Saturday, July 30, 2016

Call for Entries: Mountain and Adventure Film Festival

Mountain and Adventure Film Festival  February 16th - March 19th, 2017

Submit by November 30th
We encourage you to submit all your great films, both current and past. Great mountain and adventure films don't go out of style. Film Festival Flix is the intersection between filmmakers and film lovers, working to build the most complete Mountain & Adventure film library, so audiences can find and purchase every film they've heard about in the past 50+ years.
General Submission: June 1st - August 31, 2016
Late Submission: September 1st, 2016+ (acceptance at the Festival's sole discretion)
Official Line Up Announced: December 1st, 2016

Call for Entries

New York Film & Television Festival December 3 – 4, 2016

Late deadline july 30
Sponsored by InkTip and Final Draft, the professional screenwriting software.
Founded by JoDa Hodge, celebrity cinematographer and winner of the 2011 Rhode Island International Screenplay Competition and the 2011 American International Screenplay Competition.
Join the powerful slate of international film and television entries at the Summer 2016 New York Film & Television Festival
Now accepting submissions:
* Short Films
* Feature Films
* Short Screenplays
* Feature Screenplays
* Teleplays
* TV Pilots
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JIFF call for entries

Submit your Film and Screenplay Today
Deadlines Coming Soon
Regular deadline: September 20th, 2016 

Feature Fiction Film
Documentary Feature- Non Fiction
Documentary Short- Non Fiction
Short Animation
Screenplay - Short and Feature

Online submission facilities are available on:

Co Production Meets in Jaipur India - Two days (this year 8 Jan and 10 Jan 2017) 
special programme will give you opportunities to meet the global partners that
will move your projects forward: Co-Producers, Sales Agents, Distributors, 
Financiers, Directors and Film Fraternity Members. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Call for entries 43rd Film Fest Gent

Film Fest Gent

Call for entries 43rd Film Fest Gent

Dear filmmaker,

Submit your film to the 43rd edition of Film Fest Gent

If you have not done so already, submissions are welcome until 1 August 2016Film Fest Gent needs a screener (zone free BluRay, DVD or link) accompanied by documentation of the film (pressbook, CD with soundtrack, some stills and a director's biography) sent to Film Fest Gent, Attn. of Programming Dept. Leeuwstraat 40b, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. These materials will not be returned. Film Fest Gent always prefer a DVD to ensure a better viewing experience but secure online links can be forwarded to
Please also fill out the online entry form on our website.
Entry Fees
Shorts: €20 (max. 30 minutes and produced in 2016)
Medium Length: €30 (from 31 up to 69 minutes)
Features: €50 (min. 70 minutes)
The festival will present it's films in at least a Belgian or Benelux première. For more information, please visit Film Fest Gent Industry page.
Film Fest Gent is Belgium's most prominent annual film event. It started in 1974 as a student's film festival and has developed into one of Europe's foremost film events. Variety called the festival one of the 50 "must attend fests”. 
Every year in October Film Fest Gent present some 100 feature films and 50 shorts from all over the world in various sections to an audience of over 100,000 spectators. The program of the 43rd edition (11 - 21 October 2016) of Film Fest Gent is inspired by cinema from two different corners of the earth: starting with the most Northern point of Europe for its Focus on Nordic Cinema and ending in the far East for the Spotlight on Japan.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition


Vail, Colorado - USA
Winners Announced: Fall 2016


The 14th Annual Vail Film Screenplay Competition is a vehicle for aspiring screenwriters to have their script read by established film producers, managers, and agents who are actively working at the top level of the film industry. The screenplay competition was launched by the Vail FilmFestival to help emerging screenwriters gain access to industry insiders and achieve visibility within the film industry.

The First Place winner will receive a $1,500 USD cash award, and a complimentary flight, hotel, and VIP passes to the 2017 Vail FilmFestival. Additionally, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will have their scripts recommended by the Vail Film Festival to key decision-makers at leading entertainment companies and announced in a national press release. Past industry partners of Vail Film Festivalinclude the likes of Dreamworks, CAA, LD Entertainment, UTA, Participant, Working Title, Cold Iron Pictures, Management 360, Virgin Produced, Thunder Road, Brillstein Entertainment, Untitled Entertainment, among others.

Internationally recognized, The Vail FilmFestival screened over 1,000 films and hosted thousands of filmmakers, including A-List producers, directors, writers, and actors. Past VIP guests and honorees include Olivia Wilde, Jesse Eisenberg, Kate Bosworth, Aaron Paul, Kevin Smith, Zach Braff, Krysten Ritter, Adrian Grenier, Harold Ramis, Sophia Bush, Luke Wilson, Joe Swanberg, Tim Daly, Jane Seymour, and many more. Don't miss this opportunity to join Vail's community of talented storytellers - submit your screenplay today!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Deadline Extended to 1st August 2016

South Asia’s Global Film Market
20-24 November, 2016
Marriott Resort, Goa

Co-Production Market


Pitch and Present your Project
to the global filmmaking community. 

Find coproducers, financial and artistic support,
networking opportunities and international collaboration at CPM 2016,
the 10th edition of South Asia's only film market.

Deadline Extended to 1st August 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

‘Half Ticket’ film review: You'd want to buy a full one

-  Rutwij Nakhwa

Two slum dwelling brothers get obsessed with eating a pizza from a store that has replaced, what so far was their playing ground. What may seem like an absurd and exaggerated plot feels more and more real, as the film holds up a mirror to our own hypocritical internalisation of materialism.
The pizza is a metaphor for all the “stuff” that we buy and give undue importance to than things which actually matter –– love, friendship, family and just basic humanity. The older brother demonstrates this best when he says, “I don’t want my father (who is imprisoned); I want pizza.” In another heart-clenching moment their grandmother (like so many of our own) tries to recreate the elusive delicacy on her meagre in-hut-stove, in form of a ‘bhakri’ topped with veggies. As expected it doesn’t stand true to the ideal of the image on the glossy marketing pamphlet that the boys have. Television adds fuel to their desires as it does to many of our own.
With their father in prison, the children don’t have the luxury of attending school, they instead collect coal off railway tracks and sell it for a ridiculous three rupees a kilo. They might be poor but are still proud and refuse the half eaten pizza that a friend offers. He belongs to the other side of the caustic economic divide and symbolically, the children only talk to him from behind the fence of a play-garden. Ultimately, through selling enough coal (albeit, with slightly dubious and even illegal means) and a bunch of odd jobs, they make just enough money. But turns out that money or even posh clothes aren’t enough for an entry for these “have-nots” into the other side. Socio-economic and caste-ist prejudice runs deep; only strengthened by the long duration for which it has existed.   
As events take a fateful turn, intermingling of desires of various elements in the story make for a rousing climax. The children’s desire for pizza; their mother’s desire to bring back her husband; a local thug’s desire for making easy money is mixed with the all-pervading forces of capitalist media and business. The candy floss ending that follows might leave a bad taste for a few, but I did not mind it so much in this one.
Director Samit Kakkad has bravely shot the film on location in the real slums of Mumbai and his empathy and passion show in the ease with which the camera travels the narrow ‘gullis’ and hutments. The film is richly textured visually as well as in its sound-scape and makes for a delightful watch. I don’t remember that last time I enjoyed songs in a film so much (with the exception of ‘Sairat’) and this one has a few, which I lapped up. Kakkad has also extracted genuine and touching performances from his cast. Apart from the two lovely child-actors, Usha Naik from ‘Ek Hazarachi Note’ (2014) is exemplary as their innocent and loving grandmother.
‘Half Ticket’ is a slightly commercial remake of last year’s acclaimed Tamil film ‘Kaaka Muttai’. A ticket to the cinema hall ensures you a well-crafted package — in a film that is set on a very relevant and tragic issue but also has enough laughs and emotion to make the ride a very entertaining one. It is part of a wave of films that are aimed at commercial release but are way above typical Bollywood fanfare. 
There’s no reason to give this one a miss.
'Half Ticket' is now playing at a cinema near you.

  Rutwij Nakhwa, studying for his Bachelor's in Mass Media at St Xavier's College,  Mumbai, is
                                                working as an  intern with Uma da Cunha and her quarterly magazine  'Film India Worldwide'


'M Cream: A Rewarding Movie, Energetic And Propulsive

This first feature film by Delhi-based filmmaker Agneya Singh looks at diverse aspects of the educated, well-to-do young today. It captures their predicament at a stage when they are trying to grasp their reality and attempting to make decisions that could lead them to the anchor they are looking for.
The film’s release ended the agonising wait for a debut talent. The good news is that it found an opening, in the strangulating hold that popular cinema has on distribution in the country’s meagre 12,000 cinemas. 
‘M Cream’ is rewarding in every sense – its searching content, its wide-ranging actors, its scenic settings and most of all, its sense of displacement in a country and time the protagonists are trying to come to terms with. ‘

M Cream’ has traveled to over 30 film festivals, winning acclaim and 10 awards, taking its time to finally get to a theatre near you. This is what Laurence Kardish, noted film curator and former head of New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s film section, has to say, “M Cream is not only a wildly promising debut feature film, but an eye-popping, propulsive and energetic hybrid of American independent and Bollywood filmmaking.”

I saw ‘M Cream’ at the at the NFDC Film Bazaar, in its almost finished form. I felt then that it was ahead of its time in its presentation and the issues it raised. Many films have followed in the same vein and genre and the language it uses, which is well-spoken English. At its centre ostensibly is how hash, liquor, dance and music is a primary comfort zone.

The film then develops into another zone of escape. It drifts into being a road movie that winds its way into lonely hill forests and another cultural habitat.

The film takes four college-going youngsters as its protagonists, each struggling with an inner demon. They join together to escape the forces that control them, whether it is the grasping values of their wealthy parents, their constricting jobs or a love life that is too free-wheeling. Together they reach out to search for beliefs and faith in a world they find false and scheming.

The music is also wide-ranging, from Indian folk to classical strains and western country songs that voice and comment on their life and problems. Above all the acting is of a uniformly high standard, with Imaad Shah as Figs, Ira Dube as Jay, Auritra Ghosh as Maggie and Raaghav Chanana as Niz, surrounded by known theatre names such Barry John, Lushin Dubey, Tom Alter and a handful of European actors led by Beatrice Ordeix.

The film follows Figs, who confesses at the start that his only love in life is hash. He is steadily going to seed both at University and his home, where his smug parents crave their comfort and lifestyle. He is bereft when he finds he has run out of his hash supply. Rebel that he is, he decides to join four other friends of his age group, also drifters seeking refuge, and they set out on a distant car ride to find the ultimate drug –– M Cream.

Their journey is one of discovery at every stage, for them and also for those watching the film. The four confide in each other lucidly and clearly on their fears and angst. They talk of the ills and hypocrisy they see around them. They express viewpoints on the disasters caused in the name of religion (Delhi 1984, Mumbai 1992, Gujarat 2002, Assam 2012). They are aware of how the government under the guise of so-called development is destroying green fields and forests for commercial industrial projects. They are witness to how social activists use their own gambits to get media bytes. These youngsters are socially aware, intelligent and concerned human beings and we identify with them and their sense of isolation as they continue their journey.

Writer, director, producer Agneya Singh presents his film as a socio-political commentary on the issues of the day as seen through the eyes of young India. He adds, “In a country that is riddled with paradoxes and paranoia, it is the new generation that is forming the vanguard of rebellion.”

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