Saturday, April 20, 2013



 Call for Entries!  Submission dates: (April 15th-July 12th)
One of the biggest film festivals in Asia,  TIFF Competition has screened many outstanding films created by up-and-coming directors as well as premieres of works by prestigious filmmakers of the world. Last year, the festival received 1,332 films from 91 countries and regions (40 percent increase over the previous year).
Summary of Rules and Regulations
1) Films must be completed after January1, 2013.
2) Films should not have screened at main competition section of major film festivals accredited by FIAPF.  Please refer to
www.fiapf.org/intfilmfestivals_sites.asp 
3) Films must have their Asian Premiere at TIFF. World and International Premieres are given priority. Japanese films must have its World Premiere.
4) Only feature films can be entered (including animation) running over 60 minutes.
5) Documentary films are not eligible.
6) Screening material should be in digital format (in high definition) with English subtitles.
Note - the application of these conditions belongs at the discretion of TIFF.

The Awards
 
-Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix : cash prize 50,000 USD (divided equally between producer and the director)
-Special Jury Prize : cash prize of 20,000 USD (divided equally between producer and the director)
-Award for Best Director : cash prize of 5,000 USD
-Award for Best Actress : cash prize of 5,000 USD
-Award for Best Actor : cash prize of 5,000 USD
-Award for Best Artistic Contribution : cash prize of 5,000 USD
(Photography, Sound, Art Direction, Music, Script etc.)
-The Audience Award : cash prize of 10,000 USD
At the 25th TIFF, the Award for Best Artistic Contribution went to  Pankaj Kumar (Director of Photography), Ship of Theseus

Inquiries:
communications@tiff-jp.net
Tel: +81 (0)3-3553-4793; Fax: +81 (0)3-3553-4788; 
www.tiff-jp.net
 

La Semaine’s France 4 Visionary Award

Created by the French Union of Film Critics, La Semaine reveals young talent by celebrating first and second features from filmmakers from all over the world. For its 52nd edition, La Semaine goes even further in its support of talent by launching a new generation of international critics on the Cannes scene.

Presided this year by the filmmaker Mia Hansen-Love, the France 4 Visionary Award is made up of a jury of four international amateur and semi-professional film critics who will award one of the seven features of the competition. This prize is not only an award, it is a chance to get emerging talent to meet, it is an exchange between up and coming critics and young filmmakers.

At a time when the international press is still redefining itself in the digital age, La Semaine de la Critique becomes the voice of new cinephiles and new media circulating their opinions. This Prize is a chance for La Critique to open the competition to places where it is sometimes difficult to make itself heard: members of the 2013 edition of France 4 Visionary Award come from China, Turkey, Brazil and France.

·         Mia Hansen-Løve, President of France 4 Visionary Award

·         Luo Jin – China:  32, freelance journalist, co-author of film review books.
www.cinephilia.net

·         Eren Odabasi – Turkey: 23, Phd Student Studying Communication And Film In The United States. www.atyazi.net , www.karsikultur.com

·         Thiago Stivaletti- Brazil: 34, film and sociology graduate from France, freelance journalist In São Paulo. www.Longosplanos.Wordpress.com , www.uol.com.br

·         Simon Pellegry – France: 25, co-founder of the website and magazine, Spectres Du Cinéma.
www.spectresducinema.org
 For more information: www.semainedelacritique.com   

Friday, April 19, 2013

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present india

Indian Film Festival The Hague

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Call for entries

Celebrating Indian cinema’s 100th year, make a one-minute video about India – the most fascinating country in the world!

What will your One Minute show? You choose.

Here are a couple of tips, though

- Stick to just one topic: a wedding, a crossroads, a building, whatever…

- Present a moving picture that you send on behalf of India to Europe

Join us in creating a One Minute series of video art.

Deadline June 30, 2013.

For more information about Present India, the screenings, the online entry form, copyright agreement, and technical requirements, see our website an Facebook page www.theoneminutes.org

Note: The India representative for assisting the Indian Film Festival The Hague is Uma da Cunha. Contact: <uma.dacunha@gmail.com>

Focus on India at 2013 Animated Film festival of Stuttgart

 

2013 Animated Film festival of Stuttgart is being held April 23 to 25 in Stuttgart, Germany. The festival is sponsored by Andreas Lapp of Stuttgart’s Lapp Group.

Animated films from India will be shown as follows:

 Focus on India – Animated Shorts will feature the ten best Indian animated short films, rated from an artistic perspective, curated by animation specialist Anand Gurnani

Animated Films from National Institute of Design (NID) in Bangalore

Focus on India – Series and Commercials will show the best animated commercials and TV series from India

Animated feature film Hey Krishna- the first major Indian animated work by Reliance Animation and India’s nominee Oscars will be screened

The International Festival of Animated Film in Stuttgart last year received around 80,000 visitors.

Andrew LappAndreas Lapp, CEO of Lapp Holding AG has been honorary consul for India since 2001 and a staunch supporter of inter-cultural events between Germany and India.

The Lapp Group has sponsored the Stuttgart Indian Film Festival since its inception. This year its dates are July 17 to 21.

Lapp also organizes the “Stuttgart Meets Mumbai” wine festival in Stuttgart’s twin city Mumbai every spring.

The Stuttgart Indian Business Center (IBC), located at the Lapp Group’s premises in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, provides Indian businesses seeking to move to Baden-Württemberg with fully serviced offices as well as equipment and expert advice. In addition, German-Indian round-table discussions are held every other month, enabling Indian and German entrepreneurs to connect and strengthen economic ties.

About the Lapp Group
Headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, the Lapp Group is a leading supplier of integrated wire, cabling and connector products and solutions. It is a supplier of electrical and fibre optic cables, industrial plug-in and screw connectors, cabling solutions, automation technology and technical accessories. Lapp Group’s core markets are in the mechanical and plant engineering and electronics manufacturing sectors, with rapid market expansion in the renewable energy, mobility and life science industries. The Lapp Group in India is based in Bangalore.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

2013 Cannes first major India highlights

Two Indian films so far in key selections at Cannes this year ...
The redoubtable Anurag Kashyap is linked to both!


·         Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout is selected for Cannes’ Midnight Screenings. This film is produced by Sikhya Entertainment and Yaffle Films. and co- produced by Anurag Kashyap Films Production Ltd (AKFPL),  Pardesi Films and DAR Motion Pictures.  Both AKFPL and Sikhya Entertainment are jointly headed by Anurag Kashyap and Guneet Monga.
 
·         Bombay Talkies features in  Gala Screening, Tribute to India. This high-profile film, said to be made specially for 2013 Cannes’s India Year, has four segments. One is directed by Anurag Kashyap (his segment is called Murabba), Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar  respectively. The film is produced by Ashi Dua of Flying Unicorn Entertainment and Viacom 18.

 The announcements for Directors Fortnight and Critics Week have yet to be made.

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Nandita Das on Cannes’  Cinefondation Jury

After featuring on the International Jury at  2005 Cannes Film Festival,  the many faceted and accomplished Nandita has most likely created a first for India, by being placed on yet another Cannes Jury. This year she is a jury member of Cannes’s Cinefondation, which will be chaired by Jane Campion.
In 1998, the Festival de Cannes created the Cinéfondation to inspire and support the next generation of international filmmakers. Since then, with the help of the Festival, the Cinéfondation has developed complementary programmes to help achieve its goal.

Cinefondation, created in 1998 and devoted to the search for new talent, selects fifteen to twenty short and medium-length films each year from film schools all over the world.

The Cinéfondation selection forms part of the Official Selection and the selected films are presented to the Cinéfondation and Shorts Jury which awards a prize to the best three.

Each year more than 1600 student films are sent to the Cinéfondation, a testimony to their diversity and dynamism.. Since 1998 more than 250 films from 90 schools in the world have been selected.
The rules that apply to the selection are:
*  They are made during the 18 months preceding the Cannes Festival
*  They have not been presented at major international festivals
*  They do not exceed 60 minutes in running-time.
Note - Documentaries are not accepted.

The Cinéfondation international jury comprises the President and a minimum of four personalities. The 2013 jury is headed by Jane Campion.


Cinefondation’s Artisitc Director is  Ms Dimitra Karya.  Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to Greek parents Dimitra Karya studied French language and literature at the University of Athens. Since 1992 she has been living and working in Paris. After a postgraduate degree in Russian, Central & East European Studies at the University of Paris 8 and a training programme in cinema, she worked for a few years at the SACD (the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers). In 2006 she joined the selection committee of the Cinéfondation and in 2010 became its Artistic Director.

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ISSUE 13

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Documentaries

Sashwati Talukdar and P Kerim Friedman’s Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir!

Sandeep Ray’s The Sound of Old Rooms

Ranu Ghosh’s Quarter No 24/11

Sudhir Aggarwal’s It’s Cricket, No?

Daniela Dar-Creutz’s Arranged Happiness

M J Ramanan’s Miss U Mama

Ajay Rainaa’s Apour ti yapour. Na Jang na aman. Yeti chu talukpeth

Andrew Hinton’s Amar

Avijit Mukul Kishore’s Vertical City

Minnie Vaid’s Binayak Sen: A Doctor to Defend

Ananya Chakraborti’s Understanding Trafficking

Nikhil Mahajan’s Half a Billion Dreams

Amlan Datta’s One Day Ahead Of Democracy

Vikram Gandhi’s Kumaré

Anirban Ghosh and Anjan Bhattacharya’sThe Legacy of Jagat Seth: Marwaris of Bengal, Past and Present

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PLEase Dont Beat MePlease Don’t Beat Me, Sir!

Director/Producer/Editor Sashwati Talukdar

Director/Producer/Camera P Kerim Friedman

World Premiere, 16th Busan Int Film Festival

Over sixty million Indians belong to communities imprisoned by the British as “criminals by birth”. The Chhara of Ahmedabad, in Western India, are one of 198 such “Criminal Tribes”. Declaring that they are “born actors” not “born criminals” a group of Chhara youth have turned to street theatre in their fight against police brutality, corruption, and the stigma of criminality — a stigma internalized by their own grandparents. The film follows the lives of these young actors and their families as they take their struggle to the streets, hoping their plays will spark a revolution. Filmmaker Talukdar began as assistant editor on one of Michael Moore’s TV shows. She has worked for HBO, BBC, Lifetime, Sundance etc. Her films have screened at the Margaret Mead Festival, Berlin, Whitney Biennial, and numerous art galleries around the world. Documentary filmmaker Friedman teaches linguistic and visual anthropology at Taiwan’s National Dong Hwa University. He is a founding member of the group anthropology blog, ‘Savage Minds’.

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Sound of Old RoomsThe Sound of Old Rooms

(Kokkho-Poth)

Director/Cinematographer/Editor Sandeep Ray

2011, India-South Korea, USA, 72 mins, HDV, Bengali

World Premiere, 16th Busan Int Film Festival

Filmed over two decades in a sprawling house in Kolkata, this intimate documentary follows the life experiences of Sarthak, an ordinary Indian man trying to hold on to his calling of being a poet while juggling a regular family. While being a coming-of-age story, it is also an exploration of Kolkata, Bengali literature, large Indian families and a close documentation of growing up in a Marxist State in a nation that is rapidly embracing globalization and free markets. The cast includes Sarthak Roy Chowdhury, Ritu Sen Chowdhuri and Pranati Roy Chowdhury. The music is by Sion Dey. Born in Malaysia, raised in India and the US, Sandeep Ray studied and trained with the late ethnographic filmmaker, John Marshal, when in his 20s. He has worked as an editor, cameraman and producer for the past 15 years. His films include In the Aftermath of Peace, Leaving Bakul Bagan, Mayah: The Life of a Javanese Woman, and A Trial in East Kalimantan.

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QuarterQuarter No 24/11

Director Ranu Ghosh

2007, India, 13 mins

16th Busan International Film Festival

This film addresses the implications of 60,000 factories in West Bengal being closed or declared ‘sick’ and suspended, with over one million workers losing their jobs. The film is the recipient of the 2008 International Film Festival’s Asia Cinema Fund. Director and cinematographer Ranu Ghosh has worked for 3Di Television. He made the documentary, Monsoon Railway, for Nat Geolocation.

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Its Cricket NOIt’s Cricket, No?

Director Sudhir Aggarwal

2010, India, 30 mins, Hindi, English

Best Documentary, 2011 Bollywood and Beyond, Stuttgart

This documentary observes Indian cricket making history in its own way. The film follows a group of blind boys as they chase their dream to play cricket, for their country’s honour and their own passion. Against the theme of cricket the film portrays the world of the visually impaired. It takes a look at how they are perceived by people and how they perceive themselves. It is also about their struggle to be a part of the mainstream. Produced by the Public Diplomacy Division and Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, the film’s camerawork is by Shakeb Ahmed, Sudhir Aggarwal and Girjashankar Vohra. Its music is by Rishhad Kothawala. Director Aggarwal commutes between Berlin and Delhi. He has been working as a director of documentaries and a cinematographer for the past 15 years. He has a special interest in environment and development-related issues and has made films for leading Indian and international NGOs. He is currently developing a feature film together with a group of street children in Delhi.

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Arranged HappinessArranged Happiness

Director/Producer/Writer Daniela Dar-Creutz

2010, Kashmir-India/Germany, 87 mins, Kashmiri, Urdu

Director’s Vision Award; 2011 Bollywood and Beyond, Stuttgart; Aljazeera International Film Festival; Best Documentary, Madrid’s ImagineIndia

Waheeda Dar, a 27-year-old actress/singer living in Srinagar (a disputed territory of Kashmir), is the third daughter of four in a carpet-making family. It is high time for her to get married. Her younger brother, Ashiq, spends his life’s savings on a traditional ‘arrangement’ for his sister’s marriage and the search for a husband. This quest serves as the film’s narrative thread. It weaves through different stages, leading up to Waheeda’s wedding celebrations. While filmmaker Daniela Dar-Creutz starts as a neutral observer, she gradually reveals more of herself and her relationship with the son, Ashiq (who is now her husband and living in Germany). Ashiq and Waheeda’s delicate journey and their family’s history reflect the differences between the traditions of the past and the modern life that young Muslims now seek. Born and raised in Germany, Daniela Dar-Creutz, on obtaining her MFA in Communication-Design from University of Munich, later joined the Graduate Film Program at New York University. She has directed several documentaries including Nobel Voices, a 33-part series about Alfred Nobel, and Generation Klima (Generation Climate), a documentary promoting environmental consciousness. Her short films Captivated and Conman won awards at many film festivals. The crew of Arranged Happiness (her first feature length film) comprises producers Joseph Reidinger, Carolin Dassel, DOP Roland Vuskovic and music composer Ori Kaplan.

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miss u mamaMiss U Mama

Writer/Director M J Ramanan

2010, India, 35mm, 10.36 mins, English

Shot over two days, this film is based on the subject of female infanticide. It has no dialogue, only a child’s voice-over of the aborted foetus asking her mother why they had to be separated. The story speaks for the thousands of rejected souls whose existence was snuffed out. The lead roles are played by Rahul Raj Singh, Vinita Menon and Sunil Juyal. Produced by Sarabjit Dugal, the film’s DOP is Suhas Gujarati and its music is by Hriju Roy. Ramanan’s film career began as an assistant director for an Indo-British production titled Binodini. He has worked extensively as assistant/associate director in various Indian and US film ventures. As a co-director, he has Kamal Hassan’s Aalavanthan/Abhay and Hollywood film Thief of Baghdad to his credit. He also produced and directed the Hindi film Divorce. He recently completed a documentary on eunuchs for National Geographic Channel.

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Vertical City 03Vertical City

Director Avijit Mukul Kishore

2010, India, 34 mins/26 mins, HD, English

Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK, 2011, London International Documentary Festival (LIDF), (Special Mention, Short Film category)

Vertical City is a visual essay on contemporary urban re-development processes in Mumbai. Set in one of the earliest slum rehabilitation housing complexes located in the northern suburb of Goregaon, it lets the viewer experience the shocking living conditions in spaces that are meant to benefit the slum dwellers but often end up being worse than their slums. The sound design/music is by the eminent British musician, Simon Fisher Turner. Avijit Mukul Kishore, with a bachelor’s degree in history from Hindu College, University of Delhi, studied cinematography at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Working as a cinematographer and filmmaker in Mumbai, he is also actively involved in pedagogy, associated with several premier academic and cultural institutions. His earlier two films (Snapshots From a Family Album, 2004, Certified Universal, 2009) have made festival rounds.

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A Doctor to DefendBinayak Sen: A Doctor to Defend

Director Minnie Vaid

2011, India, 47 mins, HDV, English/Hindi

7th South Asian Film Festival, Seattle, 2011

Binayak Sen is a village doctor in Chhattisgarh (a central Indian state) who has served poor people for almost 30 years and exposed human rights abuses in remote, dangerous areas for which he paid a heavy price. He was accused of being in league with the Naxalites, a Maoist-Leninist group that believes in violence to achieve justice. After a trial that proved no concrete evidence against the highly qualified paediatrician, the Sessions Court in the state found him guilty of sedition based on circumstantial evidence and sentenced him to life imprisonment in 2010. His appeal for bail in the Supreme Court was finally successful in April 2011 and he walked free once again. The appeal for justice in the High Court in Chhattisgarh is still pending as the case continues in the state. The film documents his life influences, the Christian Medical College where he studied, the trade union workers’ hospital he worked at and the trust that he and his wife set up to help villagers. The film cuts back and forth in time, between various highpoints in Binayak’s life as he talks about his work and decisions. A Little Doc Productions-project, coproduced by Pardesi Films, the crew comprises Ashu Solanki (camera) and Sudesh Shinde (sound). Over two decades, filmmaker Vaid has directed several short films, docu-features and television programmes on social and economic issues.

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Understand TraffickiongUnderstanding Trafficking

Director Ananya Chakraborti

2010, India, 2010, 87 mins

Tiburon Intl. Film Festival (Humanitarian award as best documentary); India’s National Award (best documentary on social issues)

Interpol estimates human trafficking of women and young girls to be a $1 billion global industry that continues to grow year after year. It is a trade that feeds on the miseries of the world’s poor, and the ravages wrought by death and destruction. Understanding Trafficking lays emphasis on the difference between women who migrate and join the sex trade and women who are trafficked into the sex trade. The filmmaker attempts to look beyond the statistics to understand the social milieu that causes women from Nepal, India and Bangladesh to be taken and sold across international borders in eastern India. She points out that migration by both rich and poor for better prospects has always existed and will exist. Nations must recognize this and formulate appropriate policies to deal with it. Ananya Chakraborti is a filmmaker, television journalist, writer and activist. She holds a Masters degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University and is a permanent professor and Head of the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication at St Xavier’s College, Kolkata. She has made several documentaries on women’s rights.

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Apour ti yapourApour ti yapour. Na jang na aman. Yeti chu talukpeth.

(Between the fence and the border. On the edge of a map)

Writer/Director/Editor Ajay Rainaa

2011, India, 77 mins, Digital, Pahari, Kashmiri, Urdu, English

The film is set against the scenic banks of river Kishenganga, which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan. The stories in the film revolve around various families facing immense stress due to the long standing conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. This is a film about how a temporary border that has remained permanent too long disrupts peoples’ lives across the India-Pakistan divide. It delves into the meaning of the Kashmiri title of the film (which cannot be transalated) and maps the distance people of the Kashmir region of India have travelled emotionally and psychologically from the idea of India. Twenty years of turmoil in Kashmir and the consequent Indian state response may have brought Kashmir to a point from where, there may be nowhere else to go.

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amar%20Amar

Director Andrew Hinton

2011, India, 9.40 mins, HD, English

Amar is a fourteen-year-old boy who tops his class and is the sole earning member of his family. Some day he wants to grow up and become a cricketer but for now he must balance two jobs, as well as attend school in the afternoons. This film won the 2011 Satyajit Ray Foundation Short Film Award at the 2011 London Indian Film Festival, for a well-crafted, beautifully observed and honest ‘day-in-the-life’ portrait of a poor but aspirational young boy. The sole crew in the film comprised Andrew himself, Farell Lennon on sound, Saurabh Dalmiya for editing and Biplab Mahato as intermediary, translator, motorbike driver, and general support. Andrew Hinton has previously produced short films and documentaries like Schlimazeltov!, Blue, Pockets, What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day? and Finisterre.

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Hald a Billion DreamsHalf a Billion Dreams

Writer/Director Nikhil Mahajan

2011, India, 68 mins

Nikhil Mahajan, graduating from The International Film School, Sydney, worked with the Hinduja Group in Mumbai as a screenwriter. He then decided to document on film his best friend’s journey towards marriage. His documentary provides engaging insights into marriage in middle-class India. The film follows Amogh Marathe, a civil engineer with a job that isn’t confirmed yet, and a marriage that is just round the corner. This ironically leads him into a painful, tiring journey in the so-called city of dreams, Mumbai. The film’s cinematography is by Arijit Lahiri and original music and lyrics by NMP. The film has been supported by Sundance DFP, the Jan Vrijman Fund (IDFA) and co-produced with NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp).

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One Day Ahead of DemocracyOne Day Ahead Of Democracy

Director/Cinematographer/Editor Amlan Datta

2011, India, 120 mins, Hindi, English, Kanashi

Malana, a remote village in the Himalayas, isolated for thousands of years, has been fostering a unique model of democracy of consensus. The region has also been producing some of the best quality hashish. The film is a real life story of transition; an ancient civilization being invaded and obliterated by modern democracy. Narrated in an epic structure, it is a visual essay from the edge of the world with an eternal message of trust, peace and unity. The film has been supported by Sundance DFP, the Jan Vrijman Fund (IDFA) and co-produced with NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp). Amlan Datta took his Diploma in 1996 with specialization in Motion Picture Photography from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He now makes films for his own production company, Animagineer. As a producer, he has won the National Film Award twice. Amlan is also a social activist, philanthropist and a founding member of the Bom-Bom Charitable Trust. Datta’s earlier films include Cockadoodle Do (3:20 mins, 2007), Song of the Mountains (23 mins, 2005) and Everything Remains (1998).

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Director Vikram Gandhi

2011, USA, 84 mins

Audience Prize, 2011 SXSW Film Festival, Austin, Texas; HotDocs 2011

As a social experiment, American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi transforms himself into the guru, Kumaré, forging profound, spiritual connections with real people from all walks of life. While masquerading as a different person, Vikram the filmmaker is faced with difficult questions about his own identity. At the height of his popularity, he reveals his true self. The film conveys that from illusion comes truth. Produced by New York/Los Angeles-based-Bryan Carmel (film and television writer/producer specialising in documentary hybrid comedy) and Brendan Colthurst (Director/Producer of short form comedy content and several comedy series), along with Vikram Gandhi founded Disposable Television, a boutique creative production company. New York-based Vikram Gandhi, graduating from Columbia University, has directed and produced commercial campaigns for several brands. As a freelance video-journalist, he reports on terrorism, natural disasters, the economy, and human rights internationally for the Economist.com, Time.com, ABC, and CNN. Kahlil Hudson is the cinematographer. The original score is by Alex Kliment, Hisham Bharoocha and Sanjay Khanna.

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The Legacy of Jagat SingThe Legacy of Jagat Seth: Marwaris of Bengal, Past and Present

Directors Anirban Ghosh, Anjan Bhattacharya

2011, India, 52 mins, Digital, English

This just completed documentary promises to unmake the myths that surround the much-misunderstood historical figure of Jagat Seth and also to re-evaluate the distorted image of the Marwari communities regarding their contribution to Bengal. The docu-feature walks around the shadowy past of the land, ably guided by great scholars like Thomas Timberg, Mukund Lath and Alka Saraogi. It focuses on reliable texts, photographs, paintings and other archival material to present a hitherto unknown face of the great Jagat Seth and the Marwari communities of Bengal. Touching almost an epic proportion, it tries to trace the great journey of the Marwaris from the desert lands of Rajasthan to the politico-cultural landscape of Bengal along the bank of the river Hooghly. Produced by Visiontech Media, the script is by Tajuddin Ahmed. Music and Illustrations are by Dibyajyoti Mukherj

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

11th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announces its Award Winners

 

The 11th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) concluded on Sunday, April 14th, with the screening of Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children, followed by the presentation of the festival's Grand Jury and Audience Choice Awards.

This year the festival showcased more than 35 film features, documentaries, and short films at ArcLight Hollywood, home of IFFLA since its inception. “The awards are always bittersweet for all of us in the programming team as we truly believe in the exceptional talent and relevance of each film which has been so carefully chosen,” said Lead Programmer Terrie Samundra.“That being said, we wholeheartedly share the enthusiasm of the audience and our prestigious jury. A huge congratulations to the winners!”

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IFFLA 2013 Award Winners –(left: Nitin Kakkar(Filmistaan), Anand Gandhi (Ship of Theseus), Christina Marouda (IFFLA Founder/Chair of the Board), Vasudev Keluskar (Tatpaschat) and Sushrut Jain (Beyond All Boundaries). Photo Credit: Tiffany Rose

 

Grand Jury Awards

Best Feature: Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely
Honorable Mention:
Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus
Bes Documentary: Sushrut Jain’s Beyond All Boundaries

Best Short Film: Meghna Gupta’s Unravel
Honorable Mention: Vasudev Keluskar’s Tatpaschat

Audience Awards

Best Feature: Nitin Kakkar’s Filmistaan directed by
Best Documentary: Sushrut Jain’s Beyond All Boundaries

Best Short Film: Meghna Gupta’s Unravel

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Shorts

Piyush Thakur’s Khara Karodpati - The Real Millionaire

Stev Elam’s In Transit

Milind Dhaimade’s Prakata Het Yad

Raj Vasant’s Sirf Main Aur Tum

Ruben Amar’s Checkpoint

Archana Shinde’s Green Bangles

D C Kasundra’s The Magic Man

Dnyanesh Zoting, Tanmayee Deo’s Vivar

Abhishek Ghosh Choudhury’s The Double Shuffle

Chetna Kaul’s Khabar Sahi Hai, Khabar Yahi Hai

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Khara KarodKhara Karodpati - The Real Millionaire

Director/Editor Piyush Thakur

2011, India, 19 mins, Digital, Marathi

Festivals: Bollywood and Beyond 2011 Stuttgart; International Short Film Festival, Bhubaneshwar; Gujarat International Film Festival of India 2011; Marathi Short Film Festival 2011; Mumbai (‘Audience Choice’ and ‘Best Director’); International Cultural Exchange (ICE) Film Festival 2011; Pune (Winner, Special Jury Award for Best Student Film); Indian Film Festival of Houston (Competition-Short Films)

A call from the runaway TV hit show, ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (an Indian adaptation of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’), changes the life of an ordinary farmer, Vishnu. Everybody in the small village in Maharasthra that he lives in are elated by this news. When Vishnu fails to make it to the hot seat, he returns home utterly dejected. Seeing his plight, his friend and the village authorities plan a surprise for Vishnu. The film is about understanding the true meaning of winning, portrayed through the character of Vishnu. Piyush Thakur, a 2009 graduate in Bachelor of Mass Media with specialization in Advertising, is currently studying Film Editing at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Khara Karodpati is his First Year project. Its cast comprises Somnath Nimkar (Vishnu), Madhav Abhyankar, Aniket Mhetre and Anuya Dilip Kalaskar. The film’s story/screenplay/dialogue are by Deepak Lohana and Alap Mohile, cinematography by Vatsala Goel and music by Gourav Korgaonkar and Abhishek Udhav.

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In TransitIn Transit

Director Stev Elam

Producer/Script Suniil Sadarangani

2011, USA, TRT 7.45 mins, HD, English, Spanish

Besides writing/producing this film, Suniil Sadarangani also acts in it. Based on a true story, it shows two people from diametrically opposite cultures meeting at a bus stop in Los Angeles. Liliana Arriaga plays the Spanish Maria and Suniil is Kunal, from India. Their interactions reveal how their lives intersect in transit. Starting his career in production with Sunil Lulla, former CEO at MTV Networks. Suniil Sadarangani independently produced/directed a short documentary Nimble Feet, on a day in the lives of kids who sell newspapers at traffic signals. He stars as the lead in the multiple award-winning Web-Series Bollywood To Hollywood, in production in Los Angeles and partly filmed in Mumbai. Directed by award-winning Stev Elam, In Transit has Saba Moor-Doucette as producer. Beena Sadarangani, Meera Gandhi and Rodrigo Vaz are the executive producers.

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Prakata het yad Prakata Het Yad

(A Day at the Park)

Director Milind Dhaimade

2011, India, 20 mins, 35 mm, Gibberish

This debut short is about a ‘vagabond’ family that carries its belongings in a three-wheeler pick-up van. The family decides to set up a home in a public park, using all the resources available there for them with impunity. While they seem free spirited and unconventional, we soon realize they are bound by materialism, conventions, ideals and dreams. This film, appropriately in nonsense words, takes a cynical look at modern-day urban India which lives in a psychosis of outwardly westernized but inwardly ritualistic life zones. Mumbai-based Milind Dhaimade studied at Jai Hind College where exposure to theatre changed his life and his calling. In college, he acted in several plays in different languages and won awards. He then worked in advertising for five years to make a living. Finally, he formed his own production company, Love and Faith, which now presents his debut in the world of filmmaking.

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Sirf mein aur tumSirf Main or Tum

(Just Me and You)

Writer/Director/Editor Raj Vasant

2011, India, 9 mins, HD, Hindi, English

A much respected and feared film critic receives an unexpected visitor late one night. It is Jash Varman, a movie star she has been particularly severe on over the years. He recalls some of his memorable performances, and the equally memorable ways in which she had ripped them apart. But that is not the only reason he’s visiting her tonight. With Sahil Ahmed as the DOP, the cast includes Karuna Pandey, Harsh Vashistha and Max Gonsalves. Starting out as a copywriter at an ad agency, Raj Vasant has since worked as an assistant director in commercials, as an editor of TV shows, and as a writer on more than a thousand episodes of various TV dramas, sitcoms and children’s fiction. He wrote his first feature film in 2007.

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Director Ruben Amar

2011, France, 19.03 mins, HD, Arabic/Hebrew

Notable Festivals Clermont Ferrand, Slamdance, Shubbak and Sarasota

A young Palestinian boy living in the Gaza strip accompanies his father on monthly visits to the ruins of a destroyed village. Though he doesn’t understand his father’s ritual, he feels he has a duty to help him. The lead roles are enacted by Abdallah El Akal, Alon Rotman, Vitali Friedland and Hussein Yassin Mahajne. The film has been shot in Israel and Palestine. Award-winning director and screenwriter Ruben Amar has five short films (shot across London, New York, Paris and Tel Aviv) to his credit. He is currently working on two feature scripts.

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Writer/Director/Editor Archana Shinde

2011, India, USA, 11.24 mins, DVD (NTSC/PAL), Hindi

An Indian woman, as a child, failed to save her mother from her abusive father. Now, as an adult, she faces the decisive moment of her life when her husband forces her to restore ties with her abusive, but now old and dying, father. Shot in India, the film is produced by Archana Shinde and Anjali Patil, with cinematography by Manesh Madhavan and music by Jeffery Alan Jones. The film screened at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater, Los Angeles, in April 2011. The film’s cast comprises Anjali Patil, Manwendra Tripathy and Sayali Kadadi. Archana Shinde is a writer and director based in Los Angeles. She is a graduate in UCLA’s Direction Programs for Films and TV.

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Writer/Director D C Kasundra

2011, USA, 10 mins, b/w silent film with 3D visual effects

Hoping to secure fame and fortune, a struggling vaudeville magician turns to the dark arts. But the power unleashed could cost him the one thing he truly loves. The director says that his film “seeks to capture the spirit of two eras of filmmaking, bringing forth the wild, imaginative style and fantasy of early films of the 1920s and the experience of present-day stereoscopic films. Using a handmade 3D camera rig, apartments for studios, green cloth for chroma screens, and lots of computer cycles, the ambitious project came together on a shoestring budget”. The film’s cinematographer is Tom Krymkowski, who has shot 15 short films, and 3 feature-length films. The film is produced by Kristian Ruggieri, Mark McGee, Christine Anderson, Brian Doom and the cast includes Yusef Lambert, Caitlyn Louchard and Lisa Price. Born in India and raised in Texas, Kasundra now lives in San Francisco.

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VivarVivar

(The Black Hole)

Writers/Directors Dnyanesh Zoting, Tanmayee Deo

India, 2011, 35 mins, HD, Hindi, Marathi

Young Vilas works in Mumbai as a construction site worker. Attracted to a girl called Babita, he soon becomes a silent witness to her life. As the life of Babita unfolds, Vilas journeys into a deeper, darker and a nightmarish world hidden beneath the glitter of the city. This story highlights the exploitation of aspiring young immigrants. Lead roles are enacted by Purnanand Wandhekar, Shashank Shende, Shrikant Yadav and Sakhi Gokhale. The cinematography is by Amol Gole, editing by Abhijeet Deshpande and Naren Chandavarkar has scored the background music. Both the directors are degree holders in video-production from the University of Pune. Their previous works, Hide & Seek, The Floating Position and A Family Drama have been awarded at various international short film festivals (including Durban, Kerala, ICE digital short film festival, Pune).

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Director Abhishek Ghosh Choudhury

2011, India, 11 mins, 35mm,

English, Hindi, Marathi, French

Z, a working-class man, attempts to make sense of a nightmarish recurring dream of a car crash involving him. As he delves deeper, his fickle sense of reality and surreal dream states intertwine. He finds his life in grave danger when seduced by two beautiful sisters, Christine and Ilene. The girls are on the run from a sadistic gangster, Vaman Tope. As Z tries to save his life, his car crashes but he cannot distinguish between reality and a dream bubble. Written by Umber Pandey, the film stars Akshay Mittal, Sahil Vaid, Shashank Arora, Anushka Ranjan and Heena Pardasani. The cinematography is by Tanay Satam. After directing short films, he worked as an editor in Out Of The Box Entertainment. He then assisted actor/director Bikram Saluja in his forthcoming ESPN documentaries on top Indian sportsmen. He is now working as a Chief Assistant Director in the upcoming feature film, Money Devo Bhavo.

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Khabar Sahi Hai, Khabar Yahi Hai

(The News is Right, What’s the Fight)

Director Chetna Kaul

2010, India, 46 mins, HDV, Hindi

Chetna Kaul, a 2004 direction graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, has worked as a creative director in television. She also assisted on leading feature films viz Govind Nihalini’s Deham (2001) and Dansh (2005). Khabar Sahi Hai, Khabar Yahi hai, her first independent short fiction film, is about a new age, aggressive, small-town Indian girl, Lalita, who aspires to make it big in Broadcast Journalism and doesn’t mind taking short cuts. While following the news of the murder of an heir to an influential business empire, she discovers something very crucial. What follows is the unmasking of the culprit through a flimsy process of investigation that becomes a mockery in itself. Presented by Cinema Musique, produced by Sulakshana Ranjan and Manish J Tipu, the film features Neena Gupta, Amit Sial, Aanchal Nandrajog and Avneesh Mishra in its cast. The screenplay is by Dhiraj Singh and Chetna Kaul, camera by Deepak Pandey and Vikram Srivastava and music by Manish J Tipu.

Monday, April 15, 2013

 



ISSUE 12
 
 
 
Extract from print copy of FIW VOL: VIII Issue: 4
Shorts
Venkat Amudhan’s Thug Beram
Bikas Ranjan Mishra’s Naach Ganesh
Shlok Sharma’s Sujata
Kabir Singh Choudhury’s Good Morning
Chirag Arora’s Kharoch
Neeraj Ghaywan’s Shor
Rushikesh More’s Dhaar – The Edge
Anwar Jamal’s Dil Ki Basti Mein
Mihir Desai’s Aakra-Man
 
Thug Beram
Director Venkat Amudhan
2011, India, 11 mins, 35 mm, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati Festivals: Best Asian Film - Busan; IFFI-Goa
Firoz’s life revolves around an Irani café in Mumbai. A turn of events impacts his life deeply. Based on a short story by Ernest Hemingway, the film is co-scripted by Venkat Amudhan and Mohan Kumar Valasala. The cinematography is by Tarun Kumar Rakeshiya and sound design by Vineet Vashistha. Its cast comprises Noorain Akbar Shabbar, Pankaj Sharma, Krishna Raj, Shiv Prasad Gound, Arnab Roy Chowdhury and Chandrachur Sarkar.
 
Naach Ganesh (Dance of Ganesha)
Writer/Director Bikas Ranjan Mishra
2011, India, 15 mins, D-Cinema, no dialogue
Festivals 16th Busan International Film Festival 2011
Ganesha, a tribal dancer, lives in fear that one day he will have to make a choice between his livelihood and his art. The burden to earn a living in an automobile factory to support his two kids, a wife and an ailing father and also preserve his family tradition of ritual Ganesha dancing is humongous. Produced by Pankaj Dubey for Sadak Chhaap Films, the film features actors Dr Hemant Kumar Mahto, Kartik Mahto, Jahangir Ansari, Ghasiram Mahto, Balram Mahto and Janki Devi among others. The cinematography is by Gaurav Singh, music by Natraj Kala Kendra, Saraikela-Kharsawan, Jharkhand and editing by Vinoo Choliparambil.
 
 
Sujata
Director Shlok Sharma
2011, India, 19 mins, Digital, Hindi
Produced by tumbhi.com and Anurag Kashyap Films, and written by Annie Zaidi, this film follows a young girl, Sujata. Forced to live with her relatives, she is tormented by her cousin brother. Consumed with fear, she changes addresses and identities for years. On receiving no help from the police nor NGOs, she gets cornered and takes an extreme step. The cast includes Huma Qureshi, Satya Anand, Shweta Tripathi and Aditya Kumar. Born and raised in Mumbai, Shlok Sharma started his career early as a production assistant in Vishal Bharadwaj’s The Blue Umbrella (2004). He has worked as an assistant director on such acclaimed films as Omkara (2006) and Blood Brothers (2007). His more recent works include No Smoking (Art Supervisor, 2008), One, Two Three (Chief Assistant Director, 2008), Dev D (Chief Assistant Director, 2009), That Girl in Yellow Boots (Script Supervisor) and Wasseypur Part 1 & 2 (Second Unit Director). Further, he has directed award-winning short films like Tubelight Ka Chaand, The Joy of Giving and Cut It (all 2010).
 
 
Good Morning
Director/Producer Kabir Singh Choudhury
2011, India, 45 mins, Hindi
Presented by Nanubhai Education Foundation, this film is a bitter and brutal account of infidelity, alienation and the inability to communicate, leading to the collapse of an apparently happy marriage. It describes the intimate closeness of a married couple with the husband doing daily chores for his wife. One day, an old friend tells him that his wife has been sleeping with another man. Chandigarh-based Kabir Singh Chowdhury, a multi-disciplinary artist/filmmaker, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology. He has directed several low-budget shorts and music videos. In 2007, he won the Passion for Cinema award for his one- minute film, Dolly. He is currently freelancing as an Art Director in Mumbai. Good Morning is his first directorial venture with Pate Picture Company, an independent filmmakers collective.
 
Kharoch
Director Chirag Arora
2011, India, 45 mins, Digital, Hindi
Festivals Nominated Luzen International Film Festival Switzerland, Official Selection Golden Lion International Film Festival South Africa. Official Selection South Asian International Film Festival New York.
Naseeb, coping with the chaos of Mumbai, is forced to make choices in his life. His need is to make money. Seeing an advertisement on a train lands him in terrible situations that he never expected. The film is about gullible people and their greed. Chirag Arora’s earlier film, Gir Gaya won awards at the Ashvita Film Festival, Chennai, a nomination at the Pune festival and at the Cannes Short Film Corner. He has also worked as an assistant director on several Bollywood films. Presented by ASHA for Education New York, Kharoch is produced by Cinerag Entertainments Pvt Ltd. Soma Roy is the creative producer. The cast is led by Aman Bhaya, Suhita Thatte, Nivedita, Swati Mittal, Hrishikesh Joshi and Dinesh Sharma.
 
Shor (Noise)
Director Neeraj Ghaywan Producer Tumbhi.com and Anurag Kashyap
2011, India, 17 mins, Digitial, Hindi
Festivals Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Short Film Competition (World Premiere); Best Narrative Short; Grand Jury award, South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF), New York
 
Shor is Neeraj Ghaywan’s first short film. Lallan and Meena, a couple from Varanasi in northern India, are determined to subsist in Mumbai. Lallan wanders aimlessly, having lost his job at a factory. Meena is almost turning into a machine herself. One day over a phone call, they find each other while embracing death, divorce and redemption. The film is presented by Tumbhi.com and Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt Ltd. Its cast includes Vineet Singh, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, Amardeep Jha, Kartik Singh, Irshad Ali Sha, Ruksana Begum Sha. Neeraj Ghaywan studied engineering and worked in a consulting firm for a year. He then got an MBA in marketing. Quitting his successful marketing career to pursue filmmaking, he assisted filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, working as his script supervisor for his epic coal mafia two-part film Gangs of Wasseypur.
 
Dhaar – The Edge
Director/Writer Rushikesh More Producer Sunita More
2011, India, 22 mins, HD DVD, Hindi
Festivals Best Short Film, Academy Film Festival, 2011
Presented by Silver Autumn Productions, Dhaar is about Manda, a wily 30-year-old woman working at a construction site who lives in its labour camp with her child. Aware of the plight of being a poor, single parent, she makes moral compromises. When she is deeply humiliated, she takes revenge in her own way. The film’s cast includes Chatura Motta, Deepak Bhagwat, Onooja Bhuyan, Devendra Nikharge, Navnath, Harshad Patil and Sachin. The cinematography is by Rohan Madkaikar. Dhaar is Rushikesh More’s second short film as a writer/director. His first, Reflections, was shortlisted in the Cannes Short Film Corner 2011. Earlier, Picnic, a feature film in the Marathi language, was written and produced by him.
 
 
Dil Ki Basti Mein (In Your Heart)
Director Anwar Jamal
2011, India, 52 mins, HD, Urdu, Persian
Festivals Abu Dhabi Film Festival, 42nd International Film Festival of India
A fellowship film for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, this documentary captures a vibrant city caught between the past and the present, between decay and renewal, between hope and despair, and between tradition and modernity. A free-wheeling journey through the varied aspects of Old Delhi conveys its heartbeats, its religious moorings, its food, its musical legacy, its poetry and its social identity. The script is by Saibal Chatterjee and Anwar Jamal, music by Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, camera by Shavez Ahmed, Ravindra Singh and Mehraj and is edited by Bhupesh Saran.
 
Aakra-Man
Director/Producer/Editor/Cinematographer Mihir Desai
2011, India, 5 mins, HD, Hindi
 
Presented as a ‘mockumentary’, director Mihir Desai and writer-producer Rahul Desai’s Aakra-Man is about a common man with a glorified sense of theatrics. Equipped with unusual devices and using unorthodox modes of transport, Aakra-Man (played by Rahul Desai) is hell-bent on repairing the fractured city of Mumbai. Born in Mumbai and raised in India, Mihir Desai as a child would experiment with various visual forms and styles to tell stories. The scope of visually narrating stories got him interested in filmmaking. After completing his undergrads from Columbia College Chicago (2009) Mihir started India’s DIY film production company Auteur Mark. The music of Aakra-Man is by Alex Marianyi.