Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Busan bags Marathi film 'Tapaal'!

'Tapaal', in Marathi, has three distinctive aspects to it.

* 'Tapaal' is the first feature film to be directed by well-known cinematographer, Laxman Utekar

* 'Tapaal' is also the first film on which
noted director Mangesh Hadawale is the
creative producer

* The third distinction is that this maiden effort as director and creative producer has been selected for 2013 Busan!

'Tapaal' will feature in
Busan's World Premiere –Window on Asian Cinema.
This is the same section in which Mangesh Hadawale's acclaimed 
Dekh, Indian Circus featured - and went on to win Busan's coveted 
Audience Award.

Set in a small village in the year 1977,  Tapaal dwells with sympathy, concern and understanding on the bond
between a little boy and 
a childless couple, 
and the social discrimination 
they face.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Here's India's bonanza for makers of shorts, docs and animation films!

MIFF - the most coveted festival in India
for genres outside the feature film is round the corner!
Shorts, Docs and Animation filmmakers  
Get your entries ready!


13th Mumbai International Film Festival
for Documentary, Short and Animation Films (MIFF)

Dates February 3 - 9, 2014

Venue  NCPA, Nariman Point, Mumbai 

 MIFF  is one of the most prestigious festivals for shorts and animation films.  The first ever International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films was held in the year 1990. The biennial festival is conducted with the active collaboration of Government of Maharashtra and the Indian Documentary Producers’ Association. The city of Mumbai is the permanent venue of the festival. It serves as a platform for the documentary film makers to meet, interact and exchange ideas, as it attracts the best of films made all over the world. On an average, more than 45 – 50 countries participate in every edition of the festival. Considering the enormous amount of entries from within India, MIFF has introduced a separate Indian competition section from the year 1998. Mumbai International Film Festival offers cash awards and incentives of Rupees 63 lakhs. This is the only festival which has the highest award of Rupees 5 lakhs and a Golden Conch as top honours.
The festival features the following sections
International Competition -  Films made in India and abroad between  September 1, 2011 to August 31,  2013 are eligible
National Competition - Films made in India by an Indian citizen between September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2013 are eligible
MIFF Prism (Non Competition) Films which do not find a place in the Competition Section may be screened in MIFF Prism section  on the recommendations of the Selection Committee.
 Apart from the Competition Section MIFF also holds:
* Homage
* Retrospective & Special Packages
* Marketing
* Open Forum & Seminar
* Workshop
* Master Class
* MIFF honours a veteran documentary film maker with the Dr V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award which carries cash component of Rupees 5.00 lakhs and citation.
* MIFF also reaches out to the far plunge in the North East by showcasing the package of MIFF award winning films.

Entry Fee
*For Indian filmmakers:
Regular Entry Fee Rupees 1000 
Late Fee Rupees 2000
* For Foreign filmmakers:
Regular Entry Fee US$ 50 or equivalent 
Late fee US $ 75 or equivalent