Wednesday, February 3, 2010

39th International Film Festival Rotterdam Closing Night Film: The Aviatrix of Kazbek ( De Vliegenierster van Kazbek

The 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam will close Saturday February 6 with the world premiere of Dutch film The Aviatrix of Kazbek ( De Vliegenierster van Kazbek ), second feature film by Ineke Smits. The film, written by Dutch novelist Arthur Japin and produced by Isabella Films, stars among others Dutch actress Madelief Blanken, Georgian actor Zurab Jgenti, German actor Peter Lohmeyer and Romanian actress Anamaria Marinca from Cristian Mungiu's Golden Palm winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. The Aviatrix of Kazbek is a modern, universal tale of three young people whose lives come together through the extremities of war. During the second world war, on the island of Texel, Marie dreams of mountains. She loves dancing, but the village community expects her to behave. She would like to be an independent woman, but being the only girl in a large family she can hardly come by. It is only when she meets Georgian Goga and Irakli that she breaks away from the restricting and suffocating reality by learning to trust on her fantasy.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

MIFF 2010 -Naresh Bedi’s documentary ‘On a Tiger Trail’ and Shih-Ting Hung’s ‘ Viola :The Traveling rooms of a little giant’ are the inaugural films.

The 11th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films (MIFF 2010) will be held from February 3 to 9 at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) complex in South Mumbai. The biennial Festival is organised by the Films Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, in association with Government of Maharashtra.
Veteran film maker and Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner Mr.Yash Chopra will be the Chief Guest of the Opening Ceremony which will be presided over by Ms.Ambika Soni ,Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting.Secretary, Information & Broadcasting, Raghu Menon ,Ajay Devgan, Tanushree Datta and Oscar Award winning sound recordist Resul Pookutty will be present in the opening ceremony. Naresh Bedi’s documentary ‘On a Tiger Trail’ and Shih-Ting Hung’s ‘Viola :The Traveling rooms of a little giant’ are the inaugural films. The Festival received 864 entries from 37 countries .The highlights of the festival are the Special Package on Immigration issues consisting of 4 films from The Netherlands, Cinema legends (31 films), Remembering Freedom Icons (9 films), Puppet Films –by Sanjit Ghosh (8 films), Films on Women’s Issues (10 films), Films from Film Schools (L V Prasad, NID, Satyajit Ray FTI) (28 films), Treasures from NFAI (13 films), Science Fiction Special Package (from USA, France, Italy) (6 films), Persistence Resistance Special Package (5 films) and Films on Environment (including Vatavaran package) (16 films).There is also a special North East Package of 10 films and Swiss-India package of 4 films. The countries in Focus are Bhutan and Argentina.National Film Archives of India, Pune will stage a unique show of pre-cinema projection technique called‘Shambharik Kharolika’ (the magic lantern)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Fourth Karimnagar National Short Documentary Film Festival and Workshop

The Karimnagar Film Society in collaboration with Film
Telangana and is organising a three-day film-making
workshop from February 13 to 15 at Film Bhavan in Karimnagar town.
According to film society president V. Anand, experts would give
hands on experience to the participants about film-making, script
writing and many other techniques of making short films. The workshop
will coincide with the fourth national short documentary film festival
to be held from February 13 to 16 at Film Bhavan in Karimnagar.
While the workshops would be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., short films
for the festival would be screened from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A total of 61
films would be screened. A national jury would select the films for the
Palapitta awards which carry cash prizes and mementoes. Besides, the
Navtarangam web magazine, the Federation of Film Societies of India
would also give prizes to best short films.
Interested persons can contact Mr. Anand on 94405-01281 or email at