Friday, March 14, 2014

Shabash, Gurinder!


New York Indian Film Festival salutes British director Gurinder Chadha


The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) will pay tribute to director Gurinder Chadha and her two-decade career in films. It is 20 years since the Kenya-born director made her feature film debut with Bhaji on the Beach, a story set in the UK about a family of Indian immigrants on a day trip to Blackpool. Starting with this one, her films have been consistently lauded, with Bend It Like Beckham as the favourite.

Gurinder will grace the 2014 NYIFF (May  5 to 10). The festival will screen Chadha’s documentaries, Acting Our Age, I’m British But …,” A Nice Arrangement and What Do You Call an Indian Woman Who Is Funny.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Call for entries!

11th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart, Germany
July 16 to 20, 2014

The Indian Film Festival Stuttgart (formerly called 'Bollywood and beyond') is looking for entries. Submissions are possible until 31st of March 2014.

The 11th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart, Germany will take place from July 16th - 20th 2014. Screening a wide selection of films from different genres, including mainstream Hindi productions as well as Indian art house, documentaries, animation and short films,  the festival is one of the biggest Indian film festivals in Europe. Additionally, they have a strong interest to make newcomer films available to a wide audience.

The festival curators Uma da Cunha and Therese Hayes, in cooperation with Elisa Melzer, head of programme, will select the movies that are to be screened in the competition for the five festival awards:

- German Star of India, for best feature film (endowed with 4,000 Euros)
- German Star of India, for best short film (endowed with 1,000 Euros)
- German Star of India, for best Documentary (endowed with 1,000 Euros)
- 'Audience Award' (endowed with 1,000 Euros)
- 'Directors Vision Award' for outstanding social or political dedication within a film

For within India - email  India representative Uma da Cunha <>
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

38th Hong Kong International Film Festival's I(ndia section

 The 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival 

(HKIFF, March 27 to April 4)
in its India selection,
 presents three feature films and one short.

Amit Kumar’s existential thriller, Monsoon Shootout, sees rookie cop Guru chasing suspected gangster Shiva as his target. However, his conscience asks if he should kill  a man whose guilt he is uncertain of?  The film addresses his dilemma with three  different scenarios.

Richie Mehta’s Indo-Canadian feature Siddharth is about Mahendra, 
a south Delhi street vendor barely eking out a living repairing zippers who finds himself stuck in a nightmare when his 12-year-old son goes missing. 

My Name is Salt
is an Indo-Swiss feature documentary by Farida Pacha.  It follows Sanabhai for months on end as he and his family rake and tamp salt as families like them have done for hundreds of years. This documentary won the First Appearance award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2013.

His New Hands
is a short film directed by Sudhanshu Saria. The consequences of Faustian success are at the heart this film, which follows two brothers as they discuss their father’s boxing legend. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bengaluru documentary filmmaker Pavitra Chalam
awarded at DocWeek Australia

Pavitra  Chalam won the Asia Pacific New Documentary Award for Outstanding New Talent at Australia's DocWeek Film Festival for his feature-length documentary 'Indelible'. It screened at the Asia-Pacific New Documentary Program.

Indelible, the only documentary from India at this year's fest, is based on the inspiring stories of seven people in Chennai with Down’s syndrome. Among them are an Olympic gold medalist, a Bharata Natyam dancer and a cricket player.

DocWeek is Australia's premiere international documentary event, celebrating documentary film and television. The event brings leading professionals of the international documentary industry together to celebrate and engage.  
Seven days of screenings, master classes and artist conversations.

Highlights include screenings of over 30 documentaries, featuring current and retrospective work by internationally acclaimed filmmakers; The F4 Award; master classes facilitated by visiting international guests and artist conversations.

For further details please visit

Special INDIA Focus ! 

32nd Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
April  8 -20,  2014

The 2014 Festival of the Fantastic movies in Brussels (BIFFF) is all set to thrill and enthrall audiences with science fiction and cult movies. With more than 130 films, including nine world premieres. This year BIFF includes a focus on India.

BIFFF celebrates India's new creative Indian wave with ... 

Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout
A Mumbai cop and gangsters drama that turns in on itself to examine the outcome of three possible choices that a rookie cop might make when he confronts a ruthless killer.

Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly
A  tale of corruption, indifference, and systemic violence starts when the 10-year-old daughter of an aspiring actor disappears.

S S Rajamouli’s Eega
The film's hero is in love but unable to  express it and is killed by his jealous, lust-filled rival. The hero is then re-born as a fly and takes his revenge on the villain.

Krishna D K and Raj Nidimoru’s Goa Gone
Some friends along with members of the Russian mafia get stuck on a remote island off the coast of Goa, where new drugs at a rave party are consumed by the guests, turning them into zombies.
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Monday, March 10, 2014


 L’Atelier invites 15 filmmakers to 2014 Cannes ...

15 select  directors whose submitted work was found most promising have earned the privilege of being mentored at the 10th Cinéfondation’s L’Atelier during Cannes 2014.  Between between May 16 to 22,  L’Atelier  will arrange meetings on their behalf with film industry professionals interested in investing in the completion of their projects.

Among the chosen few is  Deepak Rauniyar from Nepal. L'Atelier has selected his second feature film project White Sun which is  a dark comedy about life in a small Nepali village after the end of Nepal's decade long armed conflict that began in 1996.   

1978-born Deepak Rauniyar  worked as a senior writer/producer for the BBC World Service Trust (2007 to 2010) where he wrote/directed several award-winning radio dramas. Screening in Berlin 2013, his debut feature, Highway, became the first Nepali film to screen at a major international festival. His earlier short film Chaukaith (2008) screened internationally, and won a Special Jury prize at the Ahmedabad International Film Festival (2009) and at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival. He is a fellow of the Berlin Talent Campus (2012), Asian Cultural Council New York (2013) and TIFF Talent Lab (2013).

The Cinéfondation’s L’Atelier in its aim to encourage the new generation of filmmakers, has so far, out of their 141 selected projects have 85 among them released in theaters and 44 are currently in pre-production.

For L’Atelier’s 10th edition, 15 projects from 15 countries have been selected, from the new director to the well-known filmmaker.

Project                                     Director                                   Country
Invisible                                   Pablo Giorgelli                        Argentina
Territoria                                 Nora Martirosyan                     Armenia
Tabija                                      Igor Drljača                              Bosnia
Saudade                                  Antonio Méndez Esparza         Brazil
Ville-Marie                              Guy Édoin                               Canada
In the Shade of the Trees          Matías Rojas Valencia             Chile
Ce sentiment de l'été                Mikhaël Hers                           France
Aliyushka                                Adilkhan Yerzhanov                Kazakhstan
The Darkness                          Daniel Castro Zimbrón            Mexico
White Sun                               Deepak Rauniyar                    Nepal
To All Naked Men                   Bassam Chekhes                    Netherlands / Syria
Oil on Water                            Newton I. Aduaka                    Nigeria
Dogs                                        Bogdan Mirică                        Romania
A Yellow Bird                         K. Rajagopal                           Singapore
Ruta salvatge                           Marc Recha                              Spain

 The Livre des Projets and the meeting request forms will be available online at the beginning of April on

 CONTACT: Georges Goldenstern (


Attention, documentary/short fiction filmmakers!

Films produced from 1st April 2012 to 30th April 2014 are eligible for entry. Late entries will be accepted upto 30th June 2014 (along with late fee).

Entry form is available for download on the IDPA website.
There are 11 categories.
1) Non-Fiction: Documentary (upto 30 mins), Documentary  (over 30 mins)
2) Theme Of The Year: Water & Food Security
3) Environment
4) Wildlife & Nature
5) Public Service (upto 5 mins)
6) Short Fiction (upto 60 mins)
7) Animation
8) Corporate Film
9) Technical Excellence
10) International Entries: Non-Fiction, Short Fiction
      Fiction (upto 30 mins) and (upto 60 mins), Documentary (over 30 mins)
11) Student: Non-Fiction, Fiction, Animation

Following items must be included with the entry form:
* DVD of entry. One DVD for every category.
* Soft & Hard Copies of:

1) 50 & 200-word synopsis of the film
2) Two stills from the film
3) Vertical Format Photograph of Director of the film
4) 50 & 100-word Biography and Filmography of the Director
5) Each DVD must be labelled clearly, and must contain the film title.
6) 30 sec promo of film is mandatory
7) Any of the above not complied with can lead to disqualification

IDPA is a non-profit organisation that came into being in 1956. It is registered as a public trust under the Bombay Public Trust Act 1950. Today IDPA is India’s single largest association of producers of documentaries, animation films, advertisement films and TV programmes.