Friday, August 21, 2015


               NFDC Film Bazaar 2015              Call for Entries
         for Work-in-Progress Lab                          and Viewing Room







Mumbai  NFDC Film Bazaar 2015 is calling for entries for the Work-in-Progress (WIP) Lab and the Viewing Room (VR). This year, the Film Bazaar will be held from November 20-at the Goa Marriott Resort, alongside the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2015.

Films previously in the Work-in-Progress Labs at Film Bazaar have had their world premieres at leading international films festivals, often winning awards as well as enjoying successful theatrical runs.

The most recent successes of the Film Bazaar WIP Labs are
Raam Reddy’s Thithi (Premiered at Locarno Film Festival 2015 and Winner of ‘Golden Leopard, Filmmakers of the Present Competition’ as well as ‘Best First Feature Film Award’)
Avinash Arun’s Killa (Premiered at Berlin Film Festival 2014 where it won the ‘Crystal Bear Award’ and National Award winner)
Kanu Behl’s Titli (Premiered in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section at Cannes Film Festival 2014)
Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely (Premiered in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section at Cannes Film Festival 2012 and National Award winner)
Anand Gandhi’Ship of Theseus (Premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2012
Gyan Correa’s The Good Road (National Award winner and India’s selection for the Oscars)
Ajay Bahl’s BA Pass (Premiered at and won Best Film at the 12th Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival
Sange Dorjee Thangdok’s Crossing Bridges (National Award winner)

Submissions are invited for the two WIP Labs 

WIP Fiction and WIP Documentary. In each WIP Lab, upto five projects in their rough-cut stage will be selected for mentoring and presentation to a panel of international film experts. The WIP Documentary Lab is only accepting feature-length creative documentaries in the rough-cut stage, aiming for a theatrical release.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Miami International Film Festival 2016 - Call For Entries









2016 CALL FOR ENTRIES

Programmers of Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival,
are now accepting submissions for the 33rd Edition, March 4-13, 2016.
As the premiere venue in the U.S. for launching new Ibero-American
cinema and an important showcase for international films entering the
United States, as well as American independent and documentary cinema,
the Festival seeks the latest works by debut, emerging and veteran filmmakers.
The Festival seeks top-quality films in all genres for various competition and
non-competition categories, including features, documentaries, shorts,
experimental cinema and Florida-centric stories.
The Festival only accepts submissions via Withoutabox’s Secure Online 
Screener (SOS) system, no submissions on DVDs, jump drives or 
Blu Ray will be accepted. Online submissions only via Withoutabox, 
or a secure and private, password protected platform such as Vimeo 
or YouTube.

For all categories unless otherwise noted:
World premiere must have occurred no earlier than March 6, 2015

Preference will be given to World, International, North American and U.S. 
premieres, but must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at the 2016 Festival.

Films of 30 minutes or greater must not have been or be scheduled for public 
consumption through any form of public broadcast (including internet) or 
commercial theatrical engagement in the US prior to March 18, 2016. Short 
films available on the internet for public consumption will be considered for 
the official selection in non-competitive categories only

Exhibition format must be DCP

FESTIVAL COMPETITION CATEGORIES
Knight Competition, Lexus Ibero-American Feature Film Competition, Knight 
Documentary Award, Shorts Competition, Jordan Alexander Ressler 
Screenwriter Competition, Lexus Audience Award for Best Feature and 
Short Film.
Knight Competition presents $40,000 in prizes courtesy of John S. &
James L. Knight Foundation. All feature films directed by filmmakers who
have directed at least one previous Official Selection (feature or short) of
Miami International Film Festival are eligible in this category. Competing films
are eligible for a $30,000 USD Knight Grand Jury Prize that will be split
between the producer and the U.S. distributor of the film. If no U.S. distributor
is secured before April 16, 2016 then the full award will be made to the producer.
The Grand Jury, in its own discretion, will also award up to a total of $10,000
additional funds to two other films in the Knight Competition for distinctions
of the Jury’s selection.
Knight Documentary Achievement Award is a $10,000 cash prize courtesy
of John S. &James L. Knight Foundation, given to one documentary film as voted
upon by the Festival audience. All feature-length (50 min or longer) documentary
films playing in the Festival’s Official Selection (except for From the Vault
screenings) are eligible for this Award.
Lexus Ibero-American Feature Film Competition is open to all U.S. Hispanic
and Ibero-american films in the Official Selection, competing for a jury-selected
cash Achievement Award of $10,000
Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriter Competition All screenwriters who
have a first-produced feature film screenplay credit in the Official Selection
(excluding From The Vault screenings) are eligible for a jury-selected cash prize
 of $5,000.
Shorts Competition presents to the jury-selected winner a TBD cash prize.
Lexus Feature Film Audience Award and the Lexus Short Film Audience
Award All Festival Features and Short films are eligible as voted upon by the
Festival audience.
Cinemaslam film school competition, aims to discover, showcase, and celebrate
the work of undergraduate and graduate students in Miami/ South Florida film
schools (submissions will open late 2015)

DEADLINES & ENTRIES FEES
Monday, August 31, 2015 | Late Deadline | $65.00 (S0S)
Wednesday, September 30 2015 | Extended Deadline | $100.00 (S0S)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WorldFest-Houston Film Festival - Call for Entries!



August 18th, 2015
This could be you, with your Film, at the 49th WorldFest!

Enter the Festival that discovered Spielberg, Lucas, Coppola, Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, Randal Kleiser, Oliver Stone, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, David Lynch, and John Lee Hancock with their first awards!
Competition in 10 major categories, not just 2! More than 200 specialized sub-categories offer fair competition and a chance to win a Remi Award!
The 49th Annual WorldFest-Houston offers Screening Shorts, Docs, Features, Music Videos, Experimental & Student Films on Big 60' AMC Theater screens, with over 600 Intl filmmakers attending the 10-day International Film Festival!

Ten Great Days in April, at the AMC Studio 30 Dunvale, see your film on big, bright AMC Theater screens, network with filmmakers from more than 30 countries, enjoy the Festival Club every night at the HQ Doubletree Hotel, walk the Red Carpet, attend more than 175 new film Premieres, learn at 9 Master Classes on filmmaking, from Drone Photography to using Free NASA stock footage!

Meet hundreds of other Remi Award Winners at the Awards Gala Evening, be at the VIP Tour of NASA & Rocket Park, enjoy the Houston Yacht Club/Consular Regatta & Texas BBQ ~ All at the 49th WorldFest, April 08-17, 2016.


The 49th Call For Entries!
WorldFest-Houston offers international competition in Ten Major Competition Categories! Features, Shorts, Docs/Business Films, Student, Experimental, Screenplays, New Media, TV Production, TV Commercials, & Music Videos! 200 sub-categories for fair competition. 

You may enter Online via our entry platform, or via FilmFreeway.com -we now accept entries via Vimeo, in addition to DVD/BR Entries, & Jump Drives. Screenplays must be bound. We will confirm when we receive your entry and we provide personal Jury Results, and festival details when you are selected for screening at the 49th WorldFest-Houston!

All Remi Winners receive complimentary VIP Platinum All Festival Passes, plus special discounts for your guests. 
To enter, simply visit us at - https://worldfest.org

Quick & Easy. Be part of the only film festival that discovered the Coen Brothers (Blood Simple), Francis Ford Coppola (Producer THX1138), John Lee Hancock (Screenplay & Short), Randal Kleiser (Peege), Ang Lee (Pushing Hands), George Lucas (Director-THX1138), David Lynch (The Grandmother), Robert Rodriguez (Bedhead), Ridley Scott (1984 Apple TVC), Stephen Spielberg (Amblin'), Oliver Stone (Salvador), and more than a hundred top directors! Join this amazing Alumni Association!

We welcome your entry and look forward to seeing you at the 49th WorldFest-Houston International Film/Video Festival. "Quite Possibly the best organized Film Festival in the World!" According to the Arizona Times!
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Anurag Kashyap on Busan's New Currents Jury



                                                           2015 Busan International Film Festival 
                                                                     names Anurag Kashyap
                                                                   as one of its five member
                                                                       New Current's Jury 


                                           
New Currents is Busan's
 international competition section 
                                                            presenting the first or the second feature films 
                                                                   by up-and-coming Asian directors

                                                      
Anurag KASHYAP / Director / India

Anurag Kashyap made an early mark as a writer with the gritty, raw gangster film Satya (1998) directed by Ram Gopal Verma. In 1999, he wrote and directed a short film Last Train to Mahakali (1999) and made his directorial debut with Paanch (2000). This was followed by the acclaimed Black Friday, based on the 1993 Bombay bombings. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles in 2005. His other works include Dev.D which received widespread acclaim chiefly due to the film's fearless visual style, its experimental soundtrack and its innovative narrative structure, No Smoking (2007), Return of Hanuman(2007), Gulaa(2009), That Girl in Yellow Boots (2010) and Gangs of Wasseypur (I & II) (2012).He served as a jury member for the Venice International Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival, and the Marrakech International Film Festival as the President of the Feature Film Jury. In 2013, he has been honored by the French government and been conferred the “Chevalier dans ’ordre des Arts et Lettres” (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) on the filmmaker at a ceremony held in the Palais des Festivals.

The other New Currents Jury members
Sylvia CHANG / Head Juror / Actress, Director / Taiwan
KIM Tae-yong / Director / Korea
Nastassja KINSKI/ Actress / Germany
 Stephanie ZACHAREK / Film critic / USA

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Raam Reddy’s double take in Locarno



68th  Locarno International Film Festival

Bengaluru’s Raam Reddy’s debut work …
the Kannada film ‘Thithi’
collects two awards


*  Locarno’s Cinema of the Present
(Competition for debut features)
 Best Film  

* Locarno’s Swatch First Feature Award
 Prize for Best First Feature

The 68th Locarno International Film Festival held August 5 to 15
lauded Asian cinema and India in particular  in a big way. 

Raam Reddy’s Thithi has the distinction of breaking a jinx at Locarno.
Featured in Concorso  Cineasti del Presente (Filmmakers of the Present),
it is the first Indian film to compete in Locarno over eight long years.













Thithi is a dramatic comedy on the reaction of three generations of sons
to the death of  Century Gowda, their 101 year old great grandfather. 
Set in a small village in Karnataka’s  Mandya district, it has three 
intertwined storylines which culminates with Century Gowda’s thithi,
the final funeral celebration eleven days after a death.


In 2014, Thithi  was selected for the Work-in-Progress Lab at the 
NFDC Film Bazaar held  in  Goa, where it was declared the 
Best Work-in-Progress Fiction Feature.

25 year old filmmaker Raam Reddy, studied photography at 
St. Stephen’s College in New Delhi, where he wrote his debut novel
It’s Raining in Maya in 2011. In 2012, he directed his first short,
Ika, which earned several national and international awards.
In 2013, Raam graduated  in direction from Prague Film Schooland 
founded Prspctvs Productions in Bengaluru where he now lives