Saturday, April 5, 2014

Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly to open New York Indian Film Festival

The 14th New York Indian Film Festival will open with Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly. The festival will run from May 5 –10, 2014 in New York City.

Ugly, a psychological thriller, which had its world premiere at Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes last year, deals with a situation where no one can trust anyone amidst the scenes of brutality and psychological games after ten year old Kali goes missing from the car she was left in by her father. The Indian release of the film has been put on hold by the filmmaker who has been fighting against the anti-smoking tickers on screen.

Aparna Sen’s latest Bengali feature Goynar Baksho will close the festival. Starring Konkona Sen Sharma, the horror-comedy revolves around women of three generations and their changing position in the society. The film, which released in India in April last year, is also scheduled to close the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

Geethu Mohandas’ Liar’s Dice will be screened as the centerpiece film of the festival. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Geetanjali Thapa, the film follows a young woman in Himachal Pradesh who embarks on a journey with her daughter to find her missing husband. Along this journey, they find a free-spirited army deserter who helps them to get to their destination with his own selfish motive.

NYIFF will also spotlight British filmmaker of Indian descent Gurinder Chadha and hold a Retrospective of her documentaries.

Friday, April 4, 2014

15th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF)May 1 to 10, 2014

Kaafiron Ki Namaaz (The Virgin Arguments), an independent feature film directed by Ram
Ramesh Sharma and produced by Bhargav Saikia under his production company Lorien Motion
Pictures, will have its International Premiere at the 15th Jeonju International Film Festival
(JIFF) to be held from 1st - 10th May 2014 in the city of traditional arts - Jeonju in South Korea.
The film will be screened in the International Competition category and it is the only Indian
film in competition at the festival this year. Kaafiron Ki Namaaz (The Virgin Arguments) is the
director’s first feature film.

The narrative of the film follows a writer and his camera assistant who travel from Kolkata to Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir. The writer’s purpose is to interview a recently court-martialed army man. The two of them meet on a rainy Christmas Eve in an old, abandoned Kashmiri hotel. Located just below the army man’s abode is an all-night tea shop run by Junaid, who during the day works with a wedding band. As the writer and the army man talk, Junaid serves them tea and biscuits, while occasionally engaging in small talk with the two. As the night gets colder and the questions gather momentum, the three reveal their most personal secrets to one another. The camera assistant is a mute spectator, recording the rising confrontation between them. The film focuses on this man as a mute accessory to the proceedings as their dramatic encounter develops and turns into a chilling thriller.

Launched in 2000, JIFF is regarded as the Mecca of independent film festivals and the widest window of adventurous films in Asia. In its 15th edition this year, the festival will feature 181 films from 44 countries.

For further information, please contact Bhargav Saikia (Lorien Motion Pictures)

on +91 9769237395 or

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Juries will award prizes to films competing in the Narrative, Documentary, and Short Film categories. 
2014 narrative film jurors 
Variety film journalist and educator David Chute, Head of Digital Development for Crackle
Sony Pictures Television John Orlando
Writer/prolific television actress Meera Simhan (Date Movie).
The Best Documentary Award
Award-winning writer, producer,director Brian Knappenberger (The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, Scratch)
Film festival programmer Dilcia Barrera (Sundance, AFI FEST, LACMA)
Producer Chris Salvaterra (Syriana, Good Night and Good Luck).
Short Films JurySenior Vice President of Post-Production at HBO Entertainment Gena Desclos
Award-winning director and writer Kamal K.M. (I.D.)
Sundance/Palm Springs International ShortFest programmer Heidi Zwicker

Spot News!


The Audience Choice Award for Best Short is presented by NBC Universal.

Award winners will be announced during the festival’s Closing Night, just prior to the Los Angeles premiere of the culinary comedy JADOO.
"The jury for this year’s IFFLA is comprised of some of the most influential and successful tastemakers in the industry,” said IFFLA Artistic Director Jasmine Jaisinghani. “We are honored to have them involved with the festival this year, and appreciate their attention in judging each of the films we have very thoughtfully curated."

For more information, please visit:
Now in its 12th year, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Nandita Das, Mahesh Dattani, Subodh Maskara
in collaboration with 
Australia's SDDS Education, University of Melbourne 
and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA)

Subodh Maskara
Nandita Das
Mahesh Dattani
The high profile theatre professionals Nandita Das, Mahesh Dattani and Subodh Maskara will be among a panel that will critically evaluate the final performance by a group of select actors chosen to participate in an 8-Day actor-training program.  

Prof. Dalip Sondhi (lead acting tutor and director SDDS) and Ms Geraldine Cook (Senior Lecturer in Voice and Associate Dean University of Melbourne, VCA) will mentor the actors towards this final performance of a Mahesh Dattani play.

Following the launch of their first Actor Training course with Naseeruddin Shah in Mumbai last June, SDDS Education continue to collaborate with high profile Indian industry professionals in the training of actors. These courses are primarily designed to identify, nurture and develop the incredible wealth of talent in India and construct international, as well as national, opportunities for the graduates. Those who display the aptitude will be selected and cast in upcoming productions. 

The course takes place in Mumbai April 28  to May 5, 2014.


Wildscreen Festival 2014
launches Panda Awards submissions
with PicturePipe Premium

For the 2014 Panda Awards submissions, Wildscreen Festival teamed up with PicturePipe to provide its users with a state of the art and easy to use submission process. To this end PicturePipe supplied Wildscreen with user registration, submission form, film file upload, quality control and online payment.

Together with Wildscreen, the PicturePipe team made sure that submitting a film to the Panda Awards is a convenient step-by-step procedure:
  • it starts with users registering for an account at
  • is followed by entering their project data
  • choosing an award category
  • using PayPal for online payment
  • uploading their film with the PicturePipe video film upload app
  • the submission process is complete with the user approving the quality of the film.
Wildscreen Festival will take place from Sunday 19 to Friday 24 October 2014 in Bristol, UK. Industry professionals and visitors can look forward to enjoying all of the submitted films for the duration of the festival, as they will be accessible through the online video library of PicturePipe Premium, specifically customized to meet the needs of Wildscreen Festival.

About PicturePipe:
Reelport GmbH’s PicturePipe technology offers various products around b2b film distribution or b2c film presentation. PicturePipe Basic handles film uploads, playout and cloud-based encoding for sending streaming links and/or mp4 download links. With PicturePipe Flexible, apps such as video upload and playout may be implemented into the client’s own website. PicturePipe Premium, used by Wildscreen Festival, is an all-in-one online solution which includes film submission, payment, video upload and online video library. PicturePipe also operates on-site video libraries.

PicturePipe customers include Cinando, Reed Midem - MIPJunior, MIPFormats, MIPDoc, Ventana Sur - Buenos Aires, Short Film Corner - Festival de Cannes, BAM - Bogota Audiovisual Market, Marché du Film - DocCorner, British Council, Swiss Films, Proimagenes Colombia, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Wildscreen Festival, Filmfest München, Int. Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart, Tampere Film Festival, Int. Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, LevelK,, EFG - European Film Gateway, Stream4pro, Europe's Finest and ChakaPro.

Please find more info on:

About Wildscreen Festival:
Wildscreen Festival is one of the most influential and inspirational events in the wildlife and environmental filmmaking calendar. The biennial, week-long event is attended by leading filmmakers, commissioners and professionals in natural history filmmaking from around the world.

The programme includes thought-provoking workshops, talks, debates and free public film screenings. Rounding the week off is the glittering Wildscreen Panda Awards - dubbed the 'Green Oscars' - which celebrates the very best in natural history filmmaking.

The aim of the festival is to celebrate, applaud and encourage excellence and responsibility in the wildlife and environmental filmmaking industry. In doing so, Wildscreen is helping to shape the future of natural history filmmaking, increasing the public's understanding of the natural world, and the need to conserve it.

For more information, please see:    

Three Indian films at Oberhausen! 

60th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
May 1 to 6, 2014
Films connected with India
Amit Dutta’s Field-Trip,  2013, 22 mins, International Competition
Priyanka Chhabra’s A Summer Flu, 2013, 17mins,| International Competition
Imraan, c/o Carrom Club, Udita Bhargava, 2014, 13 mins 30 sec, German Competition / Children's & Youth Film Competition

The programme of the 60th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen listing all films is online now - more than 430 works from around 60 countries, from performances developed especially for the festival to children's films for three-year-olds. Five competitions, four Profile programmes, four Archive programmes, the big Theme programme "Memories Can't Wait - Film without Film" and any number of other programmes.

Accreditation deadline for the festival is 14 April 2014.
Accreditation form:

Press contact: Sabine Niewalda, Tel. +49 (0)208 825-3073,

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Announcing the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize
Semaine de la Critique, 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Sony will partner with "La Semaine de la Critique" at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.

"La Semaine de la Critique", a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival created in 1962, is dedicated to discovering new talent in the film industry by showing first and second feature films from around the world, as well as a short film competition which in the past brought to light people such as François Ozon, Gaspar Noé, Andrea Arnold or James Franco.

 Five awards are given, the two main ones being
 • The Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize: for the best short or medium-length film in competition
 • The Grand Prix Nespresso, for the best feature film in competition

 Sony will donate €4000 to the director of the winning film in the competition.

Remi Bonhomme, Programme manager, La Semaine de la Critique, said:
"La Semaine de la Critique cultivates a dynamic, daring, or even impertinent spirit, which ensures that it stands out and is noticed within the Cannes Festival. We see these same values in Sony and are convinced that the brand will be able to support these young talents in the long term."

Fabien Pisano, Sony's Marketing Director, said, "We are delighted to be part of the adventure of the Cannes Film Festival with La Semaine de la Critique. We want to support young film-makers from the beginning of their journey by putting our greatest innovations at their disposal. It is a real pleasure to see film-makers use new technologies such as the 4K to express their talent and vision."

This year the jury will be chaired by a film-maker and will be made up of four cinema professionals. Since it was set up in 2003, the Discovery Prize has unveiled numerous innovative film makers: Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, Jérémy Clapin, Wi Ding Ho, Valery Rosier, the H5 collective, Guillaume Gouix, Damien Manivel and, more recently, Daria Belova

Sony is setting up a competition
Celebrating this new partnership and the first anniversary of the CineAlta F-Series cameras (F5, F55 and F65), Sony offers an opportunity to win a trip to Cannes during the festival and passes for La Semaine de la Critique..

To do so, from April 1, log on to the Sony Professional Europe Facebook page. 

Get  Ready! Submit your film to
2014 Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)

Deadlines for 2014 BIFF ...

BIFF 2014 Official Selection Submissions       
Feature Film - July 31, 2014
Short Film - June 30, 2014
Asian Film Academy (AFA) Submissions - April 30, 2014

Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) Submissions     
Script Development Fund - May 10, 2014
Post-Production Fund - April 20, 2014

Asian Network of Documentary Fund - May 10, 2014

Asian Project Market (APM) Submissions -  June 30, 2014

Calling for Submissions!
BUSAN International Film Festival's
Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2014

ACF support offered in the following three categories
 For fiction feature project
1) Script Development Fund- Cash grant of 10,000,000 KRW (approx. 9,500 USD)
- Submission Deadline ; May 10
- Eligibility ; Asian project in development (director or writer’s nationality should be Asian)
 2) Post-production Fund- DI, Final Mixing and DCP Mastering services provided by Korean post-production facilities.
- Round-trip airfare for 2 people, accommodation(1 double or twin room), translation service will be additionally covered.
- Submission Deadline ; April 20
- Eligibility ; Asian project in post-production or in last-stage of production
* If Chinese project is selected, the project will be working in Beijing, China. In this case, airfare, accomodation and translator will not be provided.
For documentary project
3) AND (Asian Network of Documentary) Fund
- Cash grant of up to 10,000,000 KRW (approx. 9,500 USD)
- Submission Deadline ; May 10
- Eligibility ; Work-in-progress Asian documentary project

Note: Visit  ACF website at with regard to application.
Asian Cinema Fund
BUSAN International Film Festival
#1601, GARDEN TOWER, Yulgok-ro 84
Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-795, Korea
email: (fiction feature) / (documentary)
Tel: +82 (0)2 3675 5097

Monday, March 31, 2014

India to be guest country at Zurich Film Festival 2014
The 10th edition of the Zurich Film Festival will spotlight India as the guest country this year. Every year, the festival focuses on the development of a promising national film scene in its New World View section.

The New World View section will showcase ten new feature films and documentary films by emerging Indian filmmakers along with a short film programme.

The programming will focus on productions that are emerging from the shadow of the subcontinent’s mass cinema, Bollywood tradition, and enjoying growing national success by approaching new themes with fresh narrative styles.

In explaining the decision to choose India, the festival co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri said, “New Indian cinema has experienced an upsurge in recent years, and not just on the subcontinent. It is among young filmmakers that the change is most visible.”

Indian independent cinema, not Bollywood, will be in focus for the 10th anniversary edition of the ZFF, which runs September 25 – October 5.

The 10th Zurich Film Festival runs September 25 – October 5, 2014.