Friday, July 17, 2015

8th Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF) 
January 2 to 6, 2016

Submission Open
Fiction Features, Documentary Features, Short Films, Short Documentaries, Short Animations and Screenplays – Short & Feature

Key Highlights:
Film Screenings, Film Market, Co Production, Film Distribution, Screenplay Festival, Master Classes, Networking

New Year Celebration at JIFF on 31st December.

Online registration has already begun
For more details please visit us:   

Jaipur International Film festival-JIFF
47, Saket Nagar (Shyam Nagar)
Behind Shyam Nagar Metro Station
New Sanganer Road, Jaipur 302 019
Rajasthan, India 
Ph: +91 141 6500601    

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A new blog for Docs

Film India Worldwide (FIW)  announces an extension of its service to Indian cinema  – a new blog dedicated to Documentaries and Shorts from India, or with an India connection when made abroad.

This complements FIW, the 11-year old quarterly on India’s feature films at festivals and new films that festivals can look forward to.  But so rich is this scene - with its news, views, happenings, awards, highlights and established or emerging talent – it needs  a separate  more frequent blog. Now so abundantly is all this reflected in the Documentary/Short film scene, it deserves its own attention and space.

Please log on to  and give us your feedback. Documentary and Short filmmakers! Please give us  news on your latest film festival acceptances and initiatives and awards won, we will do our best  to capture it all in our new blog.  

FIW as a quarterly journal was launched in  2004. Uma da Cunha, its editor/publisher, also an international programmer of Indian films, was  earlier told by festivals abroad that news on Indian cinema was extremely scarce. FIW was her response to this need.

FIW now runs to 64 pages and is timed for release with the Berlin, Cannes, Toronto International Film Festivals,  at year end during the Indian film season of IFFI, Goa, the Film Bazaar and the International Film Festival of Kerala.

The journal gives the latest news on  films and personalities from India who are making their way to world news and international film venues. 

This magazine is now available in print as well as on line.  We invite you to subscribe and pay on line. Read the blog – and help us with your views.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The fourth edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) will be held from 5 to 8 November 2015 in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala.

DIFF 2015 will once again bring to the hills of Himachal Pradesh an intimate and carefully curated international festival where film aficionados can watch films, meet filmmakers, and for a few days, live and breathe cinema in the shadow of the majestic Dhauladhar range.

DIFF will continue to showcase the best of contemporary independent films from India and the world – both fiction and documentary – and invite a diverse group of filmmakers who will present their films and engage in Q&A sessions with the audience. The programme will be supported by a selection of masterclasses and panels, as well as special sidebars, which will be an opportunity to present art videos, soundscapes and retrospectives. Updates on selected films will be periodically posted on the DIFF website and Facebook page.

After a great launch of the DIFF Film Fellows Programme last year, DIFF is now presenting its second edition, an initiative created to nurture the talent of young filmmakers from the Indian Himalayan regions. Selected applicants will have the chance to attend the festival and participate in its various events, as well as have one-on-one mentorship sessions with visiting filmmakers. Details on how to apply are on our website and Facebook page.

DIFF is organised by White Crane Arts & Media in collaboration with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna. White Crane Arts & Media is a non-profit trust set up by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam to promote creative expression in the Himalayan regions.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

2015 Stuttgart Indian Film Festival
July 15 to 19, 2015
20 shorts, 11 docs, 18 features to be screened!

World Premiere for two Marathi films …

Makarand Mane’s Ringan (The Quest)
and Gajendra Ahire’s The Silence 

Makarand Mane’s Ringan 

A heart-warming story of the love of a hard-pressed farmer for his small son. The son is in search for his dead mother who he is told now lives with the gods  

Gajendra Ahire’s The Silence    
The stirring story of  women  who have faced molestation and rape and how they fight  

The complete list of  18 feature films being screened  ….
 Prashant Nair’s Umrika
Homi Adjania’s Finding Fanny
Amit Gupta’s One Crazy 4. Thing
Shlok Sharma’s The Wretched [Haraamkhor]
Umashankar Swamy’s Child of Debt [Saalada Magu]
Kaushik Ganguly’s Chotoder Chobi – A Short Story
Sriram Raghavan’s Badlapur
Anant Mahadevan’s Rough Book
Shoojit Sircar’s Piku
Bikas Mishra’s Four Colours [Chauranga]
Partho Sen-gupta’s Sunrise [Arunoday]
Paresh Mokashe’s The Pilgrimage [Elizabeth Ekadashi]
Bauddhayan Mukherji's Three Obsesssions [Teenkahon]
Nagesh Kukunoor’s  Rainbow (Dhanak)
Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court
Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Labour of Love
Makarand Mane’s Ringan
Gajinder Ahire’s The Silence