Film India Worldwide (FIW), published by the founder-editor Uma da Cunha, is a one-of-its-kind quarterly: it provides a two way link between Indian cinema and world screens, with a regular update on films of interest to world distributors and exhibitors. The magazine was formerly under the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). However, in the year 2010 it was taken over by the Editor, Uma Da Cunha, who publishes and funds the magazine herself.
Four issues are brought out annually, each timed for release at a major festival where it is distributed: Berlin (January-February); Cannes (April-May); Toronto (August-September); Goa (India’s own International event in November-December). It’s now an oft heard refrain: “My film is in the festival because they read about it in FIW!”
FIW covers all aspects of India’s vibrant film making: art house, independent, mainstream, debut and regional language work, short films and documentary, books, views and reviews. There are analyses of current trends and a section that invites film professionals to present their work and seek support. It often provides sneak previews, both debut and from masters. It is designed to be of value and interest to film professionals, festival organizers and programmers as well as to academics, journalists, researchers and libraries in India and everywhere.
Editor: Uma da Cunha
Contributing Writers: Saibal Chatterjee
Asst. Co-ordinators: Asha Vohra, Loretta Pinto, Sharmila Anchan
Cover, Page, Web design: Chidanand Hiremath
About the Editor
Uma has represented international festivals such as Toronto and Locarno in the country and has programmed Indian cinema sections for Dubai, Locarno, River to River Indian Film Festival, Florence, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), Bollywood and Beyond Festival, Stuttgart and Houston International Film Festival.
Her festival career began in mid 1970s with the Directorate of Film Festivals, the central government body responsible for organizing the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
Her monograph published in 1967 under her maiden name Uma Krupanidhi on Satyajit Ray has been given place in the library of congress, United States.
Since 1998, she has been editing Film India Worldwide, a quarterly on Indian cinema and programming a special section of the same name for IFFI, Goa and festivals at Mumbai and Kolkata.
Uma was on the Un Certain Regard Jury of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival 2009.