Friday, February 28, 2014


Institute for Monitoring Economic Growth (I.M.E.G) - has announced the opinion poll results, conducted from 9-25  February 2014 in connection with the ensuing 16th Lok Sabha elections 2014 , in a press conference held in the Press Club, Trivandrum today. This is the 6th edition of the election study conducted by the Psephology division of the Institute.
Shri.A.Meera Sahib, Director of the Institute released the report in the presence Prof.M.M.Safarulla  Khan , Vice Chairman  Shri.A.M.Joseph, Registrar, Shri.T.P.Mukundan, Secretary  and Prof J.Jaya Kumar (Senior Faculty) .Survey results reveal that Left Democratic Front (LDF) may get 10-14 seats from Kerala and the United  Democratic Front (UDF) may get 6-10 seats and the Bharathiya Janatha Party (BJP)  and the Aam Aadmi Party have very little chance to open an account in the Kerala, even though  B.J.P may improve their position. The survey was conducted in   the Assembly segments covering all the Parliamentary constituencies of Kerala. The survey results  were estimated based on two surveys- Swing survey, and Opinion poll. The Opinion poll has been conducted using secret ballots in the selected wards and electors selected randomly. Anti-incumbency factors were also collected along with the first survey viz Swing Survey . Altogether 33309 voters responded in two surveys. The results have
been pooled and published. After giving due  weightage  and considering other factors reported by the survey teams the results have been calculated. The sampling error of this survey is 2.05 percent. The main anti –incumbency factors enlisted by the voters are mainly corruption  related issues viz  the wide spread activities of  land mafia, the unauthorized correction in thanda per and survey numbers benefitting the land mafia , shortage of cooking gas and difficulties with regard to Aadhaar linked subsidy withdrawal from banks,inflation  and resulted general price increase for essential commodities, increase in petroleum products like diesel, petrol and cooking gas, new culture of erecting  flex board  in junctions and way sides for silly matters, arrears in NREGP , the mayhem created by Kasthoori Rangan Report ,not replacing the old coaches attached with Kerala origin trains and negligence of Railway Ministry towards Kerala, police injustice ,the sale of rice and other essential commodities  earmarked for ration card holders in Kerala to laborers  of other states in black market, the  interferences of personal staff of Ministers in administrative matters etc etc .

Monday, February 17, 2014

FIPRESCI prize at 64th Berlin International Film Festival went to "Life of Riley' ,"The Way He Looks", and "Forma"

At the 64th Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, Berlinale, February 6-16, 2014) the FIPRESCI Prize has been presented to a film each in the international competition and in the Panorama and the Forum sections. Prize, competition:"Life of Riley" (Aimer, boire et chanter) by Alain Resnais (France, 2013). Prize, Panorama:
"The Way He Looks" (Hoje eu quero voltar sozinho) by Daniel Ribeiro (Brazil, 2014). Prize, Forum: "Forma" by Ayumi Sakamoto (Japan, 2013).
 Jury members were: Michel Ciment (France), president, Dubravka Lakic (Serbia), Hauvick Habechian (Lebanon), Lesley Chow (Australia), Paulo Portugal (Portugal), Sophie Charlotte Rieger (Germany), Mihai Fulger (Romania), Luuk Imhann (The Netherlands), Bettina Schuler (Germany). Coordination: Katharina Dockhorn (Germany).


Thursday, February 13, 2014

MIFF 2014 - Awards Kamar Ahmad Simon’s ‘Are You Listening’ won the Golden Conch trophy

Kamar Ahmad Simon’s  ‘Are You Listening’  ,Maria Stodtmeier’s (Germany) “In Between : Isang Yun in North and South Korea’, FTII production ‘Black Rock’ directed by Vikrant Janardhan Pawar ,‘True Love Story’ animation film by Gitanjali Rao, Nishtha Jain's documentary ‘Gulabi Gang’, Dhvani Desai’s RTI film  ‘Chakravyuh’ ,Dylan Mohan Gray’s film ‘Fire in the Blood’ ,‘Sonyacha Amba’ (Golden Mango) directed by Govind Raju ,Pushpa Rawat’s  documentary ‘Nirnay’ (Decision). ‘Tamaash’ (The Puppet)  by directors Satyanshu and Devanshu Singh, ‘Seven Hundred Zero Zero Seven’ by Altaf Mazid ,‘Have You Seen the Arana’ by Sunanda Bhat and  ‘Invoking Justice’ by Deepa Dhanraj  won awards in different categories of the Mumbai International Film Festival 2014.
The seven day international documentary film festival, MIFF 2014 concluded in Mumbai  with best of the work in documentary, short and animation films honoured with awards, presented by eminent film makers Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Shyam Benegal.Kamar Ahmad Simon’s 90 minute documentary ‘Are You Listening’ has won the Golden Conch Award for the Best Documentary Film (above 60 minutes) at the Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films, MIFF 2014 . ‘Are You Listening’  won  the Golden Conch trophy and Rs 500,000 cash prize (Rs 300,000 for the Director and Rs 200,000 for the producer – Sara Afreen).The Golden Conch for Best Documentary Film  upto 60 minutes went to Maria Stodtmeier’s (Germany) “In Between : Isang Yun in North and South Korea’.  . It gets  the Golden Conch trophy and Rs 500,000 cash prize (Rs 300,000 for the Director and Rs 200,000 for the producer – Paul Smaczny).FTII production ‘Black Rock’ directed by Vikrant Janardhan Pawar was adjudged the Best Short Fiction film in International Competition. . It gets  the Golden Conch trophy and Rs 500,000 cash prize (Rs 300,000 for the Director and Rs 200,000 for the producer - FTII).The Golden Conch Best Animation Film award went to ‘True Love Story’ by Gitanjali Rao. The award carries a Golden Conch and Rs 500,000 cash prize.Nishtha Jain, whose documentary ‘Gulabi Gang’, won the Best Director Award in the International Competition section of MIFF. She gets Rs 100,000 cash award and a certificate. For the first time, MIFF had introduced a new category of award – ‘Most Popular Film of the Festival’, which was to be chosen through voting by festival delegates.   The film, produced by Films Division, was first shown on October 12, 2014 on the occasion of 8th anniversary of RTI in Mumbai.Mumbai based film maker Dylan Mohan Gray’s film ‘Fire in the Blood’ got the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari Award for Best Debut Film of a Director.  . This award carrying a cash prize of Rs 100,000 and a Trophy has been instituted  by the Maharashtra Film Development Corporation, Mumbai.IDPA Award for the best student film went to ‘Sonyacha Amba’ (Golden Mango) directed by Govind Raju and produced by FTII, Pune. This film had participated in Berlin and Beijing festivals as well. The Rs 100,000 cash and Trophy is given by the Indian Documentary Producers’ Association, IDPA.Pramod Pati Award for most Innovative film, carrying a cash prize of Rs 100,000 and a trophy went to Pushpa Rawat’s  57 minute documentary ‘Nirnay’ (Decision). The Kashmiri short-film ‘Tamaash’ (The Puppet) won the Golden Conch award for the Best Short Fiction Film (upto 45 minutes) in the National Competition. Tamaash is the first film by directors Satyanshu and Devanshu Singh, who also wrote, edited, and produced it, along with Tulsea Pictures.   Along with the Golden Conch, the filmmakers also get Rs 250,000 cash award.Also in the National Competition section, ‘Seven Hundred Zero Zero Seven’ by Altaf Mazid  got the Golden Conch for Best Documentary (upto 40 minutes), while ‘Have You Seen the Arana’ by Sunanda Bhat and  ‘Invoking Justice’ by Deepa Dhanraj shared the  Best Documentary Awards in above 40 minutes category. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

13th MIFF -Dhvani Desai’s film ‘Chakravyuh’ throws light on the Right To Information Act- RTI

Animated moving images of a duration of only four minutes are enough to convey the potency of the Right To Information Act. Noted Animation film-maker Dhvani Desai’s film ‘Chakravyuh’ screened in the International Competition Section of animation films at MIFF 2014 today.
Through the struggles of four characters, the film throws light on how the RTI can be used to eradicate corruption in the country. Interacting with press at the MIFF Media Centre, Dhvani Desai said the idea for the film was born out of problems she went through herself. “In my own building, the society was completely breaching 

Before Midnight opening film-13th MIFF 2014

The opening film of the 13TH Mumbai International Film Festival was the 86-minute package – curated  by the British Film Institute and National Archive ,Before Midnight: a Portrait of India on Film, 1899-1947, is a collection of home movies, documentaries , dramas and comedies exploring how life was  lived in British India. It has over 100 short films covering topics ranging from temples to tigers. Another highlight of the opening ceremony was the screening of short film titled ‘Checkmate BB’ produced by Mumbai School kids. Seventeen kids from 13 schools were trained to conceptualise, direct, shoot and edit a film of their own at a workshop conducted by by the Linnep Media and CineKids, Amsterdam, as part of the fortnight-long Linnep Kids Film Festival, that was held in 15 schools of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane, as a run up to MIFF 2014.

Anand Patwardhan honoured with V Shantaram lifetime achievement award in 13th MIFF

Governor of Maharastra K.Sankaranarayanan presented V Shantaram Life Time Achievement Award to Anand Patwardhan  for his contribution towards the development of documentary movement at the  Inaugural function  of 13th   MIFF 2014  in Mumbai . The 13th MIFF being held from 3 Feb to 9 Feb at NCPA (Tata Centre) at Nariman Point received over 790 entries including 205 entries in the international section. This biennial film festival organised by the Films Division of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry is held in collaboration with the state Government of Maharashtra and the Indian Documentary Producers Association. for short, documentary and animation films. The week long festival celebrating the best of documentary films–the Mumbai International Film Festival , MIFF 2014 started with a rare insight into the life during pre-independence India. The Governor of Maharashtra inaugurated the Festival by traditional lighting of lamp, in the presence of Bimal Julka, Secretary, I&B, V S Kundu, Festival Director, Members of the National & International Jury and several prominent film makers. Patwardhan who won the V Shantaram lifetime achievement award is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker known for his activism through social action documentaries on topics such as corruption, slum dwellers, nuclear arms race, citizen activism and communalism. His notable films include Bombay: Our City (Hamara Sahar) (1985), In the Name of God (Ram ke Nam) (1992), Father, Son and Holy War (Pitra, Putra aur Dharmayuddha) (1995), War and Peace (Jang aur Aman) (2002) and Jai Bhim Comrade (2011), which  won national and International awards. Jai Bhim Comrade had won the Best Film award at MIFF 2012.  

13 th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF)- Jury- Anand Patwardhan heads one and Mark Achbar heads other jury

List of jury members for Mumbai International Film Festival being  held3-9 Feb ,2014 Jury 1  Anand Patwardhan (India)  Ms. Angela Haardt (Germany) Ms. Fujioka Asako (Japan) Mr Jurij Meden (Slovenia) 5 Ms. Shilpa Ranade (India) 
Jury 2 Mr. Mark Achbar (Canada) Ms. Rada Sesic (Netherlands) Mr. Amitabh Chakraborty (India) Mr. Piyush Shah (India) Mr. M.R.Rajan (India) …View More