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No National award for The Lunchbox?
2 hours ago
The 61st National Films Awards Jury Chairperson Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Feature Film Jury (Central Panel) holding a press conference to announce the 61st National Films Awards for the year 2013, in New Delhi on April 16, 2014. Photo source: Ministry of I&B, Govt. of India
After the Oscar selection committee, it’s now the National Film Awards jury that has snubbed Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox. The film, which has gained immense success and critical acclaim internationally, doesn’t figure in the list of 31 Indian films that have won national awards in 40 categories.
The 61st National Film Awards jury headed by veteran filmmaker Saeed Akhtar Mirza announced the winners Wednesday. While the 11-member jury has shown a clear inclination towards independent films which took the awards in all the major categories; the absence of The Lunchbox from the long list of winners is striking.
Batra’s The Lunchbox started its journey at »
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Independent films sweep 61st National Awards
19 hours ago
Independent films swept the 61st National Film awards in all the major categories. Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus was named the Best Feature Film, while Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox remained conspicuous by its absence in the list of awards.
Producer Guneet Monga’s 10 tips for indie filmmakers
14 April 2014 10:57 PM, PDT
DearCinema organized an interactive session with leading independent producer Guneet Monga on “From the Producer’s Perspective” on April 12 in Mumbai.
For those who couldn’t attend the session, here are 10 takeaways from it:
Producer Guneet Monga at DearCinema Session in Mumbai held on April 12
The best way to approach a producer is through references. For me, one should reach out through one of the filmmakers I work with. Producing a film is about building a personal equation over time so that you trust each other to take the project further. More than the script, it’s the people behind it. What is their voice? What is their individuality? It’s very difficult to understand that in one meeting unless it comes through a proper channel. A producer is so overwhelmed with content that it’s always better to reach out through a reference.
Platforms like Nfdc Film Bazaar and »
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“The World Before Her” raises Inr 31 lakhs through crowdfunding
14 April 2014 12:19 AM, PDT
The Kickstarter campaign for Nisha Pahuja’s award-winning documentary, The World Before Her, ended successfully on Sunday, surpassing its goal of 50,000 Canadian dollars. The documentary raised a total of 57,290 Canadian dollars (approx. Inr 31 lakhs) with the support of 382 backers from all over the world.
The money will be used for the India campaign to screen the film across the country and raise awareness on women’s rights issues. Being presented by Anurag Kashyap, the film will be screened in schools, universities, villages, NGOs and online.
Pahuja said, “I am thrilled that we reached our target. Only 44% of Kickstarter projects are successful and most of those are under the 10k level. Our success is a testament to people’s belief in what we are doing and a desire to stand up for women’s rights.”
“What was fascinating about our campaign is that a lot of support for our page came »
Fandry, Powerless win top prizes at Iffla 2014
13 April 2014 10:13 PM, PDT
A still from Alchemy
“It is an award for me that I am here in La, in the USA,” Manjule said in his acceptance speech.
The 12th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles was held from April 8-13, 2014.