Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Awards declared-7th International Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala(7th IDSFFK 2014) concluded.


7th edition of the IDSFFK concluded today and Chronicles of a Temple Painter directed by Shravan Katikaneni, Babai directed by Kavita Datir and Amit Sonawane, The Puppet/Tamaash directed by Satyanshu & Devanshu Singh, True Love Story directed by Gitanjali Rao etc won the awards.
The Best Campus Film: Salt Water directed by MA Students of SJCC College (Ammu S. Rajasekharan, Anju S. Raj, Mahisha Mohan, Naithik Mathew Eapen, Remo Benjamin Peter, Remya Mathew, Anand Ajayaghosh, Anoop T.M., Augustin Veets, Krishal Janardhanan, Sarath, Saritha Balan Pillai) ( a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/ and a certificate to the creative team)
Best Music Video: You are Rot directed by Christo Tomy
(a cash prize of Rs. 25,000/ and a certificate.) 
Best Animation Film: True Love Story directed by Gitanjali Rao
(a cash prize of Rs. 25,000/ and a certificate.)  
Best Short Fiction: The Puppet/Tamaash directed by Satyanshu & Devanshu Singh
a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/ and a certificate)
Special Mention: Fishy Magic/Jaadui  Machchi  directed by Ektara Collective
( Jury consisting of Golda Sellam, Roysten Abel and Navroze Contractor) 
Best Short Documentary: Babai directed by Kavita Datir and Amit Sonawane
 (a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/ and a certificate)
Special Mention: Trash/Kolkatar Guptokatha directed by Sougata Bhattacharyya 
Best Long Documentary: Chronicles of a Temple Painter directed by Shravan Katikaneni
a cash prize of Rs 1.00 lakhs and a certificate.)
2 Special Mentions: Candles in the Wind directed by Kavita Bahl and Nandan Saxena
    Goonga Pehelwan: Vivek Chaudhary, Prateek Gupta & Mit Jani 

Award for the Best Documentary Cinematographer instituted by eminent cinematographer  Navroze Contractor, a cash prize of Rs.15,000/- and a certificate goes to : Saumyananda Sahi for the film Rangbhoomi directed by Kamal Swaroop
IAWRT Award of Excellence for the most gender sensitive film with a cash prize of Rs. 20,000 and a certificate: Will this Change directed by Anurupa Prakash & Lok Prakash
(The Non Fiction Jury consisting of Hong Hyosook, Susie Tharu and. Harsh Mander)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Berlinale Talents 2015 — Talent Press Call for Applications from Young film critics and film journalists

Berlinale Talents, Goethe-Institut and FIPRESCI invite young film critics to Berlin.

The Talent Press, a project of the Berlinale Talents, Goethe-Institut, and FIPRESCI (the International Federation of Film Critics)call for applications from Young film critics and film journalists .the selected candidates will be invited to Berlin to report on the films at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival (February 5 – 15, 2015) and on the events of the Berlinale Talents (February 7 – 12, 2015).
The call for applications for the Talent Press is now open. Please read the following application regulations carefully (they can also be found online at www.berlinale-talents.de and www.fipresci.org

ELIGIBLE ARE

Young film critics or journalists
— Fluent in English (in writing and speaking);
— Eager to report on films screened at the Berlin International Film Festival and on events held during the Berlinale Talents 2015;
— Having published articles in newspapers, film magazines, on websites or at universities.

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM YOU

— To be willing to cover a broad range of journalistic work: you will write interviews, reviews, reports, articles and features on the Berlinales and the Berlin International Film Festival
— To attend daily editorial meetings with a personal mentor (see below)

The work you write may be published on www.berlinale-talents.de and www.fipresci.org. Participants will grant unlimited use and exploitation rights in and to all articles and reviews done in the framework of the Berlinale Talents and the Berlin International Film Festival.

WHAT WE WILL OFFER YOU

— The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and to be with 300 young talented filmmakers from all over the world and to experience the day-to-day buzz of a prestigious A-Festival.
— You will be guided through the Berlin International Film Festival Oliver Baumgarten (former Chief Editor "Schnitt") and other renowned film critics. Aily Nash is your contact person from the Berlinale Talents team.   
— Every day, you have the opportunity to write a critique about a film from the festival program or short reviews of an event at the Berlinale Talents programme, and will discuss and review it with your fellow participants and film critics.
— Free accommodation in youth hostels in Berlin from February 5–12, 2015.
— A share of the travel expenses depending on your country of origin.

YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION SHOULD INCLUDE

— Curriculum vitae and personal data (address, email etc.)
— Up to three (3) original copies of articles that you have published in the last two (2) years (if these articles are not in English you should supply us with a decent translation as a proof of your English writing skills for each article).

HOW TO PROCEED COMPLETING AN ONLINE APPLICATION
You can only apply on the Berlinale Talents website:
(All the relevant information and the application form can be found by clicking on the "Call for Entries" picture on the homepage of the Berlinale Talents site.)
— Get an application number on the website;
— Log in and fill out the complete online application form;
— Please ensure that you have filled out the online application completely. If you are unable to upload your articles you can send them by regular mail;
— Your work must be at the Berlinale Talents offices by 
September 1st, 2014 at 23h59 (CET)
Please make sure your name and application number are clearly displayed on the articles you send. 
If you have any queries please contact talents@berlinale.de
The application deadline is September 1st, 2014. Successful candidates will be notified at the latest by early January.


Berlinale Talents 2015 — Talent Press Call for Applications from Young film critics and film journalists

Berlinale Talents, Goethe-Institut and FIPRESCI invite young film critics to Berlin.

The Talent Press, a project of the Berlinale Talents, Goethe-Institut, and FIPRESCI (the International Federation of Film Critics)call for applications from Young film critics and film journalists .the selected candidates will be invited to Berlin to report on the films at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival (February 5 – 15, 2015) and on the events of the Berlinale Talents (February 7 – 12, 2015).
The call for applications for the Talent Press is now open. Please read the following application regulations carefully (they can also be found online at www.berlinale-talents.de and www.fipresci.org

ELIGIBLE ARE

Young film critics or journalists
— Fluent in English (in writing and speaking);
— Eager to report on films screened at the Berlin International Film Festival and on events held during the Berlinale Talents 2015;
— Having published articles in newspapers, film magazines, on websites or at universities.

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM YOU

— To be willing to cover a broad range of journalistic work: you will write interviews, reviews, reports, articles and features on the Berlinales and the Berlin International Film Festival
— To attend daily editorial meetings with a personal mentor (see below)

The work you write may be published on www.berlinale-talents.de and www.fipresci.org. Participants will grant unlimited use and exploitation rights in and to all articles and reviews done in the framework of the Berlinale Talents and the Berlin International Film Festival.

WHAT WE WILL OFFER YOU

— The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and to be with 300 young talented filmmakers from all over the world and to experience the day-to-day buzz of a prestigious A-Festival.
— You will be guided through the Berlin International Film Festival Oliver Baumgarten (former Chief Editor "Schnitt") and other renowned film critics. Aily Nash is your contact person from the Berlinale Talents team.   
— Every day, you have the opportunity to write a critique about a film from the festival program or short reviews of an event at the Berlinale Talents programme, and will discuss and review it with your fellow participants and film critics.
— Free accommodation in youth hostels in Berlin from February 5–12, 2015.
— A share of the travel expenses depending on your country of origin.

YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION SHOULD INCLUDE

— Curriculum vitae and personal data (address, email etc.)
— Up to three (3) original copies of articles that you have published in the last two (2) years (if these articles are not in English you should supply us with a decent translation as a proof of your English writing skills for each article).

HOW TO PROCEED COMPLETING AN ONLINE APPLICATION
You can only apply on the Berlinale Talents website:
(All the relevant information and the application form can be found by clicking on the "Call for Entries" picture on the homepage of the Berlinale Talents site.)
— Get an application number on the website;
— Log in and fill out the complete online application form;
— Please ensure that you have filled out the online application completely. If you are unable to upload your articles you can send them by regular mail;
— Your work must be at the Berlinale Talents offices by 
September 1st, 2014 at 23h59 (CET)
Please make sure your name and application number are clearly displayed on the articles you send. 
If you have any queries please contact talents@berlinale.de
The application deadline is September 1st, 2014. Successful candidates will be notified at the latest by early January.


"Rocks in My Pockets won FIPRESCI Prize in 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

The FIPRESCI Prize (International Film critics’ prize) went to the animated film "Rocks in My Pockets" (USA/Latvia, 2014) written and directed by Signe Baumane, in the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival held in July 4-12 in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Czech Republic. "Rocks in My Pockets is  a film "which bravely and wittily tells a moving personal and multi-generational story of mental and historical instability in a richly layered style". Jury members were Yael Shuv, Israel, president, Cerise Howard, Australia, Marita Nyrhinen, Finland, Viliam Jablonick├Ż, Slovak Republic, and Darina Krivankova, Czech Republic.

The FIPRESCI Prize went to "Yes and Yes" in the 36th Moscow International Film Festival.



      "Yes and Yes" directed by Valeria Gay Germanika (Russia) won the prize of International Film Critics(FIPRESCI)  in the 36th Moscow International Film Festival. Jury members were Gideon Kouts, France, president, Andr├ęs Nazarala, Chile, Rita di Santo, UK, Caroline Weidner, Germany, and Olga Surkova, Russia.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

7th Edition of IDSFFK will be inaugurated today



7 th edition of International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala will be inaugurated by Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan , Minister of Cultural Affairs Govt.of Kerala today, the18th August 2014 at Kairali, Nila and Sree theatres,Thiruvananthapuram. Gautam Menon , Film Director will be the guest of hounor . V .S Sivakumar ,Minister for Health will preside over the function. Shri Rajiv Mehrotra, Manging Trustee of Public Service broadcasting trust will deliver the key note address. Rajya Sabha Television CEO Gurdeep Singh Sappal will felicitate over the function. Frederico Adorno‘s ‘Paraguay’ and Khalo Matabane’s ‘Nelson Mandela: the myth and me’ will be the inaugural films. Nelson Mangela: The myth & me explores how diverse global leaders interpret Nelson Mandela’s message of freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation. Trying to avoid the danger of creating a single ’true’ story, the film combines director Khalo Matabane’s personal reflections with the thoughts of the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, Joachim Gauck and Arundhati Roy as well as artists, thinkers and activists from around the globe.
 94 films selected out of 600 entries will compete for top honors. A total of 212 films are being showcased for this five day festival dedicated for documentaries and short films. The jury of the festival include Hong Hysook, Susie Tharu and Harsh Mander  .
Best documentary will bag one Lakh Rupees and certificate of merit where as short documentaries will be awarded fifty thousand rupees and certificate.Both Animation films and music videos will be awarded twenty five thousand rupees each and certificate.Campus films will be given twenty thousand rupees and  certificate.
Best Documentary cinematographer award will be presented by cinematographer Navroze Contractor. This award comprises fifteen thousand rupees and certificate. Gender sensitive film will also be recognised at the festival. A cash award of twenty thousand will be given away for the best gender sensitive film.
Special section comprises of a package of film. The special sections will have an Environmental film category, which includes ‘Virunga’ by Orlando Van Einsiedel, portraying the manmade conflict threatening the last habitat of gorillas. The film has won four International awards. Deepthi Kakkar and Fahad Mustafas film ‘Powerless’, which was the premier film at the Berlin Film festival, is also screened in the festival. The other films screening under this category incorporates Kamar Ahaneed simons, ‘Are you listening’, Jean cosmes, ‘By my side’ and Kalyanai mams ‘A river changes course’.

                Films from Middle East is another category which has been screened under the special section The other section under special films are, a curated section of films comprising five films portraying the post Arab Spring  era  showing the riotous seasons the countries like Egypt, Lebanon , Jordan, Palestine and its effects on the common man. The first Indian screening of these films, at the festival which makes the category special. K.K Chandran’s  ‘Potrait Of a Film Director : Adoor GopalaKrishnan’ , Razak Kottakal , ‘One day from a Hangmans Life’  and Micheal glawogger, ‘Working  Man’s Life’ and ‘Mega Cities’ are the films screened in the homage section.