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Last night, “The Social Network” came away from the 12th Annual Golden Trailer Awards with three wins in major categories and the coveted top honor, Best in Show. It is the first time a trailer has accomplished this feat since “The Matrix” in 1999, the year the awards show debuted. After carrying away the trophies for “Best Drama,” “Best Music” (which gauges the creative use of music in a promo reel) and “Most Original”—Sony Pictures’ “The Social Network” trailer na...

Alain Resnais Cycle at the Alliance

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Cinephiles ahoy! check out  the Alain Resnais Cycle starting Wed. July 6th, 6:30pm at the Alliance Française auditorium in Mumbai.                 It kicks off with Stavisky, which Resnais based  on the life of the financier and embezzler Alexandre Stavisky  and the circumstances leading to his mysterious death in 1934. This gave rise to a political scandal known as the Stavisky affair , which led to fatal riots in Paris, the resignation of two prime minister...

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women are heroes, a film by JR, award winning lensman and director

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   The Alliance Française de Bombay has organised the premiere in Mumbai of the documemtary film, Women Are Heroes directed by the award winning French artist and photographer JR at Olive Bandra on Monday,June 30,2011. The film  was screened at Cannes  last year. "In peacetime women are discriminated, in wartime they are targets," says JR, who has just received the 2011 TED Prize.   It is these women and their courage that he honours through outsized street-art w...

Festivals organizers attending the panels and wine tasting FUTURE OF FESTIVAL MAY 15

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The festival will be represented in style with a crowd of 100  Cinando POFF POFF filmfestivals.com Vilnius International Film Festival  Vilnius International Film Festival  FESTIVAL PARIS CINEMA CentEast Market Warsaw  Toronto International Film Festival FEMI REGENSBURGER KURZFILMWOC...

International Children's Film Festival India

International Children's Film Festival India (ICFFI) also popularly known as The Golden Elephant is a biennial festival that strives to bring the most delightful and imaginative national and international children's cinema to young audiences in India. Outstanding features, shorts, live action and animation films are screened over seven days of festive celebrations, attended by more than one hundred thousand children and hundreds of film professionals from across the world.

ICFFI is organized by Children's Film Society India (CFSI) - a national government body committed to nurturing a dynamic children's film culture in the country. Since its inception in 1955, CFSI has been producing, exhibiting and distributing exclusive, entertaining and enriching content for children.

Every two years, the festival begins on 14th November, the birth date of Jawaharlal Nehru - India's first Prime Minister - also fondly referred to as Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru), because of his love for children. Nehru established CFSI soon after India's independence with the hope that indigenous and exclusive cinema for children would stimulate their creativity, compassion and critical thinking. It is this vision of Jawaharlal Nehru that guides ICFFI.

In a world that is cluttered with consumerist & often violent content for children, ICFFI is committed to promoting cinema that is humane and non-violent, and yet delightful and fun! Special care is taken to program films that cultivate an understanding of other cultures, lives and experiences and encourage children to reflect on the world around. Workshops and open forums at the festival aim towards stimulating critical appreciation and creative pursuit of cinematic arts amongst young people. The festival also supports the work of children's filmmakers by rewarding them for their dedication and talent.

ICFFI is one of the largest and most colourful children's film festivals in the world. A unique feature of the festival is its audience: more than a hundred thousand children travel from little villages and towns from across India to view high quality international children's cinema that they would never be exposed to otherwise. Here they rub shoulders with other kids, eminent guests and directors from different parts of the world. ICFFI is dedicated to these little delegates and to those imaginative film-makers who attempt to make films for the toughest audience of all - children!

An Opportunity of a Lifetime

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Webmiere 2011 has brought to you an opportunity of a lifetime. The submission date has been extended till 21st July and the gratification has been made grand. Now the 1st and 2nd Prize winners of the Short film Category will get a chance to Co-direct a Feature film which will be broadcast on totalfilmi.tv and our DTH partners, as a TV Serial in 10 to 12 Episodes. The Script may or may not be of the filmmaker. The channel reserves the right to take a decision on the script. However, if the film...

New York Indian Film Festival expands Film schools partnerships

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  With its mission to help foster a new generation of filmmakers, the 11th annual New York Indian Film Festival has announced three partnerships with prestigious film schools in New York and India that will allow directors to have their stories reach a wider platform.  The oldest festival for Indian cinema in the United States will partner with award-winning filmmaker Subhash Ghai's Whistling Woods International, The Department of Cinema Studies at Tisch, NYU, and the New York Film Academy...

KASHISH 2011 invites Partners

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    May 25 - 29, 2011   Join us as a PRIDE PARTNER and be part of a historic journey!       What is KASHISH? KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is a Pride event that is held annually in Mumbai, India. It showcases films with gay, lesbian, transgender th...

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film festival

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer FilmFestival 2011, thesecond edition of India’s only mainstream LGBT film fest, promises to be BIGGER, BOLDER & QUEERER. The second edition will be held from May 25-29, 2011 at two venues in Mumbai, one of whichwill be a multiplex theater.

This year, the festival willshowcase more than 130 films from over 25 countries.

The highlights this year:- More feature length films than last year with some verysensitive lesbian themed features.- Films from across the globe: from US to UK, Australiato Austria, India to Indonesiaand even Argentina and Peru.- This year, the ‘Country Focus’ will be on Israel withmore than 8 films from there.- ‘Spotlight on Filmmaker’ will shine on US filmmaker Q. AllanBrocka and UK filmmaker Rikki Blair Beadle with their funny, sexy and thoughtprovoking films.- Special package of films on Anti-Bullying and gay bashingin schools followed by a panel discussion.- A special evening with ‘Parents of Queers’ with a filmscreening and panel discussion.- Special package of sensitive, dramatic and touchingfeatures and shorts on HIV/AIDS is introduced under ‘Red Ribbon’ packagefollowed by a performance.- Continuing KASHISH’s mission of showcasing and promoting shortfilms and short filmmakers, this year too would see some exciting short filmpackages:-   Along with the ever popular ‘BoysShorts’ and ‘Girls Shorts’ short film packages this year will have two newadditions: a fabulous ‘Trans Shorts’ collection and a hilarious collection ofshort films under ‘Bi Shorts’-   A package of films that is acinematic tribute to LGBT people who made a difference way back whenhomosexuality was labeled a disease, a crime and a perversion. This includes afilm about a brilliant gay mathematician who helped crack the Nazi Engima Codeand turned the tide of Word War II for the Allies-   ‘Indian Masala Mix’ : a greatcollection of Indian shorts films- A competition section for Best Narrative Feature too,which would include both Indian and International films made in 2010 / 2011.This is in addition to the other competitive categories awarded last year: BestDocu Feature, Best Docu Short, Best International Narrative Short and BestIndian Narrative Short. - The Best Indian queer short film at Kashish gets to compete for the IrisPrize in UKand a cash prize of 25,000 pounds.   

- Also watch out for an eminent jurycomprising of award winning filmmakers, actors and media professionals.

- A range of fun filled cultural activities and events likemusic and dance performances, open mic and quizzes. KASHISH 2011 promises to be an eventto remember for both LGBT and mainstream audiences. It will be a time to watchloads and loads of LGBT films, engage in discussions, interact with celebritiesand filmmakers, participate in cultural activities and just simply have aFABULOUS time! For further updates and informationon the festival, please check:Website: http://www.mumbaiqueerfest.com/  | Blog: http://kashishmiqff.blogspot.com/ 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Kashish.MIQFF | Twitter: http://twitter.com/Kashish2011

 

KASHISH 2011 - Dates and Highlights announced

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                  KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2011, the second edition of India’s only mainstream LGBT film fest, promises to be BIGGER, BOLDER & QUEERER. The second edition will be held from May 25-29, 2011 at two venues in Mumbai, one of which will be a multiplex theater. This year, the festival will showcase more than 130 films from over 25 countries.The highlights this...

Australian Film Festival Kicks off in Mumbai

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 The first Australian Film Festival kicked off 26th   March, 2011 at Cinemax, Versova  in Mumbai. The screenings will showcase the work of the Ace Australian Director Bill Bennett among other movies made by  filmwallas from Down Under. The initiative is the inchild of Sydney based film maker Mr. Anupam Sharma (Festival Director), Mr. Peter Castaldi (Renowned Film Critic & Festival Director), Mr. Shahnaab Alam (Film Industry Advisor) & Mr. Bill Bennett and is a prequel to be follo...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) Line up

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  The 9th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced today its line up with 13 feature films, 6 documentaries and 13 short films that will make up their 2011 program.   The list includes the Los Angeles premiere of I AM KALAM and the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' ZOKKOMON which will be this year's galas screenings bookending the festival at ArcLight Hollywood, April 12th-17th.   Opening this year's festival is the award-winning and i...

Max Mueller Bhavan's Mobile Phone Film Making Workshop Mumbai- Micro Moves: Human - Urban / Surviving Strategies in a Mega-City

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Mobile Phone Film Making Workshop - Micro Moves: Human - Urban / Surviving Strategies in a Mega-City German filmmaker Till Passow will conduct a mobile Phone Film Making Workshop under the aegis of Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai. Till Passow, born in 1968, is a renowned film maker. He has won the Oberhausen Mobile Phone Film Competition and was an assistant and trainee interviewer on the Steven Spielberg project Survivors of the Shoah. Till Passow spent eight months in Calcutta in 2001 to d...

La Semaine de la Critique all over the world for its 50th edition

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        In May, La Semaine de la Critique will celebrate its 50th edition. Since in 1962, La Semaine de la Critiq...

Berlinale 2011: Dieter Kosslick Interview

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  Claus Mueller :    You have been running the Berlinale for 10 years now. What are your most important achievements and what were the biggest challenges?                                     Dieter Kosslick:   We have achieved what we wanted; the festival is younger through our initiatives such as ...

Berlinale 2011: Dieter Kosslick Interview

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Claus Mueller : You have been running the Berlinale for 10 years now. What are your most important achievements and what were the biggest challenges? Dieter Kosslick: We have achieved what we wanted; the festival is younger through our initiatives such as the World Cinema Fund. We have a great market this year which has become one of our biggest challenges, there are lots of side bars which offer programs for specific target groups Thus there is no need to do much more. CM: What about t...

The winners of the 2011 Western Union Short Film Competition

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  The Indian Film Festival: Bollywood and Beyond is delighted to announce the winners of the 2011 Western Union Short Film Competition. Indian director Collin D'Cunha is the International winner for his film MUMBAIKAR GANESH, director Ridwan Hassim is the Australian winner for his film, KHATABAH, and the New Zealand winner is Rajneel Singh with BLANK SPACES. Varan Sharma's ADJUST which tells the story of an Indian student realising his Australian dream received an Honorary Menti...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) Announces 2011 Shorts Programs

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The 9th Annual IndianFilm Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) which takes place April 12-17 at ArcLightHollywood has announced the 13 short films that will screen in the 2011festival. The shorts were selected from over 350 submissions worldwide. Theshorts will be presented in two programs each one screening twice throughoutthe six-day festival. The IFFLA programming team includes Rani Breslow, IsaacKlausner, Sudeep Sharma, and Rachael Sevilla along with Executive DirectorChristina Marouda and P...

Turkey's celluloid connections

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Did you know  the wooden horse from the 2004 film Troy, is preserved on the seafront at Çanakkale, Turkey?   ( The Trojan Horse was a wooden contraption  in which Greek soldiers hid to trick  the Trojans into opening their city gates, thus losing their long drawn out war. Helen,wife of King Menelaus of Sparta was "given" by the goddess Aphrodite  to Paris, who  was married and deeply in love with a nymph named Oenone, but left her for Helen. The Spartan queen eloped with ...

Berlin Buzz 3

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    BERLINALE IN 3D  On Sunday, the Berlinale was host to three back-to-back 3D films that demonstrated that the technology is not only good for computer animation and big budget sci-fi. In TALES OF THE NIGHT, French animator Michel Ocelot provides a shadow-puppet retelling of famous fairy tales, much in the manner of the films of famed 1930s storyteller Lotte Reininger. The film mixes classic silhouette animation with strong colorful backgrounds to amazing effect. In PI...

VIVA ESPANA!

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Currently running in Indian cinemas, Alejandro Gonsalez Inarritu's Biutiful presents a gritty, grimy Barcelona  which is a far cry from the exquisitely beautiful city showcased by Woody Allen in "Vicky Cristiba Barcelona". But Barcelona is only one of several Spanish cities that Indian tourists can set their sights on thanks to Espana's sunny weather, natural beauty  and splendid culture (13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 42 World Heritage cities !) Indian travellers w...

Sundance Institute|Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award

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  Sundance Institute and Mahindra Group today announced a multifaceted agreement that showcases the commitment to and support of independent cinema around the world both by the Mahindra Group, one of the largest companies in India known throughout the world for its commitment to excellence and to social responsibility, and of the nonprofit Sundance Institute, one of the world's leading cultural organizations    The collaboration allows for the establishment of the Mumbai Man...

Eighth edition of We Care Film Festival on Disability Issues to be Launched in Mumbai

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The 8th edition of the first of its kind travelling and educational film festival – We Care Filmfest 2011 on Disability Issues  - will be launched from the Y B Chavan Centre, Mumbai, on January 17, 2011 at 10.00 am and will travel across India to various universities and educational institutions.   The We Care Filmfest will be launched in the presence of various local partners - both government and non-governmental - of Mumbai including the Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for th...

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