Monday, January 29, 2018

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MIFF 2018 to screen over 430 documentary and short films
  • Oscar nominee documentary 'I Am Not Your Negro' is the opening film
  • Golden Conch Award cash prize doubled.

 Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films ( MIFF ) is being organized by the Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. will be inaugurated on 28 January, 2018 at  NCPA Mumbai.   The seven day  long festival will showcase nearly 430 documentary, short and animation films from over 40 countries.  
Golden Conch Award cash prize doubled.
Giving a major boost to the documentary movement, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has approved doubling of prize money for the Golden Conch Award winning Best Documentary Film in the International Competition to Rs 1 million (Rs 10 lakhs) from the earlier Rs 500,000 (Rs 5 lakhs). 
Golden Conch, Silver Conch and trophies with handsome cash awards are part of the competition in categories like Best Documentary, Best Short Fiction and Best Animation film.  Besides, technical awards will be given for Best Cinematography, Editing and Sound Design.  Other highlights are the Pramod Pati Special Jury award, Best Student Film and Best Debut film award all of which carry trophy and cash awards.  Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA) and the Government of Maharashtra, through Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari join hands with Films Division in instituting awards.
Films packages
Besides the contemporary films vying for top honours in the International and National Competition,  MIFF will showcase best documentary short and animation films produced in India and abroad under special packages including Jury retrospectives and Best of Fests.  
The Animation Package includes films of Ivan Maximov of Russia, Baret Ilk of Turkey and Lea Zagury of Brazil.  A special package of French Shorts and Experimental films curated by Gabriele Brennen of the 3iS International Institute for Image and Sound, Paris will be screened on 29th.  The Best of the Fests package includes films sourced from top documentary film festivals like Berlinale, HotDocs, Canada,  Melbourne Documentary Festival and Guanajuato Film Festival, Mexico.  A retrospective of veteran Iranian film maker - Rakshan Benietemad, will include 3 documentaries from 3 decades.  Other retrospectives will cover works of French film maker Dominic Dubosc, Mudhushree Dutta and noted animator Bhimsain Khurana.  There are also special film packages from the North East and Jammu & Kashmir.
To add flavour and substance to the festival, workshops, master classes, lecture-demonstrations and panel discussions on topics of interest will take place during MIFF 2018. Nandan Saxena will be conducting a 4 day workshop on 'Non-fiction cinematography'
Another important feature of MIFF 2018 is students' participation. Student films of FTII, Satyajit Ray Film & TV Institute, Whistling Woods, MGR Film & TV Institute, Prayasam, State University of Rohtak, National Institute of Design will be screened during the festival.
The Opening Film'I Am Not Your Negro', the 2017 Oscar nominated documentary എന്നതിനുള്ള ചിത്രം
'I Am Not Your Negro', the 2017 Oscar nominated documentary on American Civil Rights Movement, that has won top awards in Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and 8 other international festivals, will be the opening film of MIFF 2018.  The 93 minute documentary written by James Baldwin and directed by Raoul Peck connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present.
V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award
The coveted V Shantaram lifetime Achievement Award for promotion of documentary movement in India will be conferred upon an eminent documentary film maker chosen by an independent jury. The Award money for the Lifetime Achievement award has also been doubled from Rs 500,000 (Rs 5 lakhs) to Rs 1 million (Rs 10 lakhs).  All together cash awards of Rs 5.8 million (Rs 58 lakhs) will be given away during MIFF 2018.
While feature films generally address the entertainment needs of people, documentaries fill up the information needs of people.  In a bid to make MIFF a people’s festival, the delegate fee has been kept at a modest Rs 300 while there will be no fee for film studies and mass communication student delegates.
The screenings will be held in the theatres in Films Division complex, 24-Pedder Road, Mumbai and nearby Russian Culture Centre from January 29, 2017. Come to Mumbai and celebrate the documentary movement.  For media / delegate registrations visit
Special Packages
Special package of SAARC docs & shorts (30 films) )
Reena Mohan

Homage to Murray Lerner, USA  (3 films)
Premraj (Films Division)

Brazilian Animation Films special package  (29 films)
Dhvani Desai

Turkish Animation special package  (23 films)
Berat Ilk | Dhvani Desai

Documentaries by women filmmakers of The Philippines (6 documentaries)
Reena Mohan

French Shorts & Experimental Films  (22 films)
Gabriele Brennen

Special package of Cuban Films  (14 films)
(directed by veteran documentary maker Santiago Alvarez)  
P N Ramachandra

Dominique Dubosc,  veteran film maker from France
Elisa Paloschi, award winning documentary film maker from Canada.
Berat Ilk, animation film maker and academic from Turkey
Baby Ruth Villarama, leading documentary film maker of South East Asian Region
Pierre Assouline, writer, author and an Indo-phile from France. (producer of Vanaprastham (1999)

Haobam Paban Kumar, National Film Award winning film maker from Manipur
P Sukumaran Nair, writer, director and film maker in Malayalam, Trivandrum
Arun Chaddha,  Award winning documentary film maker,  Delhi NCR
Maithili Rao, veteran film critic and columnist,  Mysore
Ashish Kulkarni, FICCI Entertainment Division (Animation),  Mumbai
MIFF-2018 - List of Awards
Best Documentary Film  
(Top Award of the Festival | Any duration)
Golden Conch + Rs.10,00,000
Best Short Fiction Film (up to 45 minutes)
Silver Conch    + Rs.5,00,000
Best Animation Film
Silver Conch    + Rs.5,00,000
Pramod Pati Special Jury Award (1)
Trophy           +  Rs 1,00,000

Best Documentary Film (above 60 minutes) (2)
Silver Conch + Rs.5,00,000
Best Documentary film (below 60 minutes)  (2)
Silver conch + Rs.5,00,000
Best Short Fiction (upto 45 minutes)
Silver conch + Rs.3,00,000
Best Animation Film
Silver conch + Rs.3,00,000
Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari Award for Best Debut Film of a Director (Govt of Maharashtra)
Trophy + Rs.1,00,000
Films Division – IDPA Vijaya Mulay Tropy for the  Best Student Film
Trophy + Rs.1,00,000
* Prize money of Golden Conch and Silver Conch awards to be shared equally between Director and Producer wherever applicable

TECHNICAL AWARDS (Common to International/National Categories)
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound Design

for Contribution to Documentary Movement in India  (to be given at the Inaugural function)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Trophy, Shawl, Citation + Rs.10,00,000

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Oscar Nominations for 90th Annual Awards 2018 were announced

Oscar nominations for the 90th annual awards were announced on Tuesday morning from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. Actress-comedian Tiffany Haddish and actor-director Andy Serkis, joined by Academy President John Bailey announced the Academy Awards nominations in twenty four categories.
Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” received with 13 nominations. “Dunkirk” followed  with eight and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”with seven. All three films earned best picture nominations. The rest of the category was rounded out by “Call Me By Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Get Out,” “Phantom Thread,” “Lady Bird,” and “The Post.”
The Academy Awards will be announced on March 4
dunkirk എന്നതിനുള്ള ചിത്രം.shape of water എന്നതിനുള്ള ചിത്രം        ladybird movie എന്നതിനുള്ള ചിത്രം

Best Picture:
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Lead Actor:
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Lead Actress:
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Supporting Actor:
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Supporting Actress:
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”
“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

Animated Feature:
“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:
“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant
“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon
“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray
“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Adapted Screenplay:
“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay:
“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh

“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins
“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema
“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison
“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature:
“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman
“Faces Places,” JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda
“Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan
“Last Men in Aleppo,” Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen
“Strong Island,” Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes

Best Documentary Short Subject:
“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel
“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon
“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film:
“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson
“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.
“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Best Foreign Language Film:
“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)
“The Insult” (Lebanon)
“Loveless” (Russia)
“On Body and Soul (Hungary)
“The Square” (Sweden)

Film Editing:
“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith
“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel
“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:
“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green
“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King
“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:
“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design:
“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

Original Score:
“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer
“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood
“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell

Original Song:
“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:
“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick
“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten

Costume Design:
“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran
“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran
“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges
“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira
“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle

Visual Effects:
“Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick
“Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan
“War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist

Sunday, January 21, 2018

120th birthday of Sergei Eisenstein

Today is the 120th birthday of Sergei Eisenstein known as the father of montage technique in filmmaking.
Google celebrated the 120th birth anniversary of this great filmmaker with a doodle. 
Montage is a technique in editing in which a series of short shots are edited into a sequence to condense space, time, and information. Eisenstein’s films had political themes and Google Doodle in its website added that “his films were also revolutionary in another sense, as he often depicted the struggle of downtrodden workers against the ruling class”.

Monday, January 8, 2018

15th MIFF 2018-Mumbai International Film Festival - Films in Prism -International Section

Sr No. Title In English Country Duration in mins Category Director
1 The Fish curry India 12 Animation Film Abhishek Verma
2 09 09 F India 5 Animation Film Avinash Medhe
3 The Saints of Sin India 81
Documentary Film (Any Duration) Amiruddha Sen
4 Pushkar Myths India 100 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Kamal Swaroop
5 THE EXILE India 19
Documentary Film (Any Duration) Harsh Virag
6 Perween Rahman: The Rebel Optimist Pakistan 66 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Mahera Omar
7 And the alley she whitewashed in light blue Israel 72 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Nili Portugali
8 #Uploading_holocaust Israel 75 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Sagi Bornstein & Udi Nir
9 Zen and Bones Japan 126 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Nakamura Takayuki
10 My Grandmother India 19 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Madhavi Wageshwari
11 Iyakunar Sigaram K. Balachander India 103
Documentary Film (Any Duration) Manohar Singh Bisht
12 BORN BEHIND BARS India 52 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Malati Rao
13 Adnyat India 15 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mints.) Santosh Davakhar
14 The School Bag India 15 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mints.) Dheeraj Jindal
15 A Moment India 40 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mints.) Rohit James
16 Zia India 12 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mints. Jineesh
17 Afternoon Clouds India 13 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mints.) Payal Kapadia
18 Tremors India 14 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mints.) Shivangi Mittal
19 KODESIAN India 14 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mints.) Pradeep Nair
20 Crazy Moon India/UK 10 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mints.) Meneka Das

15th MIFF 2018-Mumbai International Film Festival -Films in Prism -National section

Sr. No. Title In English Duration in minutes Category Director
1 Tales from our Childhood 69 Documentary Film (above 60 minutes) Mukul Haloi
2 Breaking All The Way 88 Documentary Film (above 60 minutes) Sunita Malpani
3 A Ballad of Maladies 84 Documentary Film (above 60 minutes) Tushar Madhav & Sarvnik Kaur
4 THE PIONEERING DUO – KRISHNAN PANJU 92 Documentary Film (above 60 minutes) G. Dhananjayan
5 The Tribal Scoop 60 Documentary Film (above 60 minutes) Beeswaranjan Pradhan
6 Nakusa ‘Unwanted’ is My Name 21 Documentary film (upto 60 minutes) Shijith V.P.
7 Prabhakar Pendharkar – A Midas Touch 52 Documentary film (upto 60 minutes) Yashaswini Godse
8 Mrityubhoj – The Death Feast 52 Documentary film (upto 60 minutes) Akanksha Sood Singh
9 Makaan (A temporary shelter) 36 Documentary film (upto 60 minutes) Salik Ansari
10 SAKHARAM 18 Documentary film (upto 60 minutes) SARTHAK BHASIN
11 The Jowar Ballad 30 Documentary film (upto 60 minutes) Laxminarayan Devda
12 Mother 30 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mins.) Tarun Jain
13 Broken Flowers 35 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mins.) Tushnik Chaudhuri
14 Starling’s Nest 17 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mins.) Shreyas Dasharathe
15 Jyoti and Joymoti 27 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mins.) Syed Mehdi Jahan
16 Sex with a monk and other stories 31 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mins.) Sounak Kar
17 The Germ 8 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mins.) Jayeshlal K, Linda Susan Mathew & Nazeer M Sab
18 THE WAVE 19 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mins.) AJAY SHAJI
19 Uncalled 21 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mins.) Umesh Mohan Bagade
20 The Market 10 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mins.) Yashowardhan Mishra
21 4 Tamarinds and Toffees 13 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mins.) Pranjali D. Upadhye
22 SILENT LANGUAGE 6 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mins.) S Raja
23 Medium 24 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mins.) Vicky Barmecha
24 Vacuum 13 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mins.) Ashok Moorthy

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

10th BIFFES- Bengaluru International Film Festival- February 22 – March 01, 2018.

Bengaluru International Film Festival 2017

10th edition of BIFFES, the Bengaluru International Film Festival to be held during February 22 – March 01, 2018.
The 10th  edition of BIFFES being organized by the Karnataka Chalanachitra (Film) Academy for Government of Karnataka at Bengaluru, will be held from February 22 – to March 01, 2018 will have different sections viz:
1. Cinema of the World
2. Asian Cinema
3. Chitrabharati (Indian Cinema)
4. Kannada cinema
5. Retrospectives
6. Country Focus
7. Grand Classics
8. Homages
9. FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) award winners
10. Network for promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) award winners
11. Bio-Pics
The festival will also host various forums for academic interactions like seminars, Workshops, Master classes etc., for the benefit of film professionals, discerning audiences and students on different aspects of cinema.
The last date for submitting films has been extended to 6th Januaru.2017