Saturday, February 22, 2014

Shabaash … Kudos …
to Public Service Broadcast Trust (PSBT)
Film India Worldwide congratulates PSBT for their resounding success at leading film forums with their highly regarded film productions. PSBT continues to produce documentaries and shorts on a whole gamut of themes and subjects that are thought-provoking and of concern and interest in our times.

The 64th Berlin International Film Festival
*  The PSBT production Prabhat Pheri (Journey with Prabhat), directed by
Jessica Sadana and Samarth Dixit, was selected for the recently concluded
64th Berlin International Film festival, featuring in its esteemed Forum section.

Three of PSBT’s recent productions have won awards at the recently concluded MIFF (Mumbai  International Film Festivals of Documentaries, Shorts and Animation)
*       Seven Hundred Zero Zero Seven directed by Altaf Mazid
      won MIFF’s top
award, the Golden Conch
·        *       Nirnay (Decison), co-directed Pushpa Rawat and Anupama Srinivasan,
            won MIFF’s award for the Most Innovative Film.
And …

·         *        Vishaparvam (Venemous Folds) directed by Vipin Vijay was selected
        to screen
at Rotterdam and Kerala film fests and won an award in Paris last month  

PSBT films have been chosen on more than 700 occasions as official selection
by film juries around the world at film festivals. PSBT has won 173 awards
including 37 National Awards.

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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.





Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Anup Singh’s QISSA gathers more awards

Double winner at Vesoul  (France) 
(February 11 to 18, 2014)

QISSA  by Anup Singh (India) for its brave fusion of the historical epic, the transgender film and most unexpectedly, a ghost story.

(granted by the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, Paris): represented by Camille Andronik, François-Xavier Durandy, Corinne Ailliot, Elisabeth Luquin, Justine Meignan, Anaïs Ravoux.

"QISSA" by Anup Singh (India) for the beautiful script, the quality of acting and the beauty of the picture.

The awarded films will be screened at Guimet Museum of Asian Arts, Paris, from April 5 to 7,  2014 and at INALCO Auditorium (October 2014).

21st FICA-Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema will be held from 10th to 17th February 2015.

“I am delighted at the interest taken by leading film organizations abroad to promote Indian cinema on many levels. Thank you, LA Filmforum!”  -  Uma da Cunha, Editor, Film India Worldwide.  
Los Angeles Filmforum show cases India through
Song and Dance: Documentary Explorations by Tuni Chatterji and Satyajit Ray

Los Angeles-based filmmaker Tuni Chatterji  presents her short feature
Okul Nodi (Endless River), paired with the very rarely screened short
documentary Bala, by Bengali auteur Satyajit Ray.
Okul Nodi (Endless River)
Tuni Chatterji
(2012, HD, color, sound, 52 min.)
Okul Nodi is a contemplative documentary film about Bhatiyali, the river music of  Bangladesh, the soulful music sung, as tradition has it, by the boatmen of Bangladesh. The poignancy of the lyrics often rests on dual meanings wherein boats become bodies, lovers are also lost gods, and river banks stand for cycles of life and death. All the while, the melody, with its tonal variations, carries the listener into the natural world by creating the sensation of drifting along the water. Says Chatterji, “This film takes a meditative approach to exploring the relationship between Bhatiyali and the landscape from which it comes from, while at the same time, through form and structure, alludes to questions around the imminent disappearance of a rich folk form.”

Los Angeles based Tuni Chatterji  is trained as a painter at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She received an MFA in filmmaking from The California Institute of the Arts.  Her films have been screened internationally at venues including The Rotterdam International Film Festival, Cinematexas, Printemps du Septembre, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and recently, the Dhaka International Film festival. Tuni became a Fulbright grantee for research and production on Okul Nodi.

2012 Sunset at Noon 16mm film
2012 Okul Nodi (Endless River) 16mm film + DV
2009 Remember the End 16mm film + DV
2005 Blue Cardboard Sky 16mm film)
2002 Twitterpated 16mm film
2001 Ends 16mm film + high 8 video
2000 With your kiss, Darling 16mm film
Satyajit Ray
(1976, 35mm, color, sound, 31 min)
Bala, a rarely screened documentary by the preeminent  Bengali director Satyajit Ray captures the living art of  Bharat Natyam, a classical form of Indian Dance, as performed by the master dancer Balaswaraswati. The short documentary showcases two full-length performances with narration by Ray himself. The first time I saw this film I was mesmerized by the beauty of the phenomena of cinema to envelop one into a realm of time and space, simultaneously familiar and exotic. However, this film itself has not been preserved and thus we risk losing documentation of this traditional form and Ray's own record of it.” (Tuni Chatterji)   
Print courtesy of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center and the Academy Film Archive

The event will be held on
Date  February 23, 2014 Time 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028

Monday, February 17, 2014

Filmmaker Anand Gandhi’s USA tour
Mid Feb to mid-March, 2014

The Film: Ship of Theseus

Anand Gandhi’s USA tour will cover screenings of his film, 'Ship of Theseus', lauded as one of fifteen life-changing films of all time by the Critics' Circle (UK). American audiences will finally have the opportunity to watch the film.

The objective: Looking for funding and collaboration opportunities in the USA for his production and tech innovation company Recyclewala Labs. It’s vision is to create fiction and non-fiction forms with cinema, television and new media for an Indian and international audience. The company’s recent foray into distribution has already broken new ground with Nishtha Jain’s documentary Gulabi Gang, releasing across India on Feb 21, 2014.
Tie-up within the US Recyclewala Labs has tied up (non-exclusive) with Indiememe, an Austin-based indie distribution company, spearheaded by Alka Bhanot, that works with the theatre-on-demand model (with TUGG). Screenings and talks will be organised coast-to-coast in collaboration with cinema theatres, educational institutions and cultural initiatives.
Recyclewala Labs has an impressive catalogue of films and forthcoming projects, including a dark and moody period fantasy, Tumbad, (to be released next year); Proposition for a Revolution, a powerful political documentary centered around the elections in Delhi; and The Newborns, a hybrid documentary about acid attack violence, that explores experimental narrative forms and story telling.
Daqri Convention, Los Angeles, February 20 Anand Gandhi has been invited to speak at Daqri, the world's leading augmented reality developer. Anand's vision for incorporating 4D technology in his work made him a prime candidate to speak at the conference. He will be the only filmmaker addressing the tech community at the prestigious conference.


Anand Gandhi’s   USA schedule  (look out for updates)
16th to 19th Feb – San Francisco
20th Feb – Anand speaks at the 4D Expo organized by Daqri in Los Angeles
1st March Screening of Ship of Theseus at UNCC in Charlotte, North Carolina – Creative Yatra
2nd to 5th March Anand in New York
2nd March – Ship of Theseus screening at AMC Newport, NJ
4th March – Ship of Theseus screening at AMC Garden State, Paramus, NJ
6th March Ship of Theseus screening in Dallas, Texas – Indiememe
9th March Ship of Theseus screening in Atlanta, Georgia. – Creative Yatra
16th March Ship of Theseus screening in Austin, Texas - Indiememe

Relevant links:  Ship of Theseus trailer:
What people think of the film:

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Congratulations, Avinash Arun ... Double winner at 2014 Berlin!

Prizes, Juries GenerationChildren’s Jury Generation Kplus
CRYSTAL BEAR for the Best Film
The Fort
by Avinash Arun

The Grand Prix Generation Kplus International Jury


KillaThe Fortby Avinash Arun


Killa (Fort)

Director/DOP     Avinash Arun Producer     Jar PicturesScript   Tushar Paranjpe, Avinash Arun, Omkar Barve Editor Charu Shree Roy Cast      Amruta Subhash, Archit Deodhar, Parth Bhalerao, Shrikant Yadav 

Killa, one of five projects selected for the Work In Progress Lab, at NFDC Film Bazaar 2013, is Avinash Arun’s debut work as a feature film director. The 110-minute  Marathi film follows 11-year-old Chinu, coping with the death of his father as he moves to a small Konkan town from a big city due to his mother’s job relocation. As the mother immerses herself in her work, Chinu finds himself alienated in a newly migrated place. During the monsoon rains, Chinu discovers his own true self among new friends and new adventures, as the mother and son grapple with their anxieties and insecurities. Cinematographer and now director, Arun is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute, Pune. He has shot one feature film and several shorts. Killa is produced by Jar Pictures, founded by Ajay G Rai and Alan McAlex. The company has previously produced Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur I and II, Sameer Sharma’s Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and Kamal K M’s ID.