkata. When the child suddenly disappears, they realize they are part of the problem. The film's screenplay is by Max Zähle and Florian Kuhn and the DOP is Sin Huh. The cast includes Wotan Wilke Möhring, Julia Richter, Krish Gupta, Taranjit Kaur, Suroma Nag, Arindam Sil, Bikash Naskar, Arindam Ghosh.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

India's Three at the 10th Berlinale Talent Campus February 9 to 19, 2012

The six-day Berlinale Talent Campus is a creative academy and networking platform for 350 up-and-coming filmmakers from all over the world aimed at Actors, Directors, Cinematographers, Distributors, Editors, Film Critics, Producers, Production Designers, Screenwriters, Sound Designers and Composers.

Three applicants from India selected:

Chaitanya Tamhane, Writer, director, producer

Pooja Gupte, Cinematographer

Yogesh Karikurve, Distributing the independent film

Writer, director, producer - Mumbai

“I have been selected for the Berlin Talent Campus as a screenwriter-director but I don't officially have a project right now that I am taking to the festival. I just applied on the Talent Campus website, uploaded 3 minutes of my short film Six Strands and answered a set of questions about my motivations and intentions in filmmaking. The schedule for the Talent Campus will be out on January 30, so I don't really have an agenda till then. But in general, I am really looking forward to interacting and sharing ideas with other similar-minded filmmakers at the campus.”

Born in 1987 in Mumbai, India, Chaitanya Tamhane studied English Literature from Mithibai College of Arts. In 2006, he wrote and directed a feature-length documentary titled Four Step Plan on plagiarism in Indian cinema. His first full-length play as a writer-director, Grey Elephants in Denmark opened to critical acclaim in Mumbai in 2009 and had several successful shows at prestigious venues. Six Strands (2010), his first fictional short film was screened at various international film festivals including Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Slamdance and others. In 2011, Chaitanya was selected to attend a 10-day filmmaking master class with Abbas Kiarostami at the 4th Gulf International Film Festival where his short film Six Strands featured in its inaugural International Competition for Short Films. He is currently working on the pre-production of his first feature film which explores the Indian judiciary system.

Six Strands

Chaitanya Tamhane

2010, 16 mins, HD Video, Gibberish with English subtitles

Six Strands is partially based on a true story. It is a character study inspired by the world famous Darjeeling tea industry and its undisclosed secrets. A mysterious woman in the hills of Darjeeling produces the most elusive and expensive tea in the world. The ‘Moonlight Thurston' tea triggers layered sensations encompassing taste, memory and pleasure; but like all happiness, this tea has an expiry date. With Sushama Deshpande playing the lead role and Puja Sarup's voice-over, the film is produced by Sleightly Frivolous Productions, India.

Pooja Gupte

Cinematographer, Mumbai

“As a child I was interested in telling stories through drawing, which led me to join a fine arts college. With photography as my specialization, I was drawn to the audio-visual medium, and that slowly grew into an interest in cinematography. In Pune, my home town, I became a member of the National Archives which had opened my doors to world cinema and regional cinema, not just our mainstream blockbusters. Soon, I was accepted at the Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute in Kolkata.

“As required by the Talent Campus, I sent a 3-minute promo of my final year diploma film, Pratyabartan, a 20-minute film in Hindi, of which I was the cinematographer. I wanted to be at the Talent Campus to interact with filmmakers worldwide and learn, share each other’s experiences. I also wanted to discuss the possibilities of filmmaking with new digital mediums like Canon 5D Mark 2, Alexa, Red. These cameras have not only cut on production costs but also given a chance to new filmmakers to experiment, which usually results in a new language of innovative film making. On being selected, I could also apply for the hands-on programme called Post production Studio where 24 students get selected, which zeroes down to 4 groups of 6 participants. Each group works to realize the basic elements of the workshop – shooting, editing, grading, and mastering the new digital mediums.

“The director of my diploma film is Sange Dorjee Thongdok. Both of us have just finished shooting our first feature length film called Crossing Bridges."


(The Return)

Cinematographer Pooja Gupte

Teenager Tashi raised in the hills, ran away from home when small with dreams of making it big. But he is stuck working in the mainland as a casual labourer in steel plants, unable to face the idea of going back home as a failure. At the factory he works in, his only friends are the kind-hearted Mina, who runs a small eatery on the premises, and Jasbit, a truck driver who delivers goods. Jasbit brings Tashi regular news about his village. Tashi spends his time thinking of his childhood and his grandfather whom he misses very much. One day, Jasbit tells him that an old man in his village has died. Tashi, fearing it may be his grandfather, decides to return home. Mina assists by stealing money from the corrupt plant manager to help his escape.

Yogesh Karikurve

Distributing the Indian independent film, Mumbai

“This year, the Berlinale Talent Campus is opening its doors to distributors for the first time. I was thrilled to find that I am the only Indian selected in the field of distribution, which makes me automatically eligible to be a part of their alumni network, giving one several privileges while making and selling films in the future. I look forward to learning from renowned strategists of the film business like Peter Broderick, and understanding new-age strategies such as ‘state of art financing’ and ‘hybrid distribution and outreach'.

“I was also a part of the EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) film financing forum in Luxembourg last year. The Campus offers a good sequel, contributing to that business cycle. Previous experts at the Campus have been luminaries like Ridley Scott (direction) and Shah Rukh Khan (acting).

“The Indian film industry has largely been confined to distributing films in the ‘NRI markets’ outside of India. This is because its song-and-dance content was perceived to be acceptable only to Indians and South Asians. That view has changed in the last few years with the younger crop of directors daring to be different. And to the world’s acceptance of Bollywood and its music, thanks to Slumdog and the Shah Rukh phenomena.

“With an International Business and Marketing degree and a successful career in brands, television and films spanning 15 years, I started Magus Entertainment two years ago to bridge the gap between India and rest of the world in the film industry. I have endeavoured to take Indian films beyond familiar boundaries and carve a niche for them in newer markets and distribution platforms.

“While making their films, Indian producers tend not to think of the ‘audience’ and hence revenues, which results in a long list of unreleased films or unsuccessful films at the box-office. Besides, we still rely heavily on box-office (70% of total revenues) collections for revenues. Internationally, the big screen is not necessarily the main bread earner, and ‘cross media’ films and campaigns are common. But such campaigns can only be planned if they are well thought way in advance, even before the film goes on the floor. With distribution finally getting accepted at the Campus, I am looking forward to extending the reach of DISTRIBUTION - a hitherto underrated aspect of filmmaking in India.”