Friday, February 21, 2014

Congratulations to award winners at MIFF, 2014
13th Mumbai International Film Festival
(February 3 to 9, 2014)

Best Short Fiction Film  
Director/Producer Satyanshu Singh and Devanshu’s  Singh’s  Tammash  (The Puppet)  (Golden Conch + INR 2,50,000)

Best Editor - Raam Reddy for Feather (INR 1,00,000 + certificate)

Special Jury Mention – Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s Celluloid Man (Certificate)

(The Puppet)
Producer, Script, Editor Satyanshu Singh, Devanshu Singh
2013, 31.47 min, Blu-ray, Kashmiri

DOP Sahir Raza Sound Yatin Dabhi, Manoj Sikka, Abhishek Bhattathiri Cast Zahid Ahmed Mir, Mohd Burhan Shafi, Ashraf Nagoo, Shahanawaz Bhat, Bashir Dada, Mohd Hamza Wali, Bashir Lone, Rubina Akhtar

Festivals 2013: South Asian Film Festival, Seattle; Heartland Film Festival, Indianapolis US (Competition Narrative Shorts)

Awards Children’s Jury Award, Best International Short, International Children’s Film Festival, Hyderabad; Best Fiction Short Film, IAFOR Open Film Competition, Osaka; Bitebay Audience Award, Best Short Film, River to River Florence Indian Film Festival, Italy.

Nine-year old Anzar, scorned by elders for doing badly in school and constantly compared to other school kids, has his kid brother, Mufeed, as his only ally. When exhorted to outscore top-scorer Sadat in the next exam, he seeks the help of a mysterious stranger. But following his advice may have serious and unintended consequences for Anzar and Mufeed. Set in Kashmir, this film is consciously non-political and non-combative, and a reminder of what courage, loyalty and envy meant when we were kids.  A medicine graduate, Satyanshu Singh joined his younger brother Devanshu (then working as an Assistant Director on films prior to graduating in Mass Media) in 2008. Self-taught film-makers, the two are full-time screenwriters, poets and teachers and aspire to direct their first feature soon. They wrote the poems and short stories featured in Vikramaditya Motwane’s celebrated debut work, Udaan (2010).

Director/DOP/Editing/Sound Raam Reddy
2012, 14.56 min, HD, Telugu

Cast Rajesh Y, Prashant D, Suvarna K, Vinod R, G R Muniyamma, Srinivasulu T, Redappa

Ika, a film that has travelled to many festivals, is about Rajesh, a boy living in a slum in Bangalore who wants to make a film. He doesn’t have a camera; he builds a camera using a cardboard box and a magnifying glass, and sticks an old VHS tape onto the side of it. He then sets out with his friend, Prashant, searching for an idea for his film, telling Prashant that ‘Whatever is in your mind will go into this tape.’ Then, when they find that one of their friend’s chickens has been chased off by a dog, they decide to make a detective film about searching for the chicken. 24-year-old Raam Reddy is a writer-filmmaker based in Bangalore. He grew up pursuing poetry and photography, and won several college-level photography competitions. While studying in St Stephen’s College, New Delhi, he wrote his debut novel, It’s Raining in Maya, published in early 2012. Raam graduated with a focus in Direction from Prague Film School. His diploma short is Jaro (2013). He is currently shooting his debut fiction feature, titled Thithi, in villages of Mandya District, Karnataka.

Celluloid Man
Producer/Director Shivendra Singh Dungarpur
2012, 154.25 min, 35 mm, DCP, English

DOP Santosh Thundiyil Music Ram Sampath Editor Irene Dhar Malik Sound Mohandas V P 

Festivals 2012:  Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival in Bologna, Italy; 39th Telluride Film Festival, Colorado; 50th New York Film Festival; and within India, festivals held at Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa, Kerala and Bangalore. In 2013- Rotterdam, Goteborg, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seattle. Winner of two National Awards: Best Biographical/Historical Film and Best Editing; “Nestor the Chronicler” award, Kyiv International Documentary Festival. Screened at over 50 film festivals worldwide.

Celluloid Man is a tribute to an extraordinary man called P K Nair, whose fascination with cinema began as a child. He would collect ticket stubs, lobby cards, even weighing machine tickets sporting pictures of the stars of the day and film cans. He grew up to be a great collector of films, and so the National Film Archive of India was born. Shivendra Singh Dungarpur began his career as an assistant director to writer-lyricist/director, Gulzar. He then enrolled in the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) to study film direction and scriptwriting. In 2001, Shivendra launched his banner Dungarpur Films. Shivendra has directed about 450 commercials and produced short films, documentaries and TV serials. He is deeply committed to the preservation and restoration of cinema and has worked closely with Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation to restore Uday Shankar’s Kalpana and the Lester James Peries’ Nidhananaya. He was a donor for the BFI restoration of Hitchcock's silent film The Lodger and is a supporting member of the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna. Celluloid Man is his first feature length documentary.





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