Friday, August 9, 2013

10th South Asian International Film Festival, New York

Calling all filmmakers to New York city!

 October 21 – 27, 2013

Call for Entries for Features, Documentaries and Shorts

Announcing the SAIFF Short Film Competition presented by HBO

Upto 5 Finalists – Winner receives an HBO Cash Award

Last Date for submissions October 4, 2013

The South Asian International Film Festival is a not-for-profit 501©(3) organization dedicated to supporting emerging filmmakers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Indian Diaspora.  With a focus on dynamic, visionary independent cinema, SAIFF aims to bring communities together to support these artists and unite in celebration of a common spirit which gives audiences of all ages a chance to discover new South Asian voices and celebrate established ones.

For more information please visit

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Lauding digital excellence across the Asia Pacific


Asia Digital Festival Awards

Entries Open 2 August 2013
Entries Deadline 4 September 2013
Since 2007, the Digital Asia Festival Awards have set the benchmark for the best in creativity, innovation and effectiveness in digital marketing in the Asia-Pacific region. With a focus both on strategy and innovative solutions, campaigns can be entered via the predominant digital medium used as well as the sector in which the brand operates.

Entries will be judged by an independent jury consisting of leading client marketers, digital media practitioners and agency strategists who will base the judging criteria on Strategy, Creativity and Innovation, Execution and Results. The jury will debate and ultimately decide on those entries worthy of taking home Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze trophies.

Prestigious trophies for Agency of the Year, given to the agency that has amassed the most points across all categories, as well as The Digital Brand Award, given to the brand that has used digital media to execute innovative ideas and achieve marketing success, will also be awarded.

 Enter your work in one of the 26 categories and view tips on how to enter here.

 Enter by the early bird entry deadline of 4 September to save US$50.  A special early bird rate of US$275 is available for submissions made before 4 September, after which the fee will rise to US$325. Entries can now be made online via

The winners of the 2013 awards, as decided by the jury, will be announced online on 18 November.

Countries eligible to enter the awards are: Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, The Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan.
Further information about the awards, including categories and details of how to enter can be found on the website

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Busan selects Indian film for its competitive New Currents section

Girish Malik’s JAL (Water)
will have its world premiere 
in New Currents section

Busan’s New Currents is the official competition section to discover innovative movements of new filmmakers in Asia. Since the festival’s inception in 1996 as the first film festival in Korea, BIFF has actively endeavored to promote Asian cinema and to discover the future leading filmmakers. Countless renowned filmmakers and actors as well as important figures from film industries and festivals from various regions visit the port city of Busan every year, to celebrate one of the world’s most energetic film festivals. Last year over 220 thousand people attended BIFF to screen 304 titles from 75 countries. Indian films in Busan have invariably done well. In 2012, Nitin Kakkad’s Filmistaan won the Special Jury mention, and in 2011, Mangesh Hadawale’s Dekh Indian Circus won the Audience award.

JAL (Water)
Produced by One World Films Pvt Ltd.
Co-produced by Clapstem Productions
and NFDC

Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, an endless barren land where sea meets the desert and forms salt marshes: here, young, willful Bakka locates water sources in the desert with his mystic dowsing rods. Lately, his water divining attempts have failed and the villagers doubt him. The brother-sister duo, Kajri and Rakla, support him. Kajri is in love with Bakka, who in turn eyes Kesar, an enticing beauty in the close-by enemy village. European bird watcher Kim researching local bird habits realizes that flamingo chicks are dying by hundreds. Teams from the Ecological Society with their heavy machinery arrive and decide to create artificial ponds for the birds. But first they must find water in the desert.

Kim turns to Bakka. She feels he can locate the water spot - and the imported machines can dig deep enough to make the water spurt to the surface. The villagers hope that after the birds it is they who will get water. Birds need water and so do human beings. Whose life is more important? Greed, jealousy and desperation then come into play. The high-octane drama of warring village clans and desperation for water comes to a shocking climax. This debut work by Girish Malik is on a script written by him and Rakesh Mishra (who also wrote the story). The wide-ranging cast includes Purab Kohli, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Kirti Kulhari, Saidah Jules, Mukul Dev, Yashpal Sharma, Rahul Singh, Ravi Gosain, Gary Richardson, Vicky Ahuja, Raju Barot, Savi Sidhu, Habib Azmi, Chandrabhan Singh, Ravi Khanvilkar, Hansmukh Bhavsar, Kusum Ahir, Komal Sharma and Elena Kazan. With cinematography by Sunita Radia, the music is by Sonu Nigam and Bickram Ghosh. The film’s duration is 112 minutes. Insomnia World Sales is the sales agency handling major territories. The film’s Channel partners are Fox Traveler and Nat Geo.

Girish Malik - Writer/Director/Producer 

Raised and educated in Delhi, Girish Malik was a state level gymnast who gravitated towards semi-classical and folk dancing (specializing in ‘Chau’, an Indian tribal martial dance). He then got involved in theatre and spent many years acting with leading thespians. This led to television in Mumbai as a lead actor for seven years in popular shows. Turning to production, direction and writing, Girish set up a successful Television and Advertising production company, responsible for over 1000 hours of TV shows and docu-dramas and 50 ad films. He has also worked as a creative consultant for top Indian / International broadcasters. JAL is his first Hindi feature film
as a producer and director.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Call for Entries!

 January 22 to February 2, 2014

Call for Entries for  the 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam
Submissions open for feature films, creative documentaries, experimental films, short films and innovative visual productions for digital media completed after January 1, 2013. Student films (with the exception of post-graduate works) are excluded from submission to the festival.

The Festival gives priority to world and international premieres; films that have already been shown in The Netherlands are not admitted. Films previously submitted to the Festival and not selected will not be reconsidered for the 2014 Festival.

The festival includes the following programme sections: Hivos Tiger Awards Competition, Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films, Bright Future, Spectrum and Signals.

This year, International Film Festival Rotterdam introduces an entry fee to cover handling and administration costs. The following fees are applicable:

Short films (under 60 minutes): €25
Feature films (over 60 minutes): €45

Short films (under to 60 min.) completed before 1 July 2013: 1 September 2013
Short films (up to 60 min.) completed after 1 July 2013: 1 October 2013
Feature length films (60+ min.): 20 October 2013