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Farida Pacha’s My Name is Salt wins Idfa award

30 November 2013 8:22 PM, PST

A still from “My Name is Salt”

My Name is Salt directed by Farida Pacha won the First Appearance award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa) 2013. The award consists of a cash component of €5,000 (Inr 4 lakh).

The documentary was made with financial support from the Idfa Bertha Fund for Script and Project Development in 2008 and Production and post-production in 2010.

My Name is Salt (India/Switzerland) revolves around the families that move to a barren desert in India year after year. They work for eight months straight to produce the “whitest salt in the world”, until monsoon season is upon them. The documentary patiently observes the intense work done by a family of salt pan workers.

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa) 2013 was held from November 20-December 1, 2013.

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Kaushik Ganguly named Best Director for Apur Panchali at Iffi 2013

30 November 2013 4:51 AM, PST

Kaushik Ganguly won the Best Director Award of the 44th International Film Festival of India (Iffi) for Apur Panchali. The award comprises of Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 1.5 million (Usd 24000).

Apur Panchali (Apu’s Song) is a real-life story inspired by Subir Banerjee, the child actor who played the iconic role of Apu in Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali. The film released theatrically in August 1955 and it has been 58 long years hence. But ironically Subir never became a part of any film again in his entire life. On his way to receive an award in a film festival in Germany, he reminisces about his life.

Beatriz’s war from East Timor bagged the Golden Peacock for Best Film and a cash prize of Rs. 4 million (Usd 64000). The film is directed by Luigi Acquisto and Bety Reis.

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Call for Entry: Cannes Film Festival 2014

29 November 2013 11:00 PM, PST

The Cannes Film Festival is calling for entries for its 2014 edition. Films will be selected only for the Official Selection in Competition (short and feature films), Out of Competition and Un Certain Regard sections. The 67th edition of the festival will be held from May 14-25, 2014.

The film must have been produced during the twelve months preceding the festival and its distribution must be limited to the country of origin. The film should not have had an international premiere and must not have been showed on the internet. Subtitles will be required if the film is not in French or English languages. Filmmakers of selected films will be notified in April, 2014.

The festival recognizes a film as a short film if it is less than 15 minutes in duration (including credits) and a film as feature film if it is more than 60 minutes in duration. Find the entry form here.

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Registrations open for Short Filmmaking workshop by Umesh Kulkarni

29 November 2013 10:06 PM, PST

Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni

‘Shoot a short’, a workshop on short filmmaking conducted by acclaimed filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni will be held from December 5-8, 2013 at the National Film Archive of India (Nfai) in Pune.

This is the third edition of the workshop after its inception in January 2013. The second edition was conducted in Thane.

The workshop will primarily aim at guiding film enthusiasts to make short films. The three stages of film making such as pre-production, shooting and post-production will be explained thoroughly. Translating an idea into a script and then to a screenplay, cast and crew management, dealing with actors are some of the core areas the workshop focuses upon. Anyone above 18 years is eligible for this workshop.

This workshop will be primarily in Marathi. Candidates interested in English workshop may also enroll their names at Arbhaat Films Pvt.

Ltd. - 020-25433549, 8007893572, 9881463169 and email- arbhaat@gmail.com

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You cannot market indie films the same way as Bollywood: Veena Bakshi, director of The Coffin Maker

28 November 2013 11:26 PM, PST

T he Coffin Maker, one of the two Indian films in International Competition at the International Film Festival of India (Iffi), won the Audience Award at the recently concluded 13th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival.

Director Veena Bakshi talks to DearCinema about her film:

Still from The Coffin Maker

How did the idea of the film come to you?

A friend of mine, Shirish Desai, had a story on what if a coffin maker meets death? I called him up and asked him whether I could develop the story into a script. He gave his consent and in a year and a half I finished writing the script.

Why did you choose to cast Naseerudin Shah and Randeep Hooda?

I didn’t choose them, the script chose them. And this is not a heavy duty statement. The time I created Antone Gomes and from the time the script was written, »


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The Coffin Maker, Tamaash, No Problem! win at River to River Florence Indian Film Festival

28 November 2013 9:41 PM, PST

The Coffin Maker by Veena Bakshi won the River to River Bitebay Audience Award at the 13th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival that was held from November 22-28.

Set in a small village in Goa, the film tells the story of Anton Gomes (Naseeruddin Shah) who comes from a family of accomplished carpenters and takes up coffin-making when difficult circumstances render him jobless and penniless. The film is part of International Competition at the ongoing International Film Festival of India (Iffi) Goa.

Tamaash by Satyanshu and Devanshu Singh won the Audience award in Short film section. The film recently won the Golden Elephant trophy for Best Short, Children’s Jury at the 18th International Children’s Film Festival of India.

No Problem! Six Months with the Barefoot Grandmamas by Yasmin Kidwai took the Audience award in the documentary section. The film revolves around women from six countries who »


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India is the new territory to be conquered: Cedomir Kolar, Asap Films

27 November 2013 10:23 PM, PST

Cedomir Kolar

C edomir Kolar, one of the founders of Paris-based Asap Films, that co-produced the hugely successful Lunchbox has now boarded Rajesh Jala’s Chingari (The Spark) at Nfdc Film Bazaar 2013. Kolar talks to DearCinema about what drew him towards Chingari (Incredible India Award winner) and the market for Indian films abroad:

What did you like about Chingari?

First of all, I liked the way the soft-spoken director Rajesh Jala was trying to convince me of his script at the Screenwriters’ Lab. (Read Rajesh Jala on “Chingari” here)  Two years ago I had met Ritesh Batra at Screenwriters Lab in Goa too. I know things do not repeat themselves in our business but that does not mean a little bit of superstition doesn’t matter.

Chingari has all the elements that appeal to a producer. Set in Banaras, it is visually a very appealing story. I like the characters who are very typically Indian. »


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Indian doc nominated for Idfa First Appearance award

27 November 2013 9:50 PM, PST

A still from “My Name is Salt”

My Name is Salt, a documentary by Farida Pacha, has been nominated for First Appearance Competition at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa). The other two nominees in this category are Ariel by Laura Bari (Canada) and Judgment in Hungary by Eszter Hajdú (Hungary / Germany).

The winner of the competition will be announced on Friday in Amsterdam. The award consists of a cash component of €5,000. Besides, the Jury will present the Peter Wintonick Special Jury Award for First Appearance (€2,500) named after the Canadian filmmaker who passed away earlier this month.

My Name is Salt (India/Switzerland) revolves around the families that move to a barren desert in India year after year. They work for eight months straight to produce the “whitest salt in the world”, until monsoon season is upon them. The documentary patiently observes the intense work done by a family of salt pan workers. »


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Role of Sales Agents discussed at Nfdc Film Bazaar

25 November 2013 11:29 PM, PST

N Fdc Film Bazaar 2013 hosted a panel discussion on the ‘Role of Sales Agents’ as part of Knowledge Series. The panelists were: Bero Beyer, Producer and Film Consultant, Netherlands Film Fund; Luc Ntonga, Insomnia Worlds Sales; Bill Strauss, Sales Agent, Bgp Films and filmmaker Dev Benegal. The panel was moderated by Liz Shackleton, Asia Editor, Screen International.

Here are the takeaways from the discussion -

(L-r) Bero Beyer, Luc Ntonga, Liz Shackleton, Bill Strauss and Dev Benegal

“Indian filmmakers mostly look to sell their film in India or to the Indian diaspora market”, said Dev Benegal, summing up the relation between Indian filmmakers and sales agents.

He said that the filmmakers / producers recover their money domestically and hence do not take steps to enter the international market. Most Indian filmmakers / producers approach distributors instead of sales agents to sell their films.

According to Luc Ntonga, there are many benefits in going the sales agent route. »


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Rajesh Jala’s Chingari, Kanu Behl’s Titli triumph at Nfdc Film Bazaar 2013

24 November 2013 7:28 PM, PST

Rajesh Jala

Rajesh Jala won the Incredible India Award for his project Chingari (The Spark) at Nfdc Film Bazaar 2013. France’s Asap Films, that earlier co-produced Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, has boarded the film during Film Bazaar.

The Incredible India Award comes with a cash price of Rs. 10 lakhs for the best project in the Co-Production Market and is presented by the Ministry of Tourism towards project development. Rajesh Jala’s Chingari will be a 97 minute film revolving around Kabir, a young photographer, who enters the city of Banaras with a camera and a troubled past. He encounters two individuals Gagan, a young cremator and Amma an old widow. The project was selected for Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab 2013.

Kanu Behl’s Titli won the Di Award for the Best Work-in-Progress Lab Project.

The Di Award sponsors the completion of the Digital Intermediate process at Prasad Labs. Kanu Behl’s Titli »


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