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Film Bazaar Panel: Are remakes the future of Indian film industry?

21 November 2014 4:45 AM, PST

Knowledge Series 2014 – Remakes – Creative & Financial Viability: Deborah Benattar, MD, La Fabrique Films during the Knowledge series 2014 session on remakes – Creative & Financial Viability at the 8th Nfdc Film Bazaar 2014, held at the Marriott Hotel, Panjim, Goa, India on November 21, 2014. (Manoj Patil/Solaris Images)

Remake rights instead of original scripts are in high demand in the Hindi film industry and the trend is only going to go up with time. But can an industry depend entirely on borrowed ideas for its growth? The question was addressed in a panel discussion on “Remakes: Financial and creative viability”, held as part of Knowledge Series, at the ongoing Nfdc Film Bazaar in Goa.

Producer-director Rohan Sippy, Deborah Benattar of La Fabrique Films, Amar Butala of Salman Khan Ventures and entertainment lawyer Ameet Naik were part of the panel moderated by Hollywood Reporter’s India correspondent Nyay Bhushan.

Rohan Sippy said, “It’s not up to »


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Nfdc Film Bazaar to help filmmakers find finishing funds

18 November 2014 10:00 PM, PST

Nfdc Film Bazaar is introducing a new segment for films in need of gap financing this year. Eighteen projects will be pitched to potential investors to find finishing funds at the first Investor Pitch in Goa this year.

“We learnt that independent films invariably run out of budget at post-production stage. So we thought of organizing a pitching session of such films from Nfdc Recommends section and presenting them to investors, producers and distributors. Here prospective investors can get to watch full films,” says Deepti DCunha, the curator of Investor Pitch.

In order to try out the idea, Nfdc invited selected filmmakers from the Viewing Room section last year for a pitching forum. Filmmakers were asked to showcase the trailers and talk about their films for about five minutes.

One of the filmmakers who pitched his film at the forum last year was Lajwanti director Pushpendra Singh. He met Delhi-based »


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How Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar affirms Hollywood’s faith in God

18 November 2014 8:10 PM, PST

“Even the issue of saving people is repeatedly equated by Cooper and the others to saving their own families and children”

If technology has had one effect on cinema it is to make the logic of technological fiction completely inaccessible to the spectator. This is not confined to the Si-Fi film alone but appears true of virtually any kind of cinema where computer technology plays a role. As instances, I have not – despite repeated viewings – still figured out how Daniel Ocean and his comrades manage to rob the casino in Ocean’s Eleven (2001) or how the group in The Italian Job (2003) manipulates traffic signals at will to outwit the villain. If common thieves – with no more access to special technology than has the average computer geek – could do such things, would the system be safe at all? The reason directors get away with such apparent fallacies is that they take »


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Saiff to begin today, see complete lineup here

18 November 2014 12:46 AM, PST

Jigarthanda at Saiff 2014

X, by eleven directors, will kickstart HBO’s South Asian International Film Festival (Saiff) on Tuesday. The festival will be held from November 18-23 in Manhattan.

Shrihari Sathe’s Ek Hazarachi Note, Karthik Subbaraj’s Jigarthanda, Kanu Behl’s Titli, Avinash Arun’s Killa and Afia Serena Nathaniel’s Dukhtar are the feature films to be screened at the festival.

The short films at the festival include Gaurav Bakshi’s Enough, Rajesh Jala’s 23 Winters, Gitanjali Rao’s True Love Story (animation), Atanu Mukherjee’s The Gatekeeper and Sreemoyee Bhattacharya’s Veil.

Raj and Dk’s Happy Ending, starring Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D’Cruz, Kalki Koechlin, Ranvir Shorey and Govinda, will be screened as the Centerpiece Film of the festival.

The festival will close with the screening of Nabeel Qureshi’s Na Maloom Afraad.

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Delegate Registrations: 7th Bengaluru International Film Festival

17 November 2014 8:57 PM, PST

What: The 7th edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival (Biffes) will be held from December 4-11, 2014.

The festival is being organized by the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy for Government of Karnataka supported by Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce.

The festival will screen films in the following sections: Cinema of the World, Asian Cinema, Chitrabharati (Indian Cinema), Kannada Cinema, Retrospectives, Country Focus, Grand Classics, Homages, Fipresci, and Special Theme: Gender Violence.

Delegate registrations:

Online: http://biffes.in/english/

At our office: Bengaluru International Film Festival, Badami House, N.R. Square, Bengaluru – 560002. Phone: +91 080 2222 2355 | +91 80 2213 3410 | +91 80 2213 3441

At Suchitra Film Society: No. 36, 9th Main, B V Karanth Road, Near Post Office, 9th Main Rd, Banashankari Stage II, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070. Phone:080 2671 1785.

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