Friday, April 6, 2012

36th Hong Kong international Film Festival

Jai Bhim Comrade wins Best Documentary award

Jai Bhim Comrade, the 198 minute documentary directed by Anand Patwardhan won the Firebird (Best Documentary) award at the 36th Hong Kong international Film Festival.

The 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) held over March 21 to April 5, announced this year’s winning films for the SIGNIS Awards, FIPRESCI Prize, and the Firebird Awards for Short Film Competition, Documentary Competition and Young Cinema Competition. The announcement took place at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The winners of Documentary Competition Award and Young Cinema Competition will receive a camera kit sponsored by Nikon.

Co-organised with SIGNIS Hong Kong since 2004, the SIGNIS Awards recognise quality films that express social and humanitarian concerns as well as spiritual values.
The Documentary Competition Award is made to documentary filmmakers who address social issues. The Firebird Award was made to Jai Bhim Comrade by Anand Patwardhan. The Jury recognized that "Its subject is compelling but easy to ignore. The film is morally powerful and dignifies the people whose world it reveals. It is lyrical, a musical, a compilation film and a wonderful piece of journalism."

Jai Bhim Comrade a 3 hour documentary by Anand Patwardhan on a tradition of reason that survives the ongoing atrocity of caste in India, had previously won the Ram Bahadur Award for Best Film at Film South Asia in Kathmandu, the Best Film of the Festival Award at the Mumbai International Film Festival and Special Jury Award at the National Film Awards, India.

Monday, April 2, 2012

14th Mumbai Film Festival 18 to 25, 2012


Mumbai Film Festival offers on e of the highest Cash Awards and Incentives

USD 200,000

International Competition for the first feature films of directors

USD 100,000* for the Best First Film

USD 50,000* for the Grand Jury Prize

*Cash prize to be shared between the director, producer and the sales agent/Indian distributor.

The Audience Choice Award

USD 20,000 to be shared between the director, producer and the sales agent/Indian distributor

Cash Incentives for Sales Agents

USD 10, 000 if the award winning films are international or world premiers.

We look forward to welcoming you and your films in Mumbai!

Entry forms and screeners for selection must reach the festival office before

August 1, 2012. 

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International Competition for The First Feature Films of Directors aims to attract fresh talent to the festival. The competition is open to debut filmmakers from all over the world.

Dimensions Mumbai A short film competition of five minute duration or less in any format by the Youth of Mumbai below the age of twenty five, on any aspect of this bustling metropolis, Mumbai.

Harmony Celebrate Age is a competition that aspires to encourage filmmakers from all over the world to look at the spice, fun, adventure and concerns of growing older.

 World Cinema showcases the best cinema of the year which are selected from important global film festivals

Above The Cut screens a package of excellent debut feature films which could not be accommodated in the International Competition.

Retrospectives presents treasures from the past. It is nostalgia for the veterans to revisit these & sheer pleasure for the youth.

Indian Frame features the very best of Indian Cinema from all regions of the country.

New Faces In Indian Cinema screens First & Second Feature Films of the Indian directors to provide a platform to emerging Indian filmmakers.

The Real Reel showcases award winning and critically acclaimed feature length documentaries which carry strong opinions on issues concerning our social lives, human nature and many other topics.

Film India Worldwide The global face of Indian cinema, which has gone beyond reflecting diaspora.