Sunday, November 25, 2012

14th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2012 6,7,8 Dec 2012; Madurai

14th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2012
6,7,8 Dec 2012; Madurai

Organized by MARUPAKKAM 
In association with
Visual Art Centre, Madura College;
Vellaichami Nadar College;
Department of Folklore, Madurai Kamaraj University;
Mannar Thirumalai Nayakkar College;
Yadhava College, Madurai

6 Dec 2012; 10 am 
Hotel Premnivas, Melaperumal Mestry Veedhi, Town Hall Raod, Madurai

Chief Guests: Anjali Monteiro and K.P.Jayasankar

Inaugural film:
Dir: Yaasib Vazquez
Mexico; 29 min; 2011; Documentary; Spanish with English subtitles

A visual essay on the life of the Zapotecan community, who have a very close relationship to the earth, in the village of San Francisco Canojos in the Sierra Juárez, southern Mexico. Children are taught not to stomp on the ground, spit or otherwise insult the earth, because the earth (or Yuban) is alive. The voice-over speaks in greater detail about the community's ancient customs, traditions and sayings, which are often characterized by an awareness of everything the earth gives to humans. Images of the impressive environment pass by as in a dream - the mountains bathed in sunlight or shrouded in thick mist - and we also observe life in the village as the inhabitants prepare for their annual carnival celebrations.

Screenings venues:

Mannar Thirumalai Nayakkar College 6 Dec; 2 pm
Madurai Kamaraj University: 7 Dec; 10 am to 1 pm
Yadhava College 7 Dec; 10 am to 4 pm
Vellachami Nadar College 8 Dec; 10 am to 1 pm
Madura College 8 Dec; 2 pm to 5 pm (Closing ceremony)


Amudhan R.P.
Festival Director
Madurai Film Festival

ViBGYOR International Film Festival for short and documentary films, held in Thrissur, Kerala, India from February 7-12;

Dear friends,

Greetings on behalf of ViBGYOR International Film Festival for short & documentary films, held in Thrissur, Kerala, India from February 7-12; this is the 8th edition of the festival and the special focus theme of ViBGYOR-2013 is `stolen democracies'; but there are other permanent categories and theme packages apart from this. Please look at for details.

There is a selection preview process for all films entered as `open entry' under different film categories; and there is an entry fee of INR300 for films from inside India and $10 (via PayPal) for films from overseas. The time frame for year of production is: `films released after January 1, 2011'.

Since we wish to include strong films that represent different nations/regions that would fit well with our thematic framework, in special cases we do consider a waiver of entry fee/production period restriction.

For entering your film please go to our site and submit the details online, where you will get an Entry No. With this Entry no.  you could send the film packet (please refer Guidelines/Checklist) to our office address before November 30th (entries from abroad  will be given bit more extended deadline).

Saturday, November 24, 2012

COFFI -Short Films Contest 2012 - Last date for entries - 3rd Dec 2012

 COFFI -Short Films Contest 2012  - Last date for entries - 3rd Dec 2012

COFFI -Short Films Contest 2012 is an excellent opportunity for both a budding film maker as well as reputed institutes. This contest is especially designed to provide a platform for debutant filmmakers to showcase their talent and connect with the top filmmakers, producers, film investors & lenders. The short films of finalists will be screened at COFFI – Conference on Film Finance.
The categories of the contest are Short Films, Animated Movies & Documentaries within a running duration of up to 15 minutes. Last date is 3rd Dec 2012. Late fee applicaple from 27th Nov 2012. Entry Fee for Students is Rs.1000/- & for others fees is Rs.1500/- .
Benefits for all Participant(s):
• All participating films will get a participation certificate • Selected films will be uploaded on the Six Sigma Films/COFFI Shorts YouTube Channel • Mention of the films on the facebook network of Six Sigma Films
Benefits for the Finalist(s): 
• Free delegate pass for 2nd Conference on Film Finance to the finalists • Finalist(s) will be provided with a certificate • Film will be screened at the conference • Film will also be propagated through the social media network of Six Sigma Films & Group
Additional Benefits for the Winner(s):
• Winner(s) will be awarded with a Memento & Certificate at the conference by the eminent filmmakers/guests
• Brief introduction/profile of the Film/Filmmaker in the Conference Booklet
• Screening of the winning films at Shamiana Club
Partners are Western India Film Producers' Association, Indian Film Exporters Association, Gujarati Film & Television Producers' Association, The Bankers Club,,,,, audiencematters. com,Majestic MRSS, bollywoodtrade. Com, Take One, "BlockBuster", Docs & Shorts, Shamiana & 1takemedia. com,
For more information & contest form please, feel free to mail at, Or visit:
ABOUT COFFI CONFERENCE & AWARDS, 18th Dec 2012, JW Marriott, Mumbai - It will bring  together around 200 eminent film producers, directors, film investors, technology experts, television producers, management consultancies, research companies, institutes, etc. Conference on Film Finance will also include Film Finance Awards 2012, Presentations on Digitalization of Cinema and latest Technologies and Interactive Sessions on Film Finance, Marketing & Distribution & how to pitch/market the film and Exhibition Stalls. More details at -

Project 11 – releases online on Dec 1st

Project 11 – releases online on Dec 1st!

Project 11, India’s first short collaborative film that was shot in 11 cities of the World, at 27 different locations, with combined crew strength of over a 100 people belonging to 13 different ethnicities, is all set to release online on Dec 1st.

In its long journey of film festivals, it won the Best Sound Award at Imphal International Short Film Festival 2012, premiered at Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival 2012, showcased in the Panorama section of Budapest Shorts Film Festival (Busho 2012), Hungary, and Gandhara Film Festival in Pakistan.

The film generated a lot of buzz last year, when true to its numbers theme, the 11 min 11 sec long film had premiered at 11:11 AM on 11.11.11 on However, post that the makers had taken it off the net, for its journey to various film festivals. The makers are also releasing a detailed making of the film, with regards to how a COLLABORATIVE film can be made, with different talents across the world. The approx 15 minute long making will clear a lot of myths surrounding the shooting of the film, and will be of a great help to film buffs and aspiring film-makers.

Speaking on the occasion the Indian Director Vikas Chandra said that: "I am quite happy that Project 11, a film that was made possible because of a lot of collaborative efforts from across the world is releasing online. I wish that more and more people watch the film and hope that they will like the same."

The film which premiered on last year and now will be available on youtube from Dec 1st.
You can find more trivia at &
Project 11 Timeline -

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ajay Bahl's debut feature 'B A Pass' raises the bar for Quality Independent Hindi Cinema

Ajay Bahl’s celebrated first feature has been winning accolades across festivals world over. B.A. Pass was part of the  Festival des films du monde  First Films World Competition, and Bahl received widespread kudos from the audience for tackling a challenging subject without being exploitative.  The film had it’s India premier at Osian’s Cinefan Film festival where in it’s  first ever public screening  it received a standing ovation from the  fifteen hundred strong audience. The festival's Indian competition section awarded the best film to Ajay Bahl's B.A. Pass, anointing it as an  edgy “Delhi-noir” drama. The film also won it’s lead actor,  Shadab Kamal , a theatre artist , the best actor award. Currently the film is showing at the Kolkata film festival from where it will go to France.  

Friday, November 16, 2012

“Breaking Dawn Part -2” The Twilight Saga

“Breaking Dawn Part -2”
The Twilight Saga

A romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon and based on the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.

Release Date/Day
:23rd November, 2012

About the movie:
 After being brought back from near-death by Edward after childbirth, Bella begins her new life as a vampire and mother to their daughter, Renesmee. But when Irina, a member of the Denali coven, misidentifies Renesmee as a immortal child, a human infant who has been bitten and transformed into a vampire, to the Volturi, they set out to battle and destroy the Cullens for their betrayal. In a final attempt to survive, the Cullens begin to gather foreign Vampire clans and nomads to stand and witness against the Volturi, including the Denali, the Amazonian, the Egyptian, the Irish and Romanian Covens, with European and American nomads. With their allies, the Cullens and the Wolf Pack stand to prove their innocence to the Volturi once and for all.

  • Director: Bill Condon
  • Writer: Stephenie Meyer
  • Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Dakota Fanning, Kellan Lutz, Maggie Grace, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Mackenzie Foy, Michael Sheen, ElizabethReaser,  Jackson Rathbone, Jamie  Campbell Bower and Joe Anderson.
  • Release Date – 21st November 2012
  • Language: English

The Man with the Iron Fists

The Man with the Iron Fists releases in theatres on 28th December 2012

Genre:                             Action-adventure     
Cast:                               Russell Crowe, RZA, Lucy Liu, Rick Yune, Jamie Chung,
                                      Cung Le, Dave Bautista, Byron Mann, Daniel Wu and Pam Grier
Directed by:                      RZA                      
Written by:                       RZA and Eli Roth      
Produced by:                     Marc Abraham, Eric Newman, Eli Roth
Executive Producers:          Thomas Karnowski, Thomas Bliss, Kristel Laiblin
Presented by:                    Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With the Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth.  Making his debut as a big-screen director and leading man, RZA—alongside a stellar international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu—tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in nineteenth-century China who must unite to destroy the clan traitor who would destroy them all.

Since his arrival in China’s Jungle Village, the town’s blacksmith (RZA) has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction.  When the clans’ brewing war boils over, the stranger channels an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon.  As he fights alongside iconic heroes and against soulless villains, one man must harness this power to become savior of his adopted people.

Blending astonishing martial-arts sequences from some of the masters of this world with the signature vision he brings as the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and as one of hip-hop’s most dominant figures of the past two decades, RZA embarks upon his most ambitious, stylized and thrilling project to date.



Thursday, November 15, 2012

Brahmaputra Valley Short film Festival

Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival 2013. for details log on

Roland Emmerich's White House Down


India Release Date:         19 July 2013
Director:                              Roland Emmerich (2012 the movie, 10,000 BC, The Day After Tomorrow, The Patriot, Godzilla, Independence Day)
Cast:                                      Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal   

In Columbia Pictures’ White House Down, Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx).  Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group.  Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.

Agriculture Leadership Summit and Leadership Awards 2012, organized on 19 Sept in New Delhi

the Agriculture Leadership Summit and Leadership Awards 2012, organized on 19 Sept in New Delhi.
The program was attended by top politicians, officials, policy makers, industrialists, CEOs, experts, farmers, NGOs and agricultural institutions.
The 6th Leadership Summit on 20 Sept, 2013 will be held  at hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi.

Winners of Agriculture Leadership Awards 2012
1. Policy Leadership Award 2012 Prof. P K Dhumal, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh
2. Program Leadership Award 2012 Mr. BB Pattanaik, Managing Director, Central Warehousing Corporation
3. Research Leadership Award 2012 National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources
4. Academic Leadership Award 2012 Dr. Kirti Singh, former Vice Chancellor and former Chairman ASRB
5. Extension Leadership Award 2012
6. Extension Leadership Award 2012
Dr. Jancy Gupta, Professor of Extension, National Dairy Research Institute
Nuziveedu Seeds Limited
7. Farming Leadership Award 2012 Sh. Rajaram Tripathi, Chairman, Organic Farmers Association, Bastar, Chhatisgarh
8. Entrepreneur Leadership Award 2012 Suguna Foods Limited, Coimbatore
9. Innovation Leadership Award 2012 Indian Institute of technology,  Kanpur
10. International Leadership Award 2012 Dr. Ramesh Kanwar, VC, Lovely Professional University & former Dean of Ag, IOWA State University
11. Industry Leadership   Award 2012 New Holland Fiat India Pvt. Limited  
12. Corporate Leadership Award 2012 United Phosphorus Limited
13. Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2012 Bayer BioScience Pvt. Limited
14. Environment Leadership Award 2012 Indian Oil Corporation Limited
15. Development Leadership Award 2012 State Bank of India
16. Young Scientist Award  2012 Dr. VB Patel, Professor of Horticulture and Chief Scientist, Bihar Agriculture University, Sabour
17. Life Time Achievements Award 2012 Dr. MH Mehta, Chairman Science Ashram and Chairman Gujarat Life Sciences Ltd.
18. State Agriculture Leadership Award 2012 State of Tamil Nadu
19. State Horticulture Leadership Award 2012 State of Kerala
20. Best Performing Agriculture State  Award 2012 State of Madhya Pradesh
Inaugural Session: Agriculture Year Book 2012 being released by Guests (from L to R) Dr. MJ Khan, Chief Editor, Agriculture Today, Dr. Ashok Gulati, Chairman, Agriculture Costs & Prices Commission, Dr. Balram Jakhar, former Governor, MP and ex Union Agriculture Minister, Dr. RK Pachauri, Chairman, Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change and Mr. Balwinder Kumar, Additional Secretary – Agriculture, GOI
Industry Session: (from L to R) Mr. Anil Kakkar, CEO, Excel Crop Care Ltd, Mr. RK Mudholkar, Director, DuPont India, Dr. JS Sindhu, former Director – APSA, Mr. Dhiraj Pant, Director, Monsanto India and Mr. Ishtiyaq Ahmad, Director, Cargill India Ltd.
Experts Session: (from L to R) Dr. MH Mehta, Chairman, Gujarat Life Sciences Ltd., Dr. PL Gautam, Chairman, PVPFRA, Dr. Ramesh Kanwar, VC, Lovely Professional University and Dr. LS Rathore, DG, Indian Meteorological Department
Civil Society Session: (from L to R) Dr. PK Joshi, Chairman, HIMCON, on podium, Prof. Varun Arya, Director, Aravali Institute, Dr. Udit Raj, President, Indian Justice Party, Mr. Santosh Bhartia, Chief Editor, Chauthi Duniya and Dr. Suman Sahai, President, Gene Bank
Farmers Session: (from L to R) Dr. SA Patil, Chairman, Karnataka Farmers Commission, Dr. MJ Khan, Mr. MS Grewal, ex Member, CACP and Mr. Prakash Javdekar, National Spokesman, BJP
International Session: (from L to R) Dr. Allan Mustard, US Agriculture Counselor, Dr. urvi Mehta, Director – Asia, ILRI, Mr. Arie Veldhuizen, Agriculture Counselor, Netherlands and Ms. Slava Zeman, Agriculture Counselor, Australia    
Audience View: (from L to R) Dr. MS Sindhu, Director of Agriculture, Punjab, Dr. Allan Mustard, US Agri Counselor, Dr. MJ Khan and Mr. Sanjeev Chopra, Joint Secretary – Agriculture, GOI
Audience View: Sh. Prakash Javdekar, MP and National Spokesman of BJP meets Congress Leader Sh. Mani Shhankar Aiyar, Member of Parliament
Sh. KP Mohanan, Agriculture Minister Kerala shakes hand with the Agriculture Minister of MP, while Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Sh. Harish Rawat and Chief Minister of Himachal greet the audience
The start of the 5th Agriculture Leadership Awards: Dignitaries on the dais.