Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Library of Congress highlights role of Jews in India cinema

Filmmaker Danny Ben-Moshe to present a film talk
in Washington DC on the role of Jews in Indian cinema

While the Indian cinema industry known as “Bollywood” is a global phenomenon, few people know about the formative role Indian Jews played in the development of what has become the world’s largest film industry.

 Filmmaker Danny Ben-Moshe will present a film talk on the role of Jews in the Indian film industry, with clips from his new documentary film, “Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema.”
The event will be held at noon on Thursday, April 18, in the Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the James Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.  The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored jointly by the Library’s Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and the LCPA Hebrew Language Table, in cooperation with  the Embassy of India.

“Shalom Bollywood” provides an entry into the colorful and vibrant world of Indian cinema and the unique circumstances that led Indian Jews to play a key role in this industry. It tells the tale of interfaith harmony in the cultural mosaic that is India.
Ben-Moshe is a documentary filmmaker based in Melbourne, Australia, whose films explore global issues of culture and identity. His films have been broadcast on Australian TV channels ABC and SBS and on TV channels around the world. They include “The Buchenwald Ball” (2006), ‘The End of the Rainbow” (2010), “Carnaby Street Undressed” (2011) and “Rewriting History” (2011).

Ben-Moshe is an associate professor at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University in Melbourne. He is the co-editor of “Israel, the Diaspora and Identity.” His research and publications focus on Israel-Diaspora relations, anti-Semitism and Jewish identity. He is a regular contributor to the Jerusalem Report.
Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at .

The Library is home to more than 1.3 million moving images. With a collection ranging from motion pictures made in the 1890s to today’s TV programs, the Library’s holdings are an unparalleled record of American and international creativity in moving images.

Shorts and Docs – call for entries at film fests!

6th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala
June 7 to 11,  2013
Deadline for entries: April 30, 2013.


The Kerala State Chalachitra Academy will present its 6th International Documentary & Short  Film Festival in Thiruvananthapuram , Kerala from June 7 to 11, 2013
Entries are invited for the National level competition from Documentaries (long and short) , short fiction, animation, music videos and campus films (restricted to Kerala).  Details and film registration form are available on the websites & Films are to be registered online and preview material sent.  The last date for entry is the 30th April 2013.

The festival also has a non competitive International section for films from all over the world in the categories Documentaries (long and short), short fiction, animation, music videos. Details are available on the websites: &  
There will also be curated sections, discussions, workshops and Master classes held during the event.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Shorts and Docs – call for entries at film fests!

2013  Satyajit Ray Foundation
London Indian Film Festival Short Film Competition
Deadline  extended to March 31, 2013

The 2013 Satyajit Ray Foundation’s Short Film Competition in association with the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) July 18 – 25, 2013 is inviting submissions - looking for films that show imagination, creativity and reflect the cultural diversity and experiences of South Asians within their own country or the diaspora.

Entry data - Submission deadline extended to 31 March 2013

a)  Films about South Asian experience (South Asian, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka)

b)  Maximum running time 20 mins

c)  All films to be submitted on DVD, no previous entries accepted and films should have been made within 2 years prior to the deadline

d)  A compilation programme of the shortlisted films will screen during the London Indian Film Festival

e)  The winning film will screen at the closing night gala of the London INDIAN Film Festival (July 2013)

f)  There will be one Prize for best short film of £1,000

 Please check the festival website for entry regulations and to download the submission form 

India at the 2013 ReelWorld Film Festival

Each spring, ReelWorld Film Festival, held in Toronto over April 9 to 14,  presents a programme of dramatic features, documentaries, shorts and music videos which reflect racial diversity or are by filmmakers who identify as being Aboriginal, Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, South Asian or as being from another ethnically diverse background. In 2013,  the festival will  feature five films from the Asian sub-continent, four that connect with India and one that is from Sri Lanka.  The titles are listed below …

A Decent Arrangement 
Directed by Sarovar Banka

Selected by the New York Indian Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival and Toronto Independent Film Festival, this contemporary comedic drama, mainly in English, explores the complexities of ethnic identity. The 97-minute film follows Ashok Khosla (played by New York-based Adam Laupus), an aimless Indian-American copywriter. He travels to India seeking an arranged marriage planned by his well-meaning but headstrong cousin Preeti (Shabana Azmi). While meeting prospective brides and their parents, he feels a cultural divide. By chance Ashok meets Lorie (played by Nashville-based Lethia Nall), an American woman touring India seeking new experiences. Her perspective challenges the insular Ashok to examine his choices. Meanwhile, Ashok is set up with Amita (writer-actor Diksha Basu, working in Mumbai and New York), an Indian woman struggling with the duties of family and tradition. He is unexpectedly attracted to her. Their impending engagement precipitates events that force Ashok to seek his own resolution. To make his debut feature, Philadelphia-based director Sarovar returned to Chandigarh, the city of his grandparents.

Sarovar Banka’s career began at Brown University performing sketch comedy, writing plays and making short films. His work as playwright includes Ashes and The Moral Implications of Time Travel. In 2007, he was invited to the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab to participate as a playwright. Sarovar’s over ten years in films cover serving as writer, director, producer and cinematographer on short subjects. His 2005 short film, Edgar, played at the Rhode Island and Rome International Film Festivals.

Shyamal Uncle Turns Off The Lights
Directed by Suman Ghosh

Co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2013 film series,  this Bengali feature film by Miami-based academic Suman Ghosh have created an international name for this director.  His first film was the 2002 documentary, Amartya Sen: A Life Re-examined, on  the reputed Nobel Laureate. His feature films Podokkhep ( 2006),  Dwando (2009) and Nobel Chor (2011) have screened widely at film festivals, internationally and in India. His latest work Shyamal Uncle turns off the Lights is based on a real incident which the protagonist, Shyamal Bhattacharya, faced himself. He plays the role himself never having acted before. Most of the roles are played by local people who are non-actors. The film follows Shyamal Uncle, an 80-year-old retiree, who lives with his wife in Paikpara (an old Kolkata neighbourhood).  Used to taking walks at odd hours, he notices that the street lights near his house are lit even during the day. He finds this a needless waste of electricity and decides to correct this lapse. He goes to different government departments but they dosen’t seem to care nor they have the time to hear him out. At home, even his wife lends half an ear. His daily battle makes him face insults and skepticism when to him this is a matter of simple logic and what is right: the streetlights should not stay on when the sun is out. Finally, the mild-mannered gentleman loses his composure altogether. Produced by US-based Arindam Ghosh, the film’s DOP is Ranjit Palit.  Mayookh Bhaumik has scored the music. The cast includes Suparna Chatterjee, Gopal Roy and Sameer Dutta. Suman Ghosh  received his film training at the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance at Cornell University.

Suman Ghosh completed his Ph.D in Economics from Cornell University in 2002. Before that he did his B.Sc in Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta and his M.A. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. His main fields of research are Personnel Economics and Development Economics. Currently he is an Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University. 

Calcutta Taxi – 20 minute short film
Directed by Vikram Dasgupta

A student, Aditya Chaterji, finds his backpack and belongings stolen on the day of a political strike. Meanwhile, Bakul Bihari faces the opportunity of a lifetime to help a poor boy in distress. Cab driver Rasul Ahmed discovers a bomb in his backseat, while being in an extremely unpredictable and sensitive slum area of Calcutta. Calcutta Taxi unravels the story of three lives that coincide and affect each other.  Director Dasgupta has also edited the film. The cinematography is by Jeff Maher, music by Ian D'Souza and the cast comprises Sunnie D'Souza, Vipin Sharma, Anand Rajaram and Geeta Bisht

Vikram Dasgupta was born in New Delhi, India in 1977 into a family of artists and musicians. He was accepted into The Government College of Arts, Calcutta (est.1864), graduating from a five year Fine Arts Degree with honors scholarship and was awarded the Gold Medal for outstanding achievement in the field of art and design. His student production, “inSANITY” about a homeless artist on the streets of Calcutta made it possible for his acceptance into the Advanced Film and Television program at Sheridan College, Canada in 2001. He has been living in Canada ever since and has been working in Film and TV in various creative capacities, including work with AR Rahman of “Slumdog Millionaire” fame on multiple occasions.

Fondi 91
Directed by Dev Khanna

Fondi  91 follows the lustful adventures of a Jersey-based high school soccer team’s two week trip to the historic town of  Fondi, where they are to compete, where it unfolds one boy’s stirring coming of age in a foreign land.  The protagonist is the 17- year old  shy and determined Anil,  of  Indian origin, caught between American sexuality and immigrant  conservatism.  Posterboy Michael is the alpha male team captain, the answer to every woman’s yearnings. Marco is the class clown, friend to everyone. Joe is the serious soccer player,  alternative to the testosterone- driven others.  The wealthy Fondi family is sponsoring the tournament; represented by Paolo, whose pretty 22 year old daughter Rosa electrifies the teenagers. Her interest in Anil makes him forget the gentle aux-pair Sophie who cares for Paolo’s adopted children. In the macho rivalry for the two women as well sheer muscle power, Anil is thrust into the dark moral crucible of an adolescent trying to determine right from wrong. In the process he gains a life-long maturity. Written and directed by Dev Khanna, the film is produced by Andre Bharti, Lenny Foreht and Dev Khanna. The DOP is Ben Lichty and the editor is P. Iglezos. The cast is led by Raymond Ablack, Mylene St Sauveur, Serena Iansiti, Remo Girone and Thomas Wesson. Fondi 91 has been picked up for world sales by 108 Media Corp, a company headed by Abhi Rastogi. 

Dev Khanna, a native of Toronto, Canada, is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he majored in both human biology and cinema studies. Khanna currently owns and operates DK International (a worldwide sourcing agency). In 2007, he made his directorial debut at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where he screened the world premiere of Terry Southern’s Plums and Prunes. Subsequently Khanna was invited back to TIFF in 2009 for the world premiere screening of his second short film, A Hindu’s Indictment of Heaven.  Fondi '91 is his feature debut.

Aayna ka Bayna   (Closing film)
Directed by Samit Kakkad,

This film was listed in yesterday on this website.

Aayna Ka Bayna is a film on modern dance and making your dreams come true. If children or adolescents are forced to indulge in some sort of crime, they should be taken care of  or given psychological or confidence boosting attention to veer them towards becoming decent and law abiding citizens in the future. Treating them like hardcore criminals should not be an option at all.  Debutant director Samit Kakkad gives this strong message successfully in Aayna Ka Bayna. But what makes the message more appealing is the fact that he puts his issue-based theme as a lively dance extravaganza.

Mumbai-born Samit Kakkad grew up with a corporate  and advertising filmmaker father Amar Kakkad. His own film career started as an editor. With inroads into the technical aspects of post production, Samit worked with well known Mumbai directors. He was the producer and the creative director on his first home production Huppa Huiyya which won innumerable awards. Aayna Ka Bayna is Samit Kakkad's maiden film as director and screenplay writer.



Sam's Story  (Sri Lanka)
Directed by Priyankara Vittanachchi 

In his debut feature, Priyankara Vittanachchi has created in Sam an unforgettable character. Through the eyes of Sam, we become painfully aware of the daily political tensions and everyday dangers of life in Sri Lanka, a land ravaged by war and political strife.  Siriratne (Sam) is the eldest of two children living in a remote village in Sri Lanka. Abandoned by their father, Sam and his younger brother Jaya are raised by their mother. Sam is mentally handicapped, and ably protected by his childhood friend, Piya. When Piya dies, Sam is taken by his uncle to a neighbouring town to work as a servant house boy, but rushes home when he learns that Jaya was killed by Tamil soldiers. The next place of work is “River House” where he is kindly accepted by the Master of the family, and the Son, a young man Sam comes to love deeply. He is to work with Leandro, the Tamil cook, and Janet, a servant girl. When the Master is killed by a bomb, the family leaves Sri Lanka and all three servants are let go. Sam returns to his village, unable to work, and eagerly waits for a letter from the Master’s family. When his mother dies, he is ridiculed constantly by the villagers and becomes despondent, until one day the Son of his beloved family arrives with his wife and children to take him back to River House.  This 94 minute film in Singhalese is on a screenplay by Priyankara Vittanachchi and Pushpa Kumara Ellawala. Its cinematography is by Ruwan Costha and editing is by Shyaman/Premasundara. The cast inlcudest Jagath Chamila (SAM), Menik Kurukulasooriya, Victor Ramanayake and Wathika Ravinath.

Priyankara Vittanachchi is a Sri Lankan national who has degrees in Business Administration from California State University (LA) and a diploma in Film and Television from UCLA, as well as a Professional degree in Project Management from the National Institute of Business Management in Sri Lanka. He has produced documentaries and shorts while in Sri Lanka. Sam is his debut feature film.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Marathi award-winner headed for Reelworld Festival

Marathi film Aayna Ka Bayna
will close Toronto’s Reelworld Festival (April 10 to 14)
Debut director Samit Kakkad to attend
Mumbai-born Samit Kakkad grew up with a corporate  and advertising filmmaker father Amar Kakkad. His own film career started as an editor. With inroads into the technical aspects of post production, Samit worked with well known Mumbai directors. He was the producer and the creative director on his first home production Huppa Huiyya which won innumerable awards. Aayna Ka Bayna is Samit Kakkad's maiden film as director and screenplay writer.
The film released in November 2012 in Maharatshtra to critical acclaim and box office success.  With Toronto’s Reelworld selection as its Closing Film, Aayna Ka Bayna now embarks on its festival round-up.
Aayna Ka Bayna is a film on modern dance and making your dreams come true. If children or adolescents are forced to indulge in some sort of crime, they should be taken care of  or given psychological or confidence boosting attention to veer them towards becoming decent and law abiding citizens in the future. Treating them like hardcore criminals should not be an option at all.  Debutant director Samit Kakkad gives this strong message successfully in Aayna Ka Bayna. But what makes the message more appealing is the fact that he puts his issue-based theme as a lively dance extravaganza.
More kudos for Aayna Ka Bayna – the film has also featured in The American Cinematographer December issue 2012 and in Times of India (Crest Edition) Best of Indian Cinema 2012 notable Mentions with Top Bollywood films.


2013 Tribeca Film Festival announces its line-up!

Held in New York City over April 17 to 28, Tribeca Film Festival features three India-related films in its 2013 programme.
Meera Menon’s Farah Goes Bang (Viewpoint section)                                              
Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar’s Powerless (Documentary Competition)              
Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Spotlight section)

Viewpoint section – feature narrative                                                                     

Farah Goes Bang                                                                                                   

Directed by Meera Menon                                                                                              
USA, 2013, 90 mins, English                                                                                        
Script Laura Goode, Meera Menon                                                                                
DOP Paul Gleason                                                                                                       
Music Alexis Marsh and Samuel Jones                                                                       
Editor Kate Hickey                                                                                                          
Cast Nikohl Boosheri, Kandis Erickson, Kiran Deol, Michael Steger, Samrat Chakrabarti, Lyman Ward

FARAH-GOES-BANG-route-66_LO1Farah hits the road with her buddies to stump for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election, hoping the trip will be her opportunity to finally shed her unwanted virginity. She soon finds her efforts on both political and sexual fronts continuously thwarted. Comically balancing that moment’s climate of intolerance with a universal coming-of-age tale, Farah Goes Bang paints a comic portrait of the overdue growing pains of a group of girlfriends and the country itself. Indian actor Samarat Chakrabarti is featured in the film.
Los Angeles based Meera Menon grew up in the South Asian film industry and won a national television award in India for her performance on the hit soap opera American Dreams when she was 18. She is an independent filmmaker that writes, produces, and directs media of all forms. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Art History from Columbia University, and then received her MFA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She has made a short film, Mark in Argentina, about a certain South Carolina governor and his lust for South America(ns), which was an official selection of the Hollyshorts Film Festival. She has also worked as a curator and organizer for contemporary art festivals in Paris, Miami, and New York, cultivating and promoting breakthrough visual artists in film and video. She is currently a Teaching Artist at Greenway Arts Alliance. Meera makes her debut as director with Farah Goes Bang.


Directed by Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar                                                  
Screenwriter Fahad Mustafa                                                                                          katiya
DOP Maria Trieb-Eliaz, Amith Surendran, Fahad Mustafa                                           
Editor Maria Trieb-Eliaz, Namrata Rao                                                                         
2012, India-Austria, 75 mins, HDCAM, Hindi/Urdu/English 

In Kanpur, a city of 3 million, where daily power cuts last up to 15 hours, electrician Loha is a maverick robin-hood figure who steals electricity and charges the rich to provide free connections in impoverished neighbourhoods. His illegal connections from one neighborhood to another sustain homes, factories and businesses. Ritu, the new and first female chief of Kanpur Electricity Supply Company (where theft contributes up to 30% revenue losses) forms a task force to stem this miscreancy and wipe out illegal electricity connections. While she meets with a measure of success, the unrelenting summer exacerbates the power deficit to crisis proportions, resulting in protest demonstrations and even violence. Powerless puts a lens on an unexplored narrative of one of the world’s fastest developing economies. A picture emerges of a modern dystopia encompassing urban decay and desperation in the lack of electricity. Kanpur reflects the glaring energy poverty in India, where a third of the population is bereft of this basic need. The film was among the 58 films selected for the IDFA Forum 2012 and one of the four projects selected for the 2012 Sundance Institute Composers + Documentary Lab. The film is produced by Globalistan Films and co-produced by ITVS International. The film's title for its India release is Katiyabaaz.
Kanpur-born Fahad Mustafa was raised in Dammam, New Delhi, Vienna and Edmonton. An Erasmus Mundus Global Studies scholar, he has worked with the offices of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture. His earlier student work as director was FC Chechnya (Austria,2010).
Delhi-born co-director Deepti Kakkar has been engaged in issues of social development and sustainable livelihood for the last 10 years. She earlier directed a film on micro-finance in India, and worked on story development and as production manager on FC Chechnya. She lives in Ghaziabad, India.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist                                                                               

Directed by Mira Nair                                                                                             
Screenplay William Wheeler, Mohsin Hamid, Ami Boghani                                         
Music Michael Andrews                                                                                               
Editor Shimit Amin                                                                                                         
DOP Declan Quinn                                                                                                        
Cast Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber, Om Puri and Shabana Azmi.
India, Pakistan, USA, 128 mins, English, Urdu
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
is an exploration of bias and globalization that is incisive and unsettling. In 2010, as student demonstrations rage in Lahore, young Pakistani professor Changez Khan (Riz Ahmed) is interviewed by American journalist Bobby Lincoln (Liev Schreiber). The upbeat Princeton-educated Changez tells Lincoln about his brilliant business analyst days on Wall Street, his mentor Jim Cross (Kiefer Sutherland), and the beautiful, sophisticated Erica (Kate Hudson) he is to marry. Following 9/11, the alienation he is suddenly met with leads him back to his homeland and his close-knit family. His charisma and intelligence make him a leader, both in the eyes of his adoring Pakistani students and the American government that suspects him. Lincoln and Changez's meeting at the Lahore café takes on another hue as a foreign professor kidnapped by extremists is nearing his execution deadline and Changez's family is being harassed and is in real danger. Bobby listens but with his own agenda in mind. Lydia Dean Pilcher produced the film financed by The Doha Film Institute.
Director/producer Mira Nair lives in Kampala and New York where she manages her company, Mirabai Films. She was educated at Delhi University and Harvard University. Mira’s amazing career in films took a flying start with her debut work, Salaam Bombay (1988), which won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival followed by an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. She used the proceeds of the film to establish Salaam Baalak Trust in India, an organization that helps street children. She has since made nine feature films, almost all of them taking her forward with more awards and acclaim. Her peak was with Monsoon Wedding (2001), which won the Golden Lion at Venice International Film Festival. Her recent films include Vanity Fair, The Namesake and Amelia. In 2012, she was awarded India's third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan, by the President of India, Pratibha Patil.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

India scores at Hong Kong’s 7th Asian Film Awards

India garners seven nominations!
Pritam bags Best Composer for Barfi!

The 7th Asian Film Awards, one of the most reputable film-industry events in all of Asia, reflects the hard work being accomplished by many talented individuals throughout the region every year. The Asian Awards is among the three flagship events (the other two are the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) to come under the aegis of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS). Roger Garcia, new appointed Executive Director of HKIFFS, says, “Congratulations to all of tonight’s award winners, and a big thanks for their contributions and support of Asia’s film industry. Today’s results have proven that Asian cinema is more prosperous than ever, as there are outstanding masterpieces coming from many different regions. I believe that Asian cinema is becoming a force to be recognised in the international film world more so now than ever before.”

India garnered as many as seven nominations in the Asian Film Awards. These nominees were: Gangs of Wasseypur for Best Film, Anurag Kashyap for Best Director, Wasiq Khan for Best Production Designer and Rajeev Ravi for Best Cinematographer; Anand Gandhi (Ship of Theseus) for Best Screenwriter; Nawazuddin Siddiqui for Best Supporting Actor and Pritam for Best Composer.

The lauded feature film Barfi! continues to make the sun shine on Pritam Chakraborty. On behalf of this film he has already collected the Filmfare Award and the Asia Pacific Film Festival at Macau. He now adds one more - the Best Music Award at the Asian Film Awards held in Hong Kong on March 18.

At the same 7th Asian Film Awards, Nawazuddin Siddiqui won the Best Supporting Actor for Talaash. The other nominees for this award were: HA Jung-woo for Nameless Gangster: Rule of the Time (South Korea), Kase Ryo for Like Someone in Love (Japan/France/Iran), Chapman TO for Diva (Mainland China/Hong Kong) and Rhydian Vaughan for GF*BF (Taiwan).

The 60th National Film Award Winners announced!

Best Feature Film Paan Singh Tomar (Hindi) by Tigmanshu Dhulia

Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut film of a Director: Chittagong (Hindi) by Bedabrata Pain and 101 Chodiyangal (Malayalam) by Siddhartha Siva

Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment: Vicky Donor (Hindi) by Shoojit Sircar and Ustad Hotel (Malayalam) by Anwar Rasheed

Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on a National Integration: Thanichallanjan (Malayalam) by Babu Thiruvalla

Best Film on Social Issues: Spirit (Malayalam) by Renjith

Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation: Black Forest (Malayalam) by Joshy Mathew

Best Children’s Film: Dekh Indian Circus (Hindi) by Mangesh Hadawale

Best Animation Film: Delhi Safari (Hindi) by Nikhil Advani

Best Direction: Dhag (Marathi) by Shivaji Lotan Patil

Best Actor: Irrfan Khan for Paan Singh Tomar (Hindi) and Vikram Gokhale for Anumati (Marathi)

Best Actress: Usha Jadhav for Dhag (Marathi)

Best Supporting Actor: Annu Kapoor for Vicky Donor (Hindi)

Best Supporting Actress: Dolly Ahluwalia for Vicky Donor (Hindi) & Kalpana for Thanichallanjan (Malayalam)

Best Child Artist: Virendra Pratap for Dekh Indian Circus (Hindi) and Minon for 101 Chodiyangal (Malayalam)

Best Male Playback Singer: Shankar Mahadevan for the song Bolo Na, Chittagong (Hindi)

Best Female Playback Singer: Aarti Anklekar Tikekar for the song Palakein Naa Moondon, Samhita (Marathi)

Best Cinematography: Sudheer Palsane for KO : YAD (Mising)

Best Screenplay:i) Screenplay Writer (Original) : Sujoy Ghosh for Kahani (Hindi)         ii) Screenplay Writer (Adapted) : Bhavesh Mandalia and Umesh Shukla for OMG Oh My God (Hindi)                                                                                                                    iii) Dialogues : Anjali Menon for Ustaad Hotel (Malayalam)

Best Audiography:  i) Location Sound Recordist: Radhakrishnan S. for Annayum Rasoolum (Malayalam)                                                                                                       ii) Sound Designer: Anirban Sengupta and Dipankar Chaki for Shabdo (Bengali)       iii) Re-recordist of the final mixed track: Alok De, Sinoy Joseph and Shreejesh Nair for Gangs of Wasseypur (Hindi)

Best Editing: Namrata Rao for Kahaani (Hindi)

Best Production Design: Boontawee ‘Thor’ Taweepasas & Lalgudi N. Ilayaraja for Vishwaroopam (Tamil)

Best Costime Designer: Poornima Ramaswamy for Paradesi (Tamil)

Best Make-Up Artist: Raja for Vazakkuenn 18/9 (Tamil)

Best Music Direction: Songs: Shailender Barve for Samhita(Marathi)           Background Score: BijiBal for Kaliyachan (Malayalam)

Best Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi for song Bolo Na, Chittagong (Hindi)

Special Jury Award: Rituparno Ghosh for Chitrangada (Bengali) & Nawazuddin Siddiqui for Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Dekh Indian Circus and Talaash (all Hindi)

Best Speical Effects: Makuta VFX for Eega (Telugu)

Best Choreography: Pandit Birju Maharaj for Vishwaroopam (Tamil)

Best Assamese Film: Baandhon by Jahnu Baruah

Best Bengali Film: Shabdo by Kaushik Ganguly

Best Gujarati Film: The Good Road by Gyan Arora

Best Hindi Film: Filmistan by Nitin Kakkar

Best Kannada Film: Bharath Stores by P. Sheshadri

Best Malayalam Film: Celluloid by Kamal

Best Manipuri Film: Leipaklei by Aribam Syam Sharma

Best Marathi Film: Investment by Ratnakar Matkari

Best Punjabi Film: Nabar by Rajeev Sharma

Best Tamil Film: Vazakkuenn 18/9 by Balaji Sakthivel

Best Telugu Film: Eega by S.S. Rajamouli

Best Urdu Film: Harud by Aamir Bashir

Best English Film: Lessons in Forgetting by Unni Vijayan

Best Mising Film: KO : YAD by Manju Borah

Lal for Ozhimuri (Malayalam)
H.G. Dattatreya for Bharat Stores (Kannada)
Bishnu Kharghoria for Baandhon (Assamese)
Parineeti Chopra for Ishaqzade (Hindi)
Tannishtha Chatterjee for Dekh Indian Circus (Hindi)
Hansraj Jagtap for Dhag (Marathi)
Thilakan for Ustad Hotel (Malayalam)


Best Non Feature Film: Shepherds of Paradise (Gojri& Urdu) by Raja Shabir Khan

Best Debut Film of a Director: Eka Gachha Eka Manisa Eka Samudra (Odia) by Lipika Singh Darai

Best Anthropological/Ethnographic Film: Char ...The No-Man’s Island (Bengali) by Sourav Sarangi

Best Biographical/Historical Resconstruction: Celluloid Man (English, Hindi, Kannada & Bengali) by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur

Best Arts/Cultural Film: Modikhanyachya Don Goshti (Marathi) by Gouri Patwardhan

Best Promotional Film: Dreaming Taj Mahal (Hindi & Urdu) by Nirmal Chander

Best Environmental Film Including Agriculture: Timbaktu (English) by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh

Best Film On Social Issues: Behind The Mist (Malayalam) by Babu Kambrath

Best Exploration/Adventure Film: Manipuri Pony (English & Manipuri) by Aribam Syam Sharma

Best Investigative Film: Inshallah Kashmir (English) by Ashvin Kumar

I Am Micro (English) by Shumona Goel and Shai Heredia                                        Cancer Katha (English) by Vasudha Joshi

Best Short Fiction: Kaatal (Marathi) by Vikrant Pawar

Best Film on Family Values: After Glow (English and Gujarati) by Kaushal Oza

Best Direction: Kaatal (Marathi) by Vikrant Pawar

Best Cinematography: Abhimanyu Dange for Kaatal (Marathi) and Shabir Khan for Shepherds of Paradise (Gojri& Urdu)

Best Audiography: Harikumar M. for Do Din Ka Mela (Kutchi)

Best Editing: Irene Dhar Malik for Celluloid Man

Best Narration/Voice Over: Moni Bordoloi for Suranjana Deepali (Assamese)

SPECIAL MENTION                                                                                                    Pinch of Skin (English & Hindi) by Priya Goswami                                                       Allah Is Great (English, Hindi & Danish) by Andrea Iannetta                                       Raah (Animation) by Sanjay Jangid

Best Book on Cinema: Silent Cinema in India-A Pictorial Journey by B D Garga

Best Film Critic: P S Radhakrishnan

Special Mention: Piyush Roy

Monday, March 18, 2013

19th Bradford International Film Festival (April 11 – 21, 2013)

The 19th Bradford International Film Festival will honour Hundred Years of Indian Cinema by giving pride of place to twelve Indian films. The festival is being held across cities in the UK.

“100 years on, the 19th Bradford International Film Festival wishes Indian cinema a happy centenary by devoting a large chunk of our programming to this inexhaustibly fertile source of astonishing films,” said Tom Vincent and Neil Young, Co-Directors of the festival.

The line-up includes:

Dadasaheb Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra (1913)

Franz Osten’s India – UK – Germany production Prapancha Pash (1929)

Uday Shankar’s Kalpana (1948)

Mehboob Khan’s Mother India (1957) and Mughal-E-Azam (1957)

Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)

Yash Chopra’s Silsila (1981)

Deepa Dhanraj’s Kya Hua Iss Shehar Ko? (1986)

Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995)

Sandeep Ray’s The Sound of Old Rooms (2011)

Kamal K.M’s I.D (2012)

Manjeet Singh’s Mumbai Cha Raja(2012)


International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2013
Four Indian films in competition

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is being held from May 2-7, 2013 in Germany. Its theme this year is Flatness: Cinema after the Internet.

Shambhavi Kaul’s 21 Chitrakoot, Amit Dutta’s Museum of Imagination and Vipin Vijay’s Vishaparvam will compete in the International Competition section of the 59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.

Vaibhav Hiwase’s Bombay Kulfi will contend in the International Children’s and Youth Film Competition at the festival. The film received Special Mention in the Dimensions Mumbai category at the Mumbai Film Festival last year.

The films in the International Competition will all make their German premiere at the festival and vie for awards worth a total of 22,000 euros. The winners will be selected by the International Festival Jury; the FIPRESCI Jury; the Ecumenical Jury and the Jury of the North Rhine-Westphalia Government of Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport.

The International Children’s and Youth Film Competition presents cash awards totaling 3,000 euros. The winners in this section are selected by a children’s jury and a youth jury comprising children from Oberhausen.