Monday, October 29, 2012

5th Global Film Festival NCR 2012 5th to 7th November, 2012


Feature Films all in all have contributed to our ethical self along with knocking the doors of our heart and leaving impressions on our mind which come to life sooner or later in our day to day lives.
To celebrate the mystical connection of human emotions and films, International Film and Television Club (IFTC), a constituent of Marwah Studios in collaboration with Ministry of Information and Broadcasting & Film Federation of India welcomes you to 5th Global Film Festival, NCR- 2012 (100 Years Of Indian Cinema) scheduled to be held from to 5th November 2012 at Marwah Studios Complex, Film City, Noida.
Global Film Festival is North India’s only festival to be of such high magnitude. Our previous editions speak volumes about the success of the festival. The first one was devoted to films on the theme of Peace & Spirituality, the second on documentary films and the third on Children’s films and fourth on Feature Films where our record was screening of 227 Films in 9 segments, 42 Events and 5000 Footfall in 3 days. 4 th Global Film Festival brought 7000 people to the festival campus to see 300 films in different categories supported by 48 Events rated as one of the most happening festivals of the world. These festivals were received extremely well by the audience and media alike, propelling us to mount the 5th Film Festival on a much larger and ambitious scale, with the theme – 100 Years Of Indian Cinema.

The 5th Global Film festival will be screening around 300 Films in 10 segments with Workshops, Seminars, Exhibitions, Book Releases, Daily Bulletins, Luncheon Meetings, Press Conferences, Entertainment Programmes, Gala Dinners, Film Market, Film Launches, Film Premiers, Formal Inauguration and Award Functions.
We look forward to your participation in the festival and welcome one and all to attend the grand festival at Marwah Studios
Our rules for participation and the Participation Form can be accessed on our website . Or Download application form Click here
With regards,
R.K Singh Festival Director Mob ;- +91-9891138542
Email us at :- globalfestival@iftc.org.in

Seven Islands International Film Festival, 2012


Seven Islands International Film Festival provides an exclusive platform for auteur's cinema in India


Mumbai October 27, 2012: The Seven Islands International Film festival set the ball rolling with the 'India Premier' of the critically acclaimed movie 'Berlin Telegraph' by Leila Albayaty an Iraqi-French singer-songwriter and filmmaker. The film festival also witnessed overwhelming support from the stalwarts of the Indian Cinema, who supported the festival for providing a strong platform for auteur's cinema in India. The festival was inaugurated by Dibaker Banerjee and Kalki Koechlin by lighting a ceremonial lamp.

Seven Islands International Film Festival will preview 50 movies across 18 countries, a platform created to celebrate World Cinema. The festival aims at bringing together global radical filmmakers with new cinematic approaches that break through the clutter of traditional filmmaking and create an audience for such movies.
Speaking on the inauguration Mr Dibaker Banerjee commented “I am extremely encouraged looking at the response such a platform has created for 'auteurs cinema'. Audiences today are willing to pay attention towards experimental movies, however the multiplex culture in India doesn't allow director to present such movies in front of the audiences. In such environment it is the film festivals that can make a difference in showcasing these movies through their platform. He further added we have already filed a petition with the government of India to grant 200 crores from the grant allotted for archiving 100years Indian cinema to encourage directors to focus on making 'auters cinema' that not only entertainment the audiences but also provides a strong socio economical message."
Speaking on the occasion Kalki Koechlin said "I am happy to see a film festival promote a strong theme 'Women against all odds', as this will help women become more aware of the inherent strength that they possess. I congratulate Seven Islands Film Festival for taking up such a relevant theme and wish them the best for their future”.
In addition Ms Sakshi Ojha, Festival Director, Seven Islands International Film Festival said, “We are over whelmed by the support we have received both by the film fraternity and the audiences, I am sure the next few days would be equally exciting and will showcase movies that are sure to enthrall the audiences. The film festival will also create a platform for discussions and seminars around its theme on women and encourage emerging talents through musical performances and regional dance shows, providing a platform for a panoramic showcase of cultural talent in fields such as music, dance and the arts".
A 'touring festival', Seven Islands International Film festival aims at creating a platform where different communities and students come together to watch, deliberate and discuss independent cinema. Launched at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, the Festival aims to bring together global radical filmmakers with new cinematic approaches that break through the clutter of traditional filmmaking.
The theme of the festival will change each year, depending on the broader socio-political happenings around the world.


About Seven Islands International Film festival
Seven Islands International Film Festival is a celebration of global auteurs in cinema that use film as an artistic language, defining it with their own aesthetics and idiosyncrasies. It will showcase international and national films, with a special focus on regional films.
With India as the backdrop and Indians as one of the oldest and thriving film and art literates of the world, the festival aims to bring together global radical filmmakers with new cinematic approaches that break through the clutter of traditional filmmaking.
Seven Islands International Film Festival is a non-commercial, annual touring festival that was launched at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012.
The theme of this year’s festival is Women Rising, Against All Odds and is an ode to women across the world and a celebration of their unique and remarkable achievements.
The film festival will also provide a platform for a panoramic showcase of other regional and local untapped cultural talent in fields such as music, dance and the arts.


Movie Synopsis - Berlin Telegraph (India Premiere, held on October 26, 2012)
Leila the lead protagonist is a singer-songwriter who lives in Brussels. When Antoine, the man she is in love with, suddenly walks out on her for another woman, she leaves for Berlin to start a new life. Before closing the door of her apartment for the last time, she films herself in a mirror, vowing, one day, to send Antoine the images of her new life. It will be her revenge. It's a musical road-movie that travels to Brussels, Berlin, Lisbon and Cairo with Leila as our guide . A story of crossing paths, re-learning to live, and opening yourself up to the world. Antoine will never get to see the images.

For more, visit the official Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/SevenIslandsInternationalFilmFestival or visit the website www.ssiiff.com



“Mumbai Directors are scared of South directors”

This is the opening line that Mr Dibaker Banerjee said jokingly at the after party at the Seven Islands International Film Festival, leaving the audiences in Chennai in a frenzy, after which he added that south films are very original and have this quality in keeping their audiences captivated and there s a lot that we film makers from Mumbai have to learn from, as we love picking up their concepts and making remakes out of them!

IFFI (International Film Festival of India) 2012 , Goa


World renowned Taiwanese born American Director Ang Lee will be presenth wit the cast and crew of his new film ‘Life of Pi’ based on the best selling novel of Yann Martel about an Indian Zoo keeper’s son who survives shipwreck in the company of zoo animals.
The film is slated for world-wide release in the third week of November and has been chosen as the opening film of the gala film event IFFI , Goa. Mr. Raghavendra Singh, Joint Secretary (Films), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and IFFI 2012 organizers briefed the media about the 10 day International Film Festival of India, being organized in Goa from November 20 – 30, 2012.

Kailash Kher to perform Hindi film songs at IFFI 2012, Goa

A medley choreographed by Maestro Saroj Khan and songs sung by Kailash Kher will spread dazzles on the inauguration night of 43rd international film festival of India (Iffi). The festival which opens on November 20 will be inaugurated by the Khiladi of Bollywood Akshay Kumar.
Kailash Kher shall be performing only on the Hindi film songs, he said. “Keeping in view the celebration of 100 years of cinema it will be just the Hindi film songs to which I will perform at IFFI this year.”
So if you are amongst those planning to attend IFFi this year it will be treat as Kailash Kher raises a toast to the Indian Cinema and performs on his bollywood songs

Happy Lucky entertainment and Sam Tv organise RajeshKhanna the Superstar, entertainment event on 3 Nov 2012


Tata Literature live festival Oct 31 to Nov 4 at NCPA, Mumbai


The third edition of the Tata Literature Live festival is slated for October 31 - November 4 at the National Centre for Performing Arts and promises to be even more exciting than the previous two editions. There will be parallel sessions running at the Experimental and Little theatres along with different styles of theatre performances at the various venues, including Tata theatre. For the theatre enthusiasts, also taking place are workshops in the Audio-Visual room related to playwriting and performance poetry, and a straight talk by Girish Karnad.
To attend the sessions, free day passes can be collected at the start of each day from the venue. Separate passes need to be collected for the performances. To register for workshops, email avidworkshops@litlive.in or call 022-66601100. Passes are available on a first-come-first-serve basis so get to the venue before they run out!
Please block the dates in your calendar - October 31 to November 4, 2012 at the NCPA, Nariman Point.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS:

31st October, Wednesday -
2 pm - Workshop by Tanika Gupta on Playwriting - Developing a Play from Scratch
6:30 pm - Tata Theatre: Reinventing Spirituality: Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in conversation with Arundhathi Subramaniam and Anil Dharker.
8 pm - Tata Theatre: Landmark Lifetime Achievement Award to Sir Vidia Naipaul. Followed by Sir Vidia in conversation with Farrukh Dhondy.

2nd November, Friday -
10:30 am - Workshop by Inua Ellams on Performance Poetry 1.30 pm - Experimental Theatre: Girish Karnad on his life in theatre.

3rd November, Saturday -
10 am - Experimental Theatre: Panel Discussion- Where do theatre stories come from? Chris Larner, Girish Karnad, Tanika Gupta. Chair: Anish Trivedi.

DAILY PERFORMANCES:
1st November, Thursday -
6 pm - 14th Tale by Inua Ellams - One-man's humorous and moving self-portrait of life spent growing up in Nigeria, Dublin and London.
7:30 pm - Hip-Hop Shakespear Live by Akala - A medley of songs inspired by scenes/themes from famous Shakespeare plays and sonnets

2nd November, Friday -
5 pm - Hayavadana - A play in which Shakespeare meets Indian folklore -with a philosophical twist. Who reigns supreme - the head or the body?
8 pm - Thurber and Seth's Animals by Naseeruddin Shah - 10 short stories performed in the writers own words.

3rd November, Saturday -
12 pm - Green Poems for a Blue Planet by Dr Martin Kiszko - A humorous, theatrical and challenging stand-up poetry performance suitable for the entire family.
7.30 pm - An Instinct for Kindness - Chris Larner accompanied his chronically ill ex-wife to Dignitas euthanasia clinic in Switzerland. He came home with an empty wheelchair and a story to tell.

4th November, Sunday -
10 am - Kyun Kyun Ladki - An adapted dance, movement, and live music performance of Mahashweta Devi's story Why-Why Girl
7.30 pm - Interpreting Tagore - A dance performance inspired by Tagore's poems with children of the Salaam Balak Trust

To look at the complete schedule - CLICK HERE

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Day 7 at Mami's 14th Mumbai Film Festival 2012


Exciting events at Day 7 of 14th Mumbai Film Festival


Mumbai, October 24, 2012: - With a superlative precedent set by the stellar film screenings, workshops and open forums events hosted during the days prior, the schedule of events at day 7 of the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, presented by Reliance Entertainment and American Express and organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image was the quintessential cinematic indulgence for all attendees.

The eventful day began with the repeat screening of Dimensions Mumbai on popular demand, a short film competition segment featuring works by young Mumbaikars below the age of 25 years depicting aspects of life in Mumbai by, by popular demand.

The afternoon session witnessed an open forum discussion titled ‘Why hasn’t the largest film- producing nation been able to crack Global Audiences? Where is that film from India which has universal, non-Indian, diverse appeal?’ with a highly distinguished panel that included ace Indian filmmakers Ashutosh Gowarikar and Zoya Akhtar, Christian Jeune, Director of the Film Department and Deputy General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival and Sanjeev Lamba, CEO, Reliance Entertainment. While the discussion provided keen insights into the script writing process and approach of filmmaking that Indian writers would require to adopt in order to appeal to diverse international audiences, the speakers also enlightened attendees about the schematics of film market trends and globally appeal in western territories.

The section was followed by the Masterclass in Creative Production conducted by Gary Kurtz, legendary producer of epic Hollywood films such as Star Wars and The Steal who shared jewels from his personal experiences and highlighted the importance of factors such as effective storytelling, concise scripts and identifying the highlights of a scene. The session was moderated by seasoned film producer Julian Alcantara.

Honoring the genesis of cinema, the last open forum discussion at the festival was a seminar on the Vitality of Italian Cinema that saw luminaries such as celebrated Indian academician, cultural commentator and writer Suresh Chabria, veteran Italian film editor Roberto Perpignani, connoisseur of world cinema and Director of Cinecittà Luce Luciano Sovena, Italo Spinelli , director of Gangor, a feature film based on the work of renowned Bengali writer and activist Mahasweta Devi and the honourable Ambassador of Italy in India Giampaolo Cutillo, moderated by prominent Indian film critic Aruna Vasudev.

Among the works of cinematic genius showcased throughout the day were Augustine by Alice Winocour, Beyond The Hills (Au-Delà des collines), a cinematic masterpiece selected as the Romanian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards, by Romania’s first Director to have been awarded the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival Cristian Mungiu, Me and You (Io e Te) the latest film by renowned Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, Digant (Boundless) a Konkani film by director Dnyanesh Moghe and the eagerly anticipated The Ship Of Theseus by Mumbai-based independent filmmaker and screenwriter Anand Gandhi.

The evening saw the showing of Laurence Anyways by Xavier Dolan as a part of “Rendezvous with French Cinema”, a segment aimed at showcasing works of contemporary French cinema. Spotted at the event were actors Sushma Reddy and Javed Jaffrey.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

MAMI's 14th Mumbai Film Festival (2012) award winners


Aquí Y Alla´ (Here And There) declared the Best International Competition Film at 14th Mumbai Film Festival


Miss Lovely wins Best Film in India Gold category

Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award

Spain’s Blancanieves directed by Pablo Berger screened as the Closing Film

Mumbai, October 25, 2012: - Highly regarded world over by connoisseurs of cinema and considered among the most promising film festivals in Asia, the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, presented by Reliance Entertainment and American Express and organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image, screened a stellar lineup of approximately 230 works of cinematic genius from across the globe at five venues spanning the length and breadth of the city, establishing its credentials as the country’s quintessential cinematic platform.
The evening saw a grand award function hosted at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) that witnessed the honouring of thespian Waheeda Rehman with the Lifetime Achievement Award for an Indian Personality, followed by the conferring of awards to the winners of other competition segments at the festival. "I'm thrilled to receive this award from MAMI, a body of the industry at an international film hosted in my city Mumbai and that too during the course of the centenary year of Indian cinema", said the acclaimed actor , "I dedicate this award to the directors, producers, co-actors, technicians who've been a part of this journey with me."
The results of the eagerly awaited competition category International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors led to Aquí Y Alla´ (Here And There) being recognized as the Best Film with a Golden Gateway of India Award and a cash prize of US $ 100,000 collectively awarded to the producer, director & sales agent of the film while the Jury Grand Prize of the Silver Gateway of India Award and cash prize of US$ 50,000 was won by Beast Of The Southern Wild. The Silver Gateway Award for Best Director was given to Antonio Méndez Esparza for Aquí Y Alla´ (Here And There), Silver Gateway Of India Award for Best Actor was handed to Dwight Henry for Beasts of the Southern Wild and Best Actress Award picked up by Julia Garner for Electrick Children. The Jury Award of Technical Excellence being awarded to Pankaj Kumar for Ship Of Theseus. The Special Jury Award was given to Musa Sayeed for Valley Of Saints.
In the newly introduced competition section for Indian feature films ‘India Gold’, Miss Lovely was announced as the Best Film and awarded the Golden Gateway of India Trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh while Shahid won the Runner’s up to Best Film and Silver Gateway trophy and cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh. The Special Jury Award of a Silver Gateway of India trophy was given to Manjeet Singh for Mumbai Cha Raja. The Reliance Media Works CreaTech (Creativity & Technology) Award was bestowed upon the makers of Miss Lovely, who will be entitled to utilize the resources Reliance Media Works Service Solutions for a value up to Rs.1 lakh.
‘Celebrate Age’ competition category presented in association with the Harmony Silvers Foundation announced Night Boats (Nocni brodovi) by Igor Mirkovic as the Best Film while The Delay (La Demora) by Rodrigo Pla the was awarded as the Runner’s –Up to the Best Film. Ping Pong by Hugh Hartford received the Special Mention by Jury. Dimensions Mumbai, a short film competition segment that featured works by young Mumbaikars below the age of 25 years depicting aspects of life in Mumbai announced Local by Bharat Singh Pawar as the Best Film in the category while the Runner’s Up to the Best Film was awarded to Aakhon Dekha Haal by Sudhanshu Prakash Sawant. Films Bombay Kulfi by Vaibhav Hiwase and Karwaa by Errol Peter Marks and Aaditya Sawant received the Special Mention by the Jury.
Best Film by Mumbai Young Critics was awarded to Beasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin. The Hunt was selected as the winner of the Audience Choice Award and given the Silver Gateway Award and US $ 20,000.
The eight-day long cinematic extravaganza concluded with the India premiere of Blancanieves, a film by renowned Spanish director Pablo Berger. The event was graced by the presence of luminaries such as Shyam Benegal, Shobha De, Prachi Desai, Goldie Behl, Ila Arun, Kaajal Agarwal among numerous others.
In addition to the exquisite cinematic fare, the festival also hosted a superlative assortment of workshops, panel discussions and symposiums / seminars that were most illuminating and insightful for all attending cinephiles and patrons. Having received a phenomenal response yet again, the festival looks brightly towards another year of showing more quality cinema to a wider audience.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Day 6 at 14th Mumbai Film Festival


Day 6 at 14th Mumbai Film Festival enthralls one and all

Mumbai, October 23, 2012: - The 6th day at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, presented by Reliance Entertainment and American Express and organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image saw cinephiles and patrons arrive in large numbers for their day’s dose of exquisite cinematic fare. Despite some regrettable changes in screening schedules owing to unprecedented technical challenges the audience remained empathic and cooperative.
The day long showcasing saw the eagerly anticipated 2012 French-language drama film Amour written and directed by legendary filmmaker Michael Haneke that was followed by a stellar assortment of films including British comedy-drama film The Angels' Share directed by Ken Loach, Children Of Sarajevo by Aida Begic, The Way Steve Jobs Changed The World a documentary tribute to the innovator, Investment a Marathi language film by acclaimed Marathi playwright Ratnakar Matkari, the premiere of Baandhon (Waves of Silence) an Assamese language film directed by Jahnu Barua and BMW a film by multi faceted third generation filmmaker, photojournalist, actor (Black Friday, Mandi, 1983) Aditya Bhattacharya among others.
Spotted soaking in the cinema were actors Sanjay Suri, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Javed Jaffery, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Razzak Khan, notable filmmakers Amole Gupte and Reema Kagti, ace dancer and choreographer Astad Deboo.
An educative open forum discussion titled Reaching Audiences Worldwide- Do we really understand the overseas film business and distribution witnessed the participation of successful Indian film producer Madhu Mantena (Ghajini), Screen magazine’s contributing editor of Asia Liz Shackleton, Vice President of the Indian Film Exporters Association Hirachand Dand, Mahesh Ramanathan, CEO at Reliance Big Entermainment and Vikramjit Roy, Head of Production, National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC). During the discussion, the panelists collectively shared keen insights into the mechanism of film distribution as well as the operation and execution of various international film marketing strategies.
Attendees at the evening segment enjoyed the special section ‘Restored Classics’, an endeavor to highlight the importance of Preservation and Restoration of films, with the feature of Inferno, a 1911 film directed by Francesco Bertolini, Giuseppe De Liguoro and Adolfo Padovan.
The evening concluded with the screening of Bengali film Paanch Adhyay (Afterglow) by film critic turned writer-director Pratim Das Gupta who was accompanied by the leading stars of the film Priyanshu Chatterjee and Dia Mirza at the media event convened after.
At this edition of the festival Film India Worldwide (programmed annually by Uma Da Cunha for MAMI) presented the first Film India Worldwide Jury Award to Nepali-French film Soongra- dance of the orchid. The award was conferred to the winner by members of the illustrious three-member jury Therese Mayes, Programmer of Indian & Asian Films at Palm Springs, International Film Festival and distinguished Indian filmmaker Dev Benegal and Prashant Nair.

Day 5 at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival begins by paying respect to filmmaking legend Yash Chopra


Day 5 at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival begins by paying respect to filmmaking legend Yash Chopra

Mumbai, October 22, 2012: - The beginning of the 5th day at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, presented by Reliance Entertainment and American Express and organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image was enveloped in gloom as the verity of the passing of Indian cinematic marvel and Trustee of MAMI, Mr. Yash Chopra sunk in. As a gesture of condolence, the Mumbai Film Festival family observed a minute of silence at every festival screen across the city.
“I have lost a close friend and elder of decades. Yash Chopra passes on to eternity. Films will never be the same”, said Mr. Amit Khanna, Trustee of Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) & Chairman Reliance Big Entertainment who was deeply saddened by the news.
“Yash Chopra is the premier cinematic institution credited for establishing the popularity of Indian cinema internationally”, said Mr. Srinivasan Narayanan, Festival Director, Mumbai Film Festival about the prolific filmmaker whose efforts and body of work was appreciated by international Governments “The best way we truly honor his memory is by carrying forward his legacy and dedicating our efforts towards developing the platform of the Mumbai Film Festival so we may show more quality cinema to a wider audience.”
Acting upon its commitment, the festival presented the attendees with a story about resilient youth working to bring about a social change in Pakistan’s socio-politically conservative environment through Josh (Against the Grain), the first full length feature film by Pakistani filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal
The afternoon segment saw the continuation of the second edition of ‘Rendezvous with French Cinema’ a segment aimed at featuring works of contemporary French cinema the unveiling of critically acclaimed film Renoir by distinguished filmmaker Gilles Bourdos is about the twilight years of illustrious painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
Later during the day was hosted a segment titled Kabul Fresh: New Voices in Afghan Cinema, the first initiative in India aimed at showcasing the blossoming film movement in the war-torn nation through a selection of short films by both established and budding filmmakers from Afghanistan including films such as animation film The Life scripted, produced, directed and edited by 22-year-old Mohammad Reza Nawruzi, the premiere screening of A Day Of Postman Khan Agha (Une Journee Du Facteur Khan Agha) by Waheedullah Rahmatullah Nazir, Kabul Cards a film that captures the multi-faceted civilian life in Afghanistan through the eyes of 3 natives of Kabul: Sahar (16) an upper secondary school student, Sadaf (19) a student of music at the City University and Nargis (18) a worker at a development organization and Nazif-e-Gurg, a film directed and produced by Samiullah Nabizada.
The evening witnessed a special section ‘Restored Classics’, an endeavor to highlight the importance of Preservation and Restoration of films, by screening restored classics Shatranj Ke Khilari by renowned Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray and Hollywood impresario Howard Hawks’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
The eclectic assortment of films screened also included renowned Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, Cosmopolis a film by David Cronenberg, The Making of the Mahatma by Indian cinematic icon Shyam Benegal, Mumbai Cha Raja by upcoming director Manjeet Singh and documentary Celluloid Man, a tribute film to revolutionary film archivist P. K. Nair, by noted Indian filmmaker Shivendra Singh Dungarpur among others.
Spotted at the event were Academy Award winning sound designer turned film producer Resul Pookutty, Aditya Pancholi, Rakesh Bedi and theatre and film actress Shernaz Patel.
The 14th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival is scheduled from the 18th – 25th October, 2012 at National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) & Inox, Nariman Point, Liberty Cinemas, Marine Lines as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri and Cinemax Sion as the satellite venues.

Day 4 of the 14th Mumbai Film Festiv


Day 4 of the 14th Mumbai Film Festival
The Festival mourns the loss of a family member & Indian cinematic gem Yash Chopra


Mumbai, October 21, 2012: - The weekend saw a gathering of epic proportions as cinephiles from across the city gathered to indulge in their cinematic taste buds at the 4th day of the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, presented by Reliance Entertainment and American Express and organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image!
The afternoon session witnessed the country’s first open forum Panel Discussion on Films Restoration & Preservation. The symposium involved eminent guests representing organizations such as World Cinema Foundation, Film Foundation, Twentieth Century Fox Archives and Academy Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cineteca di Bologna and noted Indian filmmaker Shivendra Singh Dungarpur whose documentary Celluloid Man a tribute film to revolutionary film archivist P. K. Nair will also be featured at the festival. Moderated by Ian Birnie, US Representative at the Mumbai Film Festival and Director of the Film Department at the Los Angeles County Museum, the session offered most illuminating insights into the current state of film preservation and the challenges facing archives in future world of diminishing financial resources and rapidly evolving technologies.
Later during the day was the Masterclass in "Concept to Script to Film Production" conducted on by ace Filipino film director Brillante Mendoza who shared his experiences as a low budget filmmaker and suggested to the attentive audience how budding filmmakers can fructify their cinematic aspiration despite technical constraints. The session was moderated by respected German film critic Daniel Kothenschulte.
A session later in the afternoon hosted Dimensions Mumbai, a short film competition that featured short films of less than five minutes duration, made in any format and depicting any aspect of life in Mumbai by young Mumbaikars below the age of 25 years and. Offering a platform to showcase young and talented Mumbai based filmmakers, the competition segment was judged by an eminent panel comprising of Pune based ace filmmaker Unmesh Kulkarni (Jury President), versatile actor Sanjay Suri, multi talented animator, filmmaker and theatre actress Gitanjali Rao and renowned filmmaker Reema Kagti.
Despite some unprecedented technical difficulties faced, some of stellar works of cinematic genius screened were Benoît Jacquot’s Farewell My Queen, The Wall by critically acclaimed director Julian Pölsler, a biographic film titled Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out by Marina Zenovich, Twice Upon A Time by French filmmaker Jean-Paul Rouve, critically acclaimed film Kid by Fien Troch and the red carpet Gala showing of Save Your Legs by Australian director Boyd Hicklin.
A special segment was organized to pay homage to Indian cinema’s first “Superstar”, Hindi film legend Rajesh Khanna by screening one of the late star’s most memorable films Aradhana that was directed by celebrated Indian film director Shakti Samanta.
Spotted at the event were thespian Naseeruddin Shah, director Abhinav Kashyap, Restaurateur and chef Gary Mehigan & chef George Calombaris from MasterChef Austrailia, theatre actor Rajat Kapur, Jugal Hansraj, ex-Indian Idol contestant Meiyang Chang, ace dancer and choreographer Astad Deboo, Raj Zutshi and Hansal Mehta among others. The evening ended on a sombre note as attendees at the festival received news of the passing of Indian cinema legend and founding trustee of the Mumbai Film Festival, Mr. Yash Chopra. As a gesture of condolence, the Mumbai Film Festival family will observe a minute of silence at every festival screen across the city and pay respect to his memory by working dedicatedly towards developing the festival to reach out to wider audiences and greater heights by showcasing more quality cinema.
The 14th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival is scheduled from the 18th – 25th October, 2012 at National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) & Inox, Nariman Point, Liberty Cinemas, Marine Lines as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri and Cinemax Sion as the satellite venues.
About Mumbai Film Festival: The 14th Mumbai Film Festival, presented by Reliance Entertainment and American Express, is organized by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) - a body comprised of Indian film industry stalwarts, which was founded in 1997 by late filmmaker Shri Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Noted filmmaker Shri Shyam Benegal heads the body that consists of film directors including: Yash Chopra, Sudhir Mishra, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, renowned actresses Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan, actor-director Amol Palekar and Farhan Akhtar and Amit Khanna, Chairman of Reliance Big Entertainment as Trustees.

Umair Zafar launches affordable fashion with prices starting from Rs 1000/- onward


Umair Zafar launches affordable fashion with prices starting from Rs 1000/- onward

Mumbai-based, fashion designer and stylist Umair Zafar recently launched a collection called “High Street Fashion” which is available on his fashion portal. Though it is named High Street Fashion, it is affordable and available easily to every one online.
Says Umair Zafar, “The collection is mainly to target the youth of India, and is styled and designed for them. The price range is affordable and starts from Rs 1000. The maximum range could go up to Rs 4000. The collection will be sold through multi-brand stores and is for males and females in the age group of 20-35 years. It is also available through various online shopping portals like SBI Mega Mall, HDFC Smart Buy, Junglee, Retailmart, Indianhanger, Star CJ and many others including Umair Zafar's online portal.”
Giving details of the collection, Umair Says, “The western collection is made of pure linen, cotton linen cotton stain, etc and the color palettes are vibrant yet cool. The tailoring and quality control standards are very high with the latest cuts and styles which suit Indian body types. The outfits have minimal thread embroidery and are very wearable, even in the humid and warm weather of cities like Mumbai and Delhi.
Umair recently shot his High Street Affordable Fashion catalogue with Miss India finalist Ruhi Singh to showcase his collection.

Day 3 at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival


Day 3 of the 14th Mumbai Film Festival


Mumbai, October 20, 2012: - Amidst the excitement at the 3rd Day of the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, presented by Reliance Entertainment and American Express and organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image, film buffs were spotted intently planning their schedules to optimally accommodate the day’s most eagerly anticipated events!
Premiering in India after its tour at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival, internationally recognized Indian director, screenwriter and film producer Ashim Ahluwalia unveiled his latest feature film Miss Lovely. Set in the lower depths of Bombay's "C" grade film industry in the mid-1980s, the film follows the devastating story of two brothers who produce sleazy sex-horror films. Present at the event were the star cast of the film debutant Niharika Singh, Minika Lalwani and male lead Anil George.
Also making its India premiere at the festival was Marathi film Balak Palak, the maiden production venture of actor Riteish Deshmukh directed by adman and filmmaker Ravindra Jadhav of Natarang (2010) and Bal Gandharva (2011) fame.
“I’m glad that the 14th Mumbai Film Festival is providing a platform to showcase regional cinema”, said actress Genelia D’Souza who attended the event, “I have only heard the story so far and I can’t wait to watch the film”, she exclaimed dashing into the cinema hall.
The eventful day marked the commencement of the second edition of “Rendezvous with French Cinema”, a segment aimed at showcasing works of contemporary French cinema, with the screening of 2012 French-Belgian film Rust & Bone that was attended by the film’s director Jacques Audiard.
Aficionados of science fiction films were overwhelmed with ecstasy during the afternoon segment that witnessed an open forum discussion between Gary Kurtz, legendary producer of epic Hollywood films such as Star Wars and The Steal and Anubhav Sinha, Indian director of 2011 science fiction superhero film Ra.One, about the similarities and differences in execution from Eastern and Western points of view in the making of science fiction films. Moderated by seasoned film producer Julian Alcantara, the session saw both participants provide invaluable insights into the history and evolution of the sci-fi genre of films.
The evening segment featured a symposium organized in association the Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal & the All India Marathi Film Association to discuss the challenges faced by the Marathi film industry. Moderated by actor extraordinaire Vijay Pathak, the presiding panel at the session comprised of producer Govind Nihalani, illustrious film editor N Chandra and an eclectic consortium of film producers and distributors, who offered innovative and unique inputs on how Marathi films could be made of superlative quality and consequently more profitable.
Among the stellar works of cinema screened were Japanese drama film Like Someone in Love by Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami, veteran French – German film maker Alain Resnais’ You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, Japanese yakuza film directed Outrage Beyond by noted director Takeshi Kitano, Kalpana by Indian director Uday Shankar, L & From Tuesday To Tuesday by Babis Makridis and Gustavo Fernandez Triviño respectively, both of whom interacted with the media later during the day.
Attending films at the festival were eminent personalities including filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Amole Gupte and Onir, actors Arunoday Singh, Sanjay Suri, Ranvir Shorey, Kanwaljit Singh, Raj Zutshi, ace dancer and choreographer Astad Deboo, veteran actress Reema Lagoo, television actress Resham Seth and upcoming filmmaker Nitin Kakkar.
The 14th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival is scheduled from the 18th – 25th October, 2012 at National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) & Inox, Nariman Point, Liberty Cinemas, Marine Lines as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri and Cinemax Sion as the satellite venues.
About Mumbai Film Festival: The 14th Mumbai Film Festival, presented by Reliance Entertainment and American Express, is organized by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) - a body comprised of Indian film industry stalwarts, which was founded in 1997 by late filmmaker Shri Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Noted filmmaker Shri Shyam Benegal heads the body that consists of film directors including: Yash Chopra, Sudhir Mishra, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, renowned actresses Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan, actor-director Amol Palekar and Farhan Akhtar and Amit Khanna, Chairman of Reliance Big Entertainment as Trustees.

Mumbai Hosts first ever Film and Comic Covention at World Trade Centre


Mumbai hosts 1st ever Film and Comic Con

Ø Fans & Celebs dressed in their favorite comic & film costumes
Ø Exclusive Preview of ‘SONS OF RAM – Heroes will Rise’ with the entire Cast & Crew. This is Amar Chitra Katha (The Pioneer In India's Comic Book Revolution)'s First Animated Feature Film, Releasing Nationwide on 2nd November
Ø Over 70 Participants - brought local, national and international content
Ø Tons of exclusive comics & movie merchandise
Ø Special Previews of upcoming Indian and International films
Ø Special Sessions & Workshops from renowned names in the Bollywood and Comics Industry
Ø Meet and Greet with Kids favorite cartoon characters from Nickelodean and Tinkle
Ø Aakraman, the city’s very own caped crusader also came to meet fans
Ø Lots of Fun activities
Mumbai, October 20, 2012 –The 1st ever action packed Mumbai Film and Comics Convention is organized by Comic Con India over the weekend of October 20-21 at World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai. With the increasing synergy between films and comics, Comic Con India found Mumbai to be the ideal place to introduce the brand new convention - ‘Mumbai Film & Comics Convention’. An event dedicated to Comics, films and everything in between.
The event has stalls exhibiting, promoting and selling comics, graphic novels, merchandise etc. There are screenings, previews, panels from Indian and international films; workshops and interactive sessions happening every half hour at the dedicated stage area. Also, there are some exclusive launches of Comic book titles, book signings, competitions etc.
The opening day of the MFCC saw the latest issue of the Indian Comic Journmal (ICJ) being unveiled by author & artist Abid Surti.
Kids and Adults came dressed as their favorite comic & movie characters. Because it was a Film and comic con, filmy costumes were allowed.
“We saw everyone having a wonderful time taking part in the variety of interactive sessions. Fans from all age groups eagerly flocked at the different Comics/Graphic Novels’ stalls. Comics and Movie Merchandise including Apparel, Toys-Action Figures, Mugs, Posters and even Superhero USB drives, Calendars was a huge hit. We have a lot of activities planned for tomorrow. We are looking forward to day 2 now”, said Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India.
Day 1 saw an interactive and playful panel discussion with IRock films on their high concept youth oriented films. Siddhartha M. Jain, Producer & CEO, IRock Films along with guest actors Shazahn Padamsee, Rajat Barmecha and Nafisa Jiah Khan kept the audiences engrossed.
There was a Retrospective Panel on 30 years of “Jaane bhi do yaaron” with Director Kundan Shah.
The pioneers of India's comic book revolution -- Amar Chitra Katha, took a special session on their feature film “SONS OF RAM – Heroes will Rise”, with the voice cast and creative team behind the film.
Also, there was a session with the creative duo behind one of the most successful Indian Film based Graphic Novel-The Agent Vinod- The Jungfrau Encounter!
Campfire Graphic novels launched their latest title in their mythological series, ‘Draupadi’.
For the first time in India, Hachette Book Publishing launched a brilliantly drawn and darkly comic literary graphic novel “Sudhershan (Chimpanzee). It is a deeply moving and darkly comic tale of a chimp in Bollywood, and the creatures – human or otherwise -- in his life.
For the young fans and budding there was a learning session with the International Artist Danesh Mohiuddin (he drew MFCC cityscape artwork) .

Oass- The Dew Drop , Indian film at MAMI 's Mumbai Film Festival 2012


OASS - The Dew Drop, a film by debutant Director Abhinav Shiv Tiwari will be screened at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival in the New Faces of Indian Cinema section.
It's a story of the turbulent journey of a 11 year old girl Kiku from the innocence of childhood to winning the battle of survival in cruel world of child sex trafficking.
World class crew and an ensemble of seasoned cast make OASS a must see. If you are among those who set aside valuable time for a movie, just to divert attention from the worldly tensions that bother you, then this movie is definitely not for you. As this film is sure to churn your conscience for quite a while.
OASS screened on 19th October at Cinemax, Infinity Mall, Versova & 21st October at Inox, Colaba.

Mahesh Manjrekar is on a Talent Hunt


First Look Poster and Trailer of Carrie


Pls view and share the trailer from here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-CS00Ltvro&feature=share&list=PL1a9FKznAmII05trMbGoi6TTsImztlbQs

CARRIE

Release date: 10-May-13

Genre: Horror, thriller

Director: Kimberly Peirce

Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort, Julianne Moore

A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Carrie is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

Images Retail Awards 2012


Images Retail Awards 2012

BESTSELLER India bags the Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Fashion for JACK & JONES, VERO MODA and ONLY.

Description: Description: Images Retail Awards 2012 Announced; Rakesh Biyani is The Outstanding Retail Personality of the YearThe ninth Annual IMAGES RETAIL Awards held in Mumbai on the night of October 11 at Mumbai’s Renaissance Hotel celebrated some of India's most outstanding achievements in retail. Seventeen very stylish trophies were awarded to India's most successful retailers who fuelled growth and innovation across multiple categories in fiscal 2011-2012.
The Most Admired Retailer of the Year Award – Fashion went to Bestseller India for JACK & JONES, VERO MODA and ONLY. This is for the 2nd consecutive year Bestseller India has bagged the award under this category.
On receiving the award, Vineet Gautam, Country Head, BESTSELLER India says “To receive this award for the second consecutive year and among such esteemed brands is truly a remarkable honor and we would like to thank Images Retail for their recognition and support. The fashion industry in India is evolving at every stage and we at BESTSELLER India are very happy to be a part of this revolution. JACK & JONES, VERO MODA and ONLY are fairly new entrants in the fashion industry and we aim to achieve even higher pedestals in the future”
The ceremony to honour the achievements of India's leading retailers kicked off with some high-voltage entertainment. Performing on Indian retail's biggest night was Harshdeep Kaur of the Sufi genre fame. Other performers for the evening included India's youngest, brightest and sharpest stand- up comedians Tanmay Bhatt and Angela Almeida from the Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance company. The host for the evening was actor, filmmaker and winner of three national awards Rajat Kapur assisted by the very charming and accomplished Mini Mathur. Over two days at the India Retail Forum (Oct 10-11), the largest gathering of the brightest minds, products and concepts in retail came around to drive the future of retail in India. New ideas, concepts, and equations were created; old relationships renewed.

The Awards
A total of 17 trophies were awarded at the IMAGES RETAIL Awards to India’s most successful retailers who fuelled growth and innovation across multiple categories in FY 2011-12:
1. Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Fashion – Bestseller
2. Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Fashion Accessories – Tommy Hilfiger
3. Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Foodservice – Domino’s
4. Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Food & Grocery – Nature’s Basket
5. Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Consumer Electronics – Croma
6. Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Leisure – Ferns n Petals
7. Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Mobile & Telecom – Vodafone
8. Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Entertainment – PVR
9. Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Home Products – Homestop
10. Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Health & Wellness Products – VLCC Beauty Zone
11. Most Admired Retailer of the Year: - Health & Beauty Service – Naturals
12. Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Value Retail – Megamart
13. Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Non-store Retail – Myntra.com
14. Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Department Store – Lifestyle
15. Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Hypermarket – Hypercity
16. Most Admired Retail Launch of the Year: Retail launch – Ave.nue
17. Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Innovative Retail Concept – Puma
In addition, the Orion Mall in Brigade Gateway presented two Awards of its own at the ceremony:
The Best Store Launch in Orion Mall – RMKV
Best Restaurant Launch – Toscano
The Neptune Magnet Mall also felicitated two of its star retail partners: Mufti and Bestseller.

ABOUT BESTSELLER INDIA
BESTSELLER India currently has 56 stores and is present in over 115 shop-in-shops in external multi-brand stores throughout India. BESTSELLER India markets and sells the four BESTSELLER brands JACK & JONES, VERO MODA, ONLY and PIECES.

BESTSELLER India is part of BESTSELLER, a family-owned fashion company founded in Denmark, Europe in 1975. Worldwide, BESTSELLER is present in 46 countries through more than 2,800 chain stores and 12,000 external multi-brand stores. Read more about BESTSELLER at www.bestseller.com

Script 2013, A short film festival that showcases social causes


Social and corporate responsibility International promotional theater SCRIPT 2013 Rotary Club of Cochin Metropolis and RI District 3201 takes pride in organizing a film festival that showcases social causes. Inspired by the success of the earlier editions of SCRIPT festivals and encouraging participation from film makers, enthusiasts and sponsors we now present to you SCRIPT 2013.

Film Festival
Festival divided into six categories.
Category 1: Film makers
Category 2: International films
Category 3: Students - should produce certificate from college
Category 4: Mini | Ad films with social message - up to two min duration
Category 5 : Documentaries
No entry fee for participation in SCRIPT 2013
No fee is required to participate in script 2013. In case of inadequate number of entries in any particular category the organizers reserve right to cancel that category of competition with out notice. The films received may however be showcased, if considered good, by the preliminary jury.

Rules

Last date for entries - 15th November 2012 The participating films should be of a maximum duration of 30 minutes. Mini | Ad films should not exceed 02 minutes. All films are expected to have a "social" message. Films with no relevance to the theme of the film festival will not be considered for screening.

Films can be either color or black and white. No fee is required to participate in SCRIPT. Contest language is English, and for films in their original language the subtitles must be in English. Refer website for detailed rules and regulations. All the participating films will be reviewed by the preliminary jury. The films selected in various categories will be announced on the website by 25 Dec 2012. These films will compete in SCRIPT 2013 and the grand jury will review these films. Films competing will be displayed to the audience on the 08th and 09th of February 2013. Further details visit Golden Halo award with prize money and other awards to be won in each category. There may be special mentions by the Jury. www.scriptfilmfest.in All entries to be forwarded to the festival office address below

Festival Office Script 2013 c/o Aasha Levin, C 3102, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kaloor, Kochi – 682017, Kerala, India

Mobile: +91-9747460009 / +91-9847094129 Contact : Beena

Friday, October 19, 2012

MAMI Mumba Film festival Day 2 Highlights


Day 2 at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival ensues with fervor Mumbai, October 19, 2012: - Following a grand ceremony and consequent celebrations to mark the commencement of the eight-day long cinematic extravaganza, the second day of the 14th Film Festival, presented by Reliance Entertainment and American Express and organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image began with an army of ardent cinephiles eagerly awaiting the screening of the day’s first film.
A press conference was convened to showcase Shahid, a film based on the remarkable life, career trajectory and murder of human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi by noted filmmaker Hansal Mehta. The film traces Shahid’s life from attempting to become a terrorist, being wrongly imprisoned under a draconian anti-terrorism law to becoming a criminal lawyer and unlikely messiah for human rights while following the rise of communal violence in India. Also in attendance were the films lead actors Raj Kumar Yadav and Prabhleen Sandhu who have essayed the roles of Shahid Azmi and Mariam. “I had been looking for a new story for a very long time until I came across a man whose life fascinated me”, said Hansal Mehta”, I look at the platform of the 14th Mumbai Film Festival as the ideal platform to launch this film and hope that it provides the public with a different point of view into the life of a misrepresented and disenfranchised human being”.
The afternoon segment titled Who is the Producer of the film? was an open forum interaction that witnessed a panel discussion that featured illustrious participants such as producer extraordinaire Shrishti Arya Bhel, Guneet Monga (Gangs of Wasseypur) and Vijay Singh, CEO at Fox Star Studios who explained the evolution in the role of a film producer in Indian cinema, seasoned film producer Julian Alcantara who provided an insightful perspective of the methodology of film production in the west and film director Vikramaditya Motwane who lent the discussion inputs with a creative inclination.
Aficionados of cinema were presented with an opportunity to enjoy stellar works of cinematic genius with movies including On The Road by Walter Salles , Beasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin, acclaimed filmmaker Vittorio De Sica’s Umberto D, legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s Charulata, Captive by ace Filipino film director Brillante Mendoza, The Taste of Money by critically acclaimed Korean director IM Sang-Soo as well as works by local filmmakers such as director Nitin Kakkar’s Filmistaan. Spotted among the attendees were prominent personalities such as Shyam Benegal, Kiran Rao, Ila Arun, Ranvir Shorey ,Dev Benegal and Satish Kaushik. The forthcoming days at the festival will host special event segments dedicated to French, Italian and Afghan cinema as well as silent films accompanied by a live orchestra, and offer attendees with an opportunity to be audience to panel discussions and participate in workshops conducted at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) by eminent cinematic personalities from around the globe.
The 14th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival is scheduled from the 18th – 25th October, 2012 at National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) & Inox, Nariman Point, Liberty Cinemas, Marine Lines as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri and Cinemax Sion as the satellite venues.