Tuesday, October 22, 2013

15th Mumbai International Film Festival (October 17 to 24, 2013)

Screening of The Only Real Game on October 24 at 10.00 am

Cinemax Versova, Screen 5

The Only Real Game

Director Mira Bank

(USA- India/2012/Col/82 mins)

The Only Real Game explores the power of baseball for people in a remote and troubled place. The once princely state of Manipur in strife-torn northeast India, defies gun violence, poverty, drug traffic and HIV/AIDS through a surprising passion for America’s National Pastime. Under protest, Manipur entered the Indian Union in 1949, triggering a corrosive separatist conflict that continues to this day. For decades baseball has delivered release from daily struggles and a dream for healing a wounded society, a way to connect to the wider world. This dream moves toward reality when First Pitch – a small group of Americans – and two Major League Baseball Envoy coaches join Manipuri men, women and kids to “Play Ball”. With notable commitment and skill for baseball , women and girls are among the best players in Manipur – as well as leaders of peace and justice initiatives.

Mirra Bank’s The Only Real Game won Best Documentary at the 2013 NY Indian Film Festival. Her feature documentary, Last Dance, was short-listed for an Academy Award and her Nobody’s Girls, was a prime-time PBS Special. Bank’s independent feature Enormous Changes premiered at Sundance, followed by theatrical and international television release. She has been honored with numerous festival and production awards; is a lifetime member of the Actor’s Studio; a past President and current Advisory Board member of NY Women in Film & Television; and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

PS: For Entry please register online at http://register.mumbaifilmfest.org. Entry is permitted only to registered delegates who have a festival badge which entitles them to festival films and most events.

 15th Mumbai Film Festival (October 17-24, 2013) Film India Worldwide  Siddharth

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

15th Mumbai International Film Festival

Waris Hussein
In conversation with film critic Joan Dupont

An Actor’s Director
Crossing Frontiers

Metro Big Cinemas
Wednesday October 23, Screen 2
1.45 pm to 3 pm

Waris Hussein
is the first Indian director to have gone abroad and made a name for himself  in a country marked by a  flourishing film industry (in his case the UK followed by the US).  In a remarkable career  spanning 50 years, Waris has worked in British television and film as well as theatre, directing some of the world’s most legendary actors.  He himself is an occasional actor. Currently, Waris is being feted in the UK and USA for the 50th anniversary year of the most successful TV sci-fi series of all time, Dr Who, which Hussein, at age 24, initiated as the director of its first ten episodes.    
Waris Hussein was born in Lucknow, India. He attended Cambridge and the prestigious Slade School of Art, where he studied theatre design.  Beginning in television at the age of 21, he moved on to film, directing such legends as Sir Laurence Olivier, Bette Davis, Ian McKellar, Anthony Hopkins, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Waris is the first Indian to have directed a play at the National Theatre in London and the first Indian to have won BAFTA and Emmy awards. While considering himself a British film-maker, Hussein has worked on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as in the country of his birth.  In recent years, Waris has taken on the additional task of teaching on film, mainly on the subject of acting, at leading academic platforms.

Joan Dupont has been reporting on the arts since the late 1970’s, with a special emphasis on film.  Over the years she has written consistently for The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times,  and also contributed to Time MagazineFilm Comment, and Le Monde. She has served on several international juries, including the 2000 International Film Festival of India, Delhi (International Jury)  and the 2004 International Film Festival of Kerala (FIPRESCI Jury).  At Cannes this year she covered three Indian  films, Anurag Kashyap's Ugly, Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout and Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox for the International New York Times. Ms Dupont, who has covered the Cannes Festival since 1979,  lives between Paris and New York.

PS:  For  Entry please register online at http://register.mumbaifilmfest.org. Entry is permitted only to registered delegates who have a festival badge which entitles them to festival films and most events. Enquiries <uma.dacunha@gmail.com>

Friday, October 11, 2013

Film India Worldwide, 2013 
Film India Worldwide section at
Mumbai International Film Festival, October 17 to 24, 2013
Year after year, Film India Worldwide (FIW) at the Mumbai International Film Festival has  showcased films that are international in character but linked to a recognizable Indian idiom. This year, FIW presents six select films from countries spread far and wide – UK,  Nepal, France, Canada,  Pakistan and Spain. Some among them have already been lauded at film festivals. Others make an assured entry as premieres. Together they embrace the gamut of what India denotes to creative cinematic minds on the world scene.

These films are by filmmakers originating from India and now living elsewhere, whose heart and art echo back to their homeland. Or they are by international filmmakers who come to India’s locations to reflect its reality with new eyes.

Screenings are at Liberty Cinema and Metro Big Cinema, Marine Lines, as well as at Cinemax, Versova.

For more info, enquiries as well as interviews
contact FIW programmer Uma da Cunha
at uma.dacunha@gmail.com, 91 22 22826699, 22873513

Film India Worldwide 2013
Amit Kumar’s Jadoo
Eelum Dixit’s Pailahuru
Pan Nalin’s Faith Connections
Richie Mehta’s Siddharth
Sabiha Sumar’s Good Morning Karachi
León Siminiani’s MAPA

Amit Kumar
Asian Premiere
Attending Actor Harish Patel

Jadoo, a British film set in Leicester, had a world premiere screening in the side-bar Culinary Films section at 2013 Berlinale. Amit Kumar has written/directed the film (his debut film Resistance garnered him the Writers Guild’s Best First Film Award nomination). Jadoo tells the story of two brothers, Raja and Jagi, both wonderful chefs, who fall out and tear the fabled family recipe book in half. One brother gets the starters and the other gets the main courses. Setting up rival restaurants on opposite sides of the road, they spend the next ten years trying to outdo each other. Each one can cook only half of the perfect Indian meal, which drives them mad. The daughter of one of the bothers, a successful London lawyer, is getting married. She goes to Leicester to try and reconcile her father and uncle so that they are one family again, and besides, their combined talent can come together to serve the perfect Indian feast at her wedding, food here a metaphor for family. The DOP is Roger Pratt (Inkheart,The Karate Kid), and the music score is by Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliot). The film stars Amara Karan (The Darjeeling Limited), Harish Patel (Run Fatboy Run), Kulvinder Ghir (Bend It Like Beckham), and Tom Mison (One Day, Parades End), with celebrity chef/actress, Madhur Jaffrey. Jadoo is produced by Richard Holmes, Amanda Faber (Resistance) Isabelle Georgeaux (Resistance) and Nikki Parrott (The Market: a Tale of Trade).

Festivals & Awards
64th Berlin International Film Festival, February 6 to 16, 2013 - Culinary Cinema section
61st San Sebastian International Film Festival, September 20 to 28, Culinary Zinema
3rd Indian Film Festival at the Hague, October 2 to 6, 20113
Festival of British Cinema, Dinard: 2-6 October 2013

(Red Monsoon)
Eelum Dixit
Nepal/2013/Nepali/Digibeta/90 mins
World Premiere
Attending Director Eelum Dixit

Set in the complex caste system of  Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley, this classic love triangle story is a reflection on female empowerment and the hard choices required to bring about change. As the Valley awaits the rains, the citizens of the inner city of Patan seek deliverance through affection, empathy and subterfuge. Against the traditional backdrop of the Machhendranath chariot festival, a drama plays out in its by-lanes and courtyards. Karuna has eloped from her tyrannically traditional father to live in much humbler circumstances with Krishna. Her more liberated neighbour taunts Karuna as she suffers neglect, advising Karuna to seek her own gratifications. Krishna, fighting his own demons, finds solace in the company of a well-to-do young widow he had rescued one eventful evening. Karuna’s attempts to reconcile with her family is harshly denied, with only her brutally hemmed-in brother as a stoic ally. We see the wood-and-brick society emerging from tradition’s stranglehold as the characters try to fend for themselves in the absence of elders, amidst a failing economy and political chaos. The air is pregnant with hope for respite, but the rains do not arrive in Red Monsoon. This first film from Blue Bug Productions is produced by Ajaya Upadhyaya, Ruth Moe and Douglas MacHugh. Its DOP is Brian Emery, the location sound/sound design by Binayak Aryal. The cast includes Sandip Chhetri, Shristi Ghimire and Himali Dixit. It is written and directed by Eelum Dixit, who has been active in Nepali theatre with productions such as West Side Story, Othelloand Vagina Monologues, and more recently, Nepali language productions, The Glass Menagerie and A View from the Bridge.

Faith Connections
Pan Nalin
France-India/2013/Hindi/Digital/115 mins
Asia Premiere
Attending Director Pan Nalin

The Kumbh Mela, one of the most extraordinary displays of  faith on earth is a spectacular journey drawing tens of millions of people. And it takes place once every twelve years. One such year is 2013.This Hindu pilgrimage is held over roughly six weeks at the Triveni Sangama. In Hindu tradition, Triveni Sangama is the “confluence” of three rivers. Filmmaker Pan Nalin travels to this 2013 mega event and encounters remarkable men of mind and meditation, some facing an inextricable dilemma, to embrace the world or to renounce it. Faith Connections explores such diverse and deeply moving stories as a young runaway kid, a Sadhu, a mother desperately looking for her lost son, a yogi who is raising an abandoned toddler, and an ascetic who keeps his calm by smoking cannabis. They are all connected by one faith against a spectacular display of devotion. On a script by Pan Nalin, the film has Raphael Berdugo, Gaurav Dhingra and Virginie Lacombe as producers. The cinematography is by Anuj Dhawan Swapnil Sonawane and Pan Nalin, editing by Shreyas Beltangdy and Julie Delord with music by
Cyril Morin. Pan Nalin, born in a remote village in Gujarat, is a self taught filmmaker. He started his career with creating TV series, shorts and documentaries, before he reached the limelight with his debut feature film Samsara, a huge commercial and critical success which won him some thirty plus awards. Nalin's feature documentary Ayurveda: Art of Being also won many awards and was theatrically released worldwide. Nalin's epic Valley Of Flowers, filmed in high altitude Himalayas and in Japan, was a major underground hit. Nalin has worked as screenwriter for major international productions. Forecast Picture has him on board to write RACE, on the incredible story of Jesse Owens and Adolf Hitler. He has also been scripting the Paris set spy-thriller Codename: Madeleine for Cité Films and Virginie Films France. He is attached to direct the forthcoming India-New Zealand project, Beyond The Known World for The Reservoir Films NZ and Arsam International France.
Festivals & Awards
38th Toronto International Film Festival, September 5 to 15, 2013, TIFF Docs section

Richie Mehta
Canada-India/2013/Hindi/ HD/ 96 mins
Asian Premier
Attending director Richie Mehta

In the crowded backstreets of Delhi, Mahendra fixes zippers to make what little money he can. He lives with his feisty wife Suman, his little daughter and 12-year-old son. Hitting a low, he sends his son to another city to work for a friend’s relative. But they worry when he fails to return home as agreed for the Diwali festival. Their illiteracy does not help. They don’t even have a photograph of their boy. Their anxiety escalates as they seek answers from the friend whose relative their son worked for, from the neighbours and then the police, with no luck. All they glean are unseemly rumours, the strongest being that their son could be a victim of child-trafficking. With little money and no connections, Mahendra travels across India in pursuit, hoping that whatever force arbitrarily took his child will return him unharmed. Richie says, “In 2010, I met a man on the streets of Delhi, who asked me for help in finding a place called Dongri. I asked him what it was. He told me he thought it was where his lost son was. He went on to tell me his story –that he sent his 12-year-old boy away to work, and never saw him again. This film is my attempt to reconcile my extremely layered relationship with this circumstance. It’s a story made up in equal parts by tragedy and optimism. I hope what we’ve done here transmits even a fraction of the confusion, sorrow, helplessness, and ultimately hope, that I felt in meeting this man.”  Richie has directed, written and edited the film. With Bob Gundu as DOP, the extended cast is led by Rajesh Tailang and Tannishtha Chatterjee. The music is by Andrew Lockington. The film is produced by Steven N Bray and David Miller of Poor Man's Productions, both of whom were nominated for the 2009 Genie Award for their work in Richie’s acclaimed debut feature, Amal. Richie Mehta’s first feature film, Amal, has won over 30 international awards, was nominated for six Genie Awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay, and was named one of the top ten Canadian films of the decade by Playback Magazine. Mehta recently completed the sci-fi feature film I’ll Follow You Down, starring Haley Joel Osment, Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell and Victor Garber, for Resolute Films and eONE films, to be released in 2014.

2013 Venice International Film Festival, section Venice Days
38th Toronto International Film Festival, September 5 to 15, 2013, section Contemporary World Cinema

Good Morning Karachi 
Sabiha Sumar
Pakistan/2013/Urdu, English/DCP/85 mins
Asian Premiere
Attending Director Sabiha Sumar

Independent Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar, studied Filmmaking and Political Science at New York’s Sarah Lawrence College and History and Political Thought at Cambridge University. Her debut documentary, Who Will Cast the First Stone earned high critical acclaim, winning the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Golden Gate Award. Her first feature, Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters) won Locarno International Film Festival’s Golden Leopard for Best Film and Bronze Leopard for Best Actress besides 17 International awards thereafter. Good Morning Karachi, her second feature, is a coming-of-age story of a young woman, Rafina. Chance and willfulness propel her rise as a runway and billboard model. As she climbs the social ladder, she is caught between two men with very different visions of Pakistan and the role of women. Arif, a politician, dreams of a better world through political action; Jamal, urbane and ambitious, is convinced the fashion industry can help women and lead Pakistan into the new world. Rafina’s story becomes the story of the people living in Karachi who try to reconcile tradition and modernity. The film captures this contradiction not only through its characters and their turbulent lives but also through the landscape of  Karachi, where political extremism and fashion, convention and novelty can and do co-exist. On a script written by Malia Scotch Marmo, Sabiha Sumar and Samhita Arni, the DOP is Claire Pijman; the original score is by Robert Logan; song by Shafqaat Amanat Ali; and editing by Maurice Bedaux, Rob Das and Bart van den Broek. The lead cast comprises Amna Ilyas, Beo Raana Zafar and Yasir Aqueel. The film, slated for theatrical release in Europe in November 2013, is a Vidhi Films production in association with Sarah Radclyffe Productions Limited, ZDF and Blue Elephant Films.

Festivals& Awards
Goteborg Film Festival, Sweden, Jan 2013
Raindance Film Festival London, Sept- Oct 2013
3rd i Film Festival San Francisco, November 2013
Terre de Femme Germany November 2013

León Siminiani
Spain/2012/Spanish, English/DCP/85mins
Asian Premiere

In this engagingly intriguing film, Spanish director León Siminiani allows the viewer to peak into his troubled existence and subsequent escapism. On losing his TV job and his girlfriend, Siminiani heads for India, initially aiming to recce his new feature film. Instead, he soon finds that he is shooting a documentary that is mapping his mind. From Delhi to Calcutta with stops in between, his bemused voice-over conveys what he sees and feels, connecting his past to the present. Seeing a photograph of  Pasolini and Italian novelist Alberto Moravia and his wife Elsa Morante while on their Indian travels, Siminiani feels he needs a female companion and looks awkwardly for one. Overwhelmed by a frenzied country whose poverty hits him, he returns to find his own country in financial turmoil. He meets with a car accident and that seemingly shakes him into a better perspective of what he wants out of life. His self-absorption leads him to ask, “Who am I to make social films?” and he tries to replace the girl he lost with a new one. This 85-minute internalized travelogue uses the director’s Indian experiences to look into the intertwined concerns of filmmaking and love. Matthew Sweet’s pop song, “When you look in the mirror” is one of its many underlying refrains. Siminiani majored in Spanish Literature and Film Direction at Columbia University, New York. His notable fiction films include Dos más (2001), Archipiélago (2003) and Ludoterapia (2007). His notable non-fiction films include the mini-documentary series, Key Concepts from a Modern World, the first four winning over 100 international awards. Produced by Avalon P C, Pantalla Partida and himself, MAPA is his first feature film where he continues his artful interplay between fiction and non-fiction. The film is distributed by Sin Fin Cinema.

Festivals & Awards
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, November 21 to December 1, 2012
3rd London Indian Film Festival, July 20 to 24, 2013.
34th Festival of 3 Continents, Nantes 2012
ALCINE, November 10 to 16, 2012 "New Filmmakers" Section
BAFICI 2013 Section Panorama
Göteborg Int Film Festival, November 15 to 25, 2012 Section "Visionaries"
Mar del Plata international Film Festival November 5 to 13, 2012 section Panorama-Altered States-
17th Cinespaña Toulouse September 27 to October 6, 2013
61st Donostia / San Sebastian Film Festival, 20-28th September 2013 - "Made in Spain" section

31stInternational Film Festival of Uruguay, 23rdMarch to April 6, 2013, Best Feature Film "New Filmmakers" Documentary and Mention FIPRESCI Award
Sevilla European Film Festival, 2013 November 2 to 106, 2012 - - Best European Documentary (shared)
Tarragona International Film Fest 2012, Best First Feature Film
13th Rome Independent Film Festival, April 4th to 10th. 2012 Best International Documentary.
IBAFF Festival March 4 to 9, 2013 - Audience Award
27th Goya Awards, Madrid, February 17, 2013 - Nominated for Best Documentary Feature

Friday, October 4, 2013

Abu Dhabi Film Festival (October 24 – November 2 , 2013)

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival has announced its 2013 lineup, which features 166 films (92 features, 25 Arab and international shorts, and 49 short films from the Emirates and the GCC countries) from 51 countries, 13 world premieres and nine international premieres.

The Festival includes six competition categories — Narrative, Documentary, New Horizons, Our World, Shorts and Emirates Film Competitions— along with the noncompetitive section, Showcase. Filmmakers participating in the competitions compete for the Black Pearl Awards. The festival also unveiled an extensive sidebar program, which includes celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema, first films by select Arab filmmakers, restored classics, and recipients of this year’s Black Pearl Career Achievement Award.

The lineup from India includes

Richie Mehta’s Siddharth (Narrative Feature Competition)

Anup Singh’s Qissa (New Horizons)

Showcase Section

Aparna Sen’s The Jewellery Box

Nagraj Manjule’s Fandry

Special Programmes

Guru Dutt’s Pyassa

Ritwik Ghatak’s Subarnarekha

Mani Kual’s Duvidha,

M S Sathyu’s Garam Hawa

Jahnu Barua’s Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai

The Narrative Competition section showcases original storytelling from international filmmakers.


Richie Mehta

Canada/India, 96 mins, Hindi, 2013

SID HD444 Siddharth - Thanishtha (2)

In the crowded backstreets of Delhi, Mahendra fixes zippers to make what little money he can. He lives with his feisty wife Suman, his little daughter and 12-year-old son. Hitting a low, he sends his son to another city to work for a friend’s relative. But they worry when he fails to return home as agreed for the Diwali festival. Their illiteracy does not help. They don’t even have a photograph of their boy. Their anxiety escalates as they seek answers from the friend whose relative their son worked for, from the neighbours and then the police, with no luck. All they glean are unseemly rumours, the strongest being that their son could be a victim of child-trafficking. With little money and no connections, Mahendra travels across India in pursuit, hoping that whatever force arbitrarily took his child will return him unharmed.

New Horizons Competition section presents a director’s first or second feature film from around the world.


(The Tale of a Lonely Ghost)

Anup Singh

India/109 mins/Punjabi/2013

Qissa tells the story of Umber Singh, a Sikh, who vows to oppose his destiny when he loses all he possesses in 1947. But when he marries his youngest offspring to Neeli, a girl of a lower caste, he realizes that his struggle for identity has condemned him to becoming a refugee again. This time his exile is an unforgiving eternity. History and folklore come together in this tale set in the aftermath of the Partition of India.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

South Asia's Global Film Market
Co-Production MarketScreenwriters' LabWork-In-Progress LabProducersLabThe Viewing Room
Industry ScreeningsKnowledge SeriesExhibition BoothsBusiness Conclave
Inviting aspiring producers to apply to the first ever edition of the ProducersLab at Film Bazaar 2013. The Lab will consist of Workshops, Case Studies and One-on-One meetings spread over three days, conducted by domestic and international producers, sales agents, buyers, festival directors, programmers.
Indicative programming of the LabEligibility Criteria for Applicants
• Role of a Producer

• Development Process of a Film

• Budgeting

• Navigating International Co-Productions

• Film Financing

• Importance of Film Festivals and Markets
Credited as a Producer / Line / Executive / Supervising Producer in at least one feature film OR short film OR documentary
Proficiency in English as all sessions in theLab will be conducted in English and mostly by international speakers / trainers / mentors
Participation Fee INR 50,000/-
For more information, please visit - www.filmbazaarindia.com
To apply, email - producerslab@filmbazaarindia.com
HURRY! Only 10 seats available for the ProducersLab
Last date for applying is 5th October 2013


Friday, September 20, 2013

“Kush” wins Indian Student’s Short Film Award at Venice

Shubhashish Bhutiani's short film “Kush” was awarded The Best Film at the recently concluded 70th Venice Internatioanl film festival which took place August 28 to September 7. It was the only Indian film competing at the fest.

 “Kush” is inspired by a true story 21-year old Bhutiani learnt when he was in the 11th grade: In 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her two Sikh bodyguards, causing anti-Sikh riots to erupt throughout the country. A teacher travelling back from a field trip with her class of 10-year-old students struggles to protect Kush, the only Sikh student in the class, from the growing violence around him.

 Kush” is Bhutiani’s film for his graduation project at New York’s School of Visual Arts, won the Outstanding Film, besides Outstanding Director and Best Editing, at the school’s annual Dusty Film & Animation Festival & Awards held in May.

Previous winners in Venice
Sajyajit Ray’s “Aparajito”  (year of winning 1957)
Kedar Sharma’s “ Jaldeep” (year of winning: 1957)
Satyajit Ray’s “Pratidwandi” (year of winning 1971)
Mrinal Sen’s “Chalchitra” (year of winning: 1981)


Thursday, September 19, 2013

From The SHAMIANA Short Film Club newsletter

It’s Festival Time!

You may have missed the open window to submitting your film to the Cannes Festival this year, but there are a number of festivals and competitions you can still look at sending your short film in to. While home-grown festivals are great – there’s no reason not to expand your
horizons. So, take a look at some great international festivals that you
still have a chance to submitting to this year:

Berlin Film Festival
It’s still the cream of the crop, so why not submit your film to the Berlin
Film Festival? The deadline for entries is November 15 which gives you
enough time to send your entry in. The festival shows about 400 films a
year and has every genre and length you can think of

South by Southwest
Want your film screened at a really great film festival? Think about
submitting it to the South by Southwest festival, where they are expecting
entries from October 3 all the way to November 14. We suggest getting a
head start and submitting it early though. The festuival takes place every
March and is a great way to get your message heard on an international
platform www.sxsw.com

Shooting People
So, the idea of submitting before a deadline is putting undue pressure and
limiting you from putting your finish touches to your film? Well then,
consider submitting to Shooting People's monthly competition. They select
the film of the month and feature it. It’s a good place to start.

Hammer to Nail
They want your film to be seen, really seen. They focus on sharing films
by giving their winners submission waivers to several major film festivals
– a seal of approval you definitely want on your film. While they’re only
looking for flms under twenty minutes, if that's what you’ve got – don’t
hesitate to sent it in to them! < www.hammertonail.com>

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

2014 Navi Mumbai International Film Festival

Entries now open for NMIFF

Late deadline 15 October

The first ever film festival of Navi Mumbai, NMIFF(Navi Mumbai International Film Festival) is founded with the idea to showcase the talent & creativity of filmmakers under the sky of this beautiful city. Navi Mumbai, formerly known as New Bombay, has lived for a long time in the shadows of her neighbour city, Mumbai – THE HOME OF BOLLYWOOD. With the inaugural NMIFF in 2013, film-makers now have a reputable film festival that will give a global exposure to their creativity and innovative ideas while film-goers have a repository of fine movies of different taste & calibers from across the globe, to enjoy .

Navi Mumbai is a beautifully planned satellite city to Mumbai. Slowly, but steadily, her profile has grown in India owing to some of the most breathtaking natural and infrastructural marvels. The organizers of Navi Mumbai International Film Festival hope to put Navi Mumbai on the international map with the quality of the event and films showcased in it.

The festival is open to film makers from across the globe, and appreciates all genres of film making. The festival is scheduled to happen in the month of  February  2014.This is a competetive festival of films where the best films will be shortlisted for various categories. The winners will be selected by a panel of esteemed jury members and awarded with cash prizes and trophies.

NMIFF is a competitive festival with Cash awards & Trophies for best film in each type in all 3 categories.

Film Categories:
a) Student shorts:
Type of film
 Short Films:- Duration should be 30 minutes or less.
 Ad Film:- Duration should be 1 minutes less.
 Animation short Film:- Duration should be 30 minutes or less.
 Documentry short film:- Duration should be 30 minutes or less.
 Social Awareness Film:- Duration should be 30 minutes or less.
 Music Video:- Duration should be 5 minutes or less.

 b) Professional Shorts:
Type of film
Short Films:-Duration should be 30 minutes or less.
Ad Film:- Duration should be 1 minutes less.
Animation short Film:- Duration should be 30 minutes or less.
Documentry short film:- Duration should be 30 minutes or less.
Social Awareness Film:- Duration should be 30 minutes or less.
Music Video:- Duration should be 5 minutes or less.

 c) Feature Films: - Duration should be 90 minutes or more.
Participants can send multiple entries. However, please submit a separate submission form and entry fee for each film. All entries being sent to the NMIFF must be prepaid and insured for your own protection and addressed to :

Flat 301,Cams Enclave CHS,Killa Gaothan,Palm Beach Road,
Near Cidco Guest House,Belapur,Navi Mumbai-400614, Maharashtra, India
Tel:+91-22-27715002, MOB:+91-9892695080
Email:   contact@nmiff.in, dhhunkiproductions@gmail.com  

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Rose, Mary and Time

United Kingdom, 2013, 35 mins, HD, English
Direction, script Hardeep Giani, editor Tracy Joss; sound Jason Farey; cameraDavid Symmons; music Nick Norton-Smith; cast Zak Lee, Isla Lindsay, Bhasker Patel; producer Soff Productions

Barney regrets proposing to Sandra on learning that his first love is killed that very day. While repairing his clock, a mystical Indian shopkeeper enchants Barney who finds he has travelled back in time to that fateful day – he is given a second chance.

Delhi-born Giani with 12 years experience in television and film, started his career in electronic engineering and music before going to New York to study film direction. On his return to the UK, he worked with BBC and independent programme makers. His short films, The Years of Laughter and Forgetting, won Best Film at the Alwaysi Hollywood Film Festival (2000).

USA, 2013, 12 mins, HD, English
Direction Irawati Athalye
script Devashree Shivadekar; editor Gary Kainza; camera Manuel Branáa; music Matias Castro; cast Iris Avalee, Alain Azoulay, Elijah Flyod; Producer Orlando Braun

Young Mia, kidnapped while in the US, is forced into the underground world of sex trafficking. Held captive for months in an isolated dungeon with only a doll for comfort, she is raped and beaten physically and emotionally broken. One day, her only connection to the real world - her inanimate best friend, is taken away from her and she decides to fight back.

Irawati Athalye, with a BFA from Rachana Sansad College of Applied Arts and Crafts, Mumbai (majoring in Photography) worked for a year as a freelance photographer and designer for artists and design firms in Mumbai and Los Angeles. She was sent to compete on an intensive cinematography course at Vikshi Institue of Media Studies, Pune. She is now an MFA graduate from the New York Film Academy, Los Angeles. Irawati Athalye works as an independent filmmaker.

Foot in the Door 

Canada, 2013, 7 mins, HD, English
Direction, script, sound, editing Vikram Dhawan
camera P Parth Sayani; cast Noel Robinson, Doug Leoni, Sara Miller; 

In this debut film, Daniel, a thief by trade, meets Julie, a prostitute, in a bar. While Daniel is at ease with his occupation, Julie craves to leave hers. Their meeting opens up new possibilities.

Widely travelled Vikram Dhawan settled in Toronto in 2000. He enrolled at both the Cinema Studies Programme at the University of Toronto and Advanced Television and Film Programme at Sheridan College.

Little Brother 

Canada, 2012, 16 mins, HD, English
Direction, script, producers, Cyrus Saidi, Gautam Pinto; editor Gautam Pinto; sound George Flores; camera Rion Gonzalez; music Azam Ali; cast Stephen Mchattie, Navid Negahban, Natale Brown; production Little Brother Productions.

This debut work is on the fictional life of a best-selling author and Nobel peace prize nominee whose determination to battle tyranny is fuelled by haunted memories of a dark past. The film challenges the status quo as we get to know the protagonist through her words, her past and her future memories.

Vancouver-based Cyrus Saidi formed his own company at the age of 19 which soon produced western Canada’s largest electronic music concerts. He then wrote his first film script optioned by prominent Los Angeles-based producers late 2012. Gautam Pinto, India-born and Toronto- based, recently completed two feature films (Unlucky and 388 Arletta Ave) as well as two episodic TV series (Combat Hospital and Highland Gardens). He is currently working as a cinematographer on a documentary television series.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Shorts with a Indian connection

Long Walk Home
United Kingdom, 2013,1 5 mins, HD, English
Direction, script Sameer Patel
sound Jassim Jaffer; camera Caroline Bridges; music Jean-Phillipe Rio-Py; editor Mikko Makela;
cast Sikander Malik,  Augustina Seymour, Alex Corbet-Burcher; Production London Film School

This dark romantic comedy is on Thomas and Freya, a young couple from London. One night they walk back home rather than take a taxi. In that time they realise the very different secrets that they have been keeping from one another.

London-based Sameer Patel, an Economics major from the London School of Economics, left his job to pursue filmmaking. A graduate of the London Film School, he is a BAFTA competition winner for his film She Want Soul which premiered at the Latitude Festival 2012. His debut film was a documentary on the Cuban Hip Hop scene.  He is also a professional DJ.

Table for Three
USA, 2012, 8 mins, HD, English
Direction, script, editor Vick Krishna
camera P K Quin Paek; sound Joel McMullen;
cast Brian Mac Ian, Altorro Prince Black, Allison Howard; producer Nakshathram Productions, JMD Creations, Vicki Yung 

Three individuals, a sophisticated older man, a sultry young woman and a nervous young man seated at an upscale restaurant start talking about a suspicious plot. As they converse, their individual intentions emerge.

Twenty-four-year-old Vick Krishna is based in Washington DC. His interest in film began when he worked for his high school’s television section. While enacting small roles as an extra in local films, Krishna learnt the nuances behind the camera and also picked up editing. He is currently working as a video/sound editor for a radio company.

Awkard Turtle
United Kingdom, 2013, 5 mins, HD, English
Direction, editor Jai Rajani
script David Proud; sound Andrew Foster;
camera Tim Watchorn; music Manon, Bobby Dave and Nio; cast Jack Shalloo, Jessie May; producer The Sketch Bank

 When Dan bumps into his former lover Becky, it is a classic awkward turtle moment. On such occasions, two conversations occur concurrently:the one we can hear and the one hidden behind the eyes.

 London-based Jai studied writing/direction with the Metropolitan Film School, Soho Young Writers and Tamasha Theatre. He has directed music videos and co-written songs for film soundtracks, including Bashment, winner of a BIFFA for Best Music. His comedic speedy first play: Onenite.com, was held at multiple new writing festivals. The Sketch Bank, Jai's online comedy channel, won a YouTube comedy honour and a finalist position in Comedy Spots, a competition hosted by Channel Flip. 

7 Reasons Why
United Kingdom, 2012, 7 mins, HD, English
Direction, script, editor Gurmit Samra
music, sound Simon Doherty; camera Ajay Chag; cast James Foggerty, Mai Partridge, Leon Heywood
Producer Branded G Productions

The film perceives a short journey through the eyes of Mike, who pursues his dreams and aspirations. We share Mike's daily thoughts, drive and determination. The more we learn about him,  the more we learn about ourselves.

London-based Gurmit Samra’s career began in creative arts by scripting plays for theatre in the East Midlands, UK. On graduating, Samra  lectured on film and TV production at both, university and college. Branded G Productions, his production company has showcased music videos for Urban acts for MTV and Sky music channels. Further productions include a 90-minute documentary and a feature film set for 2013/2014. 
Look out for more in the coming week...