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Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab 2014: Project Profiles

26 August 2014 10:50 PM, PDT

In its eighth edition, the first stage of the Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab was recently held at the Sarajevo Film Festival (15 – 23 August 2014) and the second stage is scheduled during Film Bazaar (20- 24 November 2014) in Goa.

DearCinema profiles all the six selected projects:

Aamir Bashir

Winter by Aamir Bashir

Winter is the second installment of what I hope will be a trilogy. It is the story of a village woman in Kashmir whose husband is a militant. She is a shawl weaver, a traditional Kashmiri skill, that helps her fend for herself. By juxtaposing this traditional craft with the current conflict, it is an exploration of questions of identity, love, duty and freedom through a woman’s eyes.  read more

 

The Boyfriend by Ashim Ahluwalia & Vidur Nauriyal

The Boyfriend follows two social outcasts who, trapped in a storm of violence, embark on a forbidden love affair. It is a sweeping romance, an »


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Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab 2014: Winter by Aamir Bashir

26 August 2014 10:40 PM, PDT

The first leg of the Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab ran in Sarajevo from August 19-23. DearCinema introduces the selected projects to its readers:

Winter by Aamir Bashir

Aamir Bashir

Tell us more about your project.

Winter is the second installment of what I hope will be a trilogy. It is the story of a village woman in Kashmir whose husband is a militant. She is a shawl weaver, a traditional Kashmiri skill, that helps her fend for herself. By juxtaposing this traditional craft with the current conflict, it is an exploration of questions of identity, love, duty and freedom through a woman’s eyes.

At what stage of development is it?

We have a screenplay and an Indian producer in Jar Pictures.

What are your expectations from Screenwriters’ Lab?

I am hoping to fine tune my script and for the first time get an outside/objective view from my mentors. Writing is an insular exercise, »


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1st Colombo Iff to showcase Indian films curated by DearCinema

26 August 2014 5:05 AM, PDT

The inaugural edition of International Film Festival of Colombo, the first major international film festival to be held in Sri Lanka, will screen a special package of Indian films curated by DearCinema.

The festival, to be held from September 2-7, is being organized by the Directors’ Guild of Sri Lanka with the support of Okinawa International Movie Festival in Japan.

The package comprises of award-winning and festival-favourite Indian films like Kanu Behl’s Titli, Avinash Arun’s Killa, Anup Singh’s Qissa, Nagraj Manjule’s Fandry, Geethu Mohandas’ Liar’s Dice, Kaushik Ganguly’s Apur Panchali, Jahnu Barua’s Ajeyo, Shilpa Ranade’s The World of Goopi and Bagha and Rajeev Ravi’s Annayum Rasoolam.

Kanu Behl, Avinash Arun, Nagraj Manjule, Geethu Mohandas, Kaushik Ganguly, Jahnu Barua, Shilpa Ranade and Rajeev Ravi will be in attendance at the festival. Actors Geetanjali Thapa (Liar’s Dice) and Rasika Dugal (Qissa) will »


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Why touts thrive in censor board office

26 August 2014 12:56 AM, PDT

Thankfully films don’t require a censor certificate for screening at film festivals. But if you want to submit your film for the Indian Panorama of the International Film Festival of India or the National Awards, you need to get a censor certificate. The date of certification will be considered as the date of completion of your film. That’s precisely the reason why many independent filmmakers apply for the certificate knowing very well that they won’t ever use it as their films won’t be exhibited commercially.

Another unspoken rule of the Cbfc certification process is that the applicant is expected to do half the job for the office despite having paid an examination fee. You’re expected to know who sits where and what is kept where to be able to get a censor certificate. And it’s incredible the kind of free access the Cbfc office »


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Call for Entry: Nfdc Film Bazaar Producers’ Lab 2014

26 August 2014 12:30 AM, PDT

Nfdc Film Bazaar Producers’ Lab, a segment that was introduced at the 2013 edition of Film Bazaar, is calling for entries.

The aim of the Lab is to provide training and networking opportunities to upcoming Producers from across the world. The Lab will consist of Workshop Sessions, Case Studies and Master Classes spread over the five days of the Bazaar.

The first day of the Lab will essentially consist of a short session on Pitching and an introduction to the Lab. The next 4 days will consist of intensive sessions/classes that the participants will need to attend. At the end of each day, there will be a networking cocktail that will be attended by all the delegates attending Film Bazaar.

The non-refundable application fee for the Producers’ Lab is Inr 50,000 (Rupees Fifty Thousand). Only applicants who have been shortlisted to participate at the Lab will need to pay the fees. Nfdc »


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Watch “The Last Adieu” & “India 67″ at Vikalp Bengaluru

25 August 2014 1:41 AM, PDT

What:

Vikalp Bengaluru looks back and ahead with two documentaries – one traces a young nation’s journey, the other a daughter’s. The two documentaries meet at Doc@Everest: The Last Adieu by Shabnam Sukhdev and India 67 by S. Sukhdev

Shabnam Sukhdev will be present for the screening along with Jabeen Merchant, the editor of the The Last Adieu.

The Last Adieu is the recipient of National Award for Best Biographical Film 2014.

When:

Thursday, 28th August 2014, 6 pm

Entry:

Entry fee, donations welcome

Venue:

Everest Theatre

No 1, Kenchappa Road,

Opp East Grounds, Frazer Town,

Bengaluru, India

560005

About the film

The Last Adieu

90 minutes, 2014, English-Hindi with English sub-titles

Synopsis – The Last Adieu is a personal quest of a filmmaker daughter to unravel the past and make a connection with her filmmaker father, S. Sukhdev, who died suddenly at the age of 46, leaving behind a huge body of work and an unresolved relationship with his daughter. »


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Call for Entry: New York Indian Film Festival 2015

24 August 2014 9:01 PM, PDT

The 15th New York Indian Film Festival, to be held from May 3-9, 2015 is calling for entries. Films that have not been/will not be publicly screened or premiered in New York or the Tri-State Area prior to Nyiff 2015, and meet the following criteria, will be considered.

Diaspora Cinema: Films that feature the work of filmmakers, actors, writers, directors of South Asian descent living outside the sub continent. This may include films made by Non-South Asians that feature significant South Asian content, inspiration, subject matter.

Or

Independent Cinema: Films whose country of origin lies within the Indian Subcontinent: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan.

 Categories

Feature Narrative     – Narrative works over 30 mins

Short Narrative          – Narrative works under 30 mins

Feature Documentary – Documentary works over 30 mins

Short Documentary – Documentary works under 30 mins

Deadlines

Earlybird Deadline -  October 1, 2014

Regular Deadline -     December 1, 2014

Late Deadline -              February 1, 2015

For detailed information on rules, »


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