Saturday, July 13, 2013

Melbourne International Film Festival,(MIFF)

India at the Melbourne INternational Film Festival - July 25 to 11 August, 2013

One short film shot in India by an Australian director, and from India, a feature-length documentary and three feature films showcase at the upcoming MIFF

 Section -  Accent on Asia

      Rodd Rathjen’s Tau Seru
 Australia/India,  8 mins.

Accelerator alumnus Rodd Rathjen (The Stranger, MIFF 2011) returns to MIFF with this poetic tale of a young Himalayan shepherd whose curiosity is bigger than the vastness of his surroundings.

Deepti Kakkar/Fahad Mustafa’s Powerless
India, 80 mins, feature-length documentary

There are about 1.5 billion people living without electricity worldwide. Of these, 400 million people live in India. - World Energy Outlook
Kanpur, an industrial town of three million-plus, is the image of a modern dystopia: crumbling infrastructure, poverty, pollution and rolling power blackouts. This aptly named film documents, in often hair-raising detail, the common Robin Hood practise of power-stealing
for redistribution, and the futile attempts of the authorities to stop it. The key protagonists are a pint-sized 28-year-old amateur electrician who taps into the power lines of the rich and redirects them to the poor, and the new CEO of the local power company, whose worthy mission is to reduce the blackouts.Filmed over a long, hot Indian summer, this atmospheric exposé crosses between the key players as tensions rise and a solution seems impossible to imagine; a showdown much more so.

Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout
India/UK, 88 mins

On the mean streets of Mumbai, idealistic rookie cop Adi finds himself trapped between the ethical murk of his trigger-happy boss Khan and the menace of local gang executioner Shiva. Given an opportunity to gun down Shiva in cold blood, Adi hesitates for a single second ... but that might be enough time for everything to change.
Three choices, three consequences, three parallel timelines unfolding side by side - it's an ethical quandary masquerading as action-packed noir and quite possibly the most high-octane film at this year's MIFF.

Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly
India, 130 mins

A long-held grudge between a Bollywood wannabe and a ruthless chief of police frames this hectic action thriller about Mumbai's dark side.When aspiring actor Rahul leaves his daughter Kali in the car while he attends an audition, she vanishes without a trace. But the investigation into her disappearance is complicated by Kali's depressed mother and domineering police-chief stepfather bringing their own motives and tangled relationships into things, not to mention an unhealthy dose of police corruption. Inspired by real events and screened at Cannes, this dark, gritty follow-up to director Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur (MIFF 2012) is an angry yet vital work. Relentless in its frenetic action, Ugly is as much a commentary on modern India as it is a gripping crime drama.

Punarvasu Naik’s Vakratunda Mahakaaya (Twisted Trunk, Big Fat Body).
India, 89 mins

The chaos and contradictions of modern India are laid riotously bare in writer/director Punarvasu Naik's striking feature film debut.

The terrorists' plan was simple enough: plant a bomb inside a soft toy of the elephant god Ganesh and blow it up when the streets were filled with Hindus. But when a Muslim street urchin steals the toy, Ganesh - and the bomb he carries - finds himself being passed from person to person, caste to caste, religion to religion, in a madcap journey across Mumbai.

Mixing biting satire with humane social commentary, Twisted Trunk, Big Fat Body is Indian cinema as you've never seen it before. Part thriller, part drama, part blackly comic farce, Naik's film is a warm-hearted and clear-eyed take on an ascendant India, trapped between the binds of tradition and the glittering lure of modernity.

Friday, July 12, 2013

London Indian Film Festival starts next week!

All set for the
London Indian Film Festival
July 18 – 25, 2013

London INDIAN Film Festival was launched in July 2010. It was motivated by a simple and focused brief, which is  to show the very best of new Indian independent films especially made by a younger generation of filmmakers.  The festival achieved this goal  in a spectacular way, catching the imagination of cinema partners across London who shared a similar passion and cause.

The festival is now all set to unfurl on July 18.  The programme is wide-ranging and exciting as are the events around filmmakers and film professionals.

Below is summary of what the London INDIAN Film Festival has in store for its avid followers. 

Special side events

Life In Pictures:   Adoor Gopalkrishnan - Master Class

In Conversation:  Irrfan Khan

*  Satyajit Ray Foundation International Short Film Competition 2013
The 2013 Short Film Competition films will screen in a special free programme at the Nehru Centre on 23 July at 18:30. The winner of the £1,000 award will be announced on Thursday 25 July, at the Cineworld Haymarket during the closing night Gala

Screening programme

Opening Film *Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout

Closing Film * Bombay Talkies   Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap |

*Nikhil Mahajan’s Pune 52
*Ajay Bahl’s B A Pass
*Devashish Makhija’s Oonga
*Elías León Siminiani’s Mapa (Map)
*Ananth Mahadevan’s Life Is Good
*Mohit Takalkar The Bright Day
*Pawan Kumar Lucia
*Hansal Mehta’s Shahid
*Gyan Correa’s The Good Road
*Q’s Tasher Desh (The Land of Cards)
*Iram Parveen Bilal’s Josh (Against the Grain)
*Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Elippathayam (Rat-Trap)

*Neeraj Ghaywan’s Shor
*Vikram Dasgupta’s Calcutta Taxi
*Shumona Goel & Shai Heredia’s I Am Micro
*Shekhar Bassi’s Faux Départ (False Start)
*Katie Wise, Devyn Bisson, Dan Duran’s Sikh Formaggio
*Asheq Akhtar’s  On Migration
*Anurag Goswami’s Kaun Kamleshwar?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Doha Film Institute inaugurates new festival



Doha Film Institute’s
Ajyal Film Festival for the Young  

Filmmakers, if your film centres on the young,
enter it now!  

The Doha Film Institute’s inaugural Ajyal Film Festival for the Young will be held from November 26 to 30, 2013.

The official selection for the Doha Film Experience is divided into two categories:

1. The Feature Narrative Competition showcases a selection of narrative films from around the world, for or about youth

2. The Short Film Competition features a cross-section of short narrative and documentary films from around the world, for or about youth.

*Feature films must have a running time of no less than 41 minutes. *Short films must have a running time of no more than 40 minutes

Festival submissions to the competition sections are open to short films only. 

Feature films swill be selected by invitation only.

The deadline for submissions is August 25, 2013.

There is no entry fee.
Winners will receive cash prizes ranging from USD 5,000 to USD 15,000 for Best Filmmakers in various categories.

Note: Films submitted should not have been released or publicly exhibited in the State of Qatar or publically broadcast anywhere else in the world before the Festival’s 2013 edition.

The Festival’s competition jury will comprise hundreds of young men and women 8 to 21 years of age.  

To submit your film click here.
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Call For Entries


We invite you to submit your films for consideration at NYIFF 2014

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Films that have not been/will not be publicly screened or premiered in New York or the Tri-State Area prior to NYIFF 2014, and meet the following criteria, will be considered.

DIASPORA CINEMA: Films that feature the work of filmmakers, actors, writers, directors of South Asian descent living outside the sub continent. This may include films made by Non-South Asians that feature significant South Asian content, inspiration, subject matter.

INDEPENDENT CINEMA: Films whose country of origin lies within the Indian Subcontinent: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan.
- Narrative works over 30 mins
- Narrative works under 30 mins
- Documentary works over 30 mins
- Documentary works under 30 mins
September 1, 2013
December 1, 2013
February 1, 2014
  • PREVIEW COPIES- 4 DVD Screeners (NTSC) or Secure Online Screener uploaded to Withoutabox
  • PRESS KIT – 4 Hi-Res publicity stills, 15-sec trailer, Director picture & bio, and Cast and Crew information.
Please submit digital materials

Please mail all other materials to:
NYIFF 2014 Submissions
Indo-American Arts Council
517 East 87th Street, Suite 1B
New York, NY 10128
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Two Indian filmmakers handpicked by Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Cinema Fund (ACF)

Asian Cinema Fund (ACF), a unified body of production support programs for the worldwide development and promotion of Asian films, has announced its 2013 funding choices. A total of 438 fresh and innovative projects were considered for the following three funding categories of ACF2013:

1. Script Development Fund
2. Post-production Fund
3. Asian Network of Documentary 

Out of India’s 60 projects, two have been selected for the Asian Cinema Fund of the Busan International Film Festival They are -

Suman Ghosh’s Peace Haven (India-USA)
 Peace Haven, one of the 8 projects selected for the ACF2013 Script Development Fund, is a metaphysical enquiry of life – ironically through death. After a close friend passes away, four old men begin thinking of their own death, with their respective progeny living abroad being unable to arrive in time to conduct their last rites, considered crucial under Hindu custom. They need to create a place called Peace Haven which can preserve their dead bodies for at least seven days by which time their sons/daughters can travel from abroad. Starting from where these four intend to build the place where they can die in peace, their journey takes them through the true meaning of life.

Suman Ghosh 1Suman Ghosh’s four feature films to date have won
top awards at festivals in India and abroad. His debut
feature film Footsteps was followed by Nobel Thief
and Shyamal Uncle Turns off the Lights – the last
named screened at the 2012 Busan Film Festival
as well as the Toronto festival.

Suman Ghosh resides in Kolkata and Miami.

Asian Network of Documentary Fund: of the 14 projects finally selected,
one is from India, titled Our Metropolis.

Our Metropolis
A film directed by Gautam Sonti, along with Usha Rao                                               
75 minutes, English/Kannada/Telugu/Tamil/Hindi

The documentary captures the transformation of the cityscape of Bangalore over the
period 2008-2013. It weaves together agents who are shaping change and those who
are contesting it.Bangalore is being refashioned as a 'world class metropolis'.
Livelihoods and homes make way for flyovers, glitzy malls and a shiny Metro.
Threatened with violent transformation of their city, residents confront the authorities.
Beneath the State's ideal of a 'global city' lurks the intent to clear a pasture for big business.
The film captures the transformation of the city scape over the period 2008-2013.
It follows individuals, citizen groups, environmentalists and academics who challenge
the State's ideal of the city. Among them are Malini, whose heritage home lies in the path
 of the Metro; Girija, forced to camp amongst the ruins of her shanty home;
Professor Nuthan, who fights the city government to stop the wide road that will ruin
his university campus.

Gautam Sonti 1
Gautam Sonti, who has been making short films for many years,
is interested in the transformation of the city, as a result of its being
connected to and serving the global economy.His previous work,
Coding Culture, is an ethnography of three software companies of
Bangalore. Our Metropolis extends this theme to the entire city.
Usha Rao 1

Usha Rao, a cultural anthropologist with an interest in
the anthropology of cities, has been studying Bangalore
over the past decade, within the context of globalization
 and liberalization of the Indian economy. In particular,
she is interested in understanding the effects of the
'global city' discourse on the lives of people
and the cityscape.

Note: no Indian project has been selected for the post-production fund.  

ACF attracted filmmakers from all over Asia, besides the 60 projects from India, 50 were from China and 26 from Philippines. Of these, a total of 27 projects were selected for Asian Cinema Fund 2013

One Minute Film Competition on Disability

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