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Freelance Media Journalist Combine organised "Film Riveiw Writing Competition "

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Freelance Media Journalist Combine, in association with Malini Kishore Sanghvi College of Commerce and Economics have organised the "Film Riview Writing Competition" on January 20th 2009 in Mumbai, in India. The competition was well attend by mumbai based colleges... Veteran film journalist and critic Siraj Sayed took an introductory session in which he introduced a film "Perhaps Love" directed by Peter Hun Chang. The film was recently screened at IFFI-Goa 09. Mr. Siraj briefed young student jo...

Kerala 2008 awards

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Two Outstanding films from Mexico and Venezuela bagged top honors at 13th International Film Festival of Kerala 2008 awards ceremony.Mexican film “Parque Via” directed by Enrique Rivero was declared best film. His film is a sad tale of loneliness experienced by a caretaker of a large mansion in Mexico City. Enrique Rivero had already won prizes at Locarno and Nantes for this film. Venezuelan filmmaker Mariana Rondon was chosen as best director for her film “Postcards from Leningrad”. Thi...

River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival Awards

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River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival5-11 December 2008Cinema Odeon - Piazza Strozzi, 1 - Florence, ItalyThe 8th edition of River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival is finished on Thursday December 11th, with a big success among the audience and the press, for a total of 2000 people, reconfirming the good idea of the 50 giorni di cinema internazionali in Florence and the beautiful venue of Odean movie theatre.The films in competition, the special sections and the retrospective devo...

Director “Sergei Dvortsevoy” bagged the best film award with the Golden Peacock in IFFI-Goa 2008,

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With the screening of Iranian film ‘The Song of the Sparrows’, directed by Majid Majidi, curtains came down on the 39th International Film Festival of India on December 2nd 2008. Director Sergei Dvortsevoy bagged the best film award with the Golden Peacock and a cash award of 40 lakh for the Kazakhstan film ‘Tulpan’. The Director also got the Most Promising Director Award for the film. The award comprises the Silver Peacock and a cash award of Rs. 15 lakh. Tulpan is a cinematic triumph...

Director “Sergei Dvortsevoy” bagged IFFI Goa's best film award

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Director “Sergei Dvortsevoy” bagged the best film award with the Golden Peacock in IFFI-Goa 2008, The Special Jury Award has gone to Sri Lankan actress “Malini Fonseka”With the screening of Iranian film ‘The Song of the Sparrows’, directed by Majid Majidi, curtains came down on the 39th International Film Festival of India on December 2nd 2008. Director Sergei Dvortsevoy bagged the best film award with the Golden Peacock and a cash award of 40 lakh for the Kazakhstan film ‘Tulpan...

The 2008 Florence - River to River highlights

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Raj Kapoor, a Bollywood-style Charlie Chaplin from the FiftiesThe 2008 River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival will hold a retrospective on the great director Raj Kapoor, on the occasion of his 20th death anniversary, and screen a rich selection of the latest Indian films, as well as new special sectionsThe eighth River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, completely devoted to Indian cinema and directed by Selvaggia Velo, will take place in Florence, Italy, from 5 to 11 December 2008....

Ms. Rekha inaugurated the The 39th edition of IFFI.

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Ms. Rekha inaugurated the The 39th edition of IFFI.  The 39th edition of International Film festival of India, which is now recognized as a one of the TOP festival in the world is open to roll. Veteran actress Ms Rekha lighten the traditional lamp with the opening z. Est szug Chief Minister Digamber Kamath, Union Minister Mr. Ananad Sharma, I & B secretary, Ms Sushma Singh were amongst the guest of honor, While young actress Amrita Rao conducted the ceremony. Over the past four decades th...

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MIAAC 2008: New York’s Indian Film Festival

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One day after the historic election that promised to dewax America’s ears, New Yorkers amped up the global love-in with a celebration of Indian cinema. The eighth Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival, running November 5-9, features independent arthouse fare made on Indian soil as well as Indian-themed productions made abroad, either by Indian or non-Indian filmmakers. Its mantras of reaching out beyond national borders and bridging diverse tastes and traditions vibe perfectly with...

NFAI to present ‘Treasures from archives’ at IFFI-Goa

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Mumbai / November 5, 2008  The National Film Archives of India, Pune will be presenting an unique viewing experience for the cine goers attending the 39th International Film Festival of India, IFFI 2008, in the form of Dada Saheb Phalke’s silent master piece ‘Kalia Mardan’ with live musical accompaniment.  The film, one of the earliest silent movies made in 1919, will be screened on November 23, 2008 at the festival venue in Panaji, Goa.   Giving details of NFAI’s parti...

NFAI to present treasures from archives at IFFI 2008

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NFAI TO PRESENT ‘TREASURES FROM ARCHIVES’ AT IFFI 2008 The National Film Archives of India, Pune will be presenting an unique viewing experience for the cine goers attending the 39th International Film Festival of India, IFFI 2008, in the form of Dada Saheb Phalke’s silent master piece ‘Kalia Mardan’ with live musical accompaniment. The film, one of the earliest silent movies made in 1919, will be screened on November 23, 2008 at the festival venue in Panaji, Goa. Giving details of...

River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival Delicatessen

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Raj Kapoor, a Bollywood-style Charlie Chaplin from the FiftiesThe 2008 River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival will hold a retrospective on the great director Raj Kapoor, on the occasion of his 20th death anniversary, and screen a rich selection of the latest Indian films.The eighth River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, completely devoted to Indian cinema and directed by Selvaggia Velo, will take place in Florence, Italy, from 5 to 11 December 2008.Supported by Mediateca Regionale...

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 7th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

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The Seventh Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) seeks narrative, documentary, music videos, experimental, children’s and animated films of any length and format. The festival will run from April 21-26, 2009 at ArcLight Hollywood, a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of Los Angeles. Jury and Audience Choice Prizes will be awarded for Best Feature, Documentary and Short film. Films previously premiered at the festival include AMAL (Richie Mehta), FROZEN (Shiv...

New Delhi India International Women Film Festival

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4th India International Women Film Festival is scheduled to be held in New Delhi Starting from 7th December till 14th December 2008. It talks about women empowerment, very much relevant in a developing country. We are the pioneer of a Women's Film Festival in India, where women are being projected not just an object of visual pleasure on screen, rather women in other roles as Director, meant to establish female gaze behind the camera. Indian and International Women Directors are showing a h...

Film spotting from Montreal: Chaturanga

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A new Indian film is making its World Premiere bow at the Montreal World Film Festival. Chaturanga is based on the novel by the Nobel Prize winning author Rabindranath Tagore, and is directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay, one of the most exciting and promising young filmmakers working in India. The film is the story of a love that is caught between conflicting worlds of ideas. The lead protagonist Sachish flees from radical positivism to religious mysticism in his quest for life's meaning. However, his...

Film In Focus: CHATURANGA

 Monday, September 1-------A new Indian film is making its World Premiere bow at the Montreal World Film Festival. Chaturanga is based on the novel by the Nobel Prize winning author Rabindranath Tagore, and is directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay, one of the most exciting and promising young filmmakers working in India. The film is the story of a love that is caught between conflicting worlds of ideas. The lead protagonist Sachish flees from radical positivism to religious mysticism in his quest f...

Eight diverse cinematographic traditions meet at Goa for SAFF

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[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...

Bucharest Film Festival 2008 presents FOCUS INDIA

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This year, the Bucharest Film Festival (June 28 to July 6) honours arthouse productions of contemporary Indian Cinema in the special program FOCUS INDIA: it is not very known that 10 percent of the Indian film production belongs to the so called parallel cinema beyond the Bollywood industry. These films have a niche audience and are often presented abroad. They win awards but have almost no chance to be released in regular theatres at home. Made by a new generation of young film makers, the film...

Bucharest Film Festival 2008 presents FOCUS INDIA

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This year, the Bucharest Film Festival (June 28 to July 6) honours arthouse productions of contemporary Indian Cinema in the special program FOCUS INDIA.Made by a new generation of young film makers, the films of this so called “Hinglish Cinema” tell the story in a more approachable manner. They are fun to watch, however serious in subject and engaging in style. “Hinglish” stands for a more free cinema, that tackles subjects still regarded as taboo: corruption, sexual fantasies, adultery...

IFFLA 2008 Announces Award Winners

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The 6th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles announces its 2008 Award winners with Richie Mehta’s AMAL as the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature and Shivajee Chandrabhushan’s FROZEN receiving a Special Mention in the category. Yunus Vally’s THE GLOW OF WHITE WOMEN was named as the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary with Liz Mermin’s SHOT IN BOMBAY receiving a Special Mention. Atul Sabwarhal’s’s MIDNIGHT LOST AND FOUND won the award for Be...

NEWSLETTER N° 341: November 28, 2007

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_______________________________________________________________________________ FESTIVALS AGENDA SUBMISSION CALENDARS Festivals calling for your films... This week, this month... BABELGUM ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL Submit by February 15, 2008 Join the comp...

Ready to leave for London

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I am almost on my way to London second edition of the Festival summit.Only a few minutes off... still need to do some packing, taking the tube to the Gare du Nord and hitting the faster than ever Eurostar.Guess what the company made some operating profit for the first time since the creation of the shuttle. ! (not considering financial agios I guess)I am due to speak tomorrow in one of the round table breakout sessions, but I still could not figure out what the theme is. I am told to play it by...

IFFLA 2008 Announces Closing Night Gala: MUMBAI CUTTING...A CITY UNFOLDS

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IFFLA 2008 Announces Closing Night Gala: MUMBAI CUTTING...A CITY UNFOLDS Sunday, April 27, 6:30pm MUMBAI CUTTING...A CITY UNFOLDSIndia/2008/130min/35mmWorld PremiereDirectors: Sudhir Mishra, Anurag Kashyap, Rahul Dholakia, Ruchi Narain, Kundan Shah, Revathy, Shashank Ghosh, Jahnu Barua, Manish Jha, Rituparno Ghosh Producer: Whitecloud, Sahara One PicturesMusic Composers: Indian Ocean, Sanjeev Srivastav, Illyaraja, Amertya Sen Papon and othersCast: Soha Ali Khan, Jimmy Shergil, Neetu Chandra, Ran...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles schedule of films

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The 6th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announces the full schedule of films for the 2008 edition of the popular festival which runs April 22-27, including four feature films making their world premiere, five features making their U.S. premiere, and nine features making their L.A. debut.Celebrating its 6th anniversary, IFFLA has firmly established itself as the first and largest film festival in North America dedicated entirely to presenting the cinema of India by showcasing films by...

Everything you need to know on next Tribeac

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In its third and final feature film announcement, the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, today released the line-up for its Spotlight, Showcase and Restored/Rediscovered sections along with its Special Events for the seventh annual Festival. The Festival will take place April 23 – May 4, 2008 in Lower Manhattan. “Our Spotlight section presents a group of films already acquired for U.S. distribution but not yet released, including hotly-anticipated new titles by Jos...
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