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Ronita Torcato


A little chit, a little chat, a little bit of this & that;meaning news, views & lotsa reviews from an independent journo based in Bombay aka Mumbai


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experiencing Virtual Reality at NFDC Film Bazaar 2016

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It's rather quiet on the fourth and final day of the NFDC FIlm Bazaar in Goa. One misses the throng, where have all the film-makers gone? OK Not all. Make that many. Goa's fabled beaches perhaps? I revisited the VR lounge and spent the entire morning there experiencing all of the films I hadn't seen. (Yesterday,I'd watched only two : Chris Milk's The Evolution of  Verse and Daniel Askill's Take Flight, a collaboration between Within and The New York Times. Take Flig...

South Asian film-makers seek sales agents/distributors etc at 10th edition of NFDC Film Bazaar

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  Attending NFDC's Knowledge Series Investors Pitch at the on-going Film Bazaar today - Day 3 - yours truly noticed that many of the second set of 16 film-makers pitching their trailers,have already made it to filmfestivals abroad ( Congrats!)  and are now looking for sales agents and distributors.   Yesterday,18 film-makers pitched their projects to delegates interested in sales/distribution/funding etc. Earlier today, the ownership of film: the chain of docume...

NFDC FILM BAZAAR SCREENWRITERS LAB 2014 PARTICIPANT ASHIM AHLUWALIA TO ADAPT R.RAJ RAO'`S NOVEL THE BOYFRIEND FOR THE WIDESCREEN

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I am soooo chuffed. A 2003 novel about forbidden gay love by R.Raj Rao,my Englit classmate from way back when, will be hitting the widescreen thanks to Ashim "Miss  Lovely" Ahluwalia.. Rao is a prolific writer, poet, literature Prof at Pune Univ ,Iowa WritersWorkshop alumnus and one of India's leading gay-rights activists" and the  novel in question is "The Boyfriend" which addresses homosexuality,religion, caste and class in postcolonial  India whose ...

MARATHI BLOCKBUSTER SAIRAT TO BE REMADE IN FIVE INDIAN LANGUAGES

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Sairat, Nagraj Manjule's blockbuster Marathi language feature film will be remade in five Indian languages.This must be a record.At least, this film reviewer and filmfest attendee is not aware of any remakes in multiple languages. But then, I haven't consulted Prof.Google. Rockline Venkatesh will remake Sairat in four South Indian languages: Tamil, Telugu,  Malayalam and Kannada while White Hall and  Zee Studios ( which is also moving into overseas distribution) will remake Sa...

INDUSTRY SCREENINGS AT NFDC FILM BAZAAR 2016

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  NFDC''s Industry Screenings segment opened with Suhas Bhosale’s ‘Koti’, an acclaimed Marathi film about a young transgender in a rural village. Other  titles screened included 'Trap' by B Madhusudhan Reddy and Aloko Udapadi (Sinhala) by Chathra Weeraman. Film Bazaar is a platform exclusively created to encourage collaboration between the international and South Asian film fraternities. The market aims at facilitating the sales of world cinema in th...

TO LOVE OR NOT TO LOVE: REDEFINING ROMANCE ON HINDI CELLULOID’ -IMTIAZ ALI IN CONVERSATION WITH NASREEN MUNNI KABIR

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  "If a barrier is big, the love story has to be bigger"- Imtiaz Ali, film-maker & producer said in a conversation with doc film maker and author, Nasreen Munni Kabir. Clippings from some of his films including ‘Socha Na Tha’, ‘Jab We Met’ and ‘Highway’ were screened to the audience,during the discussion about his influences, work process and collaborations.   "The concept of having Film Bazaar is very interesting; it&#...

PITCH & PUBLIC FUNDING FOR INDIE FILMS NFDC FILMBAZAAR 2016

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In the second edition of Open Pitch, the concept of having filmmakers present their ideas and requirements to an audience of film industry members proved just how effective it was.  Moderated by Urmi Juvekar, filmmakers screened video presentations depicting their ideas, followed by a Q & A session with the audience. Producer Miriam Joseph, Managing Director, OLFFI, Ilann Girard and Producer, Pallas Films, Thanassis Karathanos discussed the importance and challenges of public ...

INDIA'S INFO AND BROADCASTING MINISTER NAIDU LAUDS NFDC FILM BAZAAR 2016

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Held on the sidelines of the 47th International Film Festival in Goa which was inaugurated Nov 20,2016 by Venkaiah Naidu, the Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting,the NFDC Film Bazaar's mulitmedia exhibition Azaadi 70 Saal  was also launched by Mr Naidu who enjoyed a tour exploring the various segments of the Bazaar. Accompanying the Minister were Ms N J Shaikh, Director Finance of NFDC and Raja Chhinal, Dire...

Film makers pitch new projects at the Co-Production Market at NFDC Film Bazaar 2016

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The Co-Production Market at NFDC Film Bazaar this year  saw 18 film folk both veteran and aspiring,pitching their projects in the co-production market to international producers,distributors, film funds and sales agents. Among those making passionate pitches today were film-makers from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka,Bangladesh and of course India; interestingly, Three Curve Bent, veteran actress Renuka Shahane's new project features her mother, Shanta Gokhale, a renowned critic and playwri...

VISUAL BANQUET AT 10TH NFDC FILM BAZAAR

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India has over 800 languages and sixteen scripts and the tenth edition of the National Film Development Corporation's Film Bazaar 2016  in Goa is screening  202 films in 19 languages and 6 rare languages in the Viewing Room this year, the highest so far which includes 164-feature length films (131 fiction features and 33 documentaries) and 38 short films.  A. R. Rahman''s Vande Mataram Live-in-VR Experience’ premiered  marking the award winning music com...

A curtain raiser on the MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival Oct 20-27,2016

MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival returns bigger and better than before by Ronita Torcato     MAMI, the 18th Mumbai Film festival returns October 20-27 even bigger and better than before showcasing as many as 175 films from 54 countries, three special awards and a Country Focus(Turkey). The curtain raiser ...

International Fim Festival & Awards Macao | 8 - 13 December 2016 call for entries ends today

      The FIRST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS, MACAO (IFFAM) is CALLING FOR ENTRIES from INDIA AND SOUTH ASIA. The last date of submission is 30 September 2016. The Festival will take place between December 8 - 13,2016.   The Official Selection consists of the following sections: Competition, Out of Competition/Gala, Hidden Dragons, Best of Fest Panorama, Crossfire (Retrospective).   Eligibility Criteria: The Fe...

A VISUAL TREAT FROM THAILAND

THAI FILM FESTIVAL IN MUMBAI & FILM INCENTIVES IN THAILAND by Ronita Torcato    The Royal Thai Consulate- General in Mumbai and the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Tourism  has organised a three day Film Festival  at the Y.B. Chavan Center Nariman Point next week. Admission to the filmfest is on a first come first served basis and free of charge. Thail Consul-General Mr. Ekapol Poolpipat will formally inaugurate the festival &nbs...

Manoj Bajpayee filming with Laura Verlinden who starred in Oscar shortlist & Golden Globe nominated The Brand New Testament

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    Manoj Bajpayee is filming an international project, In The Shadows, along with the Belgian actress, Laura Verlinden in the walled city of old Delhi. Starring Ranvir Shorey (Titli), Neeraj Kabi  (Talwar, Ship of Theseus) and Shahana Goswami (Rock On!) in key roles, the film marks the directorial debut of Los Angeles based filmmaker, Dipesh Jain.   The film is a psychological drama about a man who is trapped within the city walls and in his own mind. He a...

Indian PM Modi's wife Jashodaben guest of honour @screening of Gujarati star Rajdeep’s Hindi debut Yeh Kaisi Hai Ashiqui

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  A press screening of Gujarati movie star Rajdeep’s  Hindi Feature debut‘Yeh Kaisi Hai Aashiqui’ had an unusual guest:  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wife Jashodaben. Clad in purple silk, the serene lady was feted by the film-makers,cast and crew including director Subhash J Shah,playback singer Zahir Raaj & her "brother" Rajdeep ( real name Zameer Khan)                  &...

Miff India Films Division's Freedom Film Festival in Mumbai

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        MIFF India Films Division has organised a three day Freedom Film Festival (Azad 70 Saal Yaad Karo Qurbani) Fri Aug 12 at 3 PM to Thu Aug 18 at 6 pm at the Films Division premises in Mumbai.   For those who came in late, MIFF is the abbreviated version of the Mumbai International Film Festival organised by the Govt of India's Ministry of Information and  Broadcasting. MIB also runs the Films Division at its sprawli...

Ranveer all set for an adventurous holiday in Switzerland.

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         After shooting for his latest film Befikre in Paris, Ranveer Singh is set to enjoy a much-needed holiday. In Heidi-land, Switzerland. His parent production house is closely associated with Switzerland and naturally, the actor has always wanted to visit this picturesque Alpine country. He says, the schedule for Befikre was extremely intense for him and he needed a vacation before the kick-starts with the  shooting of his next film ‘Padmavati ‘. ...

INTERIOR CAFÉ - NIGHT review

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INTERIOR CAFÉ - NIGHT: Of Love Lost and Regained   SHORT FILM REVIEW Ronita Torcato   INTERIOR CAFÉ - NIGHT     Cast:Naseeruddin Shah,Shernaz Patel,Naveen Kasturia,Shweta Basu Prasad   Director: Adhiraj Bose   This short 12 minute feature which can currently be viewed online (a la Netflix) pursues parallel plots inside a Kolkata café. Oh, Kolkata! Hub of intellectual discourse fuelling Marxist r...

MIFF 2016 CONCLUDES WITH GOV.C VIDYASAGAR RAO PRESENTING AWARDS,Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Best Debut to Denmark's Nitesh Anjan

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      Swiss entry 'My Name is Salt' and the Indian film 'Placebo' shared the Golden Conch for the Best Feature length Documentary Film, while Manipuri documentary film “Phum Shang” bagged the Golden Conch Award for the Best Documentary Film (upto 60 minutes) at the 14th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Animation and Short Films, MIFF 2016, which concluded today with a rousing finale at the Ravindr Natya Mandir...

From Eng 2 Marathi aka translation ( on the Mahanews, no less )

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Wish I could write in Konkani, in Marathi,in Portuguese,German, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian. Oh well. At least my two bits in English on the ongoing Mumbai International Festival of Films (Docs/shorts/animation) is being translated into Marathi and posted on www.mahanews.gov.in the portal run by the Government of Maharashtra, va va voom. here are 2 links for starters :     1) व्यापक, दर्जेदार मिफ २०१७ च्या आय...

Brilliant and bad, sums up MIFF 2016's national jury of films viewed

“A mix of brilliant and bad,” is how Biju Dhanapalan, an engineer-turned-visual effects specialist described the films seen by the National jury at the 14th MIFF which concludes tommorrow. At the Mumbai International Film Festival, competition films are divided into two main categories, national and international. A five-member jury viewed the 27 films in the national category.   Audrius Stonys, Lithuania-born academician, remarked that even if there were tw...

BIGGER, BETTER MIFF 2017 PROMISES FEST DIRECTOR & DD BOSSMAN,MUKUL SHARMA

    MIFF 2016 Festival Director & Doordarshan head Mukesh Sharma has  promised a "bigger,better festival next year" when the under-construction building at the Films Division campus is complete with spacious (2,000 seater) theatres.   The happy annoucement was made Monday,February 1st at the ongoing  14th edition of the Mumbai International Film Festival of Documentaries,Shorts and Animations (MIFF) minutes before MIFF  Brand A...

MAHARASHTRA GOVT PROMISES LAND FOR FILM CENTRE IN FILM CITY,MUMBAI

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       The  serpentine queues of young and aspiring filmmakers at the Films Division,the epicentre of the 14th edition of the Mumbai International Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films( MIFF ) will be glad to know the Maharashtra Government will allot land in Film City Goregaon  to set up a National Institute of Animation and Short Films. The good news  was announced by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the i...

Student workshop films premier at MIFF 2016

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    Student films from Ryan TV and made- for- National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD) by  Xavier Institute of Communications(XIC) Whistling Woods International, and the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technologyis participated in the ongoing 14th Mumbai International Film Festival(MIFF)-2016, the latter  with a number of unique and innovative student films in a special package titled 'Documenting Rural India&#...

Awardees at 1st International Film Festival for the Persons with Disabilities Delhi

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  The  1st International Film Festival for the Persons with Disabilities   was held at  Siri Fort, Delhi from December 1-3, 2015 and concluded with Top awards presented to Chotoder Chobi (Best Feature Film) Algorithms (Best Docu Feature), Goonga Pehelwan (Best Docu Film), Fingertip (Best short) and Yellow (Special Jury Mention)     The awards to the winners were presented by Hon’ble MoS, I&B Shri Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore” ...
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