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MIFF 2016: Q & A, with the International Jury
In the last press conference of Mumbai International Film festival (MIFF), three of the five members of the international competition jury came up to the Media Centre on Tuesday, 02 February, met members of the press, and answered various questions related to their experience at MIFF. Jesper Anderson from Denmark is a journalist and film curator, Don Askarian a German film-maker of Armenian origin whose award-winning films are being screened a...
MIFF 2016: National Jury speaks its mind
Films in the competition section at the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) are divided into three main categories, national, international and Public Service Advertising (PSA). A five-member jury viewed the 27 films in the national category, and, after completing their task, met the press at the Media Centre, on 02 February, Tuesday.
Two of them--internationally acclaimed wildlife film-maker Mike Pandey and Taiwan-based festival programmer and ...
MIFF 2016: Indian women pack a punch
Ameesha Joshi, born in Canada to immigrant Indian parents, and Anna Sarkissian, of Egyptian/Armenian-Irish parentage, could not have imagined that their documentary on Mary Kom, Sarita Devi and Chhoto Loura, famed women boxers of India, would take 10 years to complete. But, like resolute boxers, they never let circumstances knock them out, and, to their delight, their ambitious 87-minute film, With This Ring (not be confused with the 2015 American TV film ...
MIFF 2016: Harshal Wadkar: Cyclic emotions
Pune-based amateur film-maker Harshal Wadkar, whose film 30-minute short fiction film Cycle was screened at the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) in the national competition section, met the press at the Media Centre, Films Division, on the 31st of January, and followed it with a Q and A session. To begin with, some clips of his film were shown, to set the tone, after which he made his opening remarks.
Wadkar said he and a group of his fri...
MIFF 2016: FD’s North-East outreach
Films Division (FD) has initiated an outreach programme to inculcate the fine art of film-making in the far-flung areas of India’s North-East. Six young, first-time film-makers were taught the intricacies of the craft at a prolonged mentoring effort. It was literally ‘a dream come true’ for Pi Lallianpuii (Deputy Director, Information and Public Relations, Mizoram), Aldrin Losanghina (Mizoram), Anungla (Nagaland), Tiakumzuk Ao (Nagal...
MIFF 2016: Mike Pandey: “We need many more documentary makers”
In 1994, Mike Pandey won the Wildscreen Panda Award, better known as the Green Oscar, for his film on the capture of wild elephants, The Last Migration: Wild Elephant Capture in Surguja. Till he made the film, nobody believed they existed off the Indian coast! He won the award twice again, in 2000 for Shores of Silence: Whale Sharks in India, and another Panda came for Vanishing Giants (2004), making it a total o...
MIFF 2016: Daredevil Naresh Bedi and his stunning documentaries
World-renowned wildlife filmmaker Naresh Bedi was honoured with the V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening ceremony of the Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Animation and Short Films, MIFF 2016 on Thursday, 29 January. The next day, Bedi shared his wildlife film making experiences with media persons at the MIFF Media Centre.
Love of n...
MIFF 2016: Open Forum V: Embedding documentaries in film studies
Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF)’s fifth and last Open Forum was held on 02 February. It was organised by the Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA) every day, for five days, in the step-garden of the Films Division (FD) Complex. For this adieu session, topic chosen was ‘Building awareness of documentary and non-feature films in the younger generation: Is the documentary genre getting suffici...
MIFF 2016: Open Forum IV—Pointing inwards, pointing outwards
Mathieu Roy, Canadian film-maker and member of the jury at MIFF, a former personal assistant to Martin Scorsese whose films include Ecclestone’s Formula (1) and Surviving Progress, and the feature; Ziba Bhagwagar, ad film maker and former journalist, who has moved on to make all kinds of non-feature films with partner Roohi Dixit, known for her films Freaky Chakra, Spaces between and Scattered Windows, Connected Doors; K...
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MIFF: Open Forum III--Real documentaries, and faking it!
On the 31st of January, four passionate speakers and one moderator discussed another complex issue at the Mumbai International Film Festival’s Open Forum. Bina Paul, film editor and former Artistic Director of the International Film Festival of Kerala, had Miriam Chandy Menacherry and Audrius Stonys seated to her right, and Mamta Murthy and Sophy Sivaraman to her left. Facing the panel was an audience composed of Indian Documentar...
MIFF 2016: Open Forum II--The travails of docu-makers
‘The challenge of filming documentaries in public places—legitimate documentary film-makers need to be distinguished from the feature film industry, press and media, and the passing tourist. What can be done to better establish documentaries as a separate genre of film and liberate its spirit from unnecessary obstruction; what incentives need to be provided for its growth?’ The second day’s Open Forum at the Mum...
MIFF 2016: Open Forum, I--Balancing Act
Open Forum, a platform for discussing and debating ideas related to several aspects of documentary, short and animation films, is a permanent feature of Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF). It is organised by the Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA). The first of these forums was held on 29th January 2016, in the open space outside J.B. Hall, Films Division Complex, the main venue of the festival.
‘Ethical and moral dilemmas...
MIFF starts tomorrow in Mumbai, screenings in 9 other cities too
The 14th edition of Mumbai International Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films, popularly known as MIFF, will be held between January 28 and February 03, 2016.
MIFF, which began as BIFF (Bombay International Film Festival), became MIFF when the city had a change of name. The biennial festival, restricted to Documentary, Short and Animation Films, with some rare or restored features thrown in, is organised by the F...
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The 6th Annual HorrorQuest Film Festival is now accepting submissions for 2016. HorrorQuest considers itself a "Horror & Genre" festival and is seeking submissions in the following catagories... Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Dark Comedy, Music Video *if it has a horror/genre theme*, Documentary *If it is Horror/Genre related*. or Animation of any kind.
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Third Eye 14th Asian Film Festival, 2015, II: Features--Picks and pricks
AFF has a European connection too, and a competitive section that is restricted to short films. Sub-sections include Spectrum Asia, which had 18 features, Focus on Israel six, Indian Vista six, Japanese Masters two, Through the Women’s Eye six and there were four films in the European Connection, by the Turkish-German director, Fatih Akin.
The festival also celebrated 60 years of Satyajit Ray’s Pather Pancha...
Third Eye 14th Asian Film Festival, 2015, I: Mixed fare, few takers
It came at the fag end of the year, a week of holidays and unwinding. Prabhat Chitra Mandal, the organising film society, has a large member-base, and has held the festival at bigger and multiple screen venues in the past. Financial constraints, easy availability of films on alternative platforms and the plethora of film festivals that are held these days in Mumbai and elsewhere mean diminishing audiences. So,...
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IFFI Goa 2015, Festival Diary, XI: PornograIFFI
Highly erotic content is not unusual at IFFI, or, for that matter, any international film festival. But pornography? That’s not so common. Many years ago, there was a film based on the life of a porn-star, with several close-ups of her inspecting the sexual organs of the men she was to choose from, based on the appearance of their manhood, who would be paired with her in the scenes to be shot. More recently, we had Lars von Trier’s m...
MFF 17, by Jio-MAMI, Festival Diary, V
Long festivals and so many films to watch, besides the regular weekly releases to see and review—not unexpectedly, festival diaries go into several parts, and even get interrupted by another festival that follows on the heels of the earlier one. MFF17 was followed by IFFI. But there still so much to day about MFF, so here’s one more instalment of the Diary.
Thithi is a two-hour long Kannada film set in rural Karnataka. It has earned rave rev...
IFFI Goa 2015, Festival Diary, IX: Advance to the rear
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