Saturday, October 22, 2011

Indian Panorama – 42 nd International Film Festival of India 2011- selection of 24 feature films and 21 non‐feature films announced.

The jury for Feature films, headed by renowned filmmaker Ms. Sai Paranjpye, selected 23 films out of a total of 118 eligible entries. Malayalam film Adaminte Makan Abu which won Best Feature Film award at the recent 58th National Film Awards is the 24th film of Indian Panorama, by virtue of direct entry. The Non‐Feature film Jury chaired by well‐known writer‐director Shri Ashok Rane, picked up 21 films out of 135 eligible entries. In the feature films category, the maximum number of films selected- 7- are from Malayalam,3 each from Bengali, Marathi and Hindi, one each from Konkani, Telugu, Manipuri, Tamil, English, Kannada, Assamese and Bhojpuri.
The Feature Film Jury choose URUMI (Malayalam, Director : Santosh Sivan) as the opening Film of Indian Panorama. The complete list of 24 FeatureFilms and 21 non feature films that would be shown in the 42nd International Film Festival of India 2011, to be held in Goa from November 23 to December 3, 2011 is given below.

Feature Films


1Jaangfaai JoonaakAssameseSanjib Sabhapandit

2LaptopBengaliKaushik Ganguly

3Ranjana Ami Ar AshbonaBengaliAnjan Dutt

4SanskarBengaliLate Nabyendu Chatterjee

5He…BhojpuriMangesh Joshi

6Memories in MarchEnglishSanjoy Nag

7Sahi Dhandhe Galat BandeHindiParvin Dabas

8ShagirdHindiTigmanshu Dhulia

9Zindagi Na Milegi DobaraHindiZoya Akhtar

10 Bettada JeevaKannadaP. Sheshadri

11O MariaKonkaniRajendra Talak

12 Adaminte Makan AbuMalayalamSalim Ahamed

13 Bombay March 12MalayalamBabu Janardhanan Prasanthi

14 Chappa KurishuMalayalamSameer Thahir

15 KarmayogiMalayalamV.K. Prakash

16 MelvilasomMalayalamMadhav Ramdasan

17 TrafficMalayalamRajesh Pillai

18 UrumiMalayalamSantosh Sivan

19 Phijigee ManiManipuriO. Gautam Singh

20 Baboo Band BaajaMarathiRajesh Pinjani

21 BalgandharvaMarathiRavi Jadhav

22 Taryanche BaitMarathiKiran Yadnyopavit

23 SengadalTamilLeena Mammekalai

24 VirodiTeluguNeelakanta

Non‐Feature Film


1Modhyoborti AlindeBengaliKrishno Kishore, Mukhopadhyay

2You Don’t BelongBengali, EnglishSpandan Banerjee

3The Dream Fulfilled – Memories of the engineering challengesEnglishSatish Pande

4The Doyen of Indian LinguisticsEnglishNirmalya Sengupta

5A Sculptor of MusicEnglishNitish Mukherjee

6MusalmanEnglishIshani K. Dutta

7Songs of MashangvaEnglish, Manipuri,
Oinam Doren

8Red Building – Where The Sun SetsEnglish, TamilRevathy

9RakshasGujaratiAlok Naik

10Adwait SangeetHindiMakarand Brahme

11The Boxing LadiesHindiAnusha Nandakumar

12The Silent National AnthemHindiAmit Sharma

13Vertical CityHindiAvijit Mukul Kishor

14Khule DarwaazeHindiAshish Pandey

15ANNADATA – Food For
HindiUmesh Aggarwal

16At The StairsHindi / BhojpuriRajesh S Jala

17The Finish LineHindi, EnglishAkshay Roy

18So Heddan So HoddanKachchi / HindustaniAnjali Monteiro & K P

19A pestering JourneyMalayalam, English,
Tulu, Punjabi, Hindi
K.R. Manoj

20Noong Amadi YeroomManipuriRomi Meitei

21Compulsory hell‐mateMarathiMithunchandraMithunchandra

Saturday, October 8, 2011

8th Dubai International Film Festival Dec7-14 ,2011- More than 1,000 shorts, features, documentaries vie for Muhr competition berth

The eighth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF scheduled to be held from 7-14 December,2011 ,under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, would include more than 1,000 short films, documentaries and feature films in the festival’s flagship Muhr Emirati, Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica competitions. Entries from India dominate the list at 160 followed by France (109); Iran (106), Egypt (91), the United States (87), the United Arab Emirates (71) and Lebanon (58). Germany, Palestine, South Korea and Palestine are also well represented, with more than 45 submissions each; Morocco (48) and Tunisia (34), among others.
France, USA, South Korea, and China Mali, Ghana, Cameroon, Azerbaijan ,Saudi Arabia, Chile and Venezuela are also represented. Films shortlisted for the Muhr competitions will vie for over 36 awards and more than US$600,000 in prize money, in addition to valuable industry connections. They will also be eligible for a variety of prestigious global awards including the FIPRESCI International Prize of the Critics Award, the Human Rights Film Network Award and the People’s Choice Award.
Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director, Dubai International Film Festival, said: “The Muhr Awards underlines DIFF’s mandate to promote the growing pool of cinema talent in the Arab world, near Asia and Africa. The strong response to our call for entries highlights the growing global interest in DIFF’s ability to open doors for filmmakers to a global audience. Over the past years, Muhr Award winners have gone on to win international recognition, contributing to a surge in Arab, African and near Asian filmmaking.”

Sunday, October 2, 2011

14th IFFR (Rotterdam Film Festival) - -Trainee Project for Young Film Critics 2012 - Call For Applications

The International Film Festival Rotterdam welcomes applications for the 14th IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics taking place during its 41st edition (January 25 - February 5, 2012).Rotterdam Festival supports film making, film producing and journalistic talent on several levels: the main festival section 'Bright Future' (including competitions for feature length and short films) presents recent works by first and second time filmmakers; Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund contributes to film projects in developing countries and CineMart organizes a talent development project for young film producers (Rotterdam Lab) in close collaboration with its partner organizations. Recognizing the important role of film criticism to the perception of independent cinema, the Rotterdam film festival organizes a trainee project for young film critics. It is a talent development programme that offers up to six young (under 30 years), motivated and talented professional film critics from outside The Netherlands a chance to travel abroad for covering a major international film festival, to get acquainted with the Rotterdam film festival in particular and the broad range of independent cinema it offers. The program of the Trainee Project includes taking part in the Rotterdam FIPRESCI Jury meetings; exploring an assigned part of the festival; publishing a blog on the IFFR website and writing up to three contributions for the festival's newspaper Daily Tiger; taking part in expert meetings; reporting about the festival for own affiliation(s).Those who are fulfilling the criteria viz under 30 years, fluent in English, demonstrable experience in film criticism (printed media, radio/television, online ,not yet established enough to profit from facilities as attending international film festivals outside your country and have agreement(s) with printed and/or online media to publish a report or reports on the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012 may send in the application by email to . Deadline for applications: Friday November 4, 2011.
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