Saturday, October 8, 2016

Mainak Dhar's '417 Miles' at 18th Jio MAMI Festival

             Catch this film at the 18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival !
October 20th - 27th, 2016

       Discovering India section  

From America,  ‘417 Miles’, an Hinglish road movie on  two close college friends who meet years later across continents and bond anew with different overtones



417 Miles
                                             Director, Screenplay   Mainak Dhar
                                                    USA, 2016, 74 min, English, Hindi, Tamil

Former college buddies, Tanveer and Srinivasan, have lost touch over the years. Tanveer, a 9 to 5 Silicon Valleyite, lives a very western, suburban life. Srinivasan is an emerging director of independent cinema in Mumbai. On learning that Srinivasan’s latest film has been invited to a festival in Los Angeles, Tanveer offers to drive him there. On their road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles, they realize that even though their paths in life have diverged widely, some things have not changed. The journey down the Pacific Coast highway  lets them discover a few things about themselves and each other.

Mainak Dhar worked as a Assistant Director to Prakash  Jha during 2003/2004 (‘Gangajaal’) before moving to Los Angeles with the goal of watching as many movies as possible during the next 3 yearsand return to India to start making movies. Life and love happened. He has been working as an editor in LA for past 5 years. 2014 was the year he started to make the transition from editor to director. It started with ‘Honk For Steve’,  a  short doc about a neighborhood character. Being heavily influenced by Mumblecore movement he plans to make 3 zero budget films in the next 3 years. ‘417 Miles’ is the first in the series.


Jio MAMI screening schedule with dates and venues will be out very shortly See  the films in Discovering India and also choose from Jio MAMI’s over 180 films from 54 countries films show-casing features, documentaries, shorts by registering for your Delegate Pass at this link …      
                https://in.bookmyshow.com/mami/



General Delegate •  Rs. 2000/- Festival Catalogue & Delegate Bag cost for General Delegates
Student Delegate •  Rs. 1600/- Festival Catalogue & Delegate Bag cost for Student Delegates

The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star is India's premiere film festival. It showcases the latest cutting-edge, independent cinema and art house fare alongside genre movies from Bollywood, Hollywood and cult international movies. We offer the best of world cinema to the people of Mumbai and we offer the best of Indian cinema to the world.

The festival is conducted under the aegis of the Mumbai Academy of Moving (MAMI) and is a platform that is shorthand for excellence in cinema. It celebrates the sheer pleasure of cinema, the joy it gives us and how much it enhances our lives. The goal is to nurture and ignite a passion for movies. The 18th edition of the festival will be held from 20th-27th October, 2016.




Friday, October 7, 2016

Deepa Mehta’s 'Anatomy of Violence' at 18th Jio MAMI Festival


18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
October 20th - 27th, 2016

Discovering India section 
 Opening Film
Deepa Mehta’s 'Anatomy of Violence'

2016, India-Canada, 93 min, Hindi


Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta goes into an experimental mode with ‘Anatomy of Violence’.

The film is a fictionalised slant on the brutal rape of a 23-year-old girl on a private bus in Delhi in December 2012. It holds the rapists accountable. But Mehta delves deeper.

In collaboration with theatre artist Neelam Mansingh, she has mentored a group of actors to improvise on the conditions that may have led to the crime. Each actor enacts scenes from early childhood to the time of the horrific incident. So does the victim, on the course of her life just before the crime. The film spotlights the harsh upbringing of the six assailants, which might also account for their shocking lack of remorse.


Interestingly, 'Anatomy of Violence’ does not show the rape itself. It fast forwards to the reaction of some of the culprits in jail and to others talking about them. Abandoning any trace of large-scale filming, Mehta uses handheld camera techniques, without music or special effects. This lends a raw, home-movie feel to the film.

'Anatomy of Violence’ goes beyond its content to depict the dehumanising process of economic deprivation and social alienation that shapes and induces violence. It, therefore, sees crime as a consequence of a patriarchal society. The film challenges its audience to examine, question and recognise that we are complicit.



You can catch the films in Discovering India 
and over 180 films from 54 countries including
 features, docs and  short films that will be 
showcased at Jio MAMI by registering for 
your delegate pass at this link: 



General Delegate •  Rs. 2000/- Festival Catalogue & Delegate Bag cost for General Delegates
Student Delegate •  Rs. 1600/- Festival Catalogue & Delegate Bag cost for Student Delegates

The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star is India's premiere film festival. It showcases the latest cutting-edge, independent cinema and art house fare alongside genre movies from Bollywood, Hollywood and cult international movies. We offer the best of world cinema to the people of Mumbai and we offer the best of Indian cinema to the world.

The festival is conducted under the aegis of the Mumbai Academy of Moving (MAMI) and is a platform that is shorthand for excellence in cinema. It celebrates the sheer pleasure of cinema, the joy it gives us and how much it enhances our lives. The goal is to nurture and ignite a passion for movies. The 18th edition of the festival will be held from 20th-27th October, 2016.


Tiger Alert Pro October 2016 | International Film Festival Rotterdam


 TIGER ALERT PRO

Two Thumbs up for first BoostNL

Head of CineMart, Marit van den Elshout, sums up the event: "It is great to see what we can pull off by joining efforts and energy. It was nice to experience the synergy by combining the strengths of two events such as CineMart and HFM, it really brings an extra boost." Read more.

Young Film Critics 2017

IFFR is looking for participants for its 19th Trainee Project for Young Film Critics during the upcoming festival. If you are or know a talented young film critic that meets the criteria, please send us an application before Friday 11 November.

Call for HBF+Europe projects

Through HBF+Europe: Distribution support, the Hubert Bals Fund aims to offer financial support to the distribution of feature films. We welcome all eligible makers to submit their project now.

IFFR at Rotterdam Xpanded 

With a total of almost 125,000 visits the forecasts were more than exceeded, meaning that this pilot edition of Rotterdam Xpanded (which included IFFR White Nights) can justly be called a success.

Short Film deadline extended

The deadline for submitting your short film has been extended with two weeks. You now have untill Saturday 15 October to fill in the Entry Form
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Thursday, October 6, 2016

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Sun Valley Film Festival, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA
Event Dates: March 15 to 18, 2017
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Florida Film Festival, Maitland, Florida, USA
Event Dates: April 21 to 30, 2017
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Brightside Tavern Film Festival, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Event Dates: March 3 to 5, 2017
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Berlin Short Film Festival, Berlin, Germany
Event Dates: June 29 to July 3, 2017
October 28, 2016 - Earlybird Deadline
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American Documentary Film Fest and Film Fund | Seeking Docs Including Works in Progress

AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY
FILM FESTIVAL AND FILM FUND

Palm Springs, California - USA
March 29 to April 3, 2017

In the Spotlight today is the 6th Annual American Documentary Film Festival & Film Fund (AmDocs), one of the US's largest and most influential celebrations comprised exclusively of international documentary filmmaking. Nestled in the desert resort community of Palm Springs, just a few hours outside of Los Angeles, AmDocs regularly draws an exciting array of industry insiders and eager cineastes ready to champion the best new Feature, Short and Animated Short Documentaries.

In addition to showcasing an impressive screening lineup, AmDocs also seeks the best in-progress documentary films. AmDocs will distribute upwards of $50,000 USD in cash and in-kind service awards to docs still in the making. 




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UPCOMING DEADLINE
October 15, 2016 - Regular Deadline

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MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs) is the largest documentary festival and market on the West Coast of the United States. AmDocs main objective is to promote a world vision of film as seen through the eyes of the filmmaker of whomever or whatever their subject matter may be in order to educate and entertain the film-goer.


MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Accepted filmmakers receive full complimentary accommodations and full access to festival events and parties making their stay one they won't forget. Well after the festival has concluded AmDocs continues to support festival alum, and its commitment to excellence recently earned it a place in MovieMaker Magazine's list of the "Top 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee."

AmDocs is seeking Documentary Features, Shorts, Animated Shorts, and Works in Progress. Submit your best work today!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

New York Festival Call for Entry



The 2017 Television & Film Awards gala will take place at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 25th, 2017

Deadline October 15

The New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards honors the World’s Best TV and Films at its annual gala at NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 25th. Founded in 1957, NYF TV & Film Awards offers a powerhouse of categories including: 30 categories for documentaries and dozens of categories for news, drama and performers. New York Festivals welcomes network, studio, independent, and student productions of all lengths across all platforms. Late entries accepted until January 5th, 2017. For more information visit: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/tvfilm/
NYF TV & Film Awards New Categories for 2017: Heroes, Ecotourism, and Best Use of Technology
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

JIO MAMI Mumbai Film Festival

 (October 20 to 27, 2016)

Presents

Discovering India  …

Discovering India, now a unique part of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, holds up a mirror to Indian cinema that is globalising as the world goes global. Such cinema goes beyond Diaspora. It provides a platform for another viewpoint but working within recognisable Indian idiom.

Every year the section looks at the growing international content in Indian cinema, an upsurge that caters to an evolving audience more exposed to western cinema and the sophistication of the Indian diaspora.  

International directors are turning to India for themes, cast, crew and locations. More sales agents and distributors from abroad are beginning to pick up Indian films and Indian film talent, which is proliferating over several continents. All of which has an obvious influence on script and style, captured in varying ways in their storytelling and their films.

‘Discovering India’ presents six films this year, with two films, its opening and closing, being works from known masters. The remaining four offer promising debuts. From Canada, the celebrated Deepa Mehta narrows her focus in her film "Anatomy of Violence” to a bare-boned, hard-hitting fictionalised enactment of what led to the brutalisation of a young woman by six rapists in a moving private bus in Delhi. From USA, Los Angeles based Mainak Dhar’s debut shows two young men, best friends in college in India, who after ten years, find themselves on a car ride down the Pacific Coast Highway. Along the way, they get to learn a lot about each other.

From North Carolina, American filmmaker John Upchurch sets his film in North India, where early dementia leads an elderly man to reach out for his severed roots when as a boy he faced the ravages of the Partition. On home ground, N Padmakumar, in his debut feature, looks at a foreign educated, Hindu-Muslim couple trying to relocate in Mumbai and encounter unexpected hurdles. From Germany, Bettina Ehrhardt presents her reverential tribute to music maestro Zubin Mehta on his 80th birthday. And Jio MAMI pays tribute to Australian filmmaker Paul Cox, who passed away on June 18, 2016, with the screening of his last film, “Force of Destiny”, much of it set in the India he loved and visited frequently all through his working life.

‘Discovering India’ covers a varying spectrum of India represented through the perspective of its many regions and that of directors from different countries.  Enjoy the experience and the films!

Opening Film Deepa Mehta’s Anatomy of Violence
Closing Film John Upchurch’s Mango Dreams
Mainak Dhar’s 417 Miles
N Padmakumar’s A Billion Colour Story
Bettina Ehrhardt’s Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds
– The Conductor Zubin Mehta    (documentary)
Tribute  Paul Cox’s Force of Destiny