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Court, Chauranga selected for Dubai

25 November 2014 9:31 PM, PST

Chaitanya Tamhane’s “Court

The 11th edition of Dubai International Film Festival, to be held from December 10 – 17, will screen Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court, Bikas Mishra’s Chauranga, Rajeev Ravi’s I’m Steve Lopez and M. Manikandan’s The Crow’s Egg in “Cinema of the World” section. Danis Tanović’s Tigers will also be screened in the same section.

The multiple-award winning film Court follows the trial of an ageing folk singer accused of performing an inflammatory song, which may have incited a sewage worker to commit suicide.

Bikas Mishra’s  Chauranga premiered at the Mumbai Film Festival where it won the Best Film award in India Gold competition. In Chauranga, set in the dark hinterland of India, Santu wants to go to school like his older brother Bajarangi. When Bajarangi returns from boarding school on holiday, he exposes Santu to the dreams of city life. But Santu’s »


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Mostofa Farooki’s “No Land’s Man” wins Nfdc Development Award at Film Bazaar

24 November 2014 7:22 PM, PST

Filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki receives the Nfdc Development Award from Marco Muller, Artistic Director, Rome Film Festival

Photo: Ramesh Nair/Solaris Images

Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki won the Nfdc Development Award for his project No Land’s Man. The cash award of Rs. 10 Lakh (Usd 16,000) was presented to him on the closing day of Film Bazaar in Goa.

Nfdc Development award, earlier known as the Incredible India award, is given to the best project of co-production market. Farooki, known for films like Television and Ant Story, was earlier selected for the Asian Project Market of Busan International Film Festival for his project No Land’s Man.

Raam Reddy’s Thithi won the award in fiction category of Work-in-progress lab. Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s Proposition for a Revolution won the award in non-fiction category.

Projects at rough cut stage are presented in the Work-in-Progress lab. The winners of »


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Titli, Killa winners at Saiff 2014

23 November 2014 9:23 PM, PST

A still from Titli

Kanu Behl’s Titli took home South Asian International Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature. Avinash Arun’s Killa was adjudged the second best film.

The Best Director Award was presented to first-time writer-director Afia Nathaniel for her film Dukhtar. The tense drama, Pakistan’s official entry to the 2014 Academy Awards, was also presented with the festival’s Audience Award.

The jury awarded their Short Grand Jury Prize to Gitanjali Rao’s True Love Story, a stunning animated short about a 17-year-old orphan who uses his love of Bollywood cinema to help him woo the girl of his dreams.

The Audience Award for Short Film was awarded to Veil by director Sreemoyee Bhattacharya.

The award ceremony took place at Manhattan’s Carlton Hotel on November 23rd, celebrating Saiff’s eleventh anniversary.

The Eleventh Annual South Asian International Film Festival ran from Tuesday, November 18th, »


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