Thursday, April 30, 2015

                        Busan International Film Festival 

                        Asian Project Market
            Accepting Submissions until June 15

The Asian Project Market (APM) project is now accepting online registration for 2015 with opportunities for investment and co-production in big-scale commercial films to low-budget independent films.

The Asian Project Market supports both rookie and master directors of various Asian and international features by introducing and arranging meetings with investors, producers, and distributors. Over the past 17 years, APM has selected 442 films, of which approximately 200 have been completed.

To list a few achievements, one of the selections from 2013, AN (Japan, 2015) by Director Kawase Naomi has been selected for the Un Certain Regard section at the upcoming 68th Festival de Cannes and Thanatos, Drunk (Taiwan, 2015) by Director Chang Tso Chi from 2012 APM entry was invited to the Panorama section at the 65th Berlin Film Festival in February. The President(Georgia/France, 2014) by Mohsen MAKHMALBAF screened in the opening ceremony of the Orizzonti section at the 71st Venice Film Festival,  Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere (Nguyen Hoang Diep, Vietnam/France, 2014) won Best Film at the Venice Film Festival’s International Critics’ Week the same year, Fires on the Plain (Shinya TSUKAMOTO, Japan, 2014) was also nominated for the Golden Lion Award the same year, Stray Dogs (Ming-liang Tsai, Taiwan/France, 2013) won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, and What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love (Mouly Surya, Indonesia, 2013) competed in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the NETPAC Award at the 2013 Rotterdam Film Festival. 

Korean APM projects including LEE Chang-Dong’s Poetry (2010), KIM Ki-duk’s The Bow (2010), BONG Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer(2013), and RYOO Seung-Wan’s The Berlin File (2012) all have contributed in publicizing APM, while YEON Sangho’s The Fake (2013) and OH Seong-Yun’s Leafie, A Hen into the Wild (2011) expanded the Korean Animation market. Following the success ofPaju (2009) by PARK Chan-ok, APM has helped discover the new projects of talented directors such as ZHANG Lu of Gyeongju (2013) that screened in the 67th Locarno International Film Festival and 19th Busan International Film Festival, and PARK Jung Bum of Alive (2014). Other projects like Seoul Station by Director YEON Sangho and Memories of the Sword by Director PARK Heung-shik are currently under production.

The 2015 Asian Project Market will be held for three days from October 4 (Sun) to 6 (Tue), 2015.
For online registration and information, please visit the APM official website ( The deadline is June 15, earlier than last year.

APM Contact Details:

The 20th Busan International Film Festival will be heldct(Thu) – 10 (Sat), 2015
The Asian Film Market will be held O(Sat) – 6 (Tue), 2015 
The Asian Project Market will be held  (Sun) – 6 (Tue), 2015


Busan International Film Festival  

Public Relations Team: +82-2-3675-5097 (Seoul)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema
April 15 - April 25, 2015

        COURT  wins Four  awards!
* Best Film
* Best Actor for Vivek Gomber
* Fipresci Prize
* Signis Prize
        Since its world premiere in Venice last September, Court has already    won 22 awards worldwide including  three  Fipresci prizes and recognized as Best Feature Film at the India National Film Awards!
BAFICI is widely regarded as an essential vehicle for promoting independent filmmaking, showcasing its most innovative, risk-taking and committed films. In the span of a comprehensive programming, it comprises several cultural expressions and gathers acclaimed directors and new talents in a dynamic atmosphere.With a wide range of films including Argentine, Latin American and worldwide premieres as well as well-deserved retros,

A sewage worker’s dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is arrested and accused of performing an inflammatory song, which may have incited the worker to commit suicide. The trial unfolds in a lower court, where the hopes and dreams of the city’s ordinary people play out. Forging these fates are the lawyers and judge, who are observed in their personal lives beyond the theatre of the courtroom. 
Press quotes
“An impressive debut that flays alive India’s judicial system thanks to an intelligent, superbly understated script.” VARIETY

“It’s a rich, nuanced film, more social fresco than courtroom drama, and a deserved winner both of the horizons section prize and the Luigi De Laurentiis debut film award at this year’s Venice festival.” SCREENDAILY

“Mumbai’s Chaitanya Tamhane emerges as one of the world’s most accomplished and promising film-makers under 30 with his quietly steely legal drama Court, a bluntly-titled chronicle of politically-motivated injustice.” THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“A major film on the worrying state of freedom of speech in the Indian democracy.”

“No rating can do this film justice. It's unmissable.”

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Monday, April 27, 2015

France plays Impresario 
for India at Cannes

What an amazingly different year it is for India in Cannes official selection. That France has always had a leaning towards Indian art cinema is known. It was jury member André Bazin’s insistence in Cannes that made the world sit up and notice Satyajit Ray. And that fine tuned interest continues till today. 
In 2015 Cannes, the involvement of France is evident in the Indian films selected, as well as of India locales in films by French directors. 

Director Gurvinder Singh
The Indian films selected create unexpected ripples and also records that surprise. For the first time, India preens with two films, Gurvinder Singh’s Chauthi Koot and Neeraj Ghaywan's Masaan in the prized Un Certain Regard section. 

Just one Indian film making it to this coveted arena draws a crescendo of applause. But two ? The achievement also suggests that this is a first time honour. 

Both films are by relatively lesser known names with sharply individual, strikingly original minds looking at a contrasting Indian milieu.  Gurvinder Singhs’s Chauthi Koot (his second film after his debut work Anhe Ghorey Da Daan impacted the festival scene), Yet again, this suggests the first time that a Punjabi language film enters the Cannes roster of programmed feature films. 
Director Neeraj Ghaywan
Debut director Neeraj Ghaywan’s short film Shor won the Grand Jury Awards at three international film festivals in New York, LA and London. He appears as a marque name for the first time in Cannes with his debut feature Masaan. The film intertwines the lives of persons living along the Ganges who want to escape the stifling conditions of their small town. Chauthi Koot is set in 1980s Punjab, in the peak of the militant movement for a separatist Sikh state. 
Both films have a driving, informed, committed band of producers. One of the co-producers for Chauthi Koot is Sunil Doshi, who has worked hard and long to find a place for the independent film in India’s driven Bollywood. Phantom Films, formed by torch-bearers Vikas Bahl, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena, is among the producers for Masaan

And, what do these two polarised films have in common? A French co-producer. 

Masaan is produced jointly by Phantom Films, Manish Mundra, Macassar Productions, Sikhya Entertainment and ARTE France Cinéma and Pathé Production. Chauthi Koot is produced by Sunil Doshi, Kartikeya Narayan, Nina Lath Gupta, Gurvinder Singh and Catherine Dussart Productions Paris.

India’s landscapes and lifestyles will linger on the screens of the Festival de Palais with French director Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan. The film in Competition, is one of the 19 films selected from hundreds to compete for the 2015 Palme d’Or. Dheepan is a Tamil freedom fighter, an LTTE Tiger in Sri Lanka, who foresees certain defeat in the Civil War. He flees to Europe with a woman and a little girl. But even there, the strains of war consume him. The film has been shot extensively in Tamil Nadu in Rameshwaram, Mandapam and Ooty. Chennai’s Wide Angle Creations, led by Suresh Balaje and George Pius, collaborated with Paris’ Why Not Productions handled the India shoot and casting. The Tamil theatre actress Kalieaswari Srinivasan plays a pivotal role. Sri Lankan actor Antonythasan Jesuthasan, settled in France, plays the lead. 

‘Director’s Fortnight’ has a French offering, The Cowboys, the much anticipated directorial debut of Thomas Bidegain, Cesar-winning screenwriter of Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet and Rust and Bone. The film is about a father (François Damiens) and son who set out to find their missing daughter /sister with the help of an American headhunter . Shot in and around Udaipur, the Indian company, La Fabrique Films, founded by Mumbai-based Deborah Benattar, line-produced the Indian schedule. 
Director Asif Kapadia
Selected for Cannes Midnight Screenings is the latest film Ana by London-based Asif Kapadia (the director of The Warrior and the Oscar-winning 2010 film, Senna ). Ana is on the late British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. 

Kapadia’s first visit to Cannes was in 1997, when his student film The Sheep Thief took second place in the Cinéfondation Awards. In 2013, he attended as an executive producer on Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout, which also played at Midnight Screenings. 

Originally from India, Asif made his name with his striking short film The Sheep Thief set in Gujarat. It won second place in Cannes Cinéfondation (student) film section. He is the one who cast Irrfan Khan in the The Warrior, the film that put the spotlight on this consummate actor.

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