Bengalis in for a Cinematic Treat as 12 Films Prepare for Durga Puja Release

For Bengalis, the four-day festival of Durga Puja is the most keenly awaited time of the year. Besides the festivities, pandal hopping and catching up with friends and families; it is also the time when movie goers wait for the special lineup of Pujo releases. In keeping with the tradition of Pujo releases, every year, producers and directors release their best works during this time to attract the most number of viewers.

“Cinema Is Capable Of Initiating Greater Conversations”: Argentine Filmmaker Fernando Solanas At The 24th IFFK

Post the screening, he spoke at length about how he, Octavio and a team of three comrades from the Grupo Cine Liberación (The Liberation Film Group) made films that changed the course of political cinema in Latin America.Argentina is a place set on fire in The Hour Of The Furnaces, directed by Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino, the founders of the Latin American film movement, Third Cinema, which used cinema as a political device.

IFFI Celebrates Golden Jubilee This Year; International Jury To Be Headed By Ex-Oscar Academy President John Bailey

International Film Festival Of India (IFFI), the Central government-backed annual event held in Panaji, is gearing up to celebrate its golden jubilee this year. The festival, which will be held from November 20 till 28, will screen close to 250 films from different countries. This year, Russia is the festival’s partner country.

Indie Filmmakers To Approach Court Against International Film Festival Of Kerala

A group of indie filmmakers has launched a social media campaign against the International Film Festival Of Kerala (IFFK), alleging that the festival’s film selection committee has been flouting rules and rejecting films without viewing them. On Facebook page, Reform The IFFK, the filmmakers say that they were going to file e legal petition against the film festival to get the current selection lists of Indian and Malayalam films cancelled. They demand that the Academy to reconstitute the panels and make fresh and fair selections. The filmmakers also allege that the Chalachitra Academy was favouring commercial films over independent arthouse films. 

Interview With IFFK Artistic Director Bina Paul: “We Have Always Been A Cinephiles’ Festival”

We weren’t sure of anything, and we wrote to everyone saying there was an uncertainty.  Talking about the financial crunch we faced, well, we have always been a small film festival that doesn’t roll down red carpet for celebrities or does country or world premieres.  This year, there was a nonavailability of government funds which we were determined to raise by ourselves through delegate fees and sponsorship.

On His Own Path: Interview With Indie Filmmaker Sandeep Mohan

While the Indian Government censorship hasn’t entered the online space yet, some of the companies still insist on going through a censor procedure to make sure they don’t get into trouble. “I don’t mind adding a few beeps to my film,” Sandeep says, “as long as the concept doesn’t get diluted.He was part of a panel discussion on Alternative Indie Film Distribution , held as part of the Film Bazaar at International Film Festival of Goa last year. “As an independent filmmaker, I should be able to release and distribute my film on my own. ” Also because, festival circuits in India aren’t fair spaces, he adds. “You need good agents and programmers to get your film noticed and selected.

14th Chennai International Film Festival: Interview With ‘Veeram’ Editor Appu Bhattathiri

The technical crew of Veeram includes Jeff Olm, the Hollywood colourist who has worked in Titanic, and Hollywood music composer Jeff Rona, who was a part of Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer’s illustrious film score company Media Ventures.  Allan Poppleton, the stunt choreographer who has films like Hunger Games and Avatar to his credit, is also a part of the Veeram team.

Konkona Sen Sharma’s A Death In The Gunj To Open Mumbai Film Festival

Actress Konkona Sen Sharma’s directorial venture, A Death in the Gunj, opened to a rousing response at the Toronto International Film Festival(TIFF) where it premiered on September 9. The film, which has already garnered international acclaim, will be the opening film at the 18th edition of Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, which will begin on 21 October, 2016.

India At The Cannes Film Festival

Meanwhile, Bollywood films like Raman Raghav 2. 0, directed by Anurag Kashyap, and Sarabjit, directed by Omung Kumar, premiered at sidebar events of Cannes this year.  Also, SS Rajamouli’s Bahubali will be screened at the Marché du Film, a film market event taking place alongside the festival.  The sidebar screenings are held outside the Palais Des Festivals, the centre of all the festival action, including official screenings, and press and market interactions.