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Abbas Kiarostami to head Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury at Cannes
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The 2014 Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury at the Cannes film festival will be headed by acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami.
He will be accompanied by French director, screenwriter and actress Noémie Lvovsky, Brazilian director and visual artist Daniela Thomas, Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and Nowegian director Joachim Trier.
They will be tasked with awarding three prizes to films submitted by students from film schools the world over, which will be presented in the Cinéfondation Selection, to be announced at a later date.
The Jury will also decide the Short Film Palme d’or to be awarded in the award ceremony on May 24.
Kiarostami has presented a number of his films at Cannes, including five in Competition: Through the Olive Trees (1994), Taste of Cherry (Palme d’or 1997), Ten (2002), Certified Copy (2010) and Like Someone in Love (2012).
Film on child trafficking to open Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2014
6 March 2014 2:43 AM, PST
Sold directed by Jeffrey D. Brown will open the 12th edition of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla). The film is executive produced by Emma Thompson, and stars Gillian Anderson, David Arquette, Seema Biswas, Parambrata Chatterjee, Priyanka Bose, Sushmita Mukherjee and Tillotama Shome, among others.
Sold tells the story of a Nepali girl Lakshmi who was sold into a brothel in Kolkata. It is an adaptation of the Us National Book Award-nominated novel by Patricia McCormick, based on true accounts. The book has been translated into 32 languages.
Director Jeffery D. Brown and select cast will be in attendance at the opening night gala. Brown won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film in 1986 for Molly’s Pilgrim.
In addition, Jasmine Jaisinghani was appointed as Iffla’s first-ever Artistic Director by Christina Marouda, Iffla’s Founder and Chair of the Board.
Jasmine Jaisinghani comes to Iffla from AFI »
“The World Before Her” raising funds to reach out to Indian audiences
5 March 2014 11:33 PM, PST
Nisha Pahuja’s award-winning documentary The World Before Her will release in India on April 25, 2014. The film will hit the screens in 6 cities – Bombay, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Ahmedabad and Bangalore – through PVR Director’s Rare.
Prior to the release, the filmmaker has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to be able to screen the film across India through other channels besides theatrical release. Starting March, Pahuja intends to screen the documentary in schools, universities, villages, NGOs and online in the next six months.
With 38 days to go, the campaign has already raised Cad $ 4873 from 23 supporters. To contribute to The World Before Her, click here.
The award winning documentary which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2012 has been screened in more than 125 film festivals across the world. Read our interview with Nisha Pahuja here.
It won over 19 awards including best documentary feature at Tribeca Film Festival 2012, best Canadian Feature at Hot »
Call for Entry: Idpa Awards for Excellence 2014
5 March 2014 9:46 PM, PST
The 11th Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (Idpa) Awards for Excellence 2014 is calling for entries.
The last date for receipt of entries is 31st May 2014. Films produced from 1st April 2012 to 30th April 2014 are eligible for entry. Late entries will be accepted upto 30th June 2014 (along with late fee).
Entry form is available for download on the Idpa website.
There are 11 categories.
1) Non-Fiction: Documentary (upto 30 mins), Documentary (over 30 mins)
2) Theme Of The Year: Water & Food Security
4) Wildlife & Nature
5) Public Service (upto 5 mins)
6) Short Fiction (upto 60 mins)
8) Corporate Film
9) Technical Excellence
10) International Entries: Non-Fiction, Short Fiction
Fiction (upto 30 mins) and (upto 60 mins), Documentary (over 30 mins)
11) Student: Non-Fiction, Fiction, Animation
Following items must be included with the entry form:
* DVD of entry. One DVD for every category.
* Soft & Hard Copies of:
1) 50 & 200-word synopsis of the film
2) Two stills from the film
3) Vertical Format Photograph of Director of the film
4) 50 & 100-word Biography »
The Lunchbox to open Bradford International Film Festival
5 March 2014 8:03 PM, PST
Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox will open the 20th edition of the Bradford International Film Festival in the UK. Deepti Kakkar & Fahad Mustafa’s acclaimed documentary Katiyabaaz (Powerless) will also have a screening at the festival, scheduled to take place from 27 March- 6 April.
Currently running successfully in the United States, Irrfan-Nimrat Kaur starrer The Lunchbox is the story of a housewife, Ila and Saajan Fernandes, who correspond to each other in letters sent inside a lunchbox. Distributed by Sony Classics in the Us, The Lunchbox is one of the most successful Indian films in the festival circuit. It opened to critical acclaim in India last year.
Katiyabaaz (Powerless) traces the city of Kanpur that has 15-hour power cuts and hundreds of people stealing electricity, amidst high risks, to meet their needs. The real trouble starts with the entry of the first female chief of the electricity company who »
Deadline extended: Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab 2014
4 March 2014 10:58 PM, PST
The last date for submissions for the Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab 2014 has been extended to March 10. The earlier deadline was March 5.
This year, the Lab will be held in partnership with Sarajevo Film Festival.
To participate, Screenwriters need to submit a two page synopsis and a demand draft of Rs. 1000 to Nfdc Film Bazaar.
If selected, the participants will be provided two months to submit the complete screenplay.
Session one will take place in Sarajevo in August 2014 while the second & final session will take place in Goa at Film Bazaar, 2014 (20-24 November).
For more details, log on to www.filmbazaarindia.com
Screening of Children of the Pyre at Nfai, Pune
4 March 2014 10:08 PM, PST
Still from Children of The Pyre
On the 1st anniversary of Arbhaat Short Film Club, founded by Umesh Kulkarni, documentary film Children of the Pyre directed by Rajesh Jala will be screened.
6 March. 6.30 Pm
Free and open to all.
National Film Archive of India (Nfai)
Law College Road
About the film:
Children of The Pyre is a compelling narrative of 7 extraordinary children who make their living out of the dead at Manikarnika, the busiest cremation ground in India.
Rajesh Jala is a Delhi based film-maker whose documentary films have travelled around the world. His first fiction film project Chingari (The Spark) won the Incredible India Award at Nfdc Film Bazaar 2013.
Call for Entry: Indian Film Festival Stuttgart 2014
4 March 2014 9:29 PM, PST
The 11th edition of the Indian Film Festival Stuttgart (formerly called ‘Bollywood and beyond’) is calling for entries. The last date of submissions is March 31, 2014. Uma da Cunha is the Indian programmer for the festival.
The festival will be held from July 16-20, 2014.
Films selected for the festival will vie for the following awards:
German Star of India, for best feature film (4,000 Euros) German Star of India, for best short film ( 1,000 Euros) German Star of India, for best Documentary (1,000 Euros) ‘Audience Award’ ( 1,000 Euros) ‘Directors Vision Award’ for outstanding social or political dedication within a film.
Submission criteria include:
It features motion pictures, short films, documentaries or animated movies. The film should belong to one of these categories. It should have been produced in India or refer to India in some other aspect. It has to be available as Dcp, 35mm or HD-File. It should not have been screened commercially before »
Women’s Day special screenings at fd Zone
4 March 2014 1:12 AM, PST
A day-long event (10 am to 8 pm)
Screening of films by women filmmakers which were in competition at Miff ’14.
At the fd Zone.
Free and open to all.
24, Pedder Road
About the event:
List of films
Devil in the Black Stone by Ananya Kasaravalli (21 min)
House with Colors by Manaswini L.R., (4 min)
In between by Sharofat Arabova (24 min)
Breakin’ Mumbai by Tiss Team (33 min)
Cassandra’s Gift by Payal Kapadia (22 min)
“O Friend, This Waiting!” by Sandhya Kumar (34 min)
… and the unclaimed by Debalina Majumder (65 min)
Decision by Pushpa Rawat (57 min)
Womb for rent by Ishani K. Dutta (51 min)
Keli by Ranjitha Rajeevan (7 min)
The Vicious Circle by Dhvani Desai (4 min)
Unfold by Neha Kulkarni (4 min »
DearCinema to organize script-pitching session for crowdfunding contributors
3 March 2014 10:02 PM, PST
DearCinema.com is organizing an interactive session on “How to Pitch your Script at international platforms” in Mumbai on March 8.
The session will be conducted by Marten Rabarts, former artistic director of Amsterdam-based Binger Filmlab who now heads Training and Development at the National Film Development Corporation (Nfdc). Marten also works as a mentor with Berlin Talent ScriptStation and Torino Filmlab.
The session will be helpful in understanding how filmmakers and producers should pitch their scripts to potential investors, sales agents and distributors at co-production markets, forums and international film festivals.
It is being organized for DearCinema readers who contributed to the website’s crowdfunding campaign last year. DearCinema.com ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to fund the new design of the website. 73 readers from 24 cities had contributed to the campaign.
However, if you are interested to attend this session, please fill out the form below by March 6, Thursday, and »
Celluloid Man to release on DVD in UK
3 March 2014 8:59 PM, PST
A still from Celluloid Man
The DVD features include all-new HD digital transfer with restored picture and sound, ‘In Conversation with Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’ – a newly filmed interview with the director, a booklet featuring extracts from the director’s production diaries and an essay by filmmaker, curator and author Mark Cousins and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound option. It has been priced at 9.45 Gbp and is available on Amazon.
Celluloid Man is a tribute to P.K. Nair, a man whose fascination with cinema led him to create the National Film Archive of India (Nfai). The film features interviews with many Indian and international filmmakers touched personally by Nair’s passionate affair with cinema.
Winner of Best Biographical film and Best Editing (Irene Dhar Malik) at the National Awards, »
Call for Entry: i2F2 Film Festival
3 March 2014 8:50 PM, PST
The i2F2 film festival, a new festival launched in the city of Evanston, near Chicago, is now inviting filmmakers to submit their films.
The last date for submission is 30 March, 2014. The inaugural festival is focusing on three key regions: South Asia, Middle East and Israel.
Organized by the Chicago South Asian Arts Council, the festival accepts submissions in the following categories:
Feature-length narrative films, Short-subject narrative films (under 40 mins) and documentary films by filmmakers from Middle East, South Asia and Israel (Mesa region) or Mesa descent. Films must be produced post May 2012 and must be a Chicago premiere.
First-time Filmmaker Features is a special category for filmmakers submitting their first feature-length film (narrative or documentary). Films and/or filmmaker must be from Middle East, South Asia and Israel (Mesa region) or Mesa descent. Films must be produced post May 2012 and be a Us premiere.
For more details, click here. »
The Lunchbox receives strong opening in the Us
3 March 2014 12:28 AM, PST
Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox was released in the Us by Sony Picture Classics on February 28 and collected $51,325 (Inr 30 Lakhs) over the weekend, according to a report in IndieWire. It’s a very strong opening for the film, says the report.
The film was released in four theatres in Los Angeles and New York, averaging $17,108 (Inr 10 lakhs) per theatre.
Sony Picture Classics had acquired the Us rights to the film at Cannes Film Festival last year following its premiere at International Critics’ Week. The film is represented by German sales agent Match Factory.
Co-produced by France’s Asap Films and Germany’s Roh Films with India’s Sikhya Entertainment, Dar Motion Pictures and Nfdc, The Lunchbox also released in France and Germany where it did well at the box-office.
The Lunchbox revolves around a »
7 Oscars to Gravity, Best Picture to 12 Years a Slave
2 March 2014 10:09 PM, PST
Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty won the Best Foreign Language Film.
Complete list of Oscars:
12 Years a Slave
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Best Animated Feature
Best Costume Design
Best Documentary Feature
20 Feet from »
Iconic French director Alain Resnais dies
2 March 2014 9:48 PM, PST
Acclaimed French director Alain Resnais, one of the pioneers of the French New Wave, died aged 91 in Paris on March 2.
Resnais’s first film and also his most well known one was the 1959 masterpiece, Hiroshima Mon Amour. It was nominated for the Oscar for Best Screenplay.
He received a lifetime achievement award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. He won the grand jury prize in Cannes for Gerard Depardieu starrer Mon uncle d’Amerique in 1980 and competed in 2012 with You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.