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India looks to Pakistani views, via the screens of Goa

GOA, June 29, 2008: For a country sometimes viewed as 'the enemy' in geopolitical rivalries or the cricket-field, the films of neighbouring Pakistan, currently being screened at the South Asian Film Festival here in Goa, are drawing significant interest and appreciation.Screened in Panaji (also called Panjim or Ponnje) -- though with a small audience, reflecting the overall lack of publicity for the first SAFF being held here -- was reporter Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's documentary 'Pakistan's Doubl...

Eight diverse cinematographic traditions meet at Goa for SAFF

[Photo, venue of the SAFF at Goa, housed in an old colonial palatial mansion. Photo FN] Eight diverse countries, very differing historical and political traditions, unmatched cinematographic backgrounds, and over 45 films. Mixed together, the result is a South Asian Film Festival, the latest version of which is underway in Goa.This four-day festival, which ends on Monday, is seeing films from eight South Asian Countries -- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepa...

Goa's IFFI finds a plush home, in what was a state-run hospital

[From Frederick Noronha] : Not too long ago, patients hobbled around here, their limbs in plaster and their bodies in bandages. Pregnant mothers-to-be faced labour pains in these rooms. Sick children shed many a tear here. Now, Goa's IFFI's dreams are being born in the very same place. [Photo shows the old Goa Medical College, after a major overhaul undertaken in 2004, to host the IFFI.] IFFI, the International Film Festival of India's 38th edition, being held in Goa for the fourth success...

Indian creative energy hits festival screens across the globe

 Indian film is bursting forth on screens far and wide, as film-makers take advantage of a more globalised world, a spurt in the visibility of local talent, and the possibilities this throws up."The diversity, creative insights and technical virtuosity of Indian cinema are a pageant on world screens in the fall and winter seasons of 2007," says the latest issue of the 'FilmIndia Worldwide'.The magazine has listed a range of Indian films taking part in global festivals during...

Bollywood's posters of yesteryears, broad brushstrokes now vanishing

 [From FN] They once fired the Indian imagination, and built dreams for the millions. Today, the posters that built Bollywood are being displaced by technology and the changing needs of the time.Bollywood's posters have long been handpainted. But technology is making that a dying-art.With a backdrop of IFFI, the 38th edition of the International Film Festival of India currently underway here, tributes were paid to this fast vanishing world of poster art.'Poster Boys' is the title of a works...

Indian industry study pushes for adopting DRM in country

[From Our Correspondent] GOA, India, Nov 24: Indian national commerce chambers FICCI has pushed for the adoption of an "efficient" digital rights management (DRM) system, and said this would give "a fillip to the fast-growing Indian digital entertainment and media industry".The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry took this stand in a study jointly done with the PriceWaterhouseCoopers titled 'Entertainment & Media: India Going Digital' and released even ...

Indian film star Shahrukh Khan inaugurates 38 IFFI; Goa to "stay" as venue

GOA, India, Nov 24, 2007: The 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-07) got off here with Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan inaugurated the event late Friday. Politicians also pledged that India's premier festival would continue to be hosted in this small coastal state that New Delhi wants to build into an "Indian Cannes". Shahrukh Khan called IFFI a pride of the nation. Recognizing the contribution of the common citizen in raising the popularity of cinema, he said, "Let's d...

Film equipment, from decades back to the latest, on show at Goa

From Our CorrespondentGOA, India, November 24: India's Films Division, a legacy from the days when documentary film-making in India was largely government-dominated, has put up a cine expo, released a film on Indian cinema, is to screen films on the Indian freedom struggle during the IFFI film festival underway here.Struggling to find a new role for itself, in times when many high-quality film-makers -- specially small-time independent documentary film-makers have entered the market -- the Films...

Photos from Goa, IFFI 2007

 An eighteenth-century palace that once was the property of a Portuguese nobleman was redone at a cost of Rs 140 million for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), being held at Goa, on the west coast currently. It began on November 23 and goes on till December 3, 2007. ...

Four Months 3 weeks 2 days The opening film of the festival

The International Film Festival of India will open with the most celebrated film of the year ‘FOUR MONTHS, THREE WEEKS, TWO DAYS" directed by Cristian Mungiu from Romania.  The film won the prestigious Palme D'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival this year and has received wide critical acclaim all over the world.  The Director Cristian Mungiu and the leading actress of the film Anamaria Marinca will attend the gala opening ceremony on 23rd November 2007 at the Kala Academy in Goa.  Th...

Goa, coping with the pressures of a shiftover of the IFFI from New Delhi

Faced with having to cope with the pressures of shifting its venue from the Indian national capital to the country's smallest province, the IFFI (International Film Festival of India) is currently working to win friends and influence people here in the former Portuguese colony of Goa.India's attempt -- which started since the IFFI shifted here in November 2004 -- is aimed at recreating an "Indian Cannes" of sorts, in this small region, known better for being a holidayer's paradise and ...

Rendez-vous with French cinema at IFFI 2007 in Goa

More than 15 long features and co-productions, representing a diversity of French cinema, will be showcased during IFFI, the International Film Festival of India, that begins in Goa later this week.From the inception of this new form of art, more than a century ago, both France and India felt a strong inclination for what was to be commonly known as the seventh art, says Jérôme Bonnafo (rpt Jome Bonnafo), Ambassador of France in India.Among them, the French Oscar entry ''Orchestra Seats"(...

Cross-cultural productions make it to IFFI 2007

Panjim (Goa), Nov 22: IFFI, the International Film Festival of India that opens in Goa this Friday (ED: Nov 23, 2007) will showcase some interesting cross-cultural productions, organisers of the event being held in this coastal state for the fourth year running said.Among these are Mira Nair's `AIDS Jaago' and Richie Mehta's `Amal' which will be having their international premieres here, and Chris Smith's `The Pool' which will make its Asia premiere in Goa.IFFI currently has a section called the...


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