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FICCI FRAMES Fast Track 2022, 01: A comeback of sorts

FICCI FRAMES Fast Track 2022, 01: A comeback of sorts It was overdue. Usually held in March, it was first postponed at the eleventh hour, and then cancelled. The year was 2020. And everybody remembers what was happening in March 2020. The Ides of March plagued the world in 2021 too, and only relented after March 2022. An eagerly awaited annual event, FICCI FRAMES is the definitive convention of the Media and Entertainment (M & E) Sector of the country. Industry giants assemble, there are ...

MISMFF 2022, 05: Silence! Here comes the Founder-Director, Dr. Khatuna Khundadze: Exclusive interview, by Siraj Syed

MISMFF 2022, 05: Silence! Here comes the Founder-Director, Dr. Khatuna Khundadze: Exclusive interview, by Siraj Syed       Q.: How was the first festival conceived and why? A: If you are in Georgia, in Mestia, and standing on the Terrace Theatre, the first word that come to you will be “mountain”. In Georgia, and in the Caucasus, there was no mountain film festival. I, and my partner, Gegi Paliani, there should be a mountain film festival, and so ...

TEYYAM of Gods, Heroes and Ancestors, Patrick Morell, USA/India, 2021; 51’

Patrick Morell presents a superbly photographed documentation of the Teyyam rituals. These rituals have been performed for thousands of years, in hundreds of  locations, in India’s Northern Kerala.  Through Teyyam rituals, devotees’ bond with their gods, goddesses, heroes, and ancestors. Teyyam rituals have re-established a direct personalized relationship between the believers and their gods, a connection disrupted by Western organized religion. As the philosopher Martin...

IFFI 52, 030: BRICS film festival held alongside IFFI

IFFI 52, 030: BRICS film festival held alongside IFFI “We are all from different cultures, different backgrounds and different thought processes; coming together on the same page to pick out a best film for this competition unanimously is quite an achievement”, said Rahul Rawail, noted Indian film director, editor and Jury Chairperson of the BRICS Film Festival, at a press conference at the 52nd International Film Festival today in Goa. For the first time, the BRICS Film Festival...

IFFI 52, 05: Lifetime Achievement Award for Szabó, Scorsese; Saura’s The King of all the World, opening film

IFFI 52, 05: Lifetime Achievement Award for Szabó, Scorsese; Saura’s The King of all the World, opening film Legendary Hungarian film-maker István Szabó and veteran Hollywood figure Martin Scorsese will be honoured with the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement award at IFFI 52. 83 year-old Szabó is a graduate of the Budapest Academy of Film Art, and is known for such classics as 25 Fireman Street, which was an IFFI favourite, Mephisto and his latest, Zár&...

Splendid Land, Review: Xinjiang is a many splendoured place

Splendid Land, Review: Xinjiang is a many splendoured place The China-Greece co-production documentary, Splendid Land, directed by Eleni Vlassi and Jin Huaqing, presents the wonderful land of Xinjiang, China and its ancient customs, through a musician pursuing the Mukam music and the spectacular landscape.  Seldom has so much splendour been captured in such a short span. The film is only twenty minutes long, but it flows along seamlessly, and when it ends, you are left craving for more. ...

New York AAIFF 2021

More than forty years ago Asian CineVision set up the Asian American  International film festival in 1978, the first and longest running US festival focusing on Asian American film as an instrument of social change. Embracing the online and live events hybrid format, AAIFF’s 44th edition this year from August 11 – 25 showcased international films including 13 world premieres, special presentation of five features, nine narrative features, five documentaries and a short film pr...

Bijaya Jena’s Hindi film ‘Abhaas’ (1997): An Overlooked Indian Classic

Babu Subramanian   Akshay Anand and Bijaya Jena in Abhaas The Hindi film Abhaas (Prologue) – about to enter its silver jubilee year in 2022 - is among the Indian art films which have aged well. It was directed by the FTII trained actor Bijaya Jena who also starred in it. Her first feature Tara (1992), a national award winning Odiya film, is about the journey of a woman in a men’s world which leads her to finding her calling. Jena acted as well as wore the director’s h...

IFFI 51, Goa, 16-24 January 2021, 04: Pablo Cesar to Chair International Jury

IFFI 51, Goa, 16-24 January 2021, 04: Pablo Cesar to Chair International Jury The 51st edition of International Film Festival of India announced its five-member International Jury today, with eminent film-makers from across the world. The Jury will comprise Pablo Céésar (Argentina) as Chairman, Prasanna Vithanage (Sri Lanka), Abu Bakr Shawky (Austria), Priyadarshan (India) and Ms. Rubaiyat Hossain (Bangladesh). Pablo César is an Argentinian film-maker. He has the critica...

Post Show Report of "Focus on India" Forum Organised at Venice Film Festival, 2020

“The Venice Film festival has stood as a symbol of recognition of cinematic excellence at an international platform,” said Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, in his address at Venice Film Festival 2020, where India is the focus country this year. “It is with great pleasure that I am announcing that India and Italy have agreed on the rules of procedure for co-production treaty and it is hoped that it will take our joint collab...

Both "From On High" & "Pooling" accepted to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Film Festival!

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Both "From On High" (2017) and "Pooling" (2018) have been accepted to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Film Festival in Surat, Gujarat, India for October 31, 2020. Written/helmed/produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "From On High" and "Pooling" were shot and edited and visual effects were done by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. "From On High" was scored by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "Poolin...

"terroir" is accepted to the Pune Short Film Festival in India!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the Pune Short Film Festival in Pune, India for later this fall (exact date to be determined due to the pandemic). "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed/written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film was shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in ...

"terroir" selected to the Madras Independent Film Festival!

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"terroir" has been selected to the Madras Independent Film Festival in Chennai, India. Written, helmed and performed by Dawn Westlake, and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is a musical documentary about how the mother-child relationship can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot on location by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton & Peru, IL USA, Font Romeu, France a...

"terroir" & "Pooling" win awards on last day of 2019!

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"terroir" and "Pooling", the two latest musical films by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, have won awards on the final day of 2019. "terroir" is the story of how unfortunately the mother-child relationship can cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. It won the BEST MUSIC VIDEO AWARD at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival held at the National Film Archive of India in Pune. "Pooling...

"terroir" to play the National Film Archive of India with Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival for December 28, 2019. The festival venue is the National Film Archive of India, located in the city of Pune. Written, helmed, produced and protagonized by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" was shot on location in Wheaton & Peru, Illinois, USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Penedes, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol also did the editing and considerable visua...

KASHISH 2020 : Submit your LGBTQIA+ film to South Asia's biggest LGBTQIA+ film festival

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival invites you to submit your LGBTQIA+ themed films to the 11th Anniversary edition of the festival which will be held from May 20-24, 2020 in Mumbai, INDIA. The festival is organized by KASHISH Arts Foundation, a not-for-profit trust working towards mainstreaming queer issues through cinema and arts. SUBMISSION LINK: https://filmfreeway.com/KASHISH2020 KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film...

"terroir" to have World Premiere at Goa Short Film Festival!

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"terroir", the brand new musical film by Dawn Westlake with orchestration by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, will have its world premiere at the Goa Short Film Festival in India in November! "terroir" was shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton & Peru, Illinois, USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Penedes, Catalunya, Spain. Pol edited and did visual effects as well. The film marks the professional acting debut of four-year-old Lilly Johnson, the g...

Meet the Filmmaker: Rupam Sarmah with 'One Little Finger' in Cannes 2019

One Little Finger is a Narrative Feature film (English) in order to bring awareness about disability and human rights, and to promote inclusion and diversity. Over 80 children and adults with disabilities have acted in this film. Some of them have genetic disorder, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment, mental retardation, autism, down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, dementia, etc. Over a billion people live with some form of disability. One child in twenty is disabled, but physical ...

Ritesh Batra on Photograph: Berlin Interview

  Ritesh Batra is an Indian filmmaker based in NYC. He rose to fame with his feature film The Lunchbox, which premiered in Cannes in 2013.  His new film, Photograph, premiered at this year’s Berlinale Special programme is a unique love story of a photographer in Mumbai and a girl he meets on the streets while looking for his next customer. From different backgrounds and each carrying their own baggage, the two strangers embark on a bittersweet journey.   ...

Invisible Hands, Documentary, 2018

  In a period when politicians openly disregard the truth and the rise of embrace authoritarian rule around the globe constraining public opinion,  important documentaries can have a difficult time overcoming the informational noise and finding their most essential audience while competing with other documentaries’ that cover equally disturbing problems.  INVISIBLE HANDS, a USA production by Shraysi Tandon belongs to the relatively small group of must see 2...

FILMMAKERS RECEIVED AWARDS IN WINDOW ROCK

„What an event! Such a deep, meaningful, fulfilling experience at the International Uranium Film Festival!“ Libbe HaLevy The International Uranium Film Festival in Window Rock ended with awards going to young Navajo / Dine filmmaker Deidra Peaches, to Brittany Prater from New York and to Shri Prakash from Ranchi in India.    „International Uranium Film Festival - Window Rock: I can't even begin to describe how wonderful this experience is. The peopl...

10th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

SUBMISSION LINK: https://filmfreeway.com/KASHISH2019

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival invites you to submit your LGBTQ themed films to the 10th Anniversary of the festival which will be held from June 12 – 16, 2019 in Mumbai. The festival is organized by KASHISH Arts Foundation, a not-for-profit trust working towards mainstreaming queer issues through cinema and arts.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival and has been voted as one of world’s top 5 coolest LGBTQ film festival. The festival is also one of the biggest pride events in India.

The festival accepts submissions of Features, Documentaries, Short films, Experimental films and music videos – all should be related to LGBTQ lives and stories.

The theme for KASHISH 2019 is ‘Over The Rainbow’.

Submissions are now open on FilmFreeWay, the world’s #1 submission platform. Earlybird discount of 20% available till November 30th. Final deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019.

SUBMISSION LINK: https://filmfreeway.com/KASHISH2019

KASHISH 2019 : CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

SUBMISSION LINK: https://filmfreeway.com/KASHISH2019 KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival invites you to submit your LGBTQ themed films to the 10th Anniversary of the festival which will be held from June 12 – 16, 2019 in Mumbai. The festival is organized by KASHISH Arts Foundation, a not-for-profit trust working towards mainstreaming queer issues through cinema and arts. KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival...
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