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Statement from SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling on the recent tragic events in the region

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Statement from SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling — Many people have been asking me if the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place. My answer is an emphatic “Yes.” How do you do a film festival following the immense tragedy unfolding in Montecito and Southern California? Well – the honest answer is that it is needed now more than ever. Movies have always provided a sense of community. It is an opportunity for pe...

MIFF 2018, VII: Pitching for documentary films

MIFF VII: Pitching for documentary films Nilotpal Majumdar, founder of DocedgeKolkata and maker/editor/cinematographer of more than 18 documentaries, fiction and short films, including Dhatujhar/Metal Storm’96 and The Vehicle with the Soul of a Man, will conduct a workshop at Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) on Pitching. Besides making films, he also has more than 20 years of film teaching experience. This year, he has been given the 2017 EDN Award, from the European Documentar...

New Food Trucks at the Berlinale Street Food Market

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From February 15 to 25, the Berlinale Street Food Market will once again provide festival visitors with international delicacies. In collaboration with the BITE CLUB, the Culinary Cinema will present five food trucks at the heart of the festival, next to the Berlinale Palast.    “It’s great that the Slow Food Convivium Berlin will again be offering regional, sustainable products. It’s the second time, we’re collaborating with BITE CLUB on the Berlinale Street ...

Events of the 32nd TEDDY AWARD 2018 during the 68th Berlin International Film Festival

For the 32nd time, the TEDDY AWARD will be awarded during the International Film Festival Berlin (Feb.15-25, 2017). The festive award ceremony for the world’s most important queer film prize will take place on February 23, 2018 in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Several events and receptions will take place in the lead-up to the award ceremony: Monday, 12.02.2018, 10 pm, Kino International Introduction to the TEDDY 2018 Programme with Wieland Speck MonGay, Kino International, ...

Iranian Film Festival begins in Mumbai on 22nd January

Iranian Film Festival begins in Mumbai on 22nd January Culture House of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mumbai, and the Federation of Film Societies of India, Maharashtra, are holding a festival of films from Iran. Five films will be screened at Ravindra Mini Theatre, during Jan 22-26, 2018. Mon. Bleeding Heart (Delkhoon) 22nd Jan. Dir: Mohammadreza Rahmani (2008/88min/Col/Eng. Subtitle) Emad has killed his wife & now waiting for his court verdict, but a female lawyer does her best to...

MIFF 2018, IV

MIFF 2018, IV Besides the competitive section, Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) 2018 will screen national and international films in the Prism category. A list of twenty films has been released in the International category under Prism. They are divided into three categories: Animation, short fiction up to 45 minutes in length, and documentaries of any duration. National selection will follow in the next update. LIST OF FILM SELECTED FOR INTERNATIONAL PRISM SECTION...

Canon Creative Studio at Sundance Film Festival

Canon Creative Studio located at 592 Main Street in Part City, Utah to check out some of the activities Canon will be hosting at the space. Visitors to the Canon Creative Studio will have the opportunity to explore how Canon supports all aspects of filmmaking, from pre-production to production through post. A hub for filmmakers, the Canon Creative Studio is a place of hands-on experimentation with Canon equipment and thought-provoking conversations with industry experts in the way of panel di...

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: X

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: X Besides features and docu-features, the 16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival (TEAFF) had a competitive section for shorts. As many as 25 films competed. Countries represented included India, Iran, Myanmar, Turkey, Tajikistan and South Korea. They were packaged into two screening slots, one of which I managed to attend. Audience Award, Short Film: Taghdir (Fate)/Iran/13 min/Azar Faramarzi Actress, producer and director Azar Faramarzi graduated in Film and ...

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: IX

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: IX Biler Diary, Cyanide and Jana Aranya. A Bengali film about a boarding school based on Hindu religious values, an Iranian political thriller about the period immediately preceding the Islamic revolution and a raved work of the master, Satyajit Ray—these were the last feature films I saw at the 16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival, Mumbai. The festival was organised in December 2017 by the Asian Film Foundation and P.L. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Acad...

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: VII

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: VII TEAFF was organised by the Asian Film Foundation and P.L. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, and co-organised by Prabhat Chitra Mandal and Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal. An annual event, it is supported by Department of Culture, Government of Maharashtra. Screenings were held at Ravindra Natya Mandir Mini Auditorium, Mumbai, which has been the venue for the last few years. In my last instalment, I covered two Marathi films. Today, we wi...

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: V

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: V Open Forum, a festival tradition, was held at the 16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival too, on six of the eight days. It was thoughtfully scheduled between 2 and 3 pm, December 22-27, a slot when no films were being screened. Santosh Pathare of Prabhat Film Society moderated. Compared to the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Open Forum here was confined to an interaction with the cast/directors/producers of films screened on earlier day(s). Santo...

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: IV

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: IV Screenings continued on Day 4, 5 and 6, and two films were memorable. One was a blast from 1956, made by an all-time great, and the other a laudable 2011 effort, shot in his home country, guerrilla style, by a returning prodigy, without permission I managed to attend nine shows out of the 15, which is a reasonable score. But here I will speak of just two films, since there is much to say. Return to Burma, 2011, 84 min So now we know that Ice Poison ...

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: III

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: III Of the 10 feature films screened at the 16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival (TEAFF) during the first three days, I caught four and opted out of a fifth because I had seen it, albeit decades ago. Two of these were Indian, one Egyptian and one from Taiwan-Myanmar. Ziprya, based on the Arun Sadhu novel and chosen as the inaugural film, was big let-down. Made in amateurish style, full of tropes and stock screenplay, it did great disservice to the memory of ...

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: II

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: II Prominent writer-journalist, late Arun Sadhu, winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award, was honoured posthumously at the inaugural function of the 16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival (TEAFF), on 21 December, at the Ravindra Natya Mandir Mini Auditorium. Sadhu, who wrote mainly in Marathi but also penned works in English and Hindi, passed away in Mumbai three months ago, aged 76. At the ceremony, he was represented by his wife Aruna and daughter Shefali. Kiran ...

30th European Film Awards: Watch it live this saturday!

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This Saturday, European filmmakers, EFA Members, guests, nominees and winners will gather to celebrate European cinema at its finest at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin! Don't miss the chance to follow the EFA Weekend and watch the ceremony live on the European Film Awards website www.europeanfilmawards.eu on Saturday, 9 December: 11.30 CET Agnieszka Holland: keynote & debate  17.00 CET Red carpet interview program with Knut Elsterma...

IFFI Goa 2017, XVIII: 55 years of Bondage

IFFI Goa 2017, XVIII: 55 years of Bondage A thousand eyebrows were raised at the inclusion of a James Bond package in the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Goa 2017. This was a first retrospect/tribute dedicated to a fictional character, the British MI6 spy who first appeared on screen in 1962. It was hotly debated whether the idea had any merit, considering retrospectives were hitherto confined to directors and countries. As many as nine Bond capers were screened, and at the cost ...

IFFI Goa 2017, XV: UnSeen Durga and the Nude that nobody saw

IFFI Goa 2017, XV: UnSeen Durga and the Nude that nobody saw Among the many controversies and shake-ups that IFFI Goa 2107, one concerns the exclusion of two Indian films from the Indian Panorama. S*** Durga (name altered under instructions from the Central Board of Film Certification) and Nude. Durga was made by a Keralite director in Kerala while Nude is a Marathi film. The former uses Durga only as an allegory and there is no reference to the deity, while the latter is a docu-feature on th...

IFFI Goa 2017, XVII: Films and ratings

IFFI Goa 2017, XVII: Films and ratings For the first time in many years, I decided not to write while the festival was on, and catch-up on as many films as possible. Of course, I did attend two Open Forums and two dinners, but that was about all that kept me away from watching movies. That, and my inability to wake-up early enough to catch the morning screenings. Here’s a brief description of the films I managed to catch, and their ratings on a scale of 0-*****. A few were insufferable...

IFFI Goa 2017, XVI: Self regulation is very important for documentary film-makers

*In quoting me, the word creditability has been used. 'Credibility' is the correct word.  *The clubbing of Films Division in the same quote is out of context as FD does not post news on social media. *Mike Pandey's Green Oscar winning film is titled Shores of Silence, not Whale Shark Hunting, as the report says. Incidentally, Mike Pandey is the President of the Indian Documentary Producers' Association and a former Chairman of the IFFI Steering Committee. (This writer t...

IFFI Goa 2017, XIV: Open Forum: 'Social media an enabler, not competitor for documentary filmmaking'

IFFI Goa 2017, XIV: Open Forum: 'Social media an enabler, not competitor for documentary filmmaking' Panellists, however, added a caveat that the authenticity of videos needs to be verified as they have the potential to create social unrest. 27 Nov 2017 12:57 IST The Open Forum organised by IDPA (Independent* Documentary Producers' Association) on Sunday, 26 November, was the topic, 'Crowding the social media: Is documentary only source of genuine information?'  &nb...

IFFI Goa 2017, XIII: Open Forum-Film personalities rue abuse of technology

IFFI Goa 2017, XIII: Open Forum-Film personalities rue abuse of technology 26 Nov 2017 06:59 IST By Blessy Chettiar The Indian Documentary Producers’ Association organised its first Open Forum this year at the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji, Goa. The topic — Are actors losing control due to changing technologies? — was passionately debated by French filmmaker Pierre Assouline, former senior producer of Doordarshan Syam GK, Odia film Khyanikaa...

Industry @Tallinn November 30th

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THURSDAY, 30.11   09:00-19:00 CE MEDIA LOUNGEVEGA, NORDIC HOTEL FORUM 09:30-17:05 INDUSTRY & PRESS SCREENINGSCOCA-COLA PLAZA 10:00-12:00 BALTIC EVENT WORKS IN PROGRESSCOCA-COLA PLAZA 10:00-14.00 SCREEN STARS TALLINN PARTICIPANTS PHOTO SHOOTSTUUDIO35 10:00-17:00 BE CO-PRODUCTION MARKETCAPELLA, NORDIC HOTEL FORUM 12:30-13:30 ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE – A CASE STUDY OF AT HOSTARARCTURUS, NORDIC HOTEL FORUM 12:30-14:00 SCRIP...

Industry @Tallinn November 29th

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WEDNESDAY, 29.11   09:00-16:30 STORYTEK FORUMSIRIUS, NORDIC HOTEL FORUM 09:00-17:30 SCRIPT POOL TALLINNALTAIR, NORDIC HOTEL FORUM 09:00-18:05 INDUSTRY & PRESS SCREENINGSCOCA-COLA PLAZA 09:00-19:00 CE MEDIA LOUNGEVEGA, NORDIC HOTEL FORUM 09:30-10:30 POWR PITCHARCTURUS, NORDIC HOTEL FORUM 10:00-12:00 MASTERCLASS BY STEVEN BERNSTEIN FOR SCREEN STARS TALLINN PARTICIPANTSSTORYTEK HUB 10:00-17:00 BE CO-PRODUCTION MARKETCAPELLA,...

Blood Window in Ventana Sur Full Program

Programa de actividades Blood Window 2017     27th     02:00 pm • 04:00 pm (Producers Lounge. 1 piso/ 1st Floor) Blood Window Meeting Tables. Day 1 Participe del programa de reuniones con los productores de los proyectos de Beyond the window. Be part on the Beyond the window´s scheduled meetings with the producers.  04:00 pm • 05:00 pm (Aula Magna. 1 piso/ 1st Floor) Panel 50 ...
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