Friday, March 8, 2013



The 2013 IFFLA lineup of narrative and documentary features and short films reflects the rich diversity of Indian cinema, which is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, as well as the future of Indian filmmaking, with cutting-edge filmmakers bringing their acclaimed films to Los Angeles.

Highlights include: a special screening of Mira Nair’s THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST, a political thriller based on the New York Times bestseller with a star-studded cast; MISS LOVELY by Ashim Ahluwalia, a dark look at the seedy underbelly of Bollywood C-movies and soft-porn during the 1980’s, that premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes last year; PEDDLERS, Vasan Bala’s directorial debut, which premiered at the 2012 International Critics' Week, a crime thriller following the desperation of young drug runners who are merely looking to survive; SHAHID, based on the true story of Shahid Azmi, a human rights activist murdered in India in 2010, directed by Hansal Mehta and produced by Guneet Monga and Anurag Kashyap; and Sundance and Berlin favorite SALMA, directed by Kim Longinotto, a documentary about one South Indian woman's courageous journey in the face of mass oppression.

IFFLA will open with Anurag Kashyap’s GANGS OF WASSEYPUR and close with Deepa Mehta’s MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN.

Widely recognized as the premiere showcase of groundbreaking Indian cinema globally, IFFLA celebrating its 11th year, will run April 9 to 14 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, the festival’s home since its inception.

“Our slate of films this year showcases path-breaking works of emerging and established Indian filmmakers that are making waves at top-tier film festivals around the world,” said Christina Marouda, IFFLA’s Founder and Chair of the Board. Attending the festival this year to present their films will be a host of celebrated filmmakers, including Mira Nair, Deepa Mehta, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga, Hansal Mehta, Vasan Bala, Nitin Kakkar, and S.S. Rajamouli among others.

Other titles of note include a documentary about India’s obsession with cricket called BEYOND ALL BOUNDARIES, which will have its world premiere at the festival, and the Malayalam extravaganza EECHA, a delightful tale of love, rebirth, and revenge with dazzling special effects.

Two films at the festival this year celebrate the power of Indian cinema: CELLULOID MAN, a documentary about beloved Indian film expert and archivist P.K. Nair, and the charming FILMISTAN, the fictional tale of one man’s love of Hindi films and how cinema has the power to unite us all.

The festival’s popular Bollywood by Night series returns this year with three films by legendary director, writer, producer, and Hindi cinema's 'king of romance,' Yash Chopra.: KABHI KABHIE (1976), SILSILA (1981), and CHANDNI (1989).


The six-day festival is the premiere platform for the latest in cutting edge global Indian cinema and bridges the gap between the two largest entertainment industries in the world – Hollywood and India. The festival will showcase more than 35 films from the Indian filmmaking community across the globe, host the highly anticipated opening and closing red carpet galas, and the closing awards ceremony. This year will again bring back the wildly popular “Bollywood by Night” series, and feature seminars as well as live music and dance performances. IFFLA will also host the 6th annual Industry Leadership Awards, honoring entertainment industry executives who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership within and in relation to the Indian entertainment industry.

ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, represents an evolution in the movie going experience. ArcLight Cinemas, with locations in Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, and El Segundo, offers an unprecedented combination of technology, amenities, comfort, and customer service. Facilities include the historic Cinerama Dome (only at the Hollywood location) and state-of-the-art "black box" auditoriums as well as a cafe bar and a cinema-focused gift shop. Tickets can be purchased online without a fee and printed at home and at the theaters' automated ticketing kiosks. For more information about ArcLight visit

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

India At Recent Fests FIW VOL X Issue 1 (February–April 2013)

Awards and Hurrahs


9th Glasgow Film Festival

February 14 to 24, 2013

*Competition - Abhijit Mazumdar’s Vanishing Point


35th International Short Film Festival & Market Clermont-Ferrandlogo
February 1 to 9, 2013

*International Jury - Umesh Kulkarni
Presenting five of his short films:
Darshan, Girni, Three of Us, Gaarud and Vilay
*‘Namaste India' with 41 shorts


28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival
January 24 to February 3, 2013  Santa Barbara International Film Festival

*Competition/Feature - Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of  Wasseypur
*Pan Asia - Manjeet Singh’s Mumbai Cha Raja
*Pan Asia - Suman Ghosh’s Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights
*Documentary Competition - Steve Hoover’s Blood Brother
*Cinesonic/Feature Documentary  -
Jeremy Frindel’s One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das


Sundance Film Festivalsundance-film-festival-2013
January 17 to 27, 2013

*Steve Hoover’s Blood Brother
*Grand Jury Prize, Documentary section and Audience Award 
Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur
Dylan Mohan Gray’s Fire in the Blood
*World Documentary Competition - Kim Longinotto's Salma (India-UK)

11th Pune International Film Festival PIFF-2013
January 10 to 17, 2013

*Best Marathi Feature - Mahesh Manjrekar's Kaksparsh
*Special Jury Award - lead actor Sachin Khedekar in Kaksparsh
*Best Marathi Film Director - Gajendra Ahire  (for Anumati)
*Best Marathi Film Actor - Jitendra Joshi (for Tukaram)
*Best Screenplay - Sumitra Bhave (for Samhita)
*Best Cinematographer - Rajan Kothari for Tukaram
*Audience Award in Marathi Competition - Anumati (India) directed by Gajendra Ahire
*Award for Final Year Student of FTII (Direction) PIFF Special Award - Shri Swapnil Ninawane

Animation Awards:
*Best Film (India) - Kachho Gadulo from DSK Supinfocom, Pune (Student Team – Shivangi Ranawat, Janmeet Singh, Pranay Patwardhan, Saptesh Chauba)

Whistling Woods International Student Competition
*Sony Promising Indian Student Cinematographer Award to the cinematographer for Rizwaan Sennheiser

*Promising Indian Student Audiographer Award to the audiographer of Naad


24th Palm Springs International Film Festival
January 3 to 14, 2013

Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish (runner-up for the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for *Best Narrative Feature)
*Nitin Kakkar’s Filmistaan
*Manjeet Singh’s Mumbai Cha Raja
*Musa Syeed’s Valley of Saints
*Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children
*Subarna Thapa’s Soongava: Dance of the Orchids
*Noelle Deschamps’ Dreamers (documentary)
*Dheeraj Akolkar’s Liv & Ingmar (documentary)
*Wendy J N Lee’s Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey (documentary)


5th Bengaluru International Film FestivalBengaluru International film festival
December 20 to 27, 2012

*Indian Films Competition - Best Film Jahnu Barua's Baandhon
*Kannada Film Competiion - Best Kannada Film - Girish Kasaravalli's Kurmavatara





10th Chennai International Film Festivalheader
December 13 to 20, 2012

Chief Guest, film icon Amitabh Bachchan, who gave away the prizes
*First Prize Tamil competition - Balaji Shaktivel’s Vazhakku Enn 18/9 
*Second Prize - M Anbazhagan’s Sattai 
*Special jury award for individual excellence -Karthik Subburaj, director of Pizza
The Hindu / CIFF Documentary Contest
*First Prize - Lokesh's Dhobi Khana
*Second Prize - Vydianathan Ramaswamy's Chennai Ghana 
*Third Prize - Arikarasudhan's World Cinema  
*Film Buff Award - Pradeep Kumar


9th Dubai International Film Festival Dubai
December 9 to 16, 2012

*Best Film - Nishtha Jain, Torstein Grude, Signe Bryge Sorenson's Gulabi Gang (India, *Norway, Denmark)
*Best Actress - Aida El-Kashef  (Ship Of Theseus)
*Special Jury Prize - Nicholas Bruckman (Valley Of Saints)


International Film Festival of Kerala   International_Film_Festival_of_Kerala_Logo
December 7 to 14, 2012

*Silver Crow Pheasant Award for Best Debut -Nitin Kakkar's Filmistaan
*Silver Crow Pheasant Award for Best Feature (Audience Prize)  -
*Joy Mathew's Shutter
*FIPRESCI Award for Best Malayalam Film -K Gopinath's Ithra Mathram
*NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film - ID (K D Kamal)
*NETPAC Award for Best Malayalam Film -Arun Kumar's Ee Adutha Kalathu
*Hassan Kutty Award for Best Debut Indian Film -Manoj Kana's Chayilyam

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------12th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival logo_river2012_registered
December 7 to 13, 2012             

*Two awards, Best Feature and Piaggio Foundation Award -
Bedabrata Pai’s Chittagong  
*Best Documentary - Miriam Chandy Menacherry’s The Rat Race
*Best Short - Vikram Dasgupta’s Calcutta Taxi
*Pegaso Award to Anurag Kashyap, director of the opening film, Gangs of Wasseypur
Mega-star Amitabh Bachchan, honoured and presented with the keys of the City of Firenze with a retrospective of his three films, Sholay, (1975),  Deewaar (1975) and Black (2005).

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Ladakh International Film Festival


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