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Films bring in the diverse hues of South Asia to Goa From Frederick Noronha in IndiaSpread over four days, the South Asian Film Festival, being held in the coastal holiday resort of Goa, brings in diverse moving images to three screening halls in Panaji, the Goan capital that is also host to India's international film fest IFFI towards Nov-Dec each year.After its launch on Friday (June 27), the first film to be screened here has been 'Osama' from Afghanistan.This 2003-award winning film is about...

Goa: not just fish, feni and football... but films too

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GOA, India: Over 90 films have been shot with Goa as their backdrop, talented Goan musicians have contributed a lot to Bollywood, as the Mumbai (Bombay)-based film industry churning out 1000 films year currently is called Actresses from Goa like Ermelinda Cardoso (screen-name: Sudhabala) have played an important role in the silent movie era, a book called 'Location Goa', looking at the links between films andthis small region on the west coast, says. Its author, the journalist Mario Cabral e Sa,...

From LA to Goa, director-writer scripts alien invasion for kids via animation

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Sitting at his beach-side home in Goa "metres away from the sea", Greg Acuna (45) is working to invade the planet's children with animation that appeals to kids across different cultures... with a message. An American, he shifted home from the US to the tiny beach-village of Anjuna, some 14 kms from the state-capital of Panjim. He wants to steer the kid in a very entertaining way towards environmentally sustainable behaviour, and at the same time teach them the power of collaborative -- rather t...

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

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[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

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 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...

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

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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 successive year, got off to a colourful ...

Indian industry study pushes for adopting DRM in country

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[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

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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

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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...

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

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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 dedicate the 38th...

Indian industry study pushes for adopting DRM in country

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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 as India launched the 38th edition of its interna...

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

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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 ...

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

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Panjim, Goa, Nov 22: 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 pa...

Goa Film festival to open with 4 Months, 3 weeks...

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The Romanian winner of the Palme d'Or and the FIPRESCI Award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days", will be the opening movie of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which begins in Goa Nov 23.The film is set in communist Romania in the final years of the Nicolae Ceausescu era. It tells the tragic story of two students, roommates in the university dormitory, who try to arrange an illegal abortion for one of them in the late 1980s.After making its worldwide d...

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