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Call for Entry: Visions du Réel – International Documentary Film Festival 2015

17 September 2014 12:43 AM, PDT

The 21st edition of Visions du Réel – International Documentary Film Festival is calling for entries. The festival will be held from April 17-25, 2015 in Nyon in Switzerland.

Entries must be submitted online using the online entry form. The deadline for submissions for films completed before September 2014 is 13th October 2014 and for films completed after September 2014 is 6th January 2015.

The International Competition section accepts short films (of up to 30 mins), medium length films (between 31 and 60 mins) and feature films (of more than 60 mins) which have been produced during the 12 months preceding the Festival.

The Premiers Pas section of the festival will present a selection of short films upto 30 minutes by film school graduates presented as world, international and European premieres.

If you have any questions, please contact the Programing Office:


+41 22 365 44 55


Barbara Lorey de Lacharrière

correspondant for India and Bangladesh


+33 6 14 34 63 55


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The Goa Run, Veil selected for Raindance Film Festival

16 September 2014 11:20 PM, PDT

British director John Owen’s Indian feature film, The Goa Run and Sreemoyee Bhattacharya’s short film, Veil will be screened at the 22nd Raindance Film Festival that will take place from the 24th September – 5th October 2014 in central London.

Veil follows a young man’s journey through the pangs of social conformation, lusts, fantasies and everything in between. As he reaches through the covers for the obscure, he is on the verge of understanding that his expectations and reality are separated only by a thin veil.

The Goa Run (Peter Gaya Kaam Sey) revolves around a Goan taxi driver who accepts a job from a local crime boss to pay his debts. The film, produced by Disney India, features Rajeev Khandelwal, Lekha Washington and Prashant Narayanan. Disney India had signed Rajeev Khandelwal for this film after the success of Aamir but it remains unreleased in India several years after »

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Nfdc launches Rajat Kapoor’s “Ankhon Dekhi” on DVD & Vcd

16 September 2014 3:15 AM, PDT

The National Film Development Corporation (Nfdc) has released Rajat Kapoor’s Ankhon Dekhi on DVD and Vcd. The DVD will be distributed by Shemaroo Entertainent Ltd, under the Nfdc distribution label, “Cinemas of India”.

The film will also be launched on Nfdc’s VoD platform, www.cinemasofindia.com. The platform currently hosts around 100 titles available for streaming for Free, Pay-Per-View, and Subscription (monthly) basis.

Written and directed by Rajat Kapoor and produced by Manish Mundra, Ankhon Dekhi centers around Bauji, played by Sanjay Mishra, who, after a dramatic incident, decides that he will only believe what he sees with his eyes. The movie released theatrically on March 21 this year.

Ankhon Dekhi DVDs are available at all large format stores, large bookstores and online stores like Flipkart – DVD for Inr 299/- and Vcd for Inr 115/-. The VoD (Pay-per-view) will be priced at Usd 1.99 and be available for streaming across the Globe. »

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Anup Singh, Dev Benegal’s projects in Ifp’s No Borders Co-Production Market

16 September 2014 12:13 AM, PDT

Qissa director Anup Singh’s upcoming project Mantra – The Song of Scorpions and Dev Benegal’s next project Dead, End or: How I Learnt to Stop Living and Love Being Officially Dead are part of  the ongoing No Borders International Co-production market organized as part of Ifp’s Independent Film Week in New York from September 14-18.

The premier American market has selected 38 projects from all over the world.

Mantra – The Song of Scorpions is written and directed by Anup Singh and produced by Saskia Vischer. The film revolves around twenty-three year old Nooran, who is a singer, a scorpion healer and a medicine woman. Living a free-spirited, independent life, Nooran suffers a calculated, violent attack that sets her on a mystical journey to avenge her and find the song that will heal her.

The project is also selected for the upcoming Asian Project Market in Busan.

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Ifp’s Project Forum selects Pulkit Datta’s “Colony”

14 September 2014 11:05 PM, PDT

Pulkit Datta’s Colony is part of the Project Forum at the Independent Film Week (Ifp Market), organized by the Independent Filmmaker’s Project (Ifp) in New York, running from September 14-18.  Colony revolves around five residents of a middle-class Delhi neighbourhood who confront their secrets and desires, against the backdrop of heated elections, jeopardizing the future of their community forever.

The Project Forum connects filmmakers with financiers, executives, influencers and decision-makers in film, television and new media that helps them complete their latest works.

Colony has also been selected for the Ifp’s ‘Emerging Storytellers’ program that presents 25 U.S. narrative features in early-stage of development.

Currently in development and fundraising stage, Colony was one of the ten projects selected for the Cine Qua Non screenwriting lab in Mexico.

Based in New York City, Pulkit Datta has a background in cinema studies and film/TV production from Nyu’s »

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Call for project submissions: Berlinale Co-Production Market 2015

14 September 2014 10:01 PM, PDT

The 12th Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 8-10, 2015) is inviting projects. The market will take place as part of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival (February 5-15).

The market invites experienced producers from around the world, who are looking for international partners, to submit a feature-length fiction project with at least 30% financing (or the local production funding) in place. Budgets can range from 1 to 20 million Euro (for projects from Greece, Portugal and Spain the budget requirements will be waived).

As a new special feature this year, the market also invites “Berlinale directors” – directors whose films have been screened in one of the Festival Sections in previous years – to submit their new projects even if they do not fulfill the financing criteria.

The deadline for project submissions is October 22, 2014.

Please find the Submission Form and more detailed information along with the specific project requirements for the Berlinale Co-Production Market online at:

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“Margarita, with a Straw” wins Netpac award at Toronto

14 September 2014 9:18 PM, PDT

Kalki Koechlin in Margarita, with a Straw

Margarita, with a Straw directed by Shonali Bose won the Netpac award for Best Asian Film at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival which wrapped up on Sunday.

The Netpac Jury comprising Lekha Shankar (India), Hannah Fisher (China) and Anderson Le (Hawaii) remarked, “Margarita, with a Straw is both universal and groundbreaking. Director Shonali Bose and actress Kalki Koechlin have jointly created a character and a world that embody a love letter to life, with all its highs and lows, in spite of overwhelming physical limitations.”

Margarita, with a Straw is scheduled for an early 2015 release in India.

The film revolves around Laila (Kalki Koechlin), a young romantic and a secret rebel in a wheelchair. Undeterred by cerebral palsy, she embarks on exhilarating adventures of self discovery, which cause a rift both within and with those she is closest to. Ultimately, it is »

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