സിനിമ സ്‌പെഷ്യല്‍ (A Meera Sahib )

23rd KIFF -Los Perros directed by Marcela Said won the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Award for best film. Best director in the Indian language film section went to Bijukumar Damodaran for his film "Sound of Silence".

French celluloid venture 'Los Perros' directed by Marcela Said won the award for the best film in the International Competition category of the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) on Friday.

The 94-minute film won the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Award for best film that comprised a purse of Rs 51 lakh and a trophy, the organisers announced at the media conference.

The Best Director award in the same category was bagged by Iceland's Asa Helga Hjorleifsdottir for the film 'Swan'. Hjorleifsdottir's representatives were handed thee Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Award that included a cheque of Rs 21 lakh and a trophy.

Veteran actor Biswajit Chatterjee handed over the awards.

Iran's 'Kupal' directed by Kazem Mollaie and Poland's 'Birds Are Singing in Kigali' produced by Joanna Koskrauze and Krzysztof Krauze were jointly given The Jury Special Mention Award on Innovation in Moving Images section.

Nepalese creation 'Goodbye Kathmandu' by Nabin Subba was adjudged the best film in the Asian Select (Netpack award).

The Hiralal Sen Memorial Award for the best director in the Indian language film section went to Bijukumar Damodaran for his film "Sound of Silence".

The Jury Special Mention Award in the same section was won by 'Pathumma' directed by Panchakshari.



Innovation in Moving Images SECTION

Best Film Los Perros Directed by Marcela Said (International Competition: Innovation in Moving Images, 2017/Color/94 mins/France, Chile)
Best Director Asa Helga Hjorleifsdottir (Film: The Swan, International Competition: Innovation in Moving Images , 2017/Color/91 mins/Iceland)
Jury Award – Special Mention Birds Are Singing in Kigali Directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze (International Competition: Innovation in Moving Images , 2017/Color/117 mins/Poland )

KUPAL Directed by Kazem Mollaie (International Competition: Innovation in Moving Images , 2017/Color/81 mins/Iran )


Best Film To Let Directed by Chezhiyan Ra (Competition on Indian Language's Films , 2017/Color/99 mins/India )
Best Director Dr. Bijukumar Damodaran (Film: Sound of Silence , Competition on Indian Language's Films , 2017/Color/89 mins/India,USA )
SPECIAL JURY MENTION PATHUMMA (Director: Panchakshari, Competition on Indian Language's Films, 2016/Color/100 mins/India )


Best Film Goodbye Katmandu Directed by Nabin Subba (Asian Select (NETPAC Award) ,2017/Color/133 mins/Nepal )


Best Documentary Mrityubhoj-The Death Feast Directed by Akanksha Sood Singh (Competition on Indian Documentary Films ,2017/Color/52 mins )
Best Short Film Chahat Ke Gubbare Directed by Amritanshu (Competition on Indian Short Films ,2017/Color/19 mins 53 sec )
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22nd IFFK 2017- International Film Festival of Kerala-International Competition -list of films selected

List of Films selected in International Competition of 22nd IFFK 2017 released.
1 Candelaria
Jhonny Hendrix/87 min/Colombia, Germany, Norway, Argentina, Cuba/2017
2 Garden of Desire/ Aedan
Sanju Surendran/130 min/India/2017
3 Grain
Semih Kaplanoglu/127 min/ Turkey, Germany, France, Sweden/2017
4 I Still Hide to Smoke/À mon âge je me cache encore pour fumer
Rayhana Obermeyer /90 min/France, Greece, Algeria/2016
5 Malila‐ The Farewell Flower
Anucha BOONYAWATANA/94 min/Thailand/2017
6 Newton
Amit V Masurkar/105 min/India/2017
7 Pomegranate Orchard/ Nar baghi
Ilgar Najaf/90 min/Azerbaijan/2017
8 Returnee/ Oralman
Sabit Kurmanbekov/95 min/Kazakhstan/2017
9 Symphony for Ana/Sinfonía para Ana
Ernesto Ardito, Virna Molina/119 min/Argentina/2017
10 The World of Which We Dream Doesn't Exist/Le Monde Dont on Reve N'existe Pas
Ayoub Qanir/103 min/USA, Mongolia/2017
11 Two Persons/ Randuper
Prem Shankar/111 min/India/2017
12 Village Rockstars
Rima Das/87 min/India/2017
13 Wajib
Annemarie Jacir/96 min/Palestine, France/2017
14 White Bridge/Pole Sefid 
Ali Ghavitan/80 min/Iran/2017

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19th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival-"Village Rockstars and "Summer 1993 won topmost awards

The seven-day ,19th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival which concluded on 19th October ,2017, screened over 220 films from 51 countries including features, documentaries and short films. . Rima Das's "Village Rockstars won the Golden Gateway award in the India Gold Category and Carla Simon's "Summer 1993" won the in the International category. 

Details of awards:
Half Ticket
The Golden Gateway Award (Feature) – ‘The Day My Father Became A Bush’ by Nicole Van Kilsdonk
The Silver Gateway Award (Feature) – ‘Cloudboy’ by Melkeminne
The Golden Gateway Award (Short) – ‘Half a Life’ by Tamara Shogaolu
The Silver Gateway Award (Short) – ‘Mduduboy boy’ by Ella Smith 

Young Critics Award- Yashvardhan Singh.
Young Critics Choice Award- ‘Village Rockstars’ by Rima Das.
Book Award in Excellence in Writing on Cinema Award (Hindi) - ‘Lata: Sur Gatha’ by Yatindra Mishra
The Excellence in Writing on Cinema Award (English) - ‘Voices Of The Talking Stars’ by Madhuja Mukherjee
MAMI-OXFAM Award for Best Film on Gender Equality

Rima Das for Village Rockstars
Special Jury Mention- ‘The Hungry’ by Bornila Chatterjee
Jio MAMI Reliance Foundation Award for Excellence in Digital Content
Special Jury Mention Award- ‘Detour’ by Sumi Mathai
The Silver Award- ‘Mandi’ by Yashovardhan Mishra.
The Golden Award- ‘Aishwarya Ki Behen’ by  Nitesh Bhatia

Audience Choice Award
‘On Body and Soul’ by Ildiko Enyedi.-Hungary

The Golden Gateway Award:  ‘Vacancy’ by Anurag Worlikar
The Silver Gateway Award:‘Wolf of Chawl Street’ by Pranav Bhasin.
The Jury Special Mention:‘Bambaiwale’  Director Chirag Suryavanshi. 

International Competition
The Golden Gateway Award- ‘Summer of 1993’ by Carla Simon
The Silver Gateway Award- ‘Quest’ by  Jonatahn Olshefski
The Jury Grand Prize -‘The Wound’ by John Trengove.
Special Mention - ‘I Am Not A Witch’ by Rungano Nyoni.
The Special Mention - ‘Scary Mother’ by Ana Urushadze
India Gold
The Golden Gateway Award - ‘Village Rockstars’ by Rima Das
The Silver Gateway Award-‘Machines’ by Rahul Jain
The Jury Grand Prize - ‘In the Shadows’ by Dipesh Jain
The Jury Special Mention - ‘Up, Down and Sideways’ by Anushka Meenakshi and Ishwar Srikumar.
The Jury Special Mention - ‘Sexy Durga’ by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

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22nd International Film Festival of Kerala 2017 -22nd IFFK 2017-Films selected in Indian Cinema today section

Kerala State Chalachitra Academy released the list of films selected in 'Indian Cinema Today' section for the ensuing 22nd edition of International Film Festival of Kerala. Among the films Newton (Hindi) directed by  Amit V Masurkar and  Village Rockstars (Assamese) directed by Rima Das are included in the competition section.

Competition Films

1 Newton (Hindi) Amit V Masurkar
2 Village Rockstars (Assamese) Rima Das
Newton (Hindi) Amit V Masurkar 

Indian Cinema Now
3 Kadvi Hawa (Dark Wind) – Hindi Nila Madhab Panda
4 III Smoking Barrels – Hindi, Assamese English, Bengali, Sanjib Dey
5 Shehjar (Shade) – Hindi, Kashmere, Bengali Nikhil Allug
6 TMeaerna tAhui,r E Anagdlhisah ( Three and a Half) – Hindi, Daria Gaikalova
7 Nude – Marathi Ravi Jadhav
8 In the Shadows – Hindi, English Dipesh Jain
9 Kachcha Limbu (Unripe Lemon) – Marathi Prasad Oak

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11th SiGNS Film Festival for Short and Documentary films 2017-Jury citations


JURY :Amrit Gangar – Chairperson
Dr Meena T. Pillai – Member
Amudhan R.P. - Member

Miryavar Kahi Mahine (Many Months in Mirya) [Marathi]
Dir: Renu Savant
Poignant yet unsentimental reflections of fleeting moments in the life of a little village. Striking in its poetics and politics, the film seamlessly blends the temporal into the spatial.

Unmathavath (Malayalam)
Dir: Ravisankar
Pushing the boundaries of the time-image, the film explores the possibilities of the palpable and the perceptible, discovering new philosophical dimensions in the abstract and the material.

Andhere Mein (In the Dark) (Hindi)
Dir: Vijaya Singh
A lyrical ode of an adaptation that evocatively captures an ineffable pang, a fleeting void in human life.

Theatre of the Earth (Manipuri)
Dir: Oinam Doren
A film that celebrates the triumph of human will. It makes a trenchant and yet elegant use of the body to subvert all hierarchies of oppressive power, and bears testimony of individual and collective desires to live with dignity and love.

Nostalgia for the Future (Hindi)
Dirs: Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Sivkumar
A sensitive evocation of popular memory in imagining homes and habitations while weaving individual aspirations into larger narrative of the nation.

Saavat (Marathi)
Dir: Swapnil Rajsekhar
A film that attempts to bear witness to the pathos of human life in rural India, where age-old oppressions continue to nip dreams and strangle humanity.

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11th SiGNS Film Festival for Short and Documentary films 2017-Renu Savant ,Vijaya Singh ,Ravisankar and Oinam Doren won the John Abraham awards

The five-day SiGNS Short and Documentary Film Festival 2017 ,the 11th edition,concluded today at Kochi .It was a  tribute to Gauri Lankesh, renowned journalist who was shot dead by fascist forces in Bangalore recently. The  fest opened by  auteur film maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan  on 26th of this month and concluded yesterday with Kamal ,the famous film director  being the  Guest of Honour .Kamal gave away the awards ,certificates and award money to the winners. Chelavur Venu ,Vice President of the FFSI, Keralam presided over the function and  K.G.Mohankumar Festival Coordinator presented the report on FFSI & SiGNS.The Artistic Director of the current edition of the festival A.Meera Sahib presented an overview of the festival contents. Amrit Gangar ,Jury Chairperson declared the awards of the main jury and Madhu Janardhanan declared the awards of FFSI for best Malayalam Short and Documentary films. Amudan R.P and Dr.Meena T.Pillai JURY members offered felicitation .

Miryavar Kahi Mahine (Many Months in Mirya) [Marathi]
Dir: Renu Savant

 Unmathavath (Malayalam)
Dir: Ravisankar

Andhere Mein (In the Dark) (Hindi)
Dir: Vijaya Singh

Theatre of the Earth (Manipuri)
Dir: Oinam Doren

Nostalgia for the Future (Hindi)
Dirs: Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Sivkumar

Saavat (Marathi)
Dir: Swapnil Rajsekhar

The festival had four  curated sections viz Turkey ,Croatia ,Resistance Cinema, and International Windows .There were Jury Films,Artistic Directors choice,Homage films (K.R.Mohanan and Chalam Bennurarkar).During the festival  film historian and curator Amrit Gangar  delivered  the John Abraham Memorial lecture  and  famed film director P.T.Kunhi muhammad  delivered the K R Mohanan memorial talk .. The festival which show cased about 110 films from India and abroad including country focus films from Turkey and Croatia .Houses with Small Windows, directed by Kurdish origin director Bulent Ozturk and Arin, directed by another Kurdish origin director Mizgin Mujde Arslan, were the opening movies and award winning films as closing films.

photo courtesy:Tendergreennorth communications,Kochi

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11th SiGNS Film Festival for Short and Documentary films 2017- inaugurated by Adoor Gopalakrishnan at Kochi

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11th SiGNS Film Festival for Short and Documentary films 2017

The Accordion / Dir: Sandip Banerjee
1869 / Dir: Pranav Harihar Sharma
The Black Cat / Dir Bhargav Saikia
Wedding Preparations In The Country / Dir: Akash Sharma
Saavat / Dir: Swapnil Rajshekhar
Webbed / Dir: Visakh Madhusoodanan
Sandhya / Dir: Mohit Modi
Gi / Dir: Kunjila
Andhere Mein / Dir: Vijaya Singh
Dansh / Dir: Satish Munda
Sex With A Monk And Other Stories / Dir: Sounak Kar
Nadiyude Moonaam Kara / Dir: Fowzia Fathima
Vuja De / Dir: Joby Varghese
Vinya /Dir: Sushant Sawant

Artistic Director’s Choice
Kramasha / Dir: Amit Dutta

Kshaya Of Akasa Is Also The Kshaya Of Chetana/ Dir: Amrit Gangar
Dollar City / 2015/Tamil/72 Min. / Dir: Amudhan R.P.

Arin / Dir: Mizgin Mujde Arslan
House with small windows / Dir: Bulent Ozturk

Framing Democracy / Dir: Maheen Mirza
Invoking Justice / Dir: Deepa Dhanraj
Kakkoos / Dir: Divya Bharathi
March March March / Dir: Aizhan Kassymbek
Nuclear Hallucinations / Dir: Fathima Nizaruddin
She Write / Dir: Anjali Monteiro and KP Jayasankar
A Dream Takes Wing / Dir: Gajanan Jagirdar
Creative Artist of India – Satyajit Ray / Dir: B. D. Garga
Light, Shadow and Me (V. K. Murthy)/ Dir: Manohar Singh Bisht
Portrait of a Humanist (Balraj Sahani) / Dir: B. D. Garga
Salil Chowdhury (L.V.) / Dir: Jagadish Banerjee
V. Shantaram / Dir: Sanjeet Narvekar
Flash Back / Dir: Yash Chaudhary
India – Through the looking Glass / Dir: Siddharth Kak

Homage-K.R.Mohanan & Chalam Bennurakar

K.R. Gouri Amma / Dir: K.R. Mohanan
Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Pothuval / Dir: K.R. Mohanan
S.K. Pottekkat / Dir: K.R. Mohanan
Kutty Japanin Kuzhandaigal / Dir Chalam Bennurakar

Bare / Dir: Santana Issar
Eco-Dharma / Dir: Malgorzata Skiba
Morality Tv And The Loving Jehad / Dir: Paromita Vohra
Journey To Nagaland / Dir: Aditi Chitre
A Drop Of Sunshine / Dir: Aparna Sanyal
There Is Something In The Air / Dir: Iram Ghufran
Vishaparvam / Dir: Vipin Vijay

Blank Page / Director: Aina Meredova
Clac / Director: Fabien Ara
Ghuri / Director: Nahida Sultana
Revolutionary Home / Director: Sead Sabotic
Sandoq Eldonia / Director: Marwa Kamel
The Gift / Director: Bolsunbek Taalaybek Uulu
The Joyous Farmer / Director: Hiran Balasuriya
The Secret of Color / Director: Hamza Bangash
Unknown / Director: Azar Faramarzi

Starling's Nest / Dir: Shreyas Dasharathe
Oraal / Dir: Omar Sherif
Abhisarika / Dir:Sonam Singh
Ajanm / Dir: Ajay Garala And Vinit Chandrasekharan
Barren Spaces / Dir: Gita Upmale
Vacancy / Dir: Anurag B Worlikar
Kurli / Dir: Natesh Hegde
A Moment / Dir: Rohit James
Bhum / Dir: Debjani Banerjee
Palash / Dir: Vaibhav Hiwase
Cancer 71 / Dir: Abhishek Talukder
Karinchathan / Dir: Krishnendu Kalesh
Tichi Katha / Dir: Sneha Sonawane
A Love Story / Dir: Athul Muchukunnu
Pu / Dir: J Bibin Joseph

Only Sometimes A God / Dir: Prateek Prajosh
Feluda: 5 Years Of Ray's Detective / Dir: Sagnik Chatterjee
In Return: Just A Book / Dir: Shiny Jacob Benjamin
Jhini Bini Chadariya / Dir: Anjali Monteiro And K.P Jayasankar
Dar-B-Dar / Dir: Akash Basumatari, Arpita Katiyar Radhika
Agarwal, Rajendra Jadhav , Saurabh Kumar And Sujata Sarkar
Ennittum Kanthalloor / Dir: Kishor Kallara
Vrith / Dir: Prahlad Gopakumar
Nakusa / Dir: Shijith V.P
The Pangti Story / Dir: Sesino Yhoshu
Uranjadunna Desangal / Dir: N.E Harikumar
Scratches On Stone / Dir: Amit Mahanti
1984, Jis Din Suraj Ugya Nahi / Dir: Teenaa Kaur
Born Behind Bars / Dir: Malati Rao

The Unbearable Being Of Lightness / Dir: Ramchandra P N
Unmathavath / Dir: Ravisankar
Nostalgia For The Future / Dir: Avijit Mukul Kishore And Rohan Sivkumar
Mother Bird / Dir: Babu Kambrath
Naachi Se Baanchi / Dir: Biju Toppo And Meghnath
The Books We Made / Dir: Anupama Chandra And Umadevi Tanuku
D'cruz And Me / Dir: Ranjan Palit
I'm Jeeja / Dir: Swati Chakraborty
Atul / Dir: Kamal Swaroop
Ee Toh Sona Chhe / Dir: Ujjwal Utkarsh
Special Service / Dir: Ujjwal Utkarsh
Soz / Dir: Tushar Madhav & Sarvnik Kaur
8½ Intercuts- Life And Films Of Kg George / Dir: Lijin Jose
Miryavar Kahi Mahine / Dir: Renu Savant
Theatre Of The Earth / Dir: Oinam Doren
With The River Flowing / Dir: Torsha Banerjee

Documentary & Short Fiction – TURKEY
Alternative – Baska / Director: Nesime Karateke
Fidelity/ Director: Baran Vardar
Refugee Era / Director: Husniye Vural Okur
Mavera/ Director : Vedat Oyan
No Fries, Please - Patates Olmasin / Director: Melisa Uneri
Sabah / Director: Mehmet Eryilmaz
Voiceless Part III/ Director: Deniz Yildizeli and Orhun Alaca
Half A Man (Po Eovika) / Director: Kristina Kumriae
Islands Of Forgotten Cinemas / Director: Ivan Ramljak
Something About Life / Director: Nebojsa Slijepeeviae

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The Other Side of Hope" (Toivon tuolla puolen) won FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2017

 FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2017 for "The Other Side of Hope" (Toivon tuolla puolen)

 Aki Kaurismäki to receive the award for the second time

"The Other Side of Hope" (Toivon tuolla puolen) is the best film of the past year, according to the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). Aki Kaurismäki will receive the »FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2017« during the opening ceremony of the San Sebastián International Film Festival on September 22, after hundreds of film critics and journalists from around the world picked his Berlinale entry (and winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director) out of all feature-length films premièred internationally since July 2016. The Finnish filmmaker had already taken home the Federation's most comprehensive award fifteen years ago, when "The Man Without a Past" (Mies vailla menneisyyttä) was awarded the Grand Prix 2002.

The poll, open to all FIPRESCI members, received responses from 576 voters. In the first phase, any full-length work, of any origin and nature, could be nominated. The three finalists to reach the final phase were "The Other Side of Hope", Oscar winner "Moonlight" by Barry Jenkins, and Berlinale Golden Bear "On Body and Soul" (Testrol és lélekrol) by Ildikó Enyedi.

The FIPRESCI Grand Prix exists since 1999, and is the Federation's most representative acknowledgement, as it is not chosen by a jury (like the »International Critics Prize« awarded to a film from a festival's program), but is elected by all members among, and is open to all feature-length productions of the previous twelve months. In the past, this special award has been bestowed upon Michael Haneke, Cristian Mungiu, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jean-Luc Godard, George Miller and Maren Ade, among others.

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The Shape of Water ,an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962 directed by Guillermo del Toro won the Golden Lion award in the 74TH VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL . 

 Jury, chaired by Annette Bening, and comprised of Ildikó Enyedi, Michel Franco, Rebecca Hall, Anna Mouglalis, David Stratton, Jasmine Trinca, Edgar Wright and Yonfan having viewed all 21 films in competition, has decided as follows:

GOLDEN LION for Best Film to:
by Guillermo del Toro (USA)

Foxtrot by Samuel Maoz.
by Samuel Maoz (Israel, Germany, France, Switzerland)

Xavier Legrand 
for the film JUSQU’À LA GARDE (France)

for Best Actress:
Charlotte Rampling
in the film HANNAH by Andrea Pallaoro (Italy, Belgium, France)
for Best Actor:
Kamel El Basha
in the film THE INSULT by Ziad Doueiri (Lebanon, France)       

Martin McDonagh
for the film THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI by Martin McDonagh (Great Britain)

by Warwick Thornton (Australia)

for Best Young Actor or Actress to:
Charlie Plummer
in the film LEAN ON PETE by Andrew Haigh (Great Britain)

The Orizzonti Jury of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, chaired by Gianni Amelio and composed of  Rakhshan Banietemad, Ami Canaan Mann, Mark Cousins, Andrés Duprat, Fien Troch and Rebecca Zlotowski, after screening the 31 films in competition has decided to award:

NICO, 1988
by Susanna Nicchiarelli (Italy, Belgium)

Vahid Jalilvand

by Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor (France, USA)

Lyna Khoudri
in LES BIENHEUREUX by Sofia Djama (France, Belgium, Qatar)

Navid Mohammadzadeh
by Vahid Jalilvand (Iran)

Alireza Khatami
for LOS VERSOS DEL OLVIDO by Alireza Khatami 
(France, Germany, Netherlands, Chile)

by Céline Devaux (France)

by Céline Devaux (France)
Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film Jury at the 74th Venice Film Festival, chaired by Benoît Jacquot and comprised of Geoff Andrew, Albert Lee, Greta Scarano and Yorgos Zois has decided to award:

by Xavier Legrand (France)

as well as a prize of 100,000 USD, donated by Filmauro to be divided equally between director and producer.
The Venice Classics Jury, chaired by Giuseppe Piccioni composed of 26 students of Cinema History, chosen in particular from the professors of 12 Italian Dams university programmes and from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, has decided to award:

by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosołowski (Poland, Germany)

IDI I SMOTRI (COME AND SEE) by Elem Klimov (USSR, 1985)
The Venice VR Jury of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, chaired by John Landis and composed of Cécile Sciamma and Ricky Tognazzi has decided to award:

by Eugene YK Chung (USA)

by Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang (USA, Taiwan)

by Gina Kim (South Korea, USA)

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11th SiGNS Film Festival for Short and Documentary Films 2017-Films Selected for Competition and Focus Sections-Sep 26-30, 2017


    The Accordion / Director: Sandip Banerjee
    1869 / Director: Pranav Harihar Sharma
    The Black Cat / Director: Bhargav Saikia
    Wedding Preparations In The Country / Director: Akash Sharma
    Saavat / Director: Swapnil Rajshekhar
    Webbed / Director: Visakh Madhusoodanan
    Sandhya / Director: Mohit Modi
    Gi / Director: Kunjila
    Andhere Mein (In The Dark) / Director: Vijaya Singh
    Dansh (Suffering) / Director: Satish Munda
    Sex With A Monk And Other Stories / Director: Sounak Kar
    Nadiyude Moonaam Kara / Director: Fowzia Fathima
    Vuja De / Director: Joby Varghese
    Vinya / Director: Sushant Sawant


    Starling's Nest / Director: Shreyas Dasharathe
    Oraal / Director: Omar Sherif
    Abhisarika / Director: Sonam Singh
    Ajanm / Director: Ajay Garala, Vinit Chandrasekharan
    Barren Spaces / Director: Gita Upmale
    Vacancy / Director: Anurag B. Worlikar
    Kurli (The Crab) / Director: Natesh Hegde
    A Moment / Director: Rohit James
    Bhum / Director: Debjani Banerjee
    Palash / Director: Vaibhav Hiwase
    Cancer 71 / Director: Abhishek Talukder
    Karinchathan / Director: Krishnendu Kalesh
    Tichi Katha / Director: Sneha Sonawane
    A Love Story / Director: Athul Muchukunnu
    Pu / Director: J. Bibin Joseph


    The Unbearable Being Of Lightness / Director: Ramchandra P. N.
    Unmathavath / Director: Ravisankar
    Nostalgia For The Future / Directors: Avijit Mukul Kishore, Rohan Sivkumar
    Mother Bird / Director: Babu Kambrath
    Naachi Se Baanchi / Directors: Biju Toppo, Meghnath
    The Books We Made / Directors: Anupama Chandra, Umadevi Tanuku
    D'cruz And Me / Directors: Ranjan Palit, Umadevi Tanuku
    I'm Jeeja / Director: Swati Chakraborty
    Atul / Director: Kamal Swaroop
    Ee Toh Sona Chhe (This Is Like Gold Only) / Director: Ujjwal Utkarsh
    Special Service / Director: Ujjwal Utkarsh
    Soz (A Ballad Of Maladies) / Directors: Tushar Madhav, Sarvnik Kaur
    8½ Intercuts- Life And Films Of K. G. George / Director: Lijin Jose
    Miryavar Kahi Mahine (Many Months In Mirya) / Director: Renu Savant
    Theatre Of The Earth / Director: Oinam Doren
    With The River Flowing / Directors: Torsha Banerjee, Rohan Sivkumar


    Only Sometimes A God / Director: Prateek Prajosh
    FELUDA: 5 Years Of RAY's Detective / Director: Sagnik Chatterjee
    In Eturn: Just A Book / Director: Shiny Jacob Benjamin
    Jhini Bini Chadariya (A Delicate Weave) / Directors: Anjali Monteiro, K. P. Jayasankar
    Dar-B-Dar (The Itinerants) / Directors: Akash Basumatari, Arpita Katiyar, Radhika Agarwal, Rajendra Jadhav, Saurabh Kumar, Sujata Sarkar
    Ennittum Kanthalloor / Director: Kishor Kallara
    Vrith / Director: Prahlad Gopakumar
    Nakuja / Director: Shijith V. P.
    The Pangti Story / Director: Sesino Yhoshu
    Uranjadunna Desangal (Frenzied Nations) / Director: Ne Harikumar
    Scratches On Stone / Director: Amit Mahanti
    1984, Jis Din Suraj Ugya Nahi (1984, When The Sun Didn't Rise) / Director: Teenaa Kaur
    Born Behind Bars / Director: Malati Rao, Ziba Bhagwagar

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11th SiGNS, Film Festival for Short and Documentary films-entries invited

Entries are invited for the  eleventh edition of SiGNS Film Festival for Short and Documentary films organised by  Federation of Film Societies ,Keralam .The Festival would be conducted at Kochi  from September 16th to 20th 2017  in association with Chavara Cultural Centre. Eminent Jury will decide the prestigious John Abraham Awards for best short film  and best documentary-Rs 50000 each ,Cinema of Resistance and  Experimental Cinema –Rs 25000 each. From this edition onwards ,FFSI Keralam has instituted awards for best short and documentary films in Malayalam with a prize money of Rs 10,000 each .All the winners will receive certificate of excellence and replica in addition to the cash prize. The last date for receiving entries online  will be August 5 ,2017.Further details can be had from www.signsfestival.in .

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The 10th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala-Awards declared

The 10th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala concluded today with the award presentation ceremony.  A total of 210 movies were screened at IDSFFK  from which 77 films have been included in the  competition section. The competition section includes various categories like Animation, Campus film, Long documentary, Short documentary and short fiction. Films of German filmmaker Wim Wenders were screened under "Honoring the master" section. Films of Palestinian film maker Masi Mai Masri  and Malayalam film maker Vipin Vijay were also screened under "Filmmaker in focus" section. A special screening of documentary based on the life of director K G George was  screened at the fest ,honoring one of the best directors of Malayalam cinema.. 
1. Best Animation Film
Fish Curry / MaacherJhol
(INR 25,000 &Certificate) shared equally between producer & Director
Dir: Abhishek Verma
Produced by Abhisekh Verma and others
This outstanding animation film deals with a serious issue in the most playful and inventive way. Its rhythm, its humour and attention to detail took us on a wonderful journey, which explores changing values.
2. Best Campus Film produced within Kerala
(INR 20,000 &Certificate) shared equally between the crew
Dir: Sangeet Unni
Produced by K R Narayanan Institute of Visual Science and Arts
The simplicity of this student’s film was commendable. By using a sparse narrative, it manages to convey the loneliness of a young girl as she tries to make sense of her situation while listening to her parents’ fight
3. Jury Prize Short Fiction
Grandfather / Aaba
(INR 25,000 &Certificate) shared equally between the Producer &Director 
Dir: Amar KaushikProduced by : Raj kumar Gupta & Mitul Dikshit
This beautifully shot film takes us to the depths of Arunachal Pradesh. The story of life and death unfolds tenderly and we get a truly human perspective through the eyes of a young girl.
4. Best Short Fiction
Days of Autumn / Xorotor Aabelibur
(INR 50,000 & Certificate) shared equally between the Producer &Director
 Dir: Mukul Haloi
Produced by FTII, Pune
The jury was deeply impressed by this subtle film in which the filmmaker takes us into the intimate space of its characters and through them, allows us to experience the cycles and rhythms of life as it passes by. We were particularly captivated by the way in which nature is interwoven into the main narrative.
Non Fiction:
Navroze Contractor Award for the best Documentary Cinematographer (INR 15,000 donated by Navroze Contractor
Ranjan Palit for the film “ In praise of that Angel Face”
Dir: Nirmal Chandar
For being alive and agile with cinematographic rigor, to a reality, and giving a body to an unforgettable voice.
The Jury has not given any Awards in the Short Documentary category
Long Documentary
Special Mention
The Books We Made
Dir: Uma Tanaku and Anupama Chandra
Produced by PSBT: Rajiv Mehrotra
For the Sensitive portrayal of the struggle to bring into the main frame, alternate histories of women in their own voice.
Special Mention
 Of Love & Artistry
Dir: Suruchi Sharma
Produced by Jane Himmeth Singh
For the disarmingly simple account of a community of singers, inspired to save their songs by finding newer ways of continuing to sing them.
Best Long Documentary Shared by two films: the cash prize of INR.1.00 lakh will be shared by the two films
Nostalgia For The Future
Dir: Avijith Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar (INR 50,000/ to be shared by the producer and the Directors)Producer: Film’s Division
For bringing forth the paradox of Indian Modernity, and making a concerted effort to engage with it.
Soz – A Ballad of Maladies  (INR 50,000/ to be shared by the producer and the Directors)
Dir: Tushar Madahav and Sarvnik Kaur
Produced by: PSBT. Rajiv Mehrotra
For a mindful looking at deeply troubled times and the fresh perspective that the film provides on the suspended predicament of being human.
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70th Festival de Cannes- The Square directed by Ruben OSTLUND won the prestigious Palm d"or .

The Jury presided by Pedro Almodóvar, has announced the  prize-winners of the 70th edition of the festival during the Awards Ceremony. Monica Bellucci welcomed the prize-givers and winners onto the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière. The President of the Jury and the French actress Juliette Binoche, had the honour of awarding the Palme d’or to the best of the nineteen films in Competition. 

70th Anniversary Award
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE (BPM – Beats Per Minute)
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Diane KRUGER in AUS DEM NICHTS (In The Fade) by Fatih AKIN
Yorgos LANTHIMOS and Efthimis FILIPPOU
XIAO CHENG ER YUE (A Gentle Night) by QIU Yang
KATTO (The Ceiling) by Teppo AIRAKSINEN
JEUNE FEMME (Montparnasse Bienvenüe) by Léonor SERRAILLE
presented at UN CERTAIN REGARD
The CST Jury decided to award the VULCAIN PRIZE FOR ARTIST-TECHNICIAN to: Josefin ASBERG for her remarkable artistic contribution to match the inventiveness of the film THE SQUARE. THE SQUARE by Ruben ÖSTLUND, Palme d’or, was screened at the end of the Awards Ceremony to close this 70th edition of the Festival.This film  was added to the selection of the 70th Festival de Cannes ,Competition.
(Courtesy: News Letter,Festival de Cannes) 
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70th Festival de Cannes -Un Certain Regard Prize announced

Under the presidency of Uma Thurman (actress - United States), the Jury was comprised of Mohamed Diab (director - Egypt), Reda Kateb (actor - France), Joachim Lafosse (director - Belgium) and Karel Och (artistic director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival – Czech Republic).
Un Certain Regard 2017 presented in competition 18 films hailing from 22 different countries. 6 of the works were first films. The Opening film was Barbara  by Mathieu Amalric.
 “We feel enormous gratitude to have had the honor of serving on the Jury for this historic 70th anniversary of the Festival de Cannes. We are proud to present an esthetically diverse and beautiful awards list for Un Certain Regard.“
- The Jury 
JASMINE TRINCA for FORTUNATA by Sergio Castellitto 
BARBARA de Mathieu Amalric 
Wind River
 Wind River Trailer
Taylor Sheridan for WIND RIVER 
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70th Festival de Cannes: The Critics(FIPRESCI ) Awards

The FIPRESCI Jury awarded three prizes: two in the Official Selection – one for the Competition and one for "Un Certain Regard" –, and a third one for either "The Critics Week" or the "Directors' Fortnight". Under the presidency of Alissa Simon, USA the FIPRESCI jury including Thomas Aïdan, France; Rodrigo Fonseca, Brazil; Barbara Lorey de Lacharriere, France; Pierre Pageau, Canada; Eva Peydró, Spain; Silvana Silvestri, Italy; Mode Steinkjer, Norway; Vidyashankar Jois, India. Coordination: Pamela Biénzobas, France/Chile decided the prizes as follows:

Prize in the Official Selection / Competition:

"120 Beats Per Minute" (BPM – Beats Per Minute / 120 battements par minute) by Robin Campillo (France, 2017, 140 min), "A film about love. A film about life. Life stronger than death. A film as a glimpse of hope." 

Prize in the Official Selection / Un Certain Regard:

"Closeness" (Tesnota) by Kantemir Balagov (Russia, 2017, 118 min), "A striking new voice provides an intimate portrait of a closed community. Complete cinema."Prize to a first or second film in the parallel sections, 

Directors' Fortnight or La Semaine de la Critique:

"The Nothing Factory" (A fábrica de nada) by Pedro Pinho (Portugal, 2017, 177 min), presented in the "Directors' Fortnight", "An evocative activist film that blows the boundaries between reality, fiction, theater an sociological discourse leading to an unsettling and provocative cinematic experience." 

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70th Festival de Cannes 2017-20th Cinéfondation Selection

The Winners of the 20th Cinefoundation Selection. 
The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Cristian Mungiu and including Clotilde Hesme, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Barry Jenkins and Eric Khoo, has awarded the 2017 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.
The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 16 student films, chosen out of 2 600 entries coming from 626 film schools around the world.
First Prize
PAUL EST LÀ (Paul Is Here)
directed by Valentina MAUREL
INSAS, Belgium
Second Prize
directed by Bahram & Bahman ARK
Iranian National School of Cinema, Iran

Third Prize
directed by Tommaso USBERTI
La Fémis, France
The Cinéfondation allocates a €15,000 grant for the First Prize, €11,250 for the Second and €7,500 for the Third.
The winner of the First Prize is also guaranteed the presentation of his/her first feature film at the Festival de Cannes.
Rerun in Paris
The awarded films will be screened at the Cinéma du Panthéon on May 30th at 7 p.m.
All the films of the Cinéfondation selection will be screened at the Cinémathèque française on May 31st and June 1st.
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Film Bazaar 2017 -11th Edition of NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab - Eight projects have been selected

Eight projects have been selected for the 11th Edition of NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab which will be pitched to producers and investors in a specially designed session during Film Bazaar 2017 during IFFI time.The selected participants will work with mentors in an intensive 5-month programme to explore their stories in one-on-one as well as group sessions

Yann Apperry – novelist, screenwriter and script consultant and Urmi Juvekar –
screenwriter and script consultant  will be the mentors for the current session.
The 2017 selection is an interesting mix of stories in different genres and languages
Captain Gopinath
(Hindi) – Abhijit Agrawal
Abhijit is an independent filmmaker who has assisted on various feature films, television commercials, corporate videos and television series. He has made two short films “Sirf Khuli Khidki” and “Topiwala Room” and has won a Mofilm Cannes Lions Award for an online ad film competition for Getty Images.
The Displaced
(Tamil) – Vijay Jayapal
An independent filmmaker from Chennai, Vijay’s debut feature “Revelations” (Film Bazaar Recommends 2016) premiered at Busan International Film Festival and was also screened at Göteborg, MAMI Mumbai, SAIFF New York film festivals, among others. He has made three other short films – “The Surreal” (2014), “Meelpaarvai (Retrospect)” and “Matrimony” – which have also travelled to various festivals.
The Funeral
(Malayalam) – Christo Tomy
Christo Tomy is an independent filmmaker from Kerala and an alumnus of Film Direction and Screenplay Writing from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. Christo has won National Awards for Best Direction and Best Debut Film
in the Non-Feature sections of the 63rd and the 61st National Film Awards respectively. His short films and documentaries have travelled to various international film festivals.
(Hindi) – Prashant Vanjani
After working in the advertising industry as a senior planner, Prashant made a shift to filmmaking at Prague Film School, after which he worked as an assistant director and video editor. He also wrote, produced, directed, and edited a short film based on a story by Jorge Luis Borges which screened at a various national and international film festivals
Kiss Me Cassata
(Hindi) – Ashutosh Pathak
With an MA degree in Animation, Ashutosh has worked as a freelance illustrator, animator and film-maker for the past 10 years. He has made several short films which reflect the issue of restricted human existence in the confines of a society
(Marathi) – Batul Mukhtiar
An alumnus of Film Direction at Film & Television Institute of India, Batul has worked on international documentary projects,
mostly for the BBC and Channel 4, UK for 15 years as an associate producer and fixer. Her docu-feature ‘150 Seconds ‘Ago’, travelled to many international festivals including Yamagata and Cine Du Reel. Her children’s feature ‘Lilkee’ (2007)
continues to be shown in classrooms and children’s festivals across the country. Her film ‘Kaphal-Wild Berries’ (2013) won the National Award for Best Children’s Film 2014 and the Golden Elephant for Best Director at the International Children’s Film Festival of India 2013.
(Hindi) – Shilpi Singh
Shilpi started out as a Production Assistant on a documentary film and moved on to earn a merit scholarship for an MA degree in film from American University, Washington DC. Selected as one of the talents of Berlinale Talent Campus – India
edition, Shilpi has assisted independent documentary filmmakers,written and directed independent shorts and worked in Creative and Development departments.
Temple in the Village
(Maithili) - Parth Saurabh
Parth Saurabh was born and brought up in Darbhanga, Bihar. After finishing his B. Tech. from IIT Kanpur, he earned a diploma in Direction from Whistling Woods International. He has shot a short documentary in Xinjiang, China about the
Architecture of the Toyuk Valley, a 1000 years old village housing The Thousand Buddha Caves. 
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The juries of the “Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique” (FIPRESCI), the international film critics association, viewed  films from the Competition programme ,the Panorama and Forum sections. They award a prize for the best film in each of these sections.
The Jury 2017 comprise of the following critics:
Alin Öjeni Tasçiyan (Jury President)
Dubravka Lakic
Denise Bucher
Kerem Akca
Alejandra Trelles
Jennifer Borrmann
Sasja Koetsier
Rasha Hosny
Rüdiger Suchsland


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Testről éslélekről   (On Body and Soul)*
by Ildikó Enyedi
Jury statement
Testről és lélekről is an idiosyncratic love story full of lyricism and humour, free of all social conventions. It impresses us with the subtlety and eloquence of its style and involves us in its joy of living and loving.
by Julia Murat
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Pendular receives the FIPRESCI award in the Panorama section for its outstanding visual quality and its narrative force that results in an accurate portrait of two contemporary artists. The expression of the modern and bold choreography of human relations in the story
connects perfectly with the aesthetic and dramatic originality of the 
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Shu'our akbar min el hob
by Mary Jirmanus Saba
Jury statement
This is a film which combines dense observation and sensitivity, multiple perspectives, several different sources of footage, plural personal histories and fates to a collective history of a country and a generation.
Full of melancholia, it is yet full of hope, the longing for a better future.
Documentary cinema at its best, this is exciting, thrilling, encouraging. Mary Jirmanus Saba has managed to deliver a very brave and mature debut film, which tells its audience a lot about the unknown history of the middle-east.
A search without the one answer, but with many hints and productive questions – a film which lives on for a long while after the screening is over. The feeling which lives with it is indeed greater than love. It is a feeling for others, for a society, for mankind. We call that politics.
*On Body and Soul won this year's Golden Bear for the best film,furthermore, it is worth pointing out that the Ecumenical Jury Prize also singled out On Body and Soul in the competition. 
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67th International Film Festival of Berlin 2017 - Awards

The members of the 2017 International Jury, Paul Verhoeven (President), Dora Bouchoucha Fourati, Olafur Eliasson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia Jentsch, Diego Luna, Wang Quan’an, awarded the following for the coveted bear awards:

Golden Bear for Best Film
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Testről és lélekről 
(On Body and Soul
by Ildikó Enyedi
Producers: Monika Mécs, András Muhi, Ernő Mesterház

Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize
by Alain Gomi

Silver Bear for Best Director
Aki Kaurismäki 
for Toivon tuolla puolen 
(The Other Side of Hope)

Silver Bear for Best Actress
Kim Minhee 
in Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja 
(On the Beach at Night Alone
by Hong Sangso

Silver Bear for Best Actor
Georg Friedrich
in Helle Nächte 
(Bright Nights
by Thomas Arslan

Silver Bear for Best Screenplay
Sebastián Lelio and Gonzalo Maza
for Una mujer fantástica 
(A Fantastic Woman
by Sebastián Lelio

Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution
Dana Bunescu 
for the editing in 
Ana, mon amour 
by Călin Peter Netzer

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The 16th Tribeca Film Festival -2017 -Top awards bagged by’Keep the Change ‘ for Best U.S. Narrative, ‘Son of Sofia ‘for Best International Narrative, and ‘Bobbi Jene’ for Best Documentary

The 16th Tribeca Film Festival announced the winners of its competition categories at the awards ceremony the other day at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Top awards went to Keep the Change for Best U.S. Narrative, Son of Sofia for Best International Narrative, and Bobbi Jene for Best Documentary. The Festival, presented by AT&T, concluded on April 30, 2017.son of sofia film എന്നതിനുള്ള ചിത്രം
Awards were distributed in the following feature film competition categories: U.S. Narrative, International Narrative, Documentary, New Narrative Director, The Albert Maysles New Documentary Director, and the Nora Ephron Prize, honoring a woman writer or director. Awards were also given in the short film categories: Narrative, Documentary, Student Visionary and Animation.
For the 5th year, Tribeca awarded innovation in storytelling through its Storyscapes Award for immersive storytelling, which went to TREEHUGGER : WAWONA.
Rachel Israel's KEEP THE CHANGE, winner of Best U.S. Narrative Feature at Tribeca 2017.
This year’s Festival included 97 feature length films, 57 short films, and 30 immersive storytelling projects from 41 countries.
The Festival’s competition categories continue to incorporate storytelling in all its forms with two awards that were given out earlier in the week, the Tribeca X Award, a juried section recognizing the intersection of advertising and entertainment, and the first Tribeca Snapchat Short Award, a new official category.
TREEHUGGER : WAWONA, winner of the Storyscapes Award at Tribeca 2017.
Screenings of the award–winning films will take place throughout the final day of the Festival: Sunday, April 30, at various venues. Specific times and ticketing information are available here.
The winners of the Audience Awards, powered by AT&T, which are determined by audience votes throughout the Festival via the Festival app, will be announced on April 29th.
In addition to cash awards and in-kind services provided by sponsors including AT&T, CHANEL, CNN Films, Netflix, and Nutella, the Festival presented the winners with original pieces of art created by contemporary artists: Urs Fischer, Walton Ford, John Giorno, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Jorge Pardo, R.H. Quaytman, Sterling Ruby, Aurel Schmidt, Ryan Sullivan, as well as longtime supporter Stephen Hannock.
Son of Sofia PosterElina Psykou's SON OF SOFIA, winner of the Best International Narrative FeatureAward at Tribeca 2017.
The jurors for the 2017 U.S. Narrative Competition were Josh Lucas, Melanie Lynskey, Denis O’Hare, Alex Orlovsky, and Stephanie Zacharek.
The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature – Keep the Change, written and directed by Rachel Israel. Winner receives $20,000, sponsored by AT&T, and the art award “Untitled” by Ella Kruglyanskaya. The award was given by Jane Rosenthal joined by Fiona Carter, AT&T Chief Brand Officer, and Josh Lucas, Denis O’Hare, Alex Orlovsky, and Stephanie Zacharek on behalf of the jury.
Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film – Alessandro Nivola in One Percent More Humid. The award was given by Josh Lucas.
Best Actress in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film – Nadia Alexander in Blame. The award was given by Denis O’Hare.
Jury Comment: “For her powerful, multilayered and risky portrayal of a troubled teenager in Quinn Shepard’s accomplished directorial debut Blame, the award for Best Actress goes to Nadia Alexander.”
Best Cinematography in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film – Chris Teague for Love After Love. The award was given by Alex Orlovsky.
Best Screenplay in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film – Angus MacLachlan for Abundant Acreage Available. Winner receives $2,500. The award was given by Stephanie Zacharek.
Jury Comment: “For its portrayal, both universal and intimate, of two families who meet, clash and ultimately discover what it means to call a place home, the best screenplay award goes to Abundant Acreage Available, written and directed by Angus MacLachlan.”
The jurors for the 2017 International Narrative Competition were Willem Dafoe, Peter Fonda, Tavi Gevinson, Alessandro Nivola, and Ruth Wilson.
Best International Narrative Feature – Son of Sofia (O Gios tis Sofias), written and directed by Elina Psykou (Greece, Bulgaria, France). Winner receives $20,000, sponsored by Netflix, and the art award “Study for La Brea” by Walton Ford. The award was given by Alessandro Nivola and Willem Dafoe, on behalf of the jury.
Jury Comment: “When we were watching these movies we were looking for something we hadn’t seen before. We unanimously agree that one film challenged us to see in a new way, and we were seduced by the surprising humanity of its difficult characters. The direction was assured, and its tone unique, and we look forward to seeing Elina Psykou's next work. The Best International Narrative Feature Award goes to Son of Sofia.”
Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature Film – Guillermo Pfening in Nobody’s Watching (Nadie Nos Mira) (Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, USA, Spain). The award was given by Alessandro Nivola and Willem Dafoe, on behalf of the jury.Nobody’s Watching (Nadie Nos Mira) (Colombia, film എന്നതിനുള്ള ചിത്രം
Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature Film – Marie Leuenberger in The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung(Switzerland). The award was given by Alessandro Nivola and Willem Dafoe, on behalf of the jury.
Best Cinematography in an International Narrative Feature Film – Cinematography by Mart Taniel for November (Estonia, Netherlands, Poland). The award was given by Alessandro Nivola and Willem Dafoe, on behalf of the jury
Best Screenplay in an International Narrative Feature Film – Ice Mother (Bába z ledu) written by Bohdan Sláma (Slovakia, France). Winner receives $2,500. The award was given by Alessandro Nivola and Willem Dafoe, on behalf of the jury.
The jurors for the 2017 Documentary Competition were R.J. Cutler, Alma Har’el, Barbara Kopple, Anne Thompson, and David Wilson.
Best Documentary Feature – Bobbi Jene, directed by Elvira Lind (USA, Denmark, Israel). Winner receives $20,000, sponsored by Netflix, and the art award “THE REAPER” by Sterling Ruby. The award was given by Barbara Kopple.
Best Documentary Cinematography – Elvira Lind for Bobbi Jene(USA, Denmark, Israel). Winner receives $2,500.
Jury Comments: “For the film’s extraordinary relationship to an artist who is willing to go bare not only in performance but in stunningly intimate scenes that are poetic, honest and moving, seemingly without barriers between camera and subject, we give Best Cinematography to Elvira Lind for Bobbi Jene.”
Best Documentary Editing – Adam Nielson for Bobbi Jene (USA, Denmark, Israel). Winner receives $2,500. The award was given by David Wilson.
Special Jury Mention – True Conviction. “For its compelling storytelling and for introducing us to three heroic characters who transform the injustice they suffered into active change, we give a Special Jury Mention for Best Documentary Feature to Jamie Meltzer’s True Conviction.”
The jurors for the 2017 Best New Narrative Director Competition were Bryan Buckley, Clea Duvall, and Michael Pitt.
Best New Narrative Director – Rachel Israel, director of Keep the Change (U.S.). Winner receives $10,000 sponsored by Netflix, and the art award “Veridical” by Jorge Pardo. The award was given by Clea Duvall and Michael Pitt.
The jurors for the 2017 Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award were Amy Berg, Alice Eve, Marilyn Ness, Zachary Quinto, and Shaul Schwarz.
Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award – Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra for A Suitable Girl (U.S./India). Winner receives $10,000 sponsored by CNN Films, and the art award “GOD IS MANMADE” by John Giorno. The award was presented by Shaul Schwarz, Amy Berg, and Zachary Quinto on behalf of the jury, along with Alexandra Hannibal from CNN Films.
Special Jury Mention – Hondros. “In considering a wide range of subjects in our category we were moved by two different kinds of love stories. The film we decided to honor with a special mention delves into the fractured worlds of chaos and violence and the interconnectedness of humanity. A childhood friend carries on his legacy to show the enduring power of love. The special mention goes to Hondros.”
The 2017 Nora Ephron Prize, presented by CHANEL, jurors were Dianna Agron, Joy Bryant, Diane Lane, Zoe Lister-Jones, and Christina Ricci.
The Nora Ephron Prize – Petra Volpe, writer/director of The Divine Order (Switzerland). Winner receives $25,000, sponsored by CHANEL, and the art award “Fashion Voodoo 3” by Aurel Schmidt. The award was given by Diane Lane on behalf of her jurors Joy Bryant, Dianna Agron, Christina Ricci, Zoe Lister-Jones.
Special Jury Mention: Keep the Change
The 2017 Best Narrative Short and Best Animated Short jurors were Udi Aloni, Brennan Brown, Gilbert Gottfried, Amy Heckerling, Sheila Nevins, Mark O’Brien, and Jesse Plemons.
Best Narrative Short – Retouch, directed by Kaveh Mazaheri (Iran). Winner receives $5,000 sponsored by Nutella, and the art award: “Study: Flooded Oxbow for Ophelia (MM#3800)” by Stephen Hannock. The award was given by Udi Aloni, Brennan Brown, and Amy Heckerling on behalf of the jury, along with Eric Berger representing Nutella.
Best Animated Short – Odd is an Egg (Odd er et egg) directed by Kristin Ulseth (Norway). Winner receives $5,000 sponsored by Nutella. The award was given by Udi Aloni, Brennan Brown, and Amy Heckerling on behalf of the jury, along with Eric Berger representing Nutella.
The 2017 Best Documentary Short and Student Visionary Award jurors were Priyanka Chopra, Olivia Thirlby, Ryan Eggold, Brendan Fraser, and Ileen Gallagher.Best Documentary Short – The Good Fight directed by Ben Holman (U.S., UK, Brail). Winner receives $5,000 sponsored by Nutella, and the art award “Untitled” by Ryan Sullivan. The award was given by Ileen Gallagher and Ryan Eggold along with Eric Berger representing Nutella.
Special Jury Mention – Resurface: “Shedding light on the struggle for normalcy, hope, and recovery that US Veterans face every day, this is the story of reviving the human spirit through connecting with something deeply powerful and larger than the self: the Natural World.”
Student Visionary Award – Fry Day directed by Laura Moss (U.S.). Winner receives $5,000 sponsored by Nutella. The award was given by the Jury along with Eric Berger representing Nutella.
Special Jury Mention – Dive: “Visceral, deeply moving meditative and exquisitely constructed / A nuanced examination of love and moving on after grief. Dive receives a Special Jury Mention.”
The 2017 Storyscapes Award, presented by AT&T, which recognizes groundbreaking approaches in storytelling and technology, jurors were Lily Baldwin, Charlotte Cook, Julia Kaganskiy, Michael Premo, and Sarah Wolozin.
Storyscapes Award: TREEHUGGER : WAWONA created by Barnaby Steel (Co-Founder, Creative Director), Ersin Han Ersin (artist, Creative Director) and Robin McNicholas (Co-founder, Creative Director) of Marshmallow Laser Feast. Winner receives $10,000, presented by AT&T. The award was given by Lily Baldwin, Charlotte Cook, Julia Kaganskiy, Michael Premo, and Sarah Wolozin, along with Ryan Luckey, AVP, Corporate Sponsorships, AT&T.
The Storyscapes Award goes to TREEHUGGER : WAWONA.”
The Festival’s competition categories continue to incorporate storytelling in all its forms with two awards that were given out earlier in the week. The Tribeca X Award is a juried section recognizing the intersection of advertising and entertainment and Tribeca also presented the first Tribeca Snapchat Short Award, a new official category
Previously Announced:
The 2017 Tribeca X Award is presented by The Atlantic. Jurors were Joanna Coles, Jae Goodman, Tim Heidecker, Jenna Lyons, Eli Pariser, Eric Wareheim, and a proprietary A.I. solution developed by Celtra,
Tribeca X Award: Chris Fonseca: Keep It Moving by 72andSunny for Smirnoff Ice. Directed by Zachary Heinzerling.
The 2017 Tribeca Snapchat Short Award jurors were Jason Biggs, Andy Cohen, Tracee Ellis Ross, Dillon Francis, and Eva Longoria.
Tribeca Snapchat Short Award: Magic Show directed by Annie Hubbard.
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70th Festival de Cannes 2017 -The Square by Ruben Ostlund added in Competition

Added to the selection
of the 70th Festival de Cannes

• Competition
The Square  by Ruben Ostlund
• Out of Competition
D’après une histoire vraie  by Roman Polanski
• Un Certain Regard
La Cordillera  de Santiago Mitre
Walking past the Future  de Li Ruijun
• Special Screenings
Le Vénérable W.  de Barbet Schroeder
Carré 35  d’Eric Caravaca
• Children’s Screening
Zombillénium  d’Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord
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കട്ടപ്പയും ബാഹുബലിയും കൊന്നത് സിനിമയെ..

കട്ടപ്പ, അമരേന്ദ്ര ബാഹുബലിയെ എന്തിനു കൊന്നു എന്നോ മഹേന്ദ്ര ബാഹുബലി ബെല്ലയെ എന്തിനു കൊന്നു എന്നതല്ല ചോദ്യം, രാജമൗലിയും കട്ടപ്പയും,ദേവസേനയും, ബാഹുബലിയും, ബെല്ലയും, ശിവഗാമിയും ഒക്കെച്ചേർന്ന് സിനിമയെ എന്തിനു കൊന്നു എന്നാണ് സിനിമ കണ്ടിറങ്ങിയവർക്കു ചോദിക്കാനുള്ളത്. ഇന്നലെ ഒരു കൂട്ടം സുഹൃത്തുക്കൾ എന്നെ പൊക്കി ബാഹുബലി റിലീസ് ചെയ്ത സിനിമാർക് എന്ന തിയേറ്ററിൽ കൊണ്ടിറക്കി. ഒരു ടിക്കറ്റിനു 25 ഡോളർ ആണത്രെ നിരക്ക്. സിനിമ കണ്ടു തുടങ്ങിയപ്പോൾ തന്നെ മനസ്സിലായി ഇത് സിനിമയല്ല വി എഫ് എക്സ്, അനിമേഷൻ എന്നിവക്ക് സിനിമയിൽ ജനിച്ച ഒരു മിശ്ര സന്തതിയാണെന്ന്. കഴിഞ്ഞ 2016 ദേശിയ ചലച്ചിത്ര അവാർഡ് ജൂറിക്കും പറ്റിയ ഒരു വൻ അബദ്ധമാണ്, ഇതിന്റെ ഒന്നാം ഭാഗത്തിന് മികച്ച ചലച്ചിത്രത്തിനുള്ള ദേശീയ ബഹുമതി നൽകിയത്. VFX, Animation , Animaniacs എന്നിവയെ പ്രത്യേക വിഭാഗമാക്കി അവരുടെ സാങ്കേതിക കഴിവിന് അംഗീകാരം നൽകണം, തർക്കമില്ല. millennials-x and z generationന് അതിനെ ഇഷ്ട്ടപ്പെടുന്നുണ്ടാകാം. അതിനെ പ്രോത്സാഹിപ്പിക്കണം, സംശയമില്ല .അത് സിനിമയുടെ ചിലവിൽ പാടില്ല .സിനിമയിൽ ബ്ലൂ സ്ക്രീനും ,ഗ്രീൻ സ്ക്രീനും, paint, smoke ഇവയൊക്കെ വളരെ പരിമിതമായ രീതിയിൽ ഉപയോഗിക്കാം, ക്ഷന്തവ്യമാണ്.അനലോഗിൽ നിന്നും ഡിജിറ്റലിലേക്കു സിനിമ പൂർണമായും മാറിക്കഴിഞ്ഞ അവസ്ഥയിൽ അതൊക്കെ ഒരു പരിധിവരെ ആവശ്യമായി വരാം .ഇവിടെ അംഗീകരിക്കാവുന്നതു ഇതിനു പിന്നിൽ പ്രവർത്തിച്ച സ്പെഷ്യൽ എഫക്ട്സ് സാങ്കേതിക പ്രവർത്തകരെയും പ്രൊഡക്ഷൻ ഡിസൈനർ സാബു സിറിളിനെയുമാണ്. പ്രഭാസ്, റാണ ദഗ്ഗുബട്ടി ,സത്യരാജ്, അനുഷ്ക ഷെട്ടി, രമ്യ കൃഷ്ണൻ, അവാന്തിക, നാസ്സർ തുടങ്ങിയ ഒരു വമ്പൻ താരനിര വി. എഫ് .എക്സ് സാങ്കേതികയുടെ മുന്നിൽ നിഷ്പ്രഭരായി. ഇത് സിനിമയല്ലല്ലോ എന്ന് അവർക്കും സമാധാനിക്കാം . SURPREEZE Alzahra VFX, Makuta VFX, NYVFXWAALA , Adel Adili (vfx creative director ), Animator Ranjith Kumar, Makuta VFX Studio, Firefly Creative Studio – Hyderabad, Prasad EFX – Hyderabad, Chennai ,Tau Films – US, Malaysia , Dancing Digital Animation, Macrograph – South Korea, സാബു സിറിൽ തുടങ്ങിയവരാണ് അഭിനന്ദനം അർഹിക്കുന്നത് .പൂർണ്ണമായി ഒരാൾക്ക് അതിന്റെ സാങ്കേതികതയിൽ നിയന്ത്രണം ഉണ്ടാവുകയോ ,അത് അറിയുകയോ ചെയ്താൽ അതിൽ അയാൾക്ക്‌ ഊറ്റം കൊള്ളാം.രാജ മൗലിക്ക് എത്രത്തോളം സാങ്കേതിക അറിവ് ഉണ്ടെന്നു അറിയില്ല .ഒരു നല്ല ഓർഗനൈസർ /കണ്ടക്ടർ മാത്രമാണോ മൗലി എന്ന് സംശയം തോന്നി. The Hercules, Simon Birch‘ തുടങ്ങിയ ഹോളിവുഡ് ചിത്രങ്ങളിലെ രംഗങ്ങൾ കോപ്പി ചെയ്തിട്ടുമുണ്ട്. .മറിച്ചുള്ളത് രജനികാന്ത് യന്തിരനിൽ പ്രയോഗിച്ച തന്ത്രമാണ്. VFX ചിത്രങ്ങൾ പൂർണ സിനിമയാണെന്ന് തെറ്റിദ്ധരിപ്പിക്കാൻ തുടക്കമിട്ടത് തെക്കേ ഇന്ത്യയിൽ യന്തിരനാണ് .ഹോളി വൂഡിൽ ഇതൊരു പ്രത്യേക ജനുസ്സാണ് ,സ്‌പൈഡർമാൻ പോലുള്ള ചിത്രങ്ങൾ, സ്റ്റീവൻ സ്പിൽബെർഗ് ചിത്രങ്ങൾ എല്ലാം .മകിഴ്മതി സാമ്രാജ്യത്തിന്റെ മകുടം നിങ്ങളുടെ ലക്ഷ്യമായിക്കൊള്ളട്ടെ ,പതിനായിരം കോടി മുതല്മുടക്കുള്ള ചിത്രങ്ങൾ കമ്പ്യൂട്ടർ സാങ്കേതികതയുടെ സഹായത്തോടെ നിങ്ങൾ എടുത്തോളൂ ,ഒരഭ്യർഥന മാത്രം സിനിമയെ അതിന്റെ പാട്ടിനു വിട്ടേക്കുക .അഞ്ചു ലക്ഷമോ, ഒരു കോടിയോ,രണ്ടുകോടിയോ മുതൽ മുടക്കുള്ള ഉള്ള ചിത്രങ്ങൾ എടുക്കുന്ന, സിനിമയെ കലാ രൂപമായി കാണുന്ന ഒരു കൂട്ടം ആൾക്കാർ ഉണ്ട്, അവരെയും ജീവിക്കാൻ അനുവദിക്കുക. അമ്പതോ നൂറോ രൂപവരെ മുടക്കി സിനിമ കാണാൻ സാധാരണക്കാരെയും അനുവദിക്കുക 

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35th Fajr International Film Festival 2017 -The Home directed by Asghar Yousefinejad won Golden Simorgh

The awards ceremony for the 35th Fajr International Film Festival took place on Thursday evening, 27 April, at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall, with all the winners, as they were announced.Culture Minister Seyyed Reza Salehi Amiri, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Director of Iranian Cinema Organization Mohammad Mehdi Heydarian,were present .Addressing the gathering, Fajr festival Director Seyyed Reza Mirkarimi said: I would like to extend my gratitude to all those who worked round the clock to help me make this up-and-coming event possible. We are now more than ever determined to turn Fajr International Film Festival into an annual event for those who are vying for global peace, justice and dignity both in their films and in their workings.Hosted by prominent actor Ashkan Khatibi, the ceremony was broadcast live in both English and Persian languages.
Founded in 1982, Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) is Iran’s largest annual film festival held in Tehran. It is an event that celebrates cultural exchange, displays creative achievements of highly acclaimed cineastes and pays tribute to quality local and international films. Since its establishment, Fajr International Film Festival has played a vital role in the development of the Iranian Cinema. Every year, veteran directors and new filmmakers devotedly present their works in the festival.
Over the years, Fajr has been honored by numerous great film figures who have also worked closely with the festival as respectable Jury Members, such as Volker Schlondorff, Krzysztof Zanussi, Robert Chartoff, Semih Kaplanoglu, Bruce Beresford, Percy Adlon, Paul Cox, Shyam Benegal, Bela Tarr, Jan Troell, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Elia Suleiman, Agnieszka Holland, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Rustam Ibragimbekov, just to name a few among other influential figures.
Furthermore, a few of the most unforgettable and groundbreaking films, made by great filmmakers in the prime of their career, that were honored and awarded in different sections of the festival include, MABOROSI NO HIKARI by Hirokazu Kore-eda, LA PROMESSE by Dardenne Borthers, CLOUDS OF MAY by Nuri Bulge Ceylan, 23 by Hans-Christian Schmid, RESSOURCES HUMAINES by Laurent Cantet, NAPOLA by Dennis Gansel, THE RETURN by Andrey Zvyagintsev, LIVES OF THE OTHERS by Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck and so forth.
The Home, Asghar Yousefinejad എന്നതിനുള്ള ചിത്രംDuring different editions of Fajr, brilliant auteur filmmakers such as Costa-Gavras, Francesco Rosi, Theo Angelopoulos, Mario Monicellli, Moustapha Akkad, Darius Khondji etc… have taken part in the festival and have been presented with lifetime achievement awards.
Full List of Winners:
International Competition (Cinema of Salvation)
Golden Simorgh for Best Film: The Home, Asghar Yousefinejad, Iran
Silver Simorgh for Best Director: Ivan D. Gaona, Guilty Men, Colombia
ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട ചിത്രംSilver Simorgh for Best Actor: Stefan Denolyubov, Glory, Bulgaria
Silver Simorgh for Best Script: The Home, Asghar Yousefinejad, Iran
Silver Simorgh for Special Jury Prize – Art Direction and Cinematography: Zhu Jinjing (Cinematography), Wang Tou (Art Director), Mr. No Problem, (China, France)
Silver Simorgh for Best Short Film: Online Shopping, Ghasideh Golmakani, Iran
Jury: Florian Gallenberger (Germany), Jessica Woodworth (USA), Lech Majewski (Poland), Mieko Harada (Japan), Uberto Pasolini (Italy), Fatemah Motamed-Aria‎‎ (Iran), and Rasoul Sadrameli (Iran).     
Muhammad Al Ameen Award
Babaei, Mozaffar Hosseinkhani Hezaveh, Iran
Asian Film Awards
Best Asian Film: Returnee, Sabit Kurmanbekov, Kazakhstan
Best Asian Director: Shahrbanoo Sadat, Wolf and Sheep, Afghanistan/Denmark/France/Sweden
Best Asian Short Film: Not Yet, Arian Vazirdaftari, Iran
Jury: Hamida Omarova (Azerbaijan), Omirbaev Darezhan Karazhanovich (Kazakhstan), Zeki Demirkubuz (Turkey), Nejib Ayed (Tunisia), and Kamal Tabrizi (Iran).
Interfaith Award
Knife in the Clear Water, Wang Xuebo, China
Jury: Michał Legan (Poland), Katia Malatesta (Italy), and Hojatollah Ayoubi (Iran).
The Home, Asghar Yousefinejad, Iran
Jury: Anne Demy-Geroe (Australia), Rolando B. Tolentino (Philipines), and Houshang Golmakani (Iran).
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70th Festival de Cannes 2017-Uma Karuna Thurman president of the Un Certain Regard Jury

Uma Karuna Thurman will preside the Un Certain Regard Jury in the 70th edition of Festival de Cannes.

Un certain Regard, second competition of the Official Selection, showcases works which offer a unique perspective and aesthetic 
In a career spanning more than 20 years, Uma Karuna Thurman ,the American actress has made some daring choices and enjoyed taking risks. She made her debut aged 17, in Stephen Frears’ Dangerous Liaisons  and in Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen . She became Quentin Tarantino’s muse, playing in Pulp Fiction  (Palme d’or winner, 1994) and in Kill Bill  (volumes 1 & 2), both presented at the Festival de Cannes. She was member of the Jury in 2011.

The name Uma Karuna is familiar to Indians but Uma Karuna Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, into a highly unorthodox and Eurocentric family. She is the daughter of Nena Thurman, a fashion model and socialite and of and of Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman ,a professor and academic who is one of the U.S’s foremost Budhist scholars .Thurman’s household was one in which the Dalai Lama was an occasional guest.Uma and her siblings all have names deriving from Budhist mythology

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70th Festival de Cannes-Afternoon Clouds selected in the short film category

Afternoon Clouds directed by Payal Kapadia selected for 70th Cannes Film Festival in short film category.

Afternoon Clouds directed by Payal Kapadia, a student from Film and television institute of India ,made as a part of his film studies ,has been selected for prestigious Cannes Film Festival in short films category. Payal is  a student in film direction in  FTII has been invited to participate in the Cinéfondation selection of the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival. Afternoon Clouds depicts a 60-yearold widow, who lives with her Nepali maid, Malati. The entire movie revolves around a single afternoon in their house. This film features Usha Naik and Trimala Adhikari who were part of the recent movie Haraamkhor. Kapadia is the daughter of contemporary Indian artist Nalini Malani . Mayank Khurana (cinematographer), Shreyank Nanjappa (sound designer), Ghanshyam Shimpi (editor) and Darpan Chawla (art director) were part of the team. In fact this is the only film from India from all the categories.

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70th Festival de Cannes JURY finalized with Pedro Almodovar as President

The Spanish director, screenwriter and producer Pedro Almodóvar will preside  the Jury for selecting the winners in the most sought-after  Palme d’or Prizes in  the 70th Festival de Cannes  with eight key  film personalities from all over the world. Four women and four men will thus help Pedro Almodóvar select from among the films in Competition. The winners will be announced on Sunday 28th May at the Closing Ceremony, following which the Palme d’or will be awarded in the presence of the winning team.
Pedro Almodóvar – President
(Director, Writer, Producer – Spain) Almodovar, an applauded Director- Writer -Producer and  the most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel  has 34 films in his credit. He has created an affluent and amusing world reveling the mystery of women in his films. reveling the mystery of women in his films ,Julieta being the latest. Broken Embraces, Volver, Labyrinth  of Passion ,I am so excited etc  are among other important works. Talk to her  won Oscar for him in 2002 for best writing and original screenplay.
Other members:
Maren Ade
(Director, Screenwriter, Producer – Germany)
Jessica Chastain
(Actress, Producer – United States)
Fan Bingbing
(Actress, Producer – China)
Agnès Jaoui
(Actress, Screenwriter, Director, Singer – France)
Park Chan-wook
(Director, Screenwriter, Producer – South Korea)
Will Smith
(Actor, Producer, Musician – United States)
Paolo Sorrentino
(Director, Screenwriter – Italy)
Gabriel Yared
(Composer – France)
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70th Festival de Cannes 2017 - Official Selections announced

70th FESTIVAL de CANNES 2017

The Official Selection of the 70th Festival de Cannes was announced this Thursday, 13 April at 11AM during the Press Conference held by Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux in Paris.
Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, Michael Haneke’s Happy End and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories Fatih Akin's In the Fade ,Naomi Kawase's Hikari (Radiance), are among the films selected to compete at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.Russian, Ukrainian, French, Korean and Greek films are among other films in the top competition but not a single film is being  selected for this prestigeous festival.
The Beguiled, dir: Sofia Coppola എന്നതിനുള്ള ചിത്രം
Loveless, dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Good Time, dirs: Benny and Josh Safdie
You Were Never Really Here, dir: Lynne Ramsay
L’Amant Double, dir: Francois Ozon
Jupiter’s Moon, dir: Kornel Mundruczo
The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, dir: Yorgos Lanthimos
The Day After, dir: Hang Sangsoo
Redoubtable, dir: Michel Hazanavicius
Wonderstruck, dir: Todd Haynes
Happy End, dir: Michael Haneke
Rodin, dir: Jacques Doillon
The Beguiled, dir: Sofia Coppola
In the Fade, dir: Fatih Akin
The Meyerowitz Stories, dir: Noah Baumbach
Okja, dir: Bong Joon-ho
120 Battements Par Minute, dir: Robin Campillo
Hikari (Radiance), dir: Naomi Kawase
A Gentle Creature, dir: Sergei Loznitsa
Barbara, dir: Mathieu Amalric (Opening Film)
La Novia Del Desierto (The Desert Bride), dirs: Cecilia Atan & Valeria Pivato
Tesnota (Closeness), dir: Kantemir Balagov
Aala Kaf Ifrit (Beauty And The Dogs), dir: Kaouther Ben Hania
L’Atélier, dir: Laurent Cantet
Fortunata (Lucky), dir: Sergio Castellitto
Las Hijas De Abril (April’s Daughter), dir: Michel Franco
Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha (Before We Vanish), dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Lerd (Dregs), dir: Mohammad Rasoulof
En Attendant Les Hirondelles (The Nature of Time), dir: Karim Moussaoui
Apres La Guerre (After The War), dir: Annarita Zambrano
Wind River, dir: Taylor Sheridan
Jeune Femme, dir: Leonor Serraille
Western, dir: Valeska Grisebach
Posoki (Directions), dir: Stephan Komandarev
Out, dir: Gyorgy Kristof
Mugen Non Junin, (Blade Of The Immortal), dir: Takashi Miike
How To Talk To Girls At Parties, dir: John Cameron Mitchell
Visages, Villages, dir: Agnes Varda & JR
Barbara, dir: Mathieu Amalric (Opening Film)
La Novia Del Desierto (The Desert Bride), dirs: Cecilia Atan & Valeria Pivato
Tesnota (Closeness), dir: Kantemir Balagov
Aala Kaf Ifrit (Beauty And The Dogs), dir: Kaouther Ben Hania
L’Atélier, dir: Laurent Cantet
Fortunata (Lucky), dir: Sergio Castellitto
Las Hijas De Abril (April’s Daughter), dir: Michel Franco
Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha (Before We Vanish), dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Lerd (Dregs), dir: Mohammad Rasoulof
En Attendant Les Hirondelles (The Nature of Time), dir: Karim Moussaoui
Apres La Guerre (After The War), dir: Annarita Zambrano
Wind River, dir: Taylor Sheridan
Jeune Femme, dir: Leonor Serraille
Western, dir: Valeska Grisebach
Posoki (Directions), dir: Stephan Komandarev
Out, dir: Gyorgy Kristof
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27° African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival -Awards

Awards of the 27° African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival

The Jury made up of:
Rachid Benhadj, Presidente – Director (Algeria)
Massimo D’Anolfi e Martina Parenti – Directors (Italy)
Spranga D. Katugampala – Directors (Sri Lanka – Italy)
 House in the field
unanimously decided to award the City of Milan Prize “Windows of the World” to the Best Feature Film (8,000 €):
 House in The Field  by Tala Hadid (Morocco)
  • Best African Short Movie: Un enfant perdu by Ndiaye Abdou Khadir (Senegal)
  • Best italian Film Extr'A - Racism is a Nasty Story Competition: Moo Ya by Filippo Ticozzi (Italy)
The Jury made up of Anna Bandettini, President (la Repubblica), Sara Del Corona (Marie Claire), Francesco Rizzo (La Gazzetta dello Sport) awards the COE Prize for the Best African Short Film (2,000 €) to:
The Director has succeeded in weaving not only a story with a moving and surprising plot, but also outlining an original portrait of his country, going from bourgeois environments to the most desolated and marginalized landscapes, through the relations between people experienced and seen with the innocent and genuine eyes of a silent child.
Special Mention to:
FatimaNina Khada, France/Algeria 2016
For how it tells the story, using archive footage as well, of female sacrifice and tenacity in a world dominated by men, offering a reflection on the condition of women and on the need to consider each single human life as a memory to be preserved.
EXTR’A COMPETITION / Racism is a nasty story Competition
Moo YaThe Jury made up by Anna Bandettini, Sara Del Corona and Francesco Rizzo awards the prize (1,000 €) to:
Moo YaFilippo Ticozzi, Italy 2016
The film has the capacity to carve out the personality of the main character in the living matter of the nature in which he sits and walks. It also shows an excellent film rendering in the constructive silence which gives rhythm and volume to the scenes and it has succeeded in transforming the bloody chapter of the civil war in Uganda into an unforgettable subtext, but as though neutralized from the humanity of is people.
Special Mention:
WiwananaIacopo Patierno, Italy/Mozambico 2017
Through the journey of personal and expressive growth of the Mozambican actors involved in the theatrical project documented, the film breaks down every barrier between the characters and the viewer watching them and who identifies himself in them without reserve. As if by magic, the need to have recourse to an “us” and “them” falls and therefore the very concept of cultural barrier.
City of Milan Audience Prize
El AmparoRober Calzadilla, Venezuela Colombia 2016
Arnone – Bellavite Pellegrini Foundation Prize
For having approached a neglected, although contemporary topic, that of war orphans, with originality and great emotional impact, The story creates strong tension thanks to the focus on the psychological portraits of the characters and the choice of the soundtrack.
The prize, which consists of the acquisition of the distribution rights for Italy, is awarded by a Jury of students to the best short film that approaches the topics of globalization, governance, legality and intercultural dialogue.
The prize was awarded by Egidio Arnone, of the Arnone Bellavite Pellegrini Foundation
For the delicate story of the small odyssey of an affluent child who ventures into an unknown outskirts, maturing the awareness of his identity; for the touching performance, without words and with an expression of disarming depth, of the small main character.
The prize, which consists of the acquisition of the distribution rights in Italy, is awarded to an African short film with educational value.
The prize was awarded by Neda Furlan.
ISMU Prize
The film approaches a subject that is always topical in the field of education, that of bullying and marginalization of those who are different, with an original approach for the context in which it is presented the discrimination of an albino girl at primary school in Rwanda. With a clear, direct and simple cinematographic language, both the dramatic aspect of the problem and its solution are developed, linked to the possibility of confrontation between those who are different and the force of speech capable of deconstructing prejudices.
The Ismu Foundation (Iniziative e Studi sulla Multietnicità) awards a prize to the best short film at the Festival an educational value, The prize consists of the acquisition of the distribution rights in Italy and is awarded by a jury made up of the teachers Erica Arena, Anna Giorgia Barbaro, Franco Brega, Tullia Castagnidoli, Simona Cella, Mara Clemanti, Antonella Di Nardo, Paolo Ermano, Virginia Guarneri, Gabriella Lessana, Lucia Lorenzo, Monica Luisa, Fabio mantegazza, Valeria marchesi, Nicolas Mijares, Anna Mondi, Nicoletta Santilli, Marina Santini, Felicia Santorelli, Giuseppina Scalise, Francesco Sciaccaluga and Laura Succi.
The prize was awarded by Prof. Vincenzo Cesareo.
AilleursOthman Naciri, Morocco 2016
For how the director succeeds in uniting poetry and politics neutrally but evocatively, showing the troubled existential parabolas of two people who in a dialogue, bring out their differences but also their “brotherhood” because both are the sons of an unjust time. The two characters are suspended between sky and earth, perfect limits of the scene, in a limbo of identity and territory, representing a courageous and sincere humanity which, despite everything, exists and resists.
The CUMSE Foundation awards a prize to the best short film at the Festival which promotes dialogue between cultures, The Prize consists of the acquisition f the distribution rights in Italy and is awarded by a CUMSE jury.
The prize was awarded by Roberto Stigliano, President of CUMSE
Polis Srl Prize
WallayBerni Goldblat, Burkina Faso 2017
For having narrated the journey as an experience to give value to one’s origins, concentrating the plot on the family affections of the main character, a French teenager of Burkinabé origin. A witty story, set in a modern Africa in great ferment which stimulate intercultural dialogue with the West and is suitable for families and all types of public.
The prize, which consists of the acquisition of the distribution rights in Italy is awarded to a film that fosters integration and social cohesion.
The prize was awarded by Hrand Aladjian (General Manager) and Monique Van Marion (Purchasing Manager).
FélicitéAlain Gomis, France/Senegal/Belgium/Germany/Lebanon 2017
A film full of passion and poetry, which tells the story of three extraordinary human beings and captures, with incredible force, the sounds, the colours, the movements, the lights and the night of a unique city like Kinshasa. The prize is awarded by The World Catholic Association for Communication.
The prize was awarded by Gaetano Liguori, Vanessa Lanari and Giuseppe Acconcia.
Lenovo Prize
Lenovo awards a Yoga Book to the best young director who through his/her work has been able to tell the story of difference and its nuances.
The prize is awarded by Simona Menghini
Prospettive Prize
For its positive message and for its capacity to speak through a contemporary fairy tale of the importance of solidarity, sharing and personal sacrifice for the joy of others.
The prize is awarded to a short film in the Extr’A- racism is a nasty story competition by a jury made up of asylum-seekers hosted by COE in Esino Lario.
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16th Tribeca Film Festival-A Suitable Girl-Indian presence in Documentary Competition

Indian presence in Documentary Competition 

In its 16 year history, Tribeca’s esteemed documentary competition has showcased discovery directors, future Oscar nominees, and legendary filmmakers. This year’s selection continues the tradition of spotlighting the best in nonfiction film with 12 stories of artists and activists, social justice and personal conflict, politics and romance, and so much more. These films will compete for Best Documentary Feature, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing.

A Suitable Girl, directed by Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra, written by Jennifer Tiexiera, Smriti Mundhra and Sarita Khurana. (USA, India) - World Premiere. Dipti, Amrita and Ritu are all young, modern women in India looking to get married—some desperately, some reluctantly. A Suitable Girl follows them over the course of four years as they juggle family, career and friends, intimately capturing their thoughts on arranged marriage, giving them a voice, and offering a unique perspective into the nuances of this institution. In English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi with subtitles.

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16th Tribeca Film Festival -Madly-Opening Film

Opening Film -Madly-an international anthology of short films exploring love in all its permutations. 
Madly, directed and written by Gael García Bernal, Mia Wasikowska, Sebastian Silva, Anurag Kashyap, Sion Sono, and Natasha Khan. (Argentina, Australia, USA, India, Japan, UK) – World Premiere. Madly is an international anthology of short films exploring love in all its permutations. Directed by some of the most vibrant filmmakers working today, the six stories in Madly portray contemporary love in all its glorious, sad, ecstatic, empowering, and erotic manifestations. With Radhika Apte, Satyadeep Misra, Adarsh Gourav, Kathryn Beck, Lex Santos, Mariko Tsutsui, Yuki Sakurai, Ami Tomite, Justina Bustos, Pablo Seijo, Tamsin Topolski. In English, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish with subtitles.

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16th Tribeca Film Festival 2017 - JURIES

Jurors include Priyanka Chopra, R.J. Cutler, Willem Dafoe, Peter Fonda, Diane Lane, Barbara Kopple, Tavi Gevinson, Josh Lucas, Sheila Nevins, Michael Pitt, Zachary Quinto, Christina Ricci, Ruth Wilson, and more

Priyanka Chopra, Juror for the 2017 Documentary and Student Visionary Competitions.

The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, announced its jurors for the 16th edition, comprised of a group of critically acclaimed filmmakers, award-winning actors working across film, television, and stage, accomplished producers, and cultural leaders. Divided among the competitive Festival categories, the jury reflects the diversity of Tribeca’s program, which showcases storytelling in all forms, including film, television, virtual reality, and music. “This year’s jury reflects the diverse artistry represented in our Festival program, which has evolved over the past 15 years to showcase the breadth of storytelling across all mediums,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder, Tribeca Film Festival, and Executive Chair. In addition to the main competition juries, the Festival also announced the all-female jury for the 2017 Nora Ephron Prize, which was founded four years ago to honor a woman filmmaker whose work embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron. Tribeca previously announced five jurors for the second annual Tribeca X Award, which celebrates branded storytelling at the intersection of advertising and entertainment. The winning films, filmmakers, actors, and storytellers in each category will be announced at the Tribeca Film Festival Awards ceremony at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 27 beginning at 5:30 pm and hosted by Michael Rapaport. The nine Tribeca juries for the film and immersive storytelling categories will award cash and prizes. Ten of the winners will also receive a work of original art by a renowned contemporary artist as part of the Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards program, sponsored by CHANEL.

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16th Tribeca Film Festival 2017 runs from April 19 –30

The Tribeca Film Festival is a cultural event for the new age of storytelling that brings together visionaries across industries and diverse audiences. It celebrates the power of storytelling in a variety of forms – from film to TV, VR to online work, and music to gaming. As a platform for creative expression, independent film making, and immersive entertainment, Tribeca champions emerging and established voices, discovers award-winning filmmakers and creators, curates innovative experiences, and introduces new technology and ideas through premieres, exhibitions, talks, and live performances.The Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the attacks on the World Trade Center. With strong roots in independent film, the annual event has evolved into a destination for creativity, re imagines the cinematic experience, and explores how art can unite communities. The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 19 –30.

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Indian Panorama has lost its sheen ,don’t allow national awards to follow suit - Adoor Gopalakrishnan

When the Toronto International Film Festival included films of Master film makers from India ,Adoor Gopalakrishnan  and Buddhadev Dasgupta  in the Masters Section, this year’s Indian Panorama selection Jury rejected both the films. IFFI had shamelessly avoided the films Pinneyum -Again and the Bait-Tope directed by  two auteurs  of Indian cinema . Adoor has written to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting urging him to ensure that the jury to select films for the National Awards this year is headed by a filmmaker of eminence who is familiar with modern trends in cinema, and the jury as a whole instil a feeling of fairness in the minds of the professionals involved.

It is learned that he has written to the Secretary , Information and Broadcasting, that “The national film awards were conceived as a means to select and award films for their thematic relevance, social commitment, original approach, technical excellence and above all aesthetic brilliance. Unfortunately, when the national awards for 2015 were announced all the major prizes including the best film and the best director went to outright commercial films undermining the very purpose for which it was instituted. Apparently the problem lay in the appointment of the jury. It was composed mostly of people who had little or nothing to do with meaningful cinema either as professional practitioners or as discerning critics and scholars. The appointment of the jury seemed to have been done casually not realizing how deeply it would demoralize the genuine and committed practitioners in the profession. The story was repeated this time when it came to the selection of films to the ‘Indian Panorama’ of the IFFI 2016. Everyone in the profession was shocked by the kind of selection that was made. Anything genuine, original and artistic was rejected with a vengeance. The naïve, gaudy and incongruous got in. If one finds a reasonably good film in the selection it should have got in by mistake. Critics attending the Mumbai, Kolkata and Kerala festivals were heard saying that the rejections in Goa would make a good festival of the best of Indian cinema in the year 2016. That goes for the standard and taste of the selectors. Soon there will be an occasion to choose members as well as a chairman to the National film awards jury. I am writing this to request you to treat this matter seriously and stop another incompetent jury from sitting to judge our work. We insist that the jury should be headed by a filmmaker of eminence who is familiar with modern trends in cinema and enjoys a national stature and he and other members on the jury would instill a feeling of fairness in the minds of the professionals involved.”Adoor  reminded the Ministry that “The national awards were instituted (following the recommendations of the S.K.Patil Committee in the 1950s) to help a new cinema break out of the encrusted commercial constraints of our film industry and express itself in a new voice that would be Indian in every sense and international in its artistic appeal.Similarly, the idea of showcasing an Indian Panorama at the IFFI meets a vital need to parade the best of our Cinema to the world outside. Ever since we started this section in 1978 festival directors and selectors have been arriving from around the world with the sole aim of watching original works of cinema produced here in a year. It appears like there is a definite lack of understanding of its purpose among the people in charge of the panorama. To go by this year’s experience, the festival selectors will now stop coming here because they take their job more seriously than we do. It was to appease the commercial industry that a special national award was instituted for ‘popular and wholesome entertainment’ to one of the ten blockbusters proposed by the Indian Motion Picture producers’ Association.  Over and above this, there are the five films directly proposed by the IMPPA to be included in the Indian Panorama representing the core of commercial cinema. We are at a loss to understand why there should be more concessions made to it at the cost of the struggling minority cinema of merit and integrity which alone are being seen as the real Indian cinema outside our country. It is very important that the names of nominees as well as their qualification to be on the jury are made public before they sit for selecting films. Keeping their names from public knowledge is a sure way to infiltrate wrong people into such bodies.”

Adoor appealed to Mr.Mittal,Secretary,I &B Ministry “not let the Governmental machinery discourage and destroy a cinema movement of purpose and integrity and that is already struggling against all odds and pressures”.

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NFDC-Film Bazar -Seven films selected in WIP,five are debutants"

Film Bazaar Co-production Market , first of its kind in South Asia is run by NFDC (National Film Development Corporation). All set to launch  the tenth edition from November 20-24, alongside the 47th  International Film Festival of India (IFFI2016) in Panaji, Goa. The NFDC Film Bazaar will take place at the Marriott Resort, Goa .The Work in Progress (WIP) Lab is an editing lab, which gives an opportunity to filmmakers to present their projects in a rough-cut stage to a panel of international film experts for their feedback to reach and accomplish the final cut. Fivefilms  have been selected this year out of  58 entries. In the past editions eminent film personalities  served the panel including Derik Malcolm ,the renowned  film crtic

The selected films for the present edition are "Bombay Rose" (Gitanjali Rao), "In The Shadows" (Dipesh Jain), "Nimmo" (Rahul Shanklya), "Once Again" (Kanwal Sethi), "The Bioscopewala" (Deb Medhekar), "The Gold-Laden Sheep & the Sacred Mountain" (Ridham Janve and "Pratibhasam" (Vipin Vijay).

Debutant director Dipesh Jain has cast acclaimed actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey, Shahana Goswami, Neeraj Kabi in "In The Shadows"; while Rahul Shankiya, an assistant director on movies like "Tanu Weds Manu" and "Peepli Live", is making his directorial foray with "Nimmo".

The WIP Lab has helped the making of some award-winning films of recent times. These include Alankrita Shrivastava's "Lipstick Under My Burkha" Milind Dhaimade's "Tu Hai Mera Sunday", Kanu Behl's "Titli" and also Anand Gandhi's "Ship of Theseus".

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4th Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF).“Remember” Canadian-German thriller won "Best Feature Film

Canadian film Remember won the best feature film award and its star Christopher Plummer grabbed the best actor award at the fourth Hanoi International Film (HANIFF) that closed in the capital city on November 5.
List of awards and winners at 2016 HANIFF:
-- Best Feature-Length Film: Remember by director Atom Egoyan (Canada)
-- Best Short Film: Three Variations on Ofelia by director Paulo Riqué (Mexico)
-- Best Director of a Feature-Length Film: Eduardo Roy Jr. for his film Ordinary People (Philippines)
-- Best Leading Actor: Christopher Plummer for his role in Remember (Canada)
-- Best Leading Actress: Hasmine Kilip for her role in Ordinary People (Philippines)
-- Best Young Director (under 30) of a Short Film: Pham Ngoc Lan for his film Another City (Vietnam)
-- Jury Prize for Feature-Length Film: One Way Trip by director Choi Jeong-yeol (South Korea)
-- Jury Prize for Short Film: Heart of the Land by director Kaika Astikainen (Finland)
-- Jury’s Special Mention for Feature-Length Film: Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass by director Victor Vu (Vietnam)
-- People’s Choice Award for Competitions: Jackpot by director Dustin Nguyen (Vietnam)

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The Fourth Hanoi International Film Festival  is being held in Hanoi ,the capital city of Vietnam from  November 1 st  to  5 th 2016 in Hanoi. This  is a major cultural event, a festival of film makers all over the world with the participation of 146 films from 43 countries and territories.

In the evening of November 5th,  the award ceremony and closing function  will   take place at the Vietnam-Soviet Friendship Palace. A jury of eminent film personalities under the Chairmanship of Regis Wargnier will decide the winners among 11 feature length  films .

Regis Wargnier
Jury Chairman

Director, producer, screenwriter; France

Régis Wargnier directed his first film “La femme de ma vie” in 1986. His biggest success was back in 1993 when his film “Indochine” was priced with the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 65th Academy Awards.

Geraldine Chaplin
Jury member

D.O.B: July 31, 1944
Hollywood Actress; United States of America

Geraldine Chaplin is the daughter of famous Charlie Chaplin and started her own career with her first role in “Limelight” at the age of 8. In 1966, she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award as New Star of the Year-Actress. In 1982, she was a member of the Jury in Cannes and in 2011 she acted as the president of the Jury for the Moscow International Film Festival.

Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Jury member

Director, producer, script writer; India

Adoor Gopalakrishnan is one of India’s finest filmmakers. In 1972, he  produced his first full-length film “Swayamvaram” which became one of the major films of the Indian New Wave. He won several national and international awards, amongst others the British Film Institute Award in 1982 for “Elippathayam” and the Indian National Award for Best Film in 1995 for “Kathapurushan”.

Maria Izadora Calzado
Jury member

Actress; Philippines

Maria Izadora Calzado has featured in various films, she hosted some shows herself and was on multiple magazine covers, for exemple Women’s health or Cosmopolitan Magazine. Over the past years, she won numerous prizes for her acting. Iza Calzado is also a National Ambassador of World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines.

Dao Ba Son
Jury member

Director, Vietnam

He had been teaching in Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema from 1973 to 1977, then he has worked at Vietnam Feature Film Studio since 1980. In his entire 24-year-career, he has played and directed over 80 of feature films and video feature films, and has achieved many great awards in Vietnam National Film Festivals as well as Golden Kites Awards of Vietnam Cinema Association. The film he directed “The Song about the Musician in Thang Long royal Citadel” (Vietnamese: Long Thanh Cam gia Ca) scooped the Golden Kite awards with four awards : Best Feature Film Award, Best Scriptwriter Award, Best Designer Award and Best Actress Award in the Golden Kite Awards 2010.

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The 18th Jio Mami Mumbai Film Festival-David Chou"s Diamond Island won Golden Gateway Award in International Competition

The Jio Mami 18th Mumbai Film Festival has come to a close last evening. The ceremony which took place at Bal Gandharva Rangmandir, Bandra, saw a galaxy of  stars and celebrities attending the function .Winners under various categories were announced. 

Full list of Winners :


Golden Gateway Award - David Chou's Diamond Island.
Silver Gateway Award - Ralitza Petrova's Godless.
The Jury Grand Prize Natalia Almada's Everything Else.
Special Mention for Political Commitment of the Film - When Two Worlds Collide.
The Special Mention - Macarena Arias's Alba.


Golden Gateway Award - Haobam Paban Kumar's The Lady of the Lake.

Silver Gateway Award - Satish Babusenan and Santosh Babusenan's The Narrow Path.
Jury Grand Prize - Aicheng Jai Dohutia's The Hidden Corner.
Special Mention - Deepak Sampath's Autohead
Special Mention - Shirley Abraham and Amit Madhesiya's Cinema Travellers.


Golden Gateway Award - Santosh Ganpat Kamble for Mumbai's Mahuwa. 

Silver Gateway Award - Tabu Kaariya's Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh.
Special Mention (Dimensions Mumbai) Award - Yashwardhan Goswami's Bombai.


Golden Gateway Award (Feature) – Laha Mebow's Hang in There, Kids!
The Silver Gateway Award (Feature) – Evi Goldbrunner and Joachim Dollhopf's At Eye Level.
Special mention (Feature) – Mrinmoy Mondal, Shupratim Bhol's Colours of Innocence.
The Golden Gateway Award (Short) – Vincent Patar and Stephane Aubier's A Town Called Panic: Back to School.'
The Silver Gateway Award (Short) - Nina Sabnani's We Make Images.
Special Mention (Short) - Pedro Paulo De Andrade's The Best Sound in the World.


Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality - Alankrita Shrivastava's Lipstick Under my Burkha

Mastercard Best India Female Filmmaker 2016 Award - Konkona Sensharma for A Death in the Gunj.

Audience Choice Award - The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi.

Young Critics Choice Award - Shirley Abraham and Amit Madhesiya's Cinema Travellers.


Special Mention for Excellence in Writing on Cinema (Hindi) - Naye Daur Ka Naya Cinema by Priyadarshan.
Special Mention for Excellence in Writing on Cinema (English) - Kanan Devi: The First Superstar of Indian Cinema by Mekhala Sengupta

Excellence in Writing on Cinema Award (Hindi) - Bhartiye Cinema Ka Itihas by Anil Bhargava.

Excellence in writing on Cinema Award (English) - The World of Hrishikesh Mukherjeeby Jai Arun Singh.

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18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival opens on 20th October

Konkona SenSharma's directorial debut A Death in the Gunj  will open 18th Jio MAMI  Mumbai Film Festival.The opening ceremony  will be held at Royal Opera House . Jury members  for India Gold and International
Competition headed by Turkish writer-director Reha Erdem and Portuguese writer-director Miguel Gomez  respectively .This festival will run from 20 to 27 October . Indian writer-director Sai Paranjpye and Chinese film-maker Jia Zhangke to be honoured with Excellence in Cinema awards.  Trailblazing film-maker Cary Fukunaga to conduct Masterclass at the Festival. The Jury composition is as follows:

International Competition Jury
Miguel Gomes, Head of Jury

Miguel Gomes studied cinema at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School. He worked as a film critic from 1996 to 2000. Subsequently, he directed several short films including the Oberhausen Short Film Festival winner Meanwhile (1999) before directing features such as The Face You Deserve (2004), Our Beloved Month Of August (2008), the Berlin FIPRESCI prize winner Tabu (2012) and Arabian Nights, a three-part feature film that premiered in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes in 2015.

Tala Hadid
Tala Hadid made her first docufeature, Sacred Poet on Pier Paolo Pasolini. Her films have screened at film festivals around the world, including Berlin and Venice and shown, among other venues, at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Lincoln Center in New York, The Walker Arts Center, La Cinémathèque Française in Paris and the Photographer’s Gallery in London. Her films have received numerous awards, including a Student Academy Award in 2005 for Tes Cheveux Noirs Ihsan. In 2015, Hadid's latest project, House in the Fields, was selected to screen as a work-in-progress at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, where it was awarded two prizes.

Anurag Kashyap
Anurag Kashyap is an Indian film writer, director and producer. Kashyap got his major break as a co-writer in Ram Gopal Varma's crime drama Satya (1998), and made his directorial debut with Paanch (2003). He has won six Filmfare awards for his films Udaan (2010), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Queen (2013). Among his other notable films are Dev D (2009), a modern adaptation of Devdas, the thriller That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011), the two-part crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Murabba one of the short films in Bombay Talkies (2013), Ugly (2014) and Bombay Velvet (2015). In 2013, he was awarded the Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) at a ceremony during the Cannes Film Festival. He is the founder of the film production company Anurag Kashyap Films, and co-founder of Phantom Films.

Chris McDonald
Chris McDonald is President of Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary film festival and market. Hot Docs’ mandate is to advance and celebrate the art of documentary, and to provide support to doc-filmmakers. The festival has raised over $100 million in production financing for filmmakers, and attracted an audience of over 211,000 in 2016, along with 2500+ international delegates. In addition to having raised over $8 million in production funds for filmmakers, Hot Docs opened one of the world’s first year-round doc-focussed cinemas in 2012. The Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto has attracted over 700,000 filmgoers since then.

Christine Vachon
Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner, who co-founded the production house Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past decade and a half, the two have produced some of the most celebrated American indie features, including Carol (2015, nominated for six Academy Awards), Far from Heaven (2002, nominated for four Academy Awards), Still Alice (2014, Academy Award winner), Boys Don’t Cry (1999, Academy Award winner), One Hour Photo (2002), Kids (1995), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2004), Happiness (1998), Velvet Goldmine (1998), Safe (1995), I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), Camp (2003), Swoon (1992) and I’m Not There (2007, Academy Award nominated). In television, Vachon recently executive-produced the Emmy and Golden Globe winning miniseries Mildred Pierce (2011) for HBO and Z, an upcoming series on Amazon based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Her other recent works include Kill Your Darlings (2015), Goat (2016), and Wiener-Dog (2016).

India Gold Jury
Reha Erdem
Head of Jury
Born in Istanbul, Reha Erdem graduated from the Cinema Department of Paris 8 University. He obtained his M.A. in Plastic Arts at the same University. He made his first feature-length film, Oh Moon in 1989, as a French-Turkish co-production. He made Run for Money in 1999, Mommy, I’m Scared in 2004, Times and Winds in 2006, My Only Sunshine, Turkish-Greek-Bulgarian co-production, in 2008, Kosmos in 2009. Jin (2012) and Singing Women (2013) are Turkish-French-German co-productions. His latest film, Big Big World (2016) has won the Special Jury Prize in the Orizzonti Section of the Venice Film Festival. 

Mychael Danna
Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. He won the 2013 Oscar and Golden Globe for his score for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi and has composed many award-winning scores for his long-time collaborator, Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, 1997), Exotica (1994)). His other noted credits include films such as Monsoon Wedding (2001), Antwone Fisher (2002), Being Julia (2004), Capote (2005), Water (2005), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Surf’s Up (2007), 500 Days of Summer (2008), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), Moneyball (2011), Sanjay’s Super Team (2015) and The Good Dinosaur (2015). Danna's recent films include Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) and Storks (2016).

Yonfan started out as a renowned photographer and was noted for his celebrity portraits, before he made the transition to filmmaking. He began making films in the late ‘80s and till date has directed thirteen films including A Certain Romance (1984), Story of Rose (1985), Bugis Street (1995), Bishonen (1998), Peony Pavilion (2001) and Prince of Tears (2009). He has also been on the juries of the film festivals at Busan and Sydney.

Tomasz Wasilewski
Tomasz Wasilewski is a Polish film director and screenwriter. His 2016 film United States of Love was shown at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival where he won the Silver Bear for Best Script. He is considered the most interesting voice in the young Polish directing scene and is already considered a promising representative of European auteur cinema. He is characterized by a minimalistic style. His movies are built from psychological portraits created with precision and sensitiveness.

Stephanie Zacharek
Stephanie Zacharek is the film critic for Time Magazine. She has previously worked with Boston Phoenix and was the chief film critic for Salon.com and the Village Voice. A graduate of Syracuse University, New York, Zacharek’s writings on books and pop culture have also appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone and Sight and Sound. In 2010, as a part of the Berlinale Talent Campus, Zacharek participated on the panel ‘Fear Eats the Soul: The State of Film Criticism’. She is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics and was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in criticism.

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Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda dies at 90

Leading Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda dies at 90.Wajda had recently been hospitalized and died Sunday night, said film director Jacek Bromsk. Though physically frail, Wajda worked until the end of his life. Using a walking aid, he appeared at last month's Film Festival in Gdynia, for the premiere of his latest film "Afterimage". His award-winning films like Kanal (1957) and Ashes and Diamonds (1958), The Promised Land (1975), Man of Marble (1977),are texts for students of film. Katyn (2007) was nominated for Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year in 2008, and received many other awards and nominations

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10th Signs Documentary and Short Film Festival 2016 - FFSI Keralam- FILMS SELECTED



    Face It / Director: Aditya Pawar
    Flyleaves / Director: Navin Chandra Ganesh
    Ambrosia / Director: Som
    The Impasse / Director: Mayuri Walke
    Hum Chitra Banate Hai / Director: Nina Sabnani
    Kamuki / Director: Christo Tomy
    Ratchora / Director: Debjani Banerjee
    Darjeeling Mail / Director: Konarak Mukherjee
    Subah Ke Pehle / Director: Sunit Sinha
    Galli / Director: Santosh Ram
    1:1 (One Is To One) / Director: Aziz Saagar
    Rukmini / Director: Sumesh S. J.
    Agli Baar / Director: Devashish Makhija
    Parcel / Director: Dicky Banerjee
    Euphoria / Director: Abijith Krishnan
    188 / Director: Vishnulal Sudha
    Chaver / Director: Abhilash Vijayan
    Sokhisona / Director: Prantik Basu
    Kula / Director: Indranil Kashyap
    Koottu / Director: Sudheer P. Y.
    Ayyo / Directors: Rohith Chandrasekhar
    Kaal Ratri / Director: Anshuman Chakraborty
    Randu Kurippukal / Director: Gireesh Kumar K.
    Dolachal / Director: Sreecheta Das
    Iyatta / Director: Jayant Digamabar Somalkar
    Leeches / Director: Payal Sethi
    Deathwish / Director: Soumee Biswas
    Pottu / Director: Aji Antony Alunkal
    Gavhankur / Director: Vaibhav Hiwase
    Uri / Director: Rajeev Raj R.
    The Knock / Director: Bharath Suvarnan
    Scratch / Director: Vishal Jejurkar
    The Bookshelf / Director: Sandeep Ravindranath


    Chaukhat / Director: Amol Choudhary
    Darwin / Director: Dr. Swaroop Savanur
    360° / Director: Anuj Ramachandran
    Mathai Kanda Malakha / Director: Sharath George Benny
    Jahanaara / Director: Amal Ramachandran
    Pratihinsa / Director: Sunit Sinha
    Starry Night / Director: Jeevan Neburjan
    93 Not Out / Director: Arudra Saravankumar
    Yaksham / Director: Jithin Rajagopal
    The Witch / Director: Rabiat Osaeva
    Dhun / Director: Kinshuk Todi
    Baalir Niche Jawler Shabda / Director: Nilabja Das
    Dystopia / Director: Manu Kallikad
    Bhagavathykaavile Paapikal / Director: Krishand
    Jalasayanam / Director: Gireesh Kumar K.
    Ormayude Athirvarambukal / Director: Sudesh Balan
    The Woman... And The Man / Director: Sarmistha Maiti
    Arrow Of Time / Director: Manoj C. Haridas
    Aquaregia / Director: Abhilash A.
    Ettam Page / Director: Thanzeer S.
    The System Which We Accepted / Director: Manickam G.
    Achan Vannappol / Director: Kunjila
    Paywat / Director: Mithunchandra Chaudhari
    Without Cheese / Director: Vivek Krishnan V.
    Taandav / Director: Devashish Makhija


    Fireflies In The Abyss / Director: Chandrasekhar Reddy
    Letter From Korlai / Director: Aman Wadhan
    Where The Blue Lotus Blooms / Directors: Anand Gautam, Geetha K. Wilson, Radhika Agarwal, Saurabh Kumar, Shreya Katyayini
    In The Mood For Love / Director: Sandeep K. R. Singh
    The Man Who Dwarfed The Mountains / Director: Ruchi Shrivastava, Sumit Khanna
    Sabin Alun / Director: Altaf Mazid
    A Beast Called Beauty / Director: Aakanksha Chitkara
    Pinch Of Salt / Director: Tanmay Shah
    Paul Science / Director: Mithun Pramanik
    18 Feet / Director: Renjith Kuzhur
    Naked Wheels / Director: Rajesh James
    The Hunt / Director: Biju Toppo
    Unscheduled Arrivals / Director: Vijaya Singh
    I Cannot Give You My Forest / Director: Nandan Saxena
    Isalil Kanal Thottiya Kavi / Director: Farook Abdul Rahiman
    In The Shade Of Fallen Chinar / Director: Shawn Sebastian
    Jalasamaadhi / Director: D. Dhanasumod
    Yeh Khan Aa Gaye Hum / Director: Pankaj Butalia
    Vanishing Glaciers / Director: Raja Shabir Khan
    Tender Is The Sight / Director: Torsha Banerjee
    Seraikella Chhau / Director: Buddhadeb Dasgupta
    Voices from the ruins / Director: K. P. Sasi
    Dramanujam / Director: Mahesh B.


    The Footprint / Director: Vighnesh Jayakrishnan
    Mod (The Turn) / Director: Pushpa Rawat
    Sonpur Mela / Director: Sudhesh Unniraman
    A Far Afternoon / Director: Sruti Harihara Subramanian
    Womensus / Director: Unnikrishnan Avala
    An Open Ended Script / Director: Pradeep K. P.
    Avalilekkulla Dhooram / Director: P. Abhijith
    Vrithiyude Jathi (Caste of Cleanness) / Director: Vidhu Vincent
    Thankamma / Directors: B. Ramabhadran
    Varjit Swar / Director: Sonam Singh
    Chasing Tails / Director: Tangella Madhavi
    Mind & Canvas / Director: Caesar Das
    That'S My Boy / Director: Akhil Sathyan
    Malappuram, Kathakalkkappuram / Director: Thoppil Shajahan
    Until Space Remains / Director: Gaurav Saxena
    Some Stories Around Witches / Director: Lipika Singh Darai
    Raet Ke Mahal (Sand Castles) / Directors: Akash Basumatari, Arjun Chavah, Maanvi, Priyamvada Jagia
    In Her Words / Director: Annie Zaidi
    Sleeping Cities / Director: Shounak Se
    Soft Target / Director: Boby Wahengbam

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Berlinale 2017: Talent Press Call for Entries

Berlinale Talents is a vibrant platform for emerging film critics and journalists to improve their working skills and discover current trends in world cinema. 

At Talent Press, the most promising critics and journalists from around the world meet filmmakers, review movies and take part in events throughout Berlinale Talents and the entire festival. They share their experiences and thoughts in an extensive essay, written under the tutelage of renowned mentors. All work done in Berlin is published at the websites of FIPRESCI and Goethe-Institut as well as within the participants' own international media networks.

Talent Press, February 11-16, 2017. For details see www.berlinale-talents.de www.fipresci.org/news/talent-press-2017
Apply now for the 2017 edition at www.berlinale-talents.de/bt/berlin/ap/select/welcome

Deadline: 1 September 2016, 23:59 (CET)

"Talent Press" is an initiative of Berlinale Talents, Goethe-Institut and FIPRESCI.

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FIPRESCI -Warsaw Critics Project 2016 Call for Participants

Applications are now open for the 11th FIPRESCI Warsaw Critics Project – a training programme for young critics and film journalists from Central and Eastern Europe coordinated by the Warsaw Film Foundation and FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics.

The workshop will be held during the 32nd Warsaw Film Festival between 7 and 16 October 2016. A group of young critics will be invited to the festival and have a unique opportunity to take part in one of the most prestigious film events in the region, meeting high-profile film professionals and contributing to the deliberation meeting that decides which film is awarded by the festival's FIPRESCI jury.

Deadline for applications: 15 September 2016.

More information at: http://wff.pl/journalists/workshop


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69th Cannes Film Festival 2016-Thierry Fremaux and Pierre Lescure released the list of films to be screened

69th Cannes Film Festival  2016 will open on May 11 and  runs upto May 22. Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, a drama set in the cafe culture of America in the 1930s will be the opening film. Festival Chief Thierry Fremaux and the Festival President Pierre Lescure released the list of films to be screened in the    edition.In all, forty-nine films have been included in the list in various sections like Competition, Out of Competition, A Certain Regard and Special Screenings.
festival Competition 
1. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)
2. Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar)
3. American Honey (Andrea Arnold)
4. Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas)
5. The Son Of Joseph {La Fille Inconnue} (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne)
6. It’s Only The End Of The World {Juste La Fin Du Monde} (Xavier Dolan)
7. Slack Bay {Ma Loute} (Bruno Dumont)
8. Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)
9. Rester Vertical (Alain Guiraudie)
10. Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho)
11. From The Land Of The Moon {Mal De Pierres} (Nicole Garcia)
12. I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach)
13. Ma’ Rosa (Brillante Mendoza)
14. Bacalaureat (Cristian Mungiu)
15. Loving (Jeff Nichols)
16. The Handmaiden {Agassi} (Park Chan-Wook)
17. The Last Face (Sean Penn)
18. Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu)
19. Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
20. The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn)

Out Of Competition 

1. Café Society (Woody Allen)
2. The BFG (Steven Spielberg)
3. Goksung (Na Hong-Jin)
4. Money Monster (Jodie Foster)
5. The Nice Guys (Shane Black)

A Certain Regard 

1. Varoonegi (Behnam Behzadi)
2. Apprentice (Boo Junfeng)
3. Voir Du Pays (Delphine Coulin & Muriel Coulin)
4. La Danseuse (Stéphanie Di Giusto)
5. Eshtebak (Mohamed Diab)
6. La Tortue Rouge (Michael Dudok De Wit)
7. Fuchi Ni Tatsu (Fukada Kôji)
8. Omor Shakhsiya (Maha Haj)
9. Me’ever Laharim Vehagvaot (Eran Kolirin)
10. After The Storm (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
11. Hymyilevä Mies (Juho Kuosmanen)
12. La Larga Noche De Francisco Sanctis (Francisco Márquez & Andrea Testa)
13. Caini (Bogdan Mirica)
14. Pericle Il Nero (Stefano Mordini)
15. The Transfiguration (Michael O’shea)
16. Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross)
17. Uchenik (Kirill Serebrennikov)

Midnight Screenings 

1. Gimme Danger (Jim Jarmusch)
2. Bu-San-Haeng (Yeon Sang-Ho)

Special Screenings 

1. L’Ultima Spiaggia (Thanos Anastopoulos & Davide Del Degan)
2. Hissein Habré, Une Tragédie Tchadienne (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)
3. La Mort De Louis XIV (Albert Serra)
4. Le Cancre (Paul Vecchiali)

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Geetu Mohandas won Sundance Institute Global Film making Award


The winning directors and projects of the 2016 Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Awards in recognition and support of emerging independent filmmakers from around the world, are:

August (Cuba) / Writer-Director: Armando Capo
In August 1994, Carlos comes of age during the Cuban Raft Exodus. He loses his first love, his friends leave the country, he discovers sex, and for the first time feels afraid about his future.

Insha’ Allah (India) / Writer-Director: Geetu Mohandas
11 year old Mullakoya, tired of living in the shadow of the colorful, magical-realist folklore that surrounds his missing older brother, sets off on a treacherous journey from the Lakshadweep Islands in the Arabian Sea to the Indian mainland to search for him.

Sicilian Ghost Story (Italy) / Writer-Directors: Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia
When a local Mafia don’s son is kidnapped, a young Sicilian girl refuses to accept the sudden disappearance of the boy she loves. Based on real life events at the height of the Mafia’s reign in Palermo, Sicilian Ghost Story is a striking and unique look at the power that love has to survive in the darkest of worlds.

The Treasure (Morocco) / Writer-Director: Abdellah Taia
Janine, a French woman born in Morocco, accompanied by her building manager, Mohamed, set out on an adventure in search of a hidden treasure in the mountains of Atlas. The journey into her past becomes an exploration of post-colonial identity in Morocco.

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"ഇന്ത്യയുടെ മകള്‍"ക്ക് ശബ്ദമൊരുക്കി; റസൂല്‍ പൂക്കുട്ടിക്ക് ഗോള്‍ഡന്‍ റീല്‍ പുരസ്‌കാരം

ഇന്ത്യാസ് ഡോട്ടര്‍ (ഇന്ത്യയുടെ മകള്‍) എന്ന ഡോക്യുമെന്ററിയുടെ ശബ്ദ മിശ്രണത്തിനാണ് പൂക്കുട്ടിക്ക് പുരസ്‌കാരം. ഇതോടെ ഈ പുരസ്‌കാരം നേടുന്ന ആദ്യ ഏഷ്യക്കാരനായി മാറി റസൂല്‍ റസൂല്‍ പൂക്കുട്ടി. 2012 ഡിസംബര്‍ 12ന് ഡല്‍ഹിയില്‍ ഓടിക്കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്ന ബസില്‍ ക്രൂരമായ ബലാത്‌സംഗത്തിനിരയായി കൊല്ലപ്പെട്ട പെണ്‍കുട്ടിയുടെ കഥ പറയുന്ന, ബിബിസി ഒരുക്കിയ, ഡോക്യുമെന്ററിയാണ് 'ഇന്ത്യാസ് ഡോട്ടര്‍'. 63മത് ഗോള്‍ഡന്‍ റീല്‍ പുരസ്‌കാരത്തിന്റെ ബെസ്റ്റ് മോഷന്‍ പിക്ചര്‍ സൗണ്ട് ആന്‍ഡ് മ്യൂസിക് എഡിറ്റിങ് വിഭാഗത്തിലാണിത്.ലോസാഞ്ചലസിലെ വെസ്റ്റിന്‍ ബൊനാവെന്‍ച്യുര്‍ ഹോട്ടലിലാണ് പുരസ്‌കാര പ്രഖ്യാപനം നടന്നത്.

പുരസ്‌കാര നേട്ടം നിര്‍ഭയയുടെ ആത്മാവിന് സമര്‍പ്പിക്കുന്നതായി റസൂല്‍ പൂക്കുട്ടി ട്വിറ്ററില്‍ കുറിച്ചു. രാജ്യത്തെ യുവജനങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് ആവേശം നല്‍കുന്ന നേട്ടമാണിതെന്നും പൂക്കുട്ടി പറഞ്ഞു.സൗണ്ട് എഡിറ്റിങ് രംഗത്ത് രാജ്യാന്തര തലത്തില്‍ ലഭിക്കുന്ന ഏറ്റവും വലിയ അംഗീകാരമായ ഗോള്‍ഡന്‍ റീല്‍ പുരസ്‌കാരം നേടുന്ന ആദ്യ ഏഷ്യക്കാരനാണ് റസൂല്‍ പൂക്കുട്ടി. 1953ല്‍ സ്ഥാപിച്ച മോഷന്‍ പിക്ചര്‍ സൗണ്ട് എഡിറ്റേഴ്‌സാണ് പുരസ്‌കാരം നല്‍കുന്നത്. 2009ല്‍ സ്ലംഡോഗ് മില്യനെയര്‍ എന്ന ചിത്രത്തിലെ സൗണ്ട് എഡിറ്റിങ്ങിന് റസൂല്‍ പൂക്കുട്ടിക്ക് ഓസ്‌കര്‍ പുരസ്‌കാരവും ബഫ്റ്റ പുരസ്‌കാരവും ലഭിച്ചിരുന്നു.

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ഗുലാം അലി പാടി... ഒപ്പം കേരളത്തിന്റെ സ്‌നേഹ മനസ്സുകളും

തിരുവനന്തപുരം: ഗുലാം അലിയെ അവിസ്മരണീയമായ സ്‌നേഹ ആദരവോടെ സ്വീകരിച്ചു .നിശാഗന്ധിയില്‍ ഗസല്‍ പെയ്ത ഒരു സന്ധ്യ. ആ രാവിന് ഞാനും കൂട്ട് .ഗസല്‍സന്ധ്യയില്‍ ഹര്‍ഷാരവങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് നടുവില്‍ 'ഹം തേരേ ഷഹര്‍ മേ ആയേ ഹെ, മുസാഫിര്‍ കി തരഹ്...', 'റഫ്ത റഫ്ത വൊ മേരീ ഹസ്തീ കാ സാമന്‍ ഹോ ഗയി...' തുടങ്ങിയ ഗസലുകള്‍ ആസ്വാദക ഹൃദയങ്ങളിലേക്ക്ഒഴുകിയിറങ്ങി. 'ചുപ്‌കെ ചുപ്‌കെ രാത് ദിന്‍ ആര്‍സു ബഹാനാ യാദ് ഹെ' എന്ന ഗാനം ഗുലാം അലിയും മകന്‍ ആമിര്‍ അലിയുംചേര്‍ന്നാണ് ആലപിച്ചത്.സഹഗായകനായി പണ്ഡിറ്റ് വിശ്വനാഥും ഗുലാം അലിയുടെ പിയാനിസ്റ്റ് സജ്ജാദ് ഹുസൈനുമടക്കം വേദിയിലുണ്ടായിരുന്നു.

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8th IDSFFK 2015 Awards-‘Floating Life’ directed by Haobam Paban Kumar, ‘Man and the Ocean’ by Tanumoy Bose won awards for best long and short documentaries respectively

The five day long eighth edition of the International documentary and short film festival of Kerala (8thIDSFFK) concluded with the award announcement and distribution in the closing ceremony.
While inaugurating the closing ceremony Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Minister for Cinema assured more awards in various film categories and a hike in cash prize from the next edition onwards. The Minister distributed the awards for the best film across the different categories in the presence of K. Muraleedharan, T. Rajeev Nath , PC Vishnunath, Rani George IAS, Joshy Mathew, Ramchandrababu Aryadan Shoukath, and S Rajendran Nair.

‘Floating Life’ directed by Haobam Paban Kumar won the Best Documentary award.  ‘Man and the Ocean’ directed by Tanumoy Bose won the short documentary section. The best long documentary award carried a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh while the best short documentary award carried a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/- and a certificate.
Sanju Surendran’s ‘Kapila’ and Joshy Joseph’s ‘A Poet, A City and A Footballer” was given a special mention by the Jury from Long Documentary category.

Atanu Mukherjee’s ‘The Gatekeeper’ won the prize for the best short fiction film, which has a cash prize of Rs.50,000 and a certificate. Niranjan Kumar Kujur’s ‘Going Home’ and Karuna Bansode’s ‘Afternoon Lullaby’ got special mention in this category.

 ‘Theiyye’ won the award for the best music video which was directed by Arun Sukumar. The film won a cash prize of R.s 25,000 and a certificate. ‘Beautiful Grey’ by Kim Jung Hyun got a special mention in this category.
There is no best film in the campus film section. But the Jury gave a special mention for two campus films viz ‘Way Home’ directed by Avinash Kumar, Prahas Nair and Sajeev Kumar MS and ‘Reflection’ directed by Balu BA, Sham Mohammed and Veeresh I. V.

Irom Maipak ,the cinematographer of the film ‘Floating Life’  was selected for the ‘Navroz Contractor Award carrying a cash prize of Rs. 15,000 and certificate, for the Best Cinematographer, instituted by eminent cinematographer Navroze Contractor.

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ചോദ്യങ്ങളുയര്‍ത്താന്‍ മികച്ച മാധ്യമം ഡോക്യുമെന്ററി : ടോം ആള്‍ട്ടര്‍

സമൂഹിക ജീവിതത്തിന്റെ വിവിധ തലങ്ങളില്‍ ചോദ്യങ്ങളുയര്‍ത്താന്‍ ഏറ്റവും മികച്ച മാധ്യമം ഡോക്യുമെന്ററികളാണെന്ന് പ്രശസ്ത സിനിമനാടക പ്രവര്‍ത്തകന്‍ ടോം ആള്‍ട്ടര്‍ പറഞ്ഞു. 8#ാമത് രാജ്യാന്തര ഡോക്യുമെന്ററി ഹ്രസ്വചലച്ചിത്രമേള കൈരളി തീയേറ്ററില്‍ ഉദ്ഘാടനം ചെയ്തു സംസാരിക്കുകയായിരുന്നു അദ്ദേഹം. ചോദ്യങ്ങളുയര്‍ത്താന്‍ മാത്രമേ കലാകാരന്‍മാര്‍ക്കും കലാരൂപങ്ങള്‍ക്കും സാധിക്കൂ, ഉത്തരം കണ്ടത്തേണ്ട കര്‍ത്തവ്യം സമൂഹത്തിന്റേതാണ്. മലയാളം ഉള്‍പ്പെടെയുള്ള പ്രാദേശിക ഭാഷാ ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ സാമൂഹിക പ്രസക്തിയുള്ള വിഷയങ്ങള്‍ കൈകാര്യം ചെയ്യുമ്പോള്‍ ഹിന്ദി ചലച്ചിത്ര സംസ്‌കാരം കച്ചവട താല്‍പര്യങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് മുന്‍തൂക്കം നല്‍കുന്നു. കലാരൂപങ്ങളെ സാമ്പത്തികമായി പ്രോത്സാഹിപ്പിക്കേണ്ടത് ഭരണകൂടങ്ങളുടെ കടമയാണ്. എന്നാല്‍ അവയുടെ ആവിഷ്‌കാരത്തില്‍ കൈകടത്താനുള്ള സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യം ഭരണകൂടത്തിനില്ലായെന്ന് അദ്ദേഹം കൂട്ടിച്ചേര്‍ത്തു. ചടങ്ങില്‍ ചലച്ചിത്ര അക്കാദമി ചെയര്‍മാന്‍ ടി. രാജീവ്‌നാഥ് ടോം ആള്‍ട്ടറെ പൊന്നാടയും പുരസ്‌കാരവും നല്‍കി ആദരിച്ചു.

അന്തര്‍ദേശീയതലത്തിലെ മികച്ച ഡോക്യുഫിക്ഷനുകള്‍ പ്രേക്ഷകര്‍ക്കു മുന്നില്‍ എത്തിക്കാന്‍ മേള സഹായിക്കുമെന്ന് ചടങ്ങിന് അധ്യക്ഷതവഹിച്ച സാംസ്‌കാരിക വകുപ്പ് സെക്രട്ടറി റാണി ജോര്‍ജ് പറഞ്ഞു. ചലച്ചിത്ര അക്കാദമി ചെയര്‍മാന്‍ ടി. രാജീവ്‌നാഥ് മേളയെ പ്രേക്ഷകര്‍ക്ക് പരിചയപ്പെടുത്തി. ഫെസ്റ്റിവല്‍ ബുക്കിന്റെ പ്രകാശനം കെ.എസ്.എഫ്.ഡി.സി. ചെയര്‍മാന്‍ രാജ്‌മോഹന്‍ ഉണ്ണിത്താന്‍ സാംസ്‌കാരിക ക്ഷേമനിധി ചെയര്‍മാന്‍ ജി. സുരേഷ്‌കുമാറിന് നല്‍കി നിര്‍വഹിച്ചു. ജീവിതത്തെ പച്ചയായി ആവിഷ്‌കരിക്കുകയും പുതു തലമുറയ്ക്ക് അവബോധം നല്‍കുകയും ചെയ്യുന്ന മികച്ച ഡോക്യുമെന്ററികള്‍ നിര്‍മ്മിക്കാനും പ്രാദേശികതലത്തില്‍ ചലച്ചിത്രമേളകള്‍ സംഘടിപ്പിക്കാനും സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ ധനസഹായം നല്‍കേണ്ടത് അനിവാര്യമാണെന്ന് ഫെസ്റ്റിവല്‍ ബുക്ക് പ്രകാശനം ചെയതുകൊണ്ട് രാജ്‌മോഹന്‍ ഉണ്ണിത്താന്‍ പറഞ്ഞു.

ഫെസ്റ്റിവല്‍ ബുള്ളറ്റിന്റെ പ്രകാശനം അക്കാദമി എക്‌സിക്യൂട്ടീവ് കമ്മറ്റി അംഗം ആര്യാടന്‍ ഷൗക്കത്ത് നിര്‍വഹിച്ചു. ചലച്ചിത്ര അക്കാദമി മുന്‍ ചെയര്‍മാന്‍ കെ.ആര്‍. മോഹനന്‍ ഏറ്റുവാങ്ങി. അക്കാദമി വൈസ് ചെയര്‍മാന്‍ ജോഷി മാത്യു ചടങ്ങിന് സ്വാഗതവും അക്കാദമി സെക്രട്ടറി എസ്. രാജേന്ദ്രന്‍ നായര്‍ നന്ദിയും അര്‍പ്പിച്ചു. തുടര്‍ന്ന് ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് ചിത്രമായ ദി ഫോണ്‍ കോളും സ്പാനിഷ് സംവിധായകന്‍ ഷാവിര്‍ എസ്. പധോയുടെ ട്രാന്‍സ് നസ്‌റീനും പ്രദര്‍ശിപ്പിച്ചു. 

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‘The Phone Call and ‘Following Nazarin’ would open 8th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (8th IDSFFK-2015)

The eighth International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) will begin in Thiruvananthapuram on June 26 at the Kairali, Sree and Nila cinemas. ‘The Phone Call,’ directed by Mat Kirkby, and Javier Espada’s ‘Following Nazarin’ would open the five-day festival.Director Mat Kirby’s short film "The Phone Call" ,an Academy award winner,"tells a wrenching story of loss and depression that somehow by the end is so uplifting you’ll wonder how it can do in 20 minutes what some full length features can’t in two hours. The short stars Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins as a woman who works in a helpline call center. Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent is the caller; a man considering suicide after his wife has recently died."The Phone Call" was the winner of Best Narrative Short at the Tribeca Film Festival this year, winner of the Silver Dragon for Best Fiction Short at the Krakow Film Festival and winner of Special Audience Recognition and Youth Jury Awards at Aspen Shortsfest, among others.Winning at Tribeca meant that "The Phone Call" automatically became eligible for the Best Live Action Short Academy Award. The Academy is currently screening the eligible shorts now, but we're confident a nomination is on its way". (Casey Cipriani | Indiewire).The other film "Following Nazarin" goes back to the places where the movie "Nazarin" by Luis Bunuel was filmed. 

“Even if it's very traditional and predictable in its formal approach, Behind Nazarin (Tras Nazarín: El eco de una tierra en otra tierra) is a warm, insightful and enjoyable work that explores the Mexican locations where the remarkable Nazarín, one of the masterpieces by the great Luis Buñuel, was filmed five decades ago. Directed by the Spaniard Javier Espada (who previously made a good documentary about the legendary Spanish filmmaker in his 2008 debut. The Last Script: Remembering Luis Buñuel, co-directed with Gaizka Urresti), the film includes interviews with film personalities such as Carlos Reygadas and Jean-Claude Carrière, and mixes old pictures of the locations with how the places look today”( Joel Poblete –FIPRESCI)

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