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River to River, the changing face of Bollywood, WASSEYPUR, in your face with a vengeance

by Alex Deleon for <filmfestivals.com>   Take that you bloody muthe$&£$%*er!   The main Indian features seen this year at Florence, "The Gangs of Wasseypur" and "Chittagong", are Bollywood productions in the sense that both are made in Hindi (rather than one of India's other 21 official languages) with professional Bombay performers and staff, but the content, style, and conception of these films seems t...

Top Bollywood director Yash Chopra "the king of romance" passes away at eighty

by Alex Farba-Deleon     The dean of Indian film directors, Yash Chopra, passed away on October 21 at the age of eighty. Yash Chopra was not just another Bollywood director --he was one of the world's top craftsman of the seventh art although he always crafted his films to suit the taste of the Indian audience, which is the main reason he remains practically unknown in the West.   In Asia where Bollywood films are far better known than here Chopra was honored ...

The Return of the Osian's Cinefan Festival of Indian, Asian & Arab Cinema

Resurrection of an Important Festival, after 3 years   Lekha Shankar, in N.Delhi The Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival of Indian, Asian and Arab Cinema, one of the pioneering festivals for Asian cinema, founded by the dynamic Aruna Vasudev, made  a come-back after three years, to New Delhi, India, pleasing the many film buffs  in the country. After all, this is the Indian capital city’s only film festival, at a time when nearly every city in the country, ...

Post Production fundraising for BREAKING FREE

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  Shooting for documentary feature BREAKING FREE is almost complete after fabulous schedules in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi and Lucknow over the past two months.  Post production is now in progress and we NOW NEED Y OUR SUPPORT MORE THAN EVER to complete the project. Please contribute to our project through below links. EVERY CONTRIBUTION IS VALUABLE and greatly helpful.  International Supporters:http://www.indiegogo.com/breakingfreeindia Indian Supporters:...

Centenary Indian Film Festival,in Bangkok

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  INDIAN  CENTENARY  FILM FESTIVAL IN BANGKOK   ( 19-21 OCTOBER) Bangkok’s  first-ever Indian Film festival  opened  yesterday, at the SF Cinema, Central  World,to celebrate the Centenary of Indian Cinema. Similar Indian film festivals are going to held in other parts of the world,to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the world’s biggest movie  industry. The Indian Centenary Film Festival in Bangkok,will all be 'free' screenings. ...

Centenary Indian Film Festival,in Bangkok

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  INDIAN  CENTENARY  FILM FESTIVAL IN BANGKOK   ( 19-21 OCTOBER) Bangkok’s  first-ever Indian Film festival  opened  yesterday, at the SF Cinema, Central  World,to celebrate the Centenary of Indian Cinema. Similar Indian film festivals are going to held in other parts of the world,to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the world’s biggest movie  industry. The Indian Centenary Film Festival in Bangkok,will all be 'free' screenings. ...

Bollywood International Film Festival

BIFF is dedicated to presenting the best of Bollywood , Hollywood and International Cinema including Bhojpuri, Punjabi and other regional Indian Cinema to film lovers. We are starting as a seven-day ( March 1-7 , 2013 ) Film Festival in Columbia , South Carolina but have the goal to embrace programming 365 days a year, including but not limited to other cities like Charleston , Myrtle beach & more . This festival is a creative journey from Film City Mumbai, India to Los Angeles and everything in between and around. BIFF offers screenings, lectures, discussions, music, dance, workshops, industry support and the chance to meet filmmakers from US , India and around the world

News from the pink city on The Jaipur International Film Festival

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The city of lakes and the sacred ground from where the legendary king Maharana Pratap belonged, Udaipur is fully prepared to come before the film world in an absolutely unique way. The Jaipur International Film Festival trust will organize the first Udaipur International Film Festival on 15th and 16th September, 2012. The Udaipur International Film Festival will be launched after the grand success of Jaipur International Film Festival in the last 4 years.  The chief objective behind the...

World Premiere of 'Prague' at the 12th Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival

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Rohit Khaitan's- 'PRAGUE' directed by debutant Ashish Shukla opens for the world premiere at 12th Osian's Cinefan Film Festival (27th July- 5th Aug, 2012) Competiton section. Having worked on sets for many years as an assistant director and creative producer at a leading film studio in India, full-time producer Rohit Khaitan identifies with all aspects of filmmaking from the creative to the business- from the story’s inception to the scripting, technical, finance, economics of its...

The line-up has been announced for the 2012 Rural Route Film Festival!

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  We're serving up choice-cuts of premieres & sneak previews of some of the year's best indie fare, along with a stunning 70mm print in one of the best theatres in the city.  There are features by Latvian, Indian & Tibetan directors, shorts from legendary poetic-ethnographer, Robert Gardner, archival bluegrass found footage from Appalshop, and a closing night screening party on the city's largest rooftop farm!   Core screenings will take place at Museum of the Moving Imag...

REMEMBERING MANI KAUL

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'To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.' (Thomas Campbell,1777-1844,Scottish poet) There they were, Jahnu Barua, Udayan Vajpeyi, MitaVashist, and Siddharth Sinha among others,going down memory lane and paying rich tribute to and sharing their experiences of the acclaimed film-maker and  Renaissance man, Mani Kaul inside the jam-packed Films Division  theatre here today,          Painter, musician, teacher and film maker whose movies have been h...

Film Division to pay homage to Mani Kaul on 6th & 7th July

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  REMEMBERING MANI KAUL               Mani Kaul, the master film maker who is credited with radically overhauling the relationship of image and form, of speech and narrative, and space and time and whose films have been hailed as the formal experiments in Indian cinema and well ahead of their times is being fondly remembered by his friends and admirers on 6th July, 2012 on his first death anniversary.               Films Division, for who...

KASHISH 2012 Award Winners and Closing Night

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Mi Ultimo Round wins Best Feature Film Award at KASHISH 2012 Anupam Kher gives away prizes, promises to sponsor Rs 50k for prize money next year   Chilean film My Last Round (Mi Ultimo Round) directed by Julio Jorquera Arriagada won the Best Feature Film Award at the 3rd Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival which concluded with star studded ceremony on Sunday May 27, 2012.     ``Cinema has no boundaries,’’ sai...

EW WORLD DISTRIBUTION AND WINNOL TO CREATE DISTRIBUTION OPPORTUNITIES FOR VICTOR GINZBERG’S “GENERATION P”

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  Film to Open on 1500 Screens with Special Telecast Intro from Moscow-based Ginzberg   Cannes – Newly established US distributor, New World Distribution (NWD) and Los Angeles based Winnol will join forces to release Russian box-office hit and film festival favorite ‘Generation P’ on 1500 screens and then innovatively across all VOD/mobile platforms on September 12th.  An independent US/Russian co-production, “Generation P” was directed by Victor Ginzburg a...

Bollywood in Cannes at Director's Fortnight, 2012!

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  Bollywood in Cannes at Director's Fortnight, 2012! For the first time ever, commercial Bollywood comes to Cannes Director's Fortnight with the Bollywood film GANGS OF WASSEYPUR (2012). The film will be released on June 22nd and being compared to this year's SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.     GOW PRESS The Indian cinematic masterpiece Gangs Of Wasseypur, is set to make film history as the first commerical Bollywood film to be part of the 65th Cannes Film Fes...

Contribute To KASHISH 2012

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For Personal Contributions:  http://www.wishberry.in/EVERYONE-can-contribute-to-KASHISH-Personal-13359 For Corporate Contributions:  http://www.wishberry.in/EVERYONE-can-contribute-to-KASHISH-Corporate-13358 For Dollar contributions : http://www.solarispictures.com/supporters2012.htm KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is looking for financial contributions.  For two years, we have entertained while trying to mainstream queer identities through the medium...

Transmedia's Annual Gujarati Screen and Stage Awards

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  Success history of a decade only of it's kind grand tradition A vibrant Gujarati share marketer and estate developer Jasmine Shah has a special place in a corner of his heart, for his Mother land Surendranagar - Gujarat and for Gujarati language and Culture.   In 2001, this grand tradition took shape and since very first year, it has acclaimed, appreciated and supported by all Gujarati Entertainment fraternity. The overwhelming response from Press, Media, Celebr...

CCI Chairman urges entertainment and media enterprises & related trade associations to initiate competition compliance program

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 Speaking at FICCI FRAMES 2012  in Mumbai on Friday, Ashok Chawla, Chairman, CCI, urged entertainment and media enterprises and related trade associations to initiate competition compliance programs. Trade bodies could be used for price coordination or market allocation amongst member companies, he cautioned.A competition compliance programme would include imparting awareness and training to employees who may engage themselves or are exposed to anti competitive conducts. It not only reduce...

Diligence in news reportage vital for preserving media freedom: Justice J S Verma at FICCI FRAMES 2012

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  Justice J. S. Verma, former Chief Justice of India has advised the media to exercise due diligence in news reportage by questioning whether a news item is true, fair, necessary and in public interest. The answer to these questions were necessary in order to inform and enlighten the people accurately and obviate any possibility of regulation by the government as that would tantamount to curbing the freedom of the media. Addressing the session on “Freedom of Media: Significance of Self-re...

Indian fest of La program announced

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With what promises to be its most ambitious slate yet, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (http://indianfilmfestival.org) has announced its impressive 2012 lineup. 33 features, documentaries, and short films will be screened from filmmakers throughout the world including Canada, Italy, India, Germany, South Africa, UK, and the U.S. Among the offerings are three world premieres, nine U.S. premieres and twelve Los Angeles premieres. This is a banner year for the festival as it celebrates its ...

Indian Govt mandates cable services to switch to digital mode in july 2012, sanctions 839 new FM radio stations in 250 towns

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Cable services will switch to digital mode in July this year and the whole country will go digital by December 31, 2014  I&B Secretary Uday Kumar Varma told some 2000 Indian and 800 international delegates at the inauguration of FICCI Frames 2012 in Mumbai today. The Secretary  also announced that the Union Cabinet has approved the proposal to allow 839 new FM radio stations in over 250 towns.  He said the process of e-auction has already been initiated in  this regard.   Mr. ...

KASHISH 2012 – International Poster Contest

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Design the official poster for KASHISH 2012, India’s biggest international queer film festival. Test your creative instincts, get an international platform for your work and of course win exciting rewards.  KASHISH 2012 will be held between May 23-27, 2012 in Mumbai. Now, you can be a part of the festival by designing its official POSTER, wherever you are in the world. The design will also feature on hoardings, print and online advertisements, catalogue cover, banners, cinema sli...

Non-Bollywood Indian Film, "PRASAD" Preemed at Market in Berlin

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by Alex Deleon-Sinha Although little known ourtside of the Indian Sub-Continent itself there are several so-called "regional" film industries in India  each of which produces as many or more feature films a year in the regional languages as are produced in the Hindi mainstream industry of Bombay (Whence the brand name known to the world as "Bolly-wood"). Of course, Bombay has now been officially rechristened Mumbai, but this doesn't change anything cinematically ...

Project 11

Director: Vikas Chandra (along with 10 Co-Directors).
11 Directors. 11 Cities. 1 Film. Project 11 is a gripping edge-of-the-seat thriller that completely blurs the line between the real and the virtual world The film is about Project 11, a cult underground video game, in which no one has ever gone beyond level 11. 11 avid gamers across the world are racing to cross it. What they don’t realize that they could be playing the last game of their lives. On November 11, at precisely 11:11:11 am, when a Japanese housewife dies while playing the game in Tokyo, all hell breaks loose. In a battle of man vs machine, will the gamers survive, or will the game kill them all…

Bajanama: Customs Commissioner in Mumbai studied early Indian Gramophone records

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   Customs Commissioner in Mumbai studied Indian Music “Sound is a fifty per cent partner in film” said A N Sharma, the author of an interesting masterpiece “Baajanama” which was released by Pandit Rajan Mishra and Pandit Sajan Mishra in Mumbai.  Interacting with media on the sidelines of Mumbai International Film Festival  2012, Mr Sharma said his book ‘Bajanaama’ is about the first decade of commercial recordings in India.” It was in ...
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