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Katiyabaaz to release in 15 cities

13 hours ago

Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar’s award winning documentary, Katiyabaaz,will release in 15 cities of India starting August 22.

The film is being presented by Phantom Films owned by Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap, Madhu Mantena and Vikas Bahl.

In the first phase, the film will release in about 45 screens in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Indore, Kanpur, Chandigarh and Jaipur.

“The release happened through Vikramaditya Motwane. He saw the film at a screening that we did for the film industry in Mumbai, and immediately offered to help us bring it to the theaters,” said Fahad Mustafa.

The film revolves around Loha Singh, a nimble young electrician who provides robin-hood style services to the poor in a city with 15-hour power cuts. Meanwhile, the first female chief of the electricity supply company is on a mission to dismantle the illegal connections, for good.

Katiyabaaz won the 61st National Award for Best Investigative Film. »

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Bengali film “Labour of Love” selected for Venice Days

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A still from “Labour of Love”

Bengali-language film Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of Love), a debut feature by Aditya Vikram Sengupta , has been selected for the 11th edition of Venice Days, an independent sidebar of the Venice Film Festival.

Featuring Ritwick Chakraborty and Basabdutta Chatterjee, the film has been produced by Jonaki Bhattacharya ( For Films) and Sanjay Shah (Salaam Cinema). Labour of Love marks the debut of both the director and the two production companies.

Set in the crumbling environs of Calcutta, Labour Of Love is a lyrical unfolding of two ordinary lives suspended in the duress of a spiraling recession. The film will compete for the Venice Days Jury Award, Venice Days Public Award, and Award for the First Feature (Luigi De Laurentiis Award – Lion of the future).

Aditya Vikram Sengupta studied at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. Thereafter he worked at Channel V for three years making promotional films. »

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“Mary Kom” to have world premiere in Toronto

22 July 2014 7:51 AM, PDT

Omung Kumar’s Priyanka Chopra starrer Mary Kom will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is a biopic of Indian boxer Mary Kom.

“Glamorous Indian star Priyanka Chopra completely transforms herself to play Mary Kom, world champion in women’s boxing. From traditional village life in remote Manipur state to high-stakes bouts in India and around the world, this is a remarkable story of triumph.” says the festival announcement.

The film will be screened as a special presentation.

The festival announced the highlights of this year’s edition in a press conference today.


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National award winner “Crossing Bridges” to release on August 29

21 July 2014 11:43 PM, PDT

Crossing Bridges, directed by Sange Dorjee, that won the National award for best feature film in Shertukpen this year will release on August 29. The film will release in five cities under PVR Director’s Rare banner: Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Kolkata.

Crossing Bridges is the first feature film in Shertukpen, the dialect spoken by an indigenous community of the same name in the West Kament district of Arunachal Pradesh.

The film revolves around Tashi, a man in his early thirties who is forced to come back to his village in the remote northeast region of India after eight years when he loses his job in the city. As he stays in the village waiting for news of any new job in the city, he begins to experience the life and culture of his native place and his people. He gradually begins rediscovering his roots, which he had never paid attention to earlier. »

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Call for Entry: 45th International Film Festival of India (Iffi)

21 July 2014 10:21 PM, PDT

The 45th edition of the International Film Festival of India (Iffi), to be held from 20 – 30 November 2014 in Goa, is calling for entries.

For International competition section, films must be fiction, feature length films not less than 70 minutes in duration in original language soundtrack with English Subtitles. They must have been completed between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014.

For Non- Competition (Cinema of the World) section, films must be fiction, feature length films not less than 70 minutes in duration in original language soundtrack with English Subtitles. They must have been completed after 1st January 2013.

The deadline for receiving applications and preview material: 31 August 2014.

Indian filmmakers can apply for the Indian Panorama section, for Indian feature films censored between 1 September 2013 – 31 August 2014. For more details, click here.


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Screening of “Algorithms”, doc on blind chess in India at Vikalp Bengaluru

21 July 2014 9:28 PM, PDT


Screening of Algorithms

A documentary ­film by Ian McDonald, 96 minutes, 2012 | English, Hindi, Tamil, Odiya, English subtitles

At Doc@Everest, organised by Vikalp, Bengaluru.


24th July, Thursday, 7pm.


Entry fee, donations welcome


Everest Theatre

No 1, Kenchappa Road,

Opp East Grounds, Frazer Town,

Bengaluru, India


About the film

In India, a group of boys dream of becoming Chess Masters, driven by a man with a vision. Algorithms is a documentary on the thriving but little known world of Blind Chess in India.

Filmed over three years, Algorithms travels with three talented boys and a totally blind player turned pioneer to competitive national and world championships and visits them in their home milieu where they reveal their struggles, anxieties and hopes. Going beyond sight and story, this observational sport doc moves through the algorithms of the blind chess world challenging the sighted of what it means to see. It »

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New grant launched for Indian women documentary filmmakers

21 July 2014 2:30 AM, PDT

The Indian Documentary Foundation announced a new fund for Indian women documentary filmmakers at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (Idsffk) on Sunday.

The new fund will support two women filmmakers from India with grants to the value of $10,000.

The funding is a partnership with Chicken and Egg Pictures, the American not-for-profit which is dedicated to supporting women nonfiction filmmakers.  The Indian Documentary Foundation is a not-for-profit organization co-founded by Jaaved Jaaferi and Sophy Sivaraman in 2011 for the promotion, development and funding of documentaries in and about India.

The Fund, to be called the Idf-Chicken & Egg Fund for women directors will make its first call for proposals in September this year.

Applicants can be at any stage of their career, but must have samples of their work to show their artistic vision and their ability to tell a story. The fund will support a variety of film projects, »

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Nisha Pahuja on why she couldn’t have guessed the response to “The World Before Her”

20 July 2014 9:12 PM, PDT

Nisha Pahuja

A few days ago, on my way back to the suburbs from South Mumbai, I witnessed the worst pollution I’ve seen in India.  Just below the Bandra flyover some work had shrouded the area in a dense, chemical fog.  Shadowy people emerged ghost-like, cars were swallowed whole and the moment was as beautiful as it was haunting.

I asked my driver to let me out. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for, all I had was my iphone and not much in the way of skill — but there was something about that scene I wanted to capture and so I sat on a ledge and waited.

The fumes were oppressive and the heat stifling; but both my mind and body were alert and filled with the hope of witnessing and capturing some kind of a transcendent moment. That moment never came.  Or if it did, »

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Call for Entry: DocWok mentoring program for documentary filmmakers

20 July 2014 8:56 PM, PDT

DocWok, a tutoring and mentoring programme for documentary filmmakers in South Asia, is inviting entries for its second edition.

While DocWok 1 was restricted to India, DocWok 2 has extended to South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tibet.

DocWok, meant for documentaries at rough cut stage, aims to support the documentary practice by bringing in expert guidance for editing, completion, distribution and international presentation of the film.

Residents and citizens of South Asia with a documentary project are eligible to apply. Film must be in post-production stage – with either a rough cut or an assembly ready. Student projects are not eligible. The deadline for submissions is August 22, 2014.

DocWok is presented by Magic Lantern Movies and Dok-Leipzig, the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film.

Fill out the application form here. 


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