Thursday, February 7, 2013

Calling for Entries - Forest Hero Awards

United Nations Awards: Forests for People

International Awards at the 10thsession of the United Nations Forum on Forests in Istanbul


Forest Hero Awards: A Forest Hero can be ANYONE - from grassroots initiatives and innovative entrepreneurs. If you have made an outstanding commitment to forests, and effected real change, we want to know who you are!

Five heroes will be awarded in Istanbul in April.

Short Film Awards: Send us your films, under 5 minutes,that share your forest story. How it inspires you. Shelters you. Nurtures you. The 5 winning films will be awarded and premiered in Istanbul in April, as well as screened at the 2013 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in September.

Photo Awards: Share photos that visually capture your relationship to forests. Whether you are a professional nature photographer, eco-explorer, expert holidaymaker, amateur adventurer or die hard conservationist – you have a point of view and we want to see it! Five winners will be awarded in Istanbul in April.

All the winners will be provided travel support to come to Istanbul, Turkey in April 2013!

An international jury will select 15 semi-finalists and 5 finalists for each of the 3 Award categories.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, 22 February 2013, 23:59 EST

Each new entry opens a unique window on our unique human connections to the forest.

We can’t wait to hear from you and your networks!


Further details, including entry forms, can be found at these links:


Film Bazaar and other co-production Markets An essential link in Afghan feature

by Peter Bussian                                                                                     

New York-based photographer-filmmaker on the process of fund-raising for his projected feature film, Scarlet Poppy                                                                        

                                                                                                      Peter Bussian

I am grateful for the support of NFDC - it has been key to us reaching close to our goal. In addition to Film Bazaar, NFDC sponsored the film at the India Pavilion in Cannes. It was also NFDC's official project to Independent Filmmaker Project's No Borders in New York. Scarlet Poppy went to my home town, New York, as an Indian project. No Borders in turn sponsored my film at Dubai IFF as their official project, which is where I may have finally found my funding. In any case, NFDC was a vital link in the chain of getting this film made. The project was presented at Asian Project Market in Busan, Korea.

Making a feature film must be one of the most difficult endeavours on earth, especially in today’s economy. The given is that you must have a unique and compelling story to tell - and an A-level script. I started up this steep slope five years ago, when I began writing the screenplay based on an idea I had years earlier.

The Story of Scarlet Poppy, a cross-cultural tragic love story set in Afghanistan, was very personal and organic for me. Working in a remote Afghan village as a photographer, I spent several years thinking about this idea, and then wrote the script.

The film follows a divorced, homeless American contractor, whose years in Afghanistan leave him jaded by the violence, hypocrisy and futility he witnesses. He meets an Afghan widow, a doctor and the mother of two, who has found herself caught in a crippling and repressive Taliban-controlled culture. Their encounter at a check point is one they are compelled to take forward.

With the support of many, especially Golden Globe-winning Afghan director, Siddiq Barmak, with whom I had worked, I submitted my script and was fortunate to be accepted into a series of high profile co-production markets. These markets have become an essential link toward getting the film financed and made. Without them, I am not sure the project would have ever found its wings. Although not totally funded and green-lit yet, I am confident we will be soon.

Along the co-production market trail, I have made solid contacts with sales agents, producers and other filmmakers who are proving to be important in the short-term as we look for the rest of our funds, but also after the film is made, when we look for festivals and distribution.

All these festivals will feature prominently when we decide where to premiere and highlight the film. Being a South Asian story, it is as such, within the mandate of NFDC’s support. I am particularly grateful, given that it is a non-Indian story, by a non-Indian director.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Order your Berlin Special Issue of Film India Worldwide now!

The Berlin Special issue of Film India Worldwide is now ready.  



The 63rd International Film Festival of Berlin held shortly after Rotterdam’s 42nd edition both set a high watermark for the quality of films that emerge worldwide at the start of the New Year. The two fortuitously cover a gamut of genres and styles, from art house, to the academic, to big-budget films and the red carpet parade.

This issue of Film India Worldwide highlights the many roles that India plays at the 2013 Berlinale. Its Panorama selects Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che on today’s youth and their aspirations, presented by leading production house, UTV, and from the UK, Kim Longinotto’s stirring documentary Salma, set in South India. The International Forum of New Cinema showcases two exceptional documentaries, Sourav Sarangi’s CHAR…the No-Man’s Island and Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar’s Powerless. Deepa Dhanraj’s Kya Hua Is Sheher Ko? screened at the Forum in 1986 when it was made, returns this year in its digitalised version in Archives Live. Generation Kplus takes Govinda Raju’s student exercise Golden Mango in competition. Importantly, the Talent Campus selects five fresh cinematic talents from India to provide them with the highest forms of mentorship. Finally, the India Pavilion managed by NFDC provides a hub for India-centric aficionados.

2013 Rotterdam selects four outstanding films made over the past year along with two striking documentaries. And its Cinemart takes four promising Indian producers, selected at the NFDC Film Bazaar, for expert guidance on sales and marketing.

This issue also covers a collection of new films from and about India, just ready or or nearing completion, besides new writing on Indian cinema. Critic Saibal Chatterjee comments on the trends in the Hindi marketplace and filmmaker Peter Bussian talks of his fruitful journey at Film Bazaar and other markets.

The year rolls out its carpet for new Indian cinema.

Uma da Cunha


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This Berlin Special issue contain the following segments, some of which cover the latest films now ready or in the pipeline or films in different genres.

India at the 63rd International Film Festival of Berlin

India at the 42nd Rotterdam International Film Festival

India at Recent Fests

Bollywood: The Ranbir Kapoor effect by Saibal Chatterjee

Festival Touchstone

Goutam Ghose’s Shoonyo Awnko

Sudhir Mishra’s Inkaar

Kamalweswar Mukherjee’s Meghe Dhaka Tara

Rajeev Patil’s 72 miles Ek Pravas


Rajiv B Menon’s One Raised to the Power of Five

Raghu Jeganathan’s 500 & 5 Manoj Kana’s Chayilyam

Sandipan Roy’s Ekla Akash

Shital Morjaria’s All I Want Is Everything

Film Bazaar and other co-production Markets by Peter Bussian

Language Landscape

Bejoy Nambiar’s David

Bidyut Chakravarty’s Dwaar-Voyage Out

Devashish Makhija’s Oonga

Anwar Rasheed’s Ustad Hotel

Mukesh B Jadhav’s Kachru Maazha Baap

Sanjeev Sivan’s Venal Odungathe

Big Pic

Vishal Bhardwaj’s Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola

Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam

From Afar

Amit Gupta’s Jadoo

Shomshuklla Das’ Sandcastle

Raja Bundela’s Alex Hindustani

Jeremy Frindel’s One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das

Steve Hoover’s Blood Brother

Purab Kohli’s Bibek

Gauri Chadha’s Gawah

Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann’s Outlawed in Pakistan

Cinema Read