Friday, August 30, 2019

FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2019 to Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma


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Roma, by Alfonso Cuarón, was elected the best film of the past year by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) and will receive the Grand Prix 2019 at the opening ceremony of the 67th San Sebastián Film Festival, on the 20th of September. In the past, the Grand Prix has gone to Paul Thomas Anderson, Maren Ade, Michael Haneke, Aki Kaurismäki, Cristian Mungiu, Richard Linklater, Jean-Luc Godard, Pedro Almodóvar, George Miller, and Jafar Panahi, among others.

A total of 618 critics and journalists from all over the world took part in the poll. All feature-length films that had their world première since July 2018 were eligible in an initial nominations phase, from which four finalists emerged: Pain and Glory (Dolor y Gloria, Pedro Almodóvar), Parasite (Gisaengchung, Bong Joon-ho), The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos) and Roma. The second round of votes resulted in a new triumph for the Mexican film, which started by winning the Golden Lion at Venice last year and went on to receive the Oscar awards to the Best Foreign Language Film, as well as Best Director and Best Cinematographer for Cuarón.

The FIPRESCI Grand Prix was created in 1999 and is presented every year at the San Sebastián Film Festival. It is the federation’s most representative acknowledgment, as it is not chosen by a jury (like the international critic's prize awarded to a film from a festival program), but is elected by all members, and all feature-length productions of the previous twelve months are eligible. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

NFDC-Film Bazaar 2019 from 20th and 24th November ,2019

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Film Bazaar, shaped by the National Film Development Corporation(NFDC),  is South Asia's largest film market, runs along with the International Film Festival of India(IFFI) at Panaji, the capital city of Goa. Started in 2007, Film Bazaar has developed over the years into one of the best global film markets. Thierry Fremaux, Artistic Director, Festival de Cannes vouches that “I am in a position to judge this market as a professional as I have been to all major co-productions market in the world. I have to say I am quite impressed. It’s full of good filmmakers and good projects. In the long run, I see Film Bazaar at par with Cannes, Berlin and American Film Market.” This year, the silver jubilee year of the IFFI will also witness another remarkable edition of the Film Bazar at Marriott Resort, Goa, India, between 20th and 24th November 2019 .

Saturday, August 3, 2019

24th International Film Festival of Kerala -IFFK 2019-Entries invited

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24th International Film Festival of Kerala 
 06-13 December 2019 Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
 The festival will present a selection of the best of World Cinema and a competition section for films from Asian, African and Latin American countries.
 In order to encourage young and upcoming filmmakers, there is yet another award for the Best Debut filmmaker from these countries. 
 International Competition Section:
 Films with a minimum length of 70 minutes produced or co-produced in a country from Asia, Africa or Latin America in the last one year or which had its first theatrical screening after 1 st September 2018 are eligible for applying to the competition section of the festival.
 Entry for the 'Malayalam Cinema Now' section is for films in the Malayalam language. A maximum of 14 films will be selected in this section. 
Of 14 films, 6 films should be the first and/or second films of the directors. 
Of the 14 films, 2 films will be recommended by the selection committee for the International Competition. 
 'Indian Cinema Today' section:
 Showcasing a selection of films from all regions of India. Entry for the 'Indian Cinema Today' section is for films produced or co-produced in India in an approved Indian language other than Malayalam with a premier show in Kerala.
 A maximum of 9 films will be selected. Of 9 films, 2 films will be recommended for the International Competition Section. 
 Entry for the International Competition is for films produced or co-produced in an Asian, African and Latin American countries. The nationality of the Director will not be taken into consideration. 

Indian films including Malayalam ones cannot apply for International competition directly. 
2 films each from the 'Malayalam Cinema Now' and 'Indian Cinema Today' sections will be recommended by the respective selection committees for the International Competition. 
. Films that have been produced/or had a first theatrical screening on or after 1 st September 2018 and having English subtitles are eligible to participate.
 For International films, where no proof is available, the date of the first theatrical screening will be considered.
 For all Indian films, the date on the certificate issued by the Central Board of Film Certification will be considered. If no certificate is available, a signed affidavit on Rs 200 3 Stamp Paper stating the date of completion of the film will be considered. Theatrical screening dates will not apply to Indian Films. Censor certificate/affidavit should be submitted while applying.  Films selected for International Competition (except Indian & Malayalam Films) should not have participated in the competition section of any other International Film Festivals in India. 
An affidavit to this effect is to be submitted by the Producer prior to the final screening. 
 Selection of films for International competition, Indian Cinema and Malayalam Cinema is done by Selection Committees set up by the Academy. The decision taken by the Academy on the recommendation of the Selection Committee will be considered as final and non-appealable.
 The Festival Director has a special right to waive any condition for participation in the Competition. 
Festival Kaleidoscope (Indian): The section is designed to showcase Indian Films that have received accolades in festivals around the world and the work of practicing Indian Masters. Indian films that have participated in any festival outside India (after 1st September 2018) from the following categories will be eligible in this section.
 1) FIAPF-affiliated Competitive Feature Film Festivals 2) FIAPF-affiliated competitive specialized Feature Film Festival 3) FIAPF-affiliated Non-Competitive Specialised Film Festivals 4) Malayalam Film that has won the Best Film at the National Awards 5) Malayalam Film that has won the Best Malayalam Language Film at the National Award 6) Malayalam Film that has won the Best Film at the Kerala State Awards. The number of films in this section will not exceed eight. A committee set up by the Academy will recommend these films. 
The official information regarding the festival entry should be submitted by the producer. No special entry will be invited for this section. 
World Cinema (Out of competition): Films except those in English must be in their original version with English subtitles. A Selection committee set up by the Academy will recommend films for the non-competitive section called World Cinema. The films of Indian Masters can be included in the World Cinema section, if not submitted to any section of the festival. 
 Curated Sections: The following curated sections are also included in the festival: 1) Retrospectives 2) Homages and 3) Focus as per Festival programme Article 4. General Rules. No legal claim can be filed for participation in the competition. 
. No confirmed film shall be withdrawn from the festival programme. 
 During the festival, before the official screening, none of the invited films shall be screened outside the festival venue by the filmmakers or entrants. 
 The selection at any other International Festival does not ensure selection to IFFK.  Films or revised version of films submitted in a previous edition of the festival will not be considered for Competition/Indian Cinema/Malayalam Cinema Sections but may be considered for inclusion in non-competitive sections.  Films selected in the Competition, Indian Cinema, and Malayalam Cinema sections will be screened by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy as part of its non-commercial screening activity in other parts of the State and outside the State with the permission of the rights holder.  All films screened in the Festival will be in the Original Language with English subtitles.  For all films without a Certification from the CBFC, the Festival will apply for an exemption to the I & B Ministry, Government of India, for the period of the Festival. The film will be screened subject to receiving this exemption. Regarding Indian Films, if the exemption from I & B Ministry is rejected, the producer can submit  a CBFC Certificate within a stipulated time given by the  festival failing which the film will be removed from the festival and a new film from the list given by the selection committee will be included at the discretion of the Festival Director.  Films once submitted and screened before the Selection Committee forfeit their right for re-submission for International Competition, Indian Cinema Today & Malayalam Cinema Now Sections in any other edition.  A film submitted and not recommended by the selection committee, cannot be included in any other section (except Kaleidoscope, if eligible) in the same edition of the festival.  
 The deadline for receiving the online submission form is 10th September 2019 and preview material should reach Kerala State Chalachitra Academy by 05.00 pm 12th September 2019.  


1. Best Film: Suvarna Chakoram (Golden Crow Pheasant) – memento, certificate and cash award of INR 20,00,000 (approx. USD 29,000) to be shared equally between the Producer and Director of the Best Film. 2. Best Director: Rajata Chakoram – a memento, certificate and cash award of INR 4,00,000 (approx. USD 5800) to the Best Director. 3. Best Debut Director: Rajata Chakoram and a cash prize of INR 3,00,000 (approx USD 4300) for the Best Debut Director. 4. Technical Excellence: (In any technical area) (Special Mention): only Certificate 5. Performance Award (Special Mention): only Certificate 7 6. Jury Prize: only Certificate 6.2.2.Audience Poll: In addition to the above, the Festival Audience will vote one film as their Best Film in an Audience Poll, which will get Rajata Chakoram and a cash prize of INR 2,00,000 (approx. USD 2900) which will be shared between the producer and director of the film. 6.2.3. Lifetime Achievement Award: In the year 2009 the IFFK has instituted an Award for the International Film personality who has contributed to the art of cinema through their lifetime work: INR 10,00,000 (approx. USD 14,500) and a memento will be awarded. 
 List of films selected for the festival will be posted on the Academy website by 20th October 2019. 
 More details can be had from:
Executive Director ,24th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) 
Kerala State Chalachitra Academy KINFRA Film & Video Park, Kazhakuttom, Thiruvananthapuram- 695 582, Kerala, India
 Tel: +91 8137990822 +91 471 2754 422, +91 471 2756 622, 
+91 471 2755 322
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50th IFFI 2019-International Film Festival of India 2019 invites entries for Indian Panorama.

IFFI 2019 invites Film Submissions for Indian Panorama 2019

Indian Panorama is a significant component of the International Film Festival of India, organised by the Directorate of Film Festival under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India, which features the best Indian Films of the year.
Directorate of Film Festival has initiated the process for receiving entries for Indian Panorama Section of the 50th International Film Festival of India to be held from November 20-28, 2019 in Goa, with some changes in the regulations.
The aim of the Indian Panorama, organised by the Directorate is to select feature and non-feature films of cinematic, thematic and aesthetic excellence, for the promotion of film art through the non-profit screening of these films in:
  1.  International Film Festivals in India and abroad
  2.  Indian Film Weeks held under Bilateral Cultural Exchange Programmes and Specialized Indian Film Festivals outside cultural exchange protocols.
  3.  Special Indian Panorama Festivals in India
The Indian Panorama will have the following sections ~ Feature films and  Non-feature films
A maximum of 26 Feature films and 21 Non-Feature films (including the Best Feature and Best Non-Feature films from 66th National Film Awards, 2018), distinguished by cinematic, thematic and aesthetic excellence selected in accordance with the conditions and procedure laid down below will feature in the Indian Panorama 2019 at 50th International Film Festival of India.


The last date for submission of On- Line applications is 10th August, 2019 and the last date for receipt of the stamped and signed hard copy of the submitted online application form along with the requisite material is 22nd August, 2019.
In case 22nd August, 2019 is declared a holiday, the next working day will be treated as the last date for receipt of Entries. Applications received after the last date may be rejected without any reference to the applicant. (Note: Both the versions (Online and Hard Copy) of application forms submitted by the applicants should be same).

Awards & Recognition

Out of 26 feature films selected in Indian Panorama, two films will be recommended for the competition section of International Film Festival of India 2019. Debut film(s) of a Director selected for Indian Panorama 2019 will also be considered for the Centenary Award for the Best Debut Film of a Director proposed to be given at the 50th International Film Festival of India. The award carries Rs. 10,00,000/- and a silver peacock. Maximum of two such films will be considered for this award.

Other Important points to be noted before applying: 

Classroom and advertising films are not eligible for participation in any section.
Final screening material must comply with technical standards specified by SMPTE for screening at International Film Festivals. Directorate of Film Festivals reserves the right to refuse screening if found otherwise.
The Participants must ensure that they have the right to participate in the International Film Festival of India with regard to parties connected with the production/ distribution of the participating film and/ or other right holders/ licenses.
The completion year of production of the films should be during the last 12 months preceding the festival i.e. 1st August, 2018 to 31st July, 2019. The applicant should submit a declaration stating the date of completion year of production in the format as prescribed. Films certified by CBFC during the period 1st August, 2018 to
31st July, 2019 are also eligible.