Friday, December 25, 2015

News on the 38th Clermont-Ferrard Intrenational Short Film Festival

A publication of Sauve qui peut le court métrage
Presentation of the National Jury 2016
Just before the holidays, we can now unveil the National Jury of this 38th Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. Here they are:

5 artists from a wide variety of backgrounds will bring their experience to the festival from February 5 to 13. They will be viewing the 57 films in the National Competition.

Leyla Bouzid, Franco-Tunisian writer-director whose latest feature À peine j’ouvre les yeux was released in cinemas this past Wednesday.

Guillaume Brac, director of the short film Un monde sans femmes and the first feature Tonnerre, released in 2014. That same year, during the festival, he directed acting students from the Clermont-Ferrand conservatory as part of the Atelier.

Émilie Brisavoine, young director whose remarkable first documentary feature, Pauline s’arrache, has been much talked about since its French cinema release this past Wednesday.

Philippe Faucon, talented writer-director who just received the Louis-Delluc Prize for his magnificent feature film Fatima.

Dom La Nena, the youngest member of this jury, this Franco-Brazilian virtuoso singer-composer will offer us her eyes (and ears)!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Rajasthan International Film Festival Call for Entries

Rajasthan International Film Festival 
January 17th to 20th 2016 in Jaipur.

1. The film should be a Feature Film.

2. It should have been released after 1st Jan. 2015.

3. Films should be in 35mm/70mm/16 mm and in Digital format, also accepted in DVD format in either DVD or PAN Drive or Hard Drive.

4. DVD’s of films may also be sent for purposes of selection (selection committee of RIFF) only so as to reach the Festival Director not later than 31st December , 2015. DVD’s may also be sent through diplomatic channels. RIFF will Not Return DVD so pl not ask for Return DVD Copy after Festival.

5. Form, duly filled in, separately for each film proposed to be entered should reach the Festival Director by 31st December , 2015.

6. Films will normally be screened in their original language/version. Films in language other than Hindi/English must have subtitles in English. Films that arrive without subtitles, or with subtitles other than in English, where such subtitles are required, shall not be screened in the Festival.

7. Entries under the all categories shall be of films certified by Information and Broadcasting Ministry or Central Board of Film Certification, India.

8. Classroom and advertising films are not eligible for participation in any section.

9. The participants must ensure that they have the right to participate in the RIFF - Rajasthan International Film Festival, Jaipur India with regard to parties connected with the production / distribution of the participating film and / or other right holders/licenses.

10. The Festival Director will decide all matters not expressly provided for in these regulations but in conformity with the provisions of the International Regulations for film festivals and its decisions shall be final and binding on all parties.

Correspondence and Shipping Address:
All correspondence, publicity materials, DVD’s and film prints should be addressed to:

RIFF - Rajasthan International Film Festival
406, 4th Floor, "GURU KRIPA TOWER"
C-43, Mahaveer Marg, C-Scheme,
JAIPUR - 302001 Rajasthan, INDIA
Phone : 09414044548   Email : -

Film Entry Submission Last Date: 31st December , 2015

Entry Fees : Rs. 5000/- Indian rupees OR US $200

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Jayaraj's 'Ottaal' Greets 2016!


Master Ashanth K Sha

As 2015 closed, a tender, well-crafted Malayalam film ‘Ottaal’ (The Trap) swept up as many as eight top awards: two National Awards (Malayalam category), Best Script and Best Movie on Environment Conservation and Preservation; Best Film at the Kerala State Awards; at Mumbai’s Jio MAMI, the Golden Gateway Award for Best Children's Feature and Yes Foundation’s Best Film for Social Impact; an all-time record, all three top awards at the International Film Festival of Kerala: IFFK’s highest honour, the Golden Crow Pheasant Award, the first Malayalam film to win in 20 years of the festival; the FIPRESCI (international critics award); the Netpac Award for Best Asian Film. And there’s yet a fourth: the public gave ‘Ottaal’ its audience award, the Silver Crow Pheasant. A small film that has made
1960-born Jayaraj’s films show his concern for the deprived and exploited in our land. Another characteristic is his imaginative and free-flowing adaptation of acclaimed literary work from the west. 

It was ‘Desadanam’ in 1996, the story of a ten-year-old boy who is chosen to be a sanyasi, that established him as a serious filmmaker. It collected several national awards and traveled widely to festivals. ‘Kaliyattam’, in 1997 heralded Jayaraj’s penchant for re-telling classics. It places Shakespeare's Othello in the framework of the Theyyam festivals of north Kerala. It won two National Awards, Best Director and Best Actor (Suresh Gopi). ‘Kannaki’ (2001) was based on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra.
Kumarakom Vasudevan and Master Ashanth K Sha

Jayaraj then embarked on his ‘Navarasa’ series starting with ‘Karunam’, which looked at the elderly having to face old age on their own, with children settled in ‘Ottaal’ merges Jayaraj’s concerns seamlessly, knitting them together in an impassioned picture of the poor, and their suffering especially of their rudderless children forced to work for other’s profit. The film is based on Anton Chekov's short story Vanka. Its nine-year old Vanka Zhukov from the cobbler's den in Moscow is transposed to the rain forests of Kuttanadu in Kerala. In ‘Ottaal’, the 8-year-old forlorn but ever resourceful Kuttappay (an effortless triumph from newcomer Ashanth K Shah), arrives to be with his ageing gentle and loving grandpa when his farmhand parents commit suicide. Jayaraj presents their hand-to-mouth existence realistically while lyrically conveying the close bonding between grandfather and boy and the innate values of rural life. Kuttappay adapts well to his grandpa’s occupation of caring for a flock of ducks and collecting their eggs. The boy adores the birds. He also adopts a stray dog. 

Within this tranquil life, he yearns for an education which he sees through the eyes of Tintu, the only son of a resort owner, who befriends him. Kuttappay leads here, with his natural intelligence showing up the rich kid’s slackness. Tintu’s mother sees the boy’s promise but the father is against the low-born boy. It is Kuttappay’s mud sculpture that wins Tintu the best prize in his school. 

But by then, grandpa is diagnosed with a killer disease and knows he cannot mind his ward. He stoically sends Kuttappay to an ugly, noisy big city which the boy has never known. He is one among illegally employed children who slave long hours making fire crackers. The boy suddenly faces constant beating and a lack of food and sleep. He writes a tender, resigned letter to his grandpa at Christmas time, indicating his longing for his earlier life.

Jayaraj tells his story through observation and incident without offering a message or overtly maneuvering emotions, yet the viewer is stricken. There is a Dickensian touch to Jairaj’s vision. Hopefully, ‘Ottaal’ can be used to effect some change in the child labour menace that haunts our country. Kudos also to the film’s backers, its producers K Mohan of Seven Arts and Vinod Vijayan. 
Jayaraj now wants to bring Shakespeare's Macbeth and Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov to Indian screens.

Courtesy: - India's first independent on-line daily which was launched on January 27, 2014. Reproducing Uma da Cunha's column from the first edition 

Monday, December 21, 2015

NIFF Call for entries and particpation

8th Nashik International Film Festival,
17th March to 20th March, 2016
 in Nashik, India

NIFF - the initiative to restore the vision of Dadasaheb Phalke (The Father of Indian Cinema) and establishing an Annual Celebration of Cinema Industry to pay tribute to him at his home town, Nashik is now an important annual celebration for the film industry.

Niff fest is a multidimensional creative treat for film lovers and witnesses a variety of event and activities. Niff always has taken initiative to promote independent filmmakers and young talents worldwide.

Looking at the popularity of current Marathi Television Industry, NIFF has decided to add special awards category and recognition to the best of Marathi Television contents.

NIFF festival secretariat invites nominations for the awards by late 10th January 2016 & the acceptable last date for entries is till 25th Jan 2016.

NIFF Festival Secretariat has decided to take initiative to promote Awards winning films to various National & International Festivals, Awards and Recognitions & Pitch these films for Global Recognitions, Red Carpet Welcomes,  Buyers & Int. Distribution.

To support  the Honorable Prime Minister’s Vision to develop our nation; 
NIFF has added special awards for films on best film on “My Smart City” (Concept & Suggestion) and collectively compile new ideas and  public suggestions for building our Nation.

For participating in International Competition, World Premieres, 
please log on