Saturday, March 7, 2015

13th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles                                       (IFFLA) 
Opening Night Gala  - Shlok Sharma's  HARAAMKH
Closing Night Gala  -  Nagesh Kukunoor’s DHANAK (RAINBOW).
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced its Opening and Closing red carpet galas. Opening the festival on April 8 is the world premiere of HARAAMKHOR, written and directed by Shlok Sharma and starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Nagesh Kukunoor’s award-winning DHANAK (RAINBOW) will close the festival with its US premiere. Sharma and Kukunoor will be in attendance along with the star and producer of HARAAMKHOR – Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Guneet Monga.

The full line-up will be announced on March 10. The festival is widely recognized as the premiere showcase of groundbreaking Indian cinema. Celebrating its 13th year, IFFLA will run April 8-12 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, the festival’s home since its inception.

Shlok Sharma’s riveting feature debut, HARAAMKHOR, is produced by India’s most prominent producers, Anurag Kashyap (Gangs of Wasseypur, Ugly, Bombay Velvet) and Guneet Monga (The Lunchbox, Gangs of Wasseypur). Monga was honored at IFFLA in 2013 with the Industry Leadership Award. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Gangs of Wasseypur, The Lunchbox, Miss Lovely) in a masterful performance as a teacher having an illicit affair with one of his students, HARAAMKHOR, explores innocent young love that is put on a collision course with the messy reality of budding adulthood.

“We’re thrilled to kick off our 13th edition with the world premiere of HARAAMKHOR. Shlok’s film resonates to something we all can understand- the beautiful complications of youth. It invigorates us to have a filmmaker return to IFFLA, and especially so when their first feature is as powerful as this,” said IFFLA’s Artistic Director, Jasmine Jaisinghani.

Fresh from his award-winning premiere at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, Nagesh Kukunoor arrives at IFFLA with DHANAK. The gorgeous tale of a brother and sister who embark on a journey across Rajasthan in an attempt to meet the great Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, DHANAK is filled with color, magic and music in a celebration of childhood and family.

“I have been a longtime fan of Nagesh’s work and look forward to welcoming him back to IFFLA,” said festival Founder/Chair Christina Marouda. “DHANAK is a stunning film – infectious in its joyous spirit and appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us. We can’t wait to share it with the IFFLA audiences, who I know will be just as charmed as we were.”

For both filmmakers, their screenings at IFFLA will be a homecoming. Shlok has had two short films in the festival, one of which – TUBELIGHT’S MOON (KA CHAND) – won the Audience Award in 2011. Nagesh Kukunoor’s 3 DEEWAREIN (3 WALLS) played at the inaugural year of the festival in 2003.

About ArcLight Cinemas ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, a privately owned, Los Angeles based company with 60 years of theatrical exhibition history throughout California, Hawaii and Washington. ArcLight Cinemas operates five theaters in California including Hollywood, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, El Segundo and La Jolla, and one theater in Bethesda, Md., with additional theaters under construction in Chicago and Santa Monica, California, slated for a 2015 opening. ArcLight also owns and operates the historic Cinerama Dome and programs the TCL Chinese Theatre and IMAX in Hollywood. Pacific Theatres currently operates theaters in Los Angeles that include The Grove and The Americana at Brand in Glendale, CA.

Director: Shlok Sharma
Producer: Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap
Screenwriter: Shlok Sharma
Cinematographer: Siddharth Diwan
Editor: Kratika Adhikari
Composers: Vishal Khurana, Karan Gour
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shweta Tripathi, Harish Khanna

Innocent young love is put on a collision course with the messy reality of budding adulthood in Shlok Sharma’s unforgettable feature debut. Young student Kamal is infatuated with his 15-year-old classmate Sandhya, and together with his best friend Mintu devises countless imaginative schemes to win her affection. But Sandhya has a troubling infatuation of her own: she is carrying on an affair with her teacher, Shyam (another masterful performance by Nawazuddin Siddiqui). When the two young boys catch on to this illicit arrangement, events are set into motion that could lead to tragedy for all involved.

Shlok Sharma deftly alternates the tone of his film between lighthearted, youthful adventure and more sobering, truthful moments. Sharply aware of the fact that childhood longings rarely come to fruition, Sharma watches sympathetically as each of his four central characters stumble and falter in their attempts to hold onto a desire they’d be better off forgetting, while the audience braces for impact when the inevitable crash comes.



Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Producer: Manish Mundra, Nagesh Kukunoor, Elahe Hiptoola
Screenwriter: Nagesh Kukunoor
Cinematographer: Chirantan Das
Editor: Sanjib Datta
Composer: Tapas Relia
Cast: Krrish Chhabria, Hetal Gada, Gulfam Khan, Vipin Sharma, Suresh Menon, Chet Dixon, Fllora Saini, Vijay Maurya, Vibha Chhibber, Rajiv Laxman

Fresh from his award-winning premiere at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, Nagesh Kukunoor arrives at IFFLA with this stunning tale of a brother and sister who embark on a journey across Rajasthan in an attempt to meet the great Shah Rukh Khan. Pari is the responsible older sister to Chotu, a high-spirited blind boy on the brink of his ninth birthday. Chotu wants nothing more than to have his vision back and Pari — inspired by a message she sees on a Shah Rukh Khan poster — promises him he’ll get it before his birthday arrives. When the two learn that Shah Rukh Khan is filming only a few hundred kilometers from their village, they sneak away from home and set out to meet the superstar.

What follows is a trek full of side-splitting banter and bickering between the two remarkable children, vibrant colors, lively music, new friendships, and harrowing danger. Kukunoor’s two young leads embody the adventurous spirit that comes with growing up and taking your fate into your own hands for the first time. He has crafted an utterly gorgeous film around one simple wish, and ultimately delivers a disarming, heartfelt plea to recognize and appreciate the beauty that exists all around us.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mexican Platform and RivieraLAB 

Outstanding as an event that encourages national film distribution, as well as national and international film production, the Riviera Maya Film Festival 2015 proudly informs that filmmakers and producers have delivered an exceptional response to the Mexican Platform and RivieraLAB calls, receiving 231 entries from more than 20 countries.

RMFF deeply thanks the filmmakers who have sent their projects. The selection of projects to be presented at the fourth Edition of the Festival, taking place on April 23 to 29,  will be published on March the 6th.

For the Mexican Platform competition 45 national projects were submitted. 12 among those projects will be selected to take part of a contemporary Mexican film exhibit that represent the trends of the national film industry. These films will enter the competition to obtain the two Kukulkán Awards and one Youth Jury Award, altogether endowed with 700 thousand pesos.

RivieraLab, our project creation laboratory has received 182 projects from various countries, entering two sections, RivieraLab/Work in Progress and RivieraLab /Coproduction Forum. Among those, 17 will be chosen. Creators will join the Festival to exhibit their work and to compete for 3 awards endowed altogether with 600 thousand pesos.

Thanks to the plentiful participation obtained, the Riviera Maya Film Festival endorses its commitment to encourage national film distribution as well as national and international filmmaking.

Cinema du reel is an international documentary film festival that will take place in Centre Pompidou from March 19 to 29.
This year, for its 37th edition, and two years after receiving Anand Patwardhan one of the mainprograms is dedicated to AMIT DUTTA. 

AMIT DUTTA: Through the looking glass
> 12 films, 2 world premiere: PURNA / APURNA (Finished/Unfinished, The Rock-Cut Temples of Masrur) and EVEN RED CAN BE SAD.
Curated by Marie-Pierre Muller


AMIT DUTTA: Through the looking glass
A well-known figure of contemporary Indian cinema, Amit Dutta explores the expressive dimensions of cinema
as a time machine. He builds up a universe for the spectator where research feeds the imaginary, where the
arts, history and mythology form part of landscapes and gestures and where knowledge enchants reality.
> 12 films, 2 world premiere: PURNA / APURNA (Finished/Unfinished, The Rock-Cut Temples of Masrur) and
> Meeting: Amit Dutta, cinema is research. Hosted by Marie-Pierre Muller // Sunday, March 29 / C2 / 6:15pm

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hamptons International Film Festival Newsletter

Filmmakers, your moment has arrived! We are now accepting submissions through Withoutabox for narrative features, documentaries, shorts of all kinds, and student films for the 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival (October 8-12). Find deadlines and learn more about the process here.
HIFF is an intimate showcase for films that express fresh voices and differing perspectives, entertaining audiences and providing invaluable exposure for filmmakers. With cash and in-kind prizes valued at more than $165,000, HIFF continues to support the artists that create some of the year's best films.
Be a part of HIFF. Submit your film today!
The East Hampton Star​ rounds up all the HIFF 2014 winners at this year's Academy​ Awards, including Julianne Moore​ for Best Actress, J. K. Simmons​ for Best Supporting Actor, and Birdman​ for Best Picture, just to name a few. Congratulations to all the nominees and honorees! 

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