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Category — Film Festivals

IFFI 2009

While none of us here at Wide Screen managed to make it to IFFI this year since we are working on the second general issue of the journal, I feel that despite all the criticism that comes its way, it is important to track this festival.  The opening film is He Ping’s Wheat (China) and the festival closes with Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces (Spain).  Indian film critic Saibal Chatterjee is covering the festival for the official web partners – NDTV, so I’m attaching a link for anyone who is interested in the festival, its goings-on, reviews, jury meets, and general news (which is bound to erupt very soon, already Kamal Hassan and Amitabh Bachchan have created a stir with their absence.)

Click here to access the official coverage.

November 23, 2009   No Comments  

Heroes of the hinterland


The Osian’s film festival in New Delhi this year had a surprise hit in the form of Fiaza Ahmad Khan’s documentary Supermen of Malegaon that traced the making of Malegaon ka Superman by Sheikh Nasir, Malegaon’s one-man film industry. Neha Bhatt of Business Standard looks at this developing trend of local cinemas in India and their popularity.

An excerpt:

“In an ill-fitting costume, long red socks and bathroom chappals, the superman of Malegaon is suddenly the overnight hero of popular imagination. Thanks to Supermen of Malegaon, a recent documentary that is winning applause at film festivals across the world, the local film artistes of a town more familiar for the blasts of 2006, are turning into overnight stars. Well, almost. The documentary captures the thriving local cinema in Malegaon through the making of Shaikh Nasir’s local film, Malegaon ka Superman, which, tongue-in-cheek, has a thin superhero battling a Gutka king.”

Click here to read the complete article.

November 7, 2009   2 Comments  

Compass of Desire Festival — Call for Entries

Calling all fanatical and passionate film producers, flamboyant cultivators of the moving image! Five Minutes of Fire challenges you to create and submit short films around the theme of desire. Part of ‘The Compass of Desire Festival’, Five Minutes of Fire will bring together film-makers from far and wide to exhibit their work here in Bristol, UK. [Read more →]

July 20, 2009   No Comments  

WORLDEAF Cinema Festival

The Gallaudet University WORLDEAF Cinema Festival will showcase competitive short films, feature films, videos and vlogs created by deaf and hard of hearing filmmakers. The festival will take place November 4-7, 2009 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.. Academy Award-winning actress, Marlee Matlin, is the festival’s honorary chair. The festival seeks to increase awareness of deaf cinema within the greater film and media industry, and provide international deaf filmmakers with unique professional networking opportunities. Hearing filmmakers are also invited to submit their visual media products that include the deaf experience. For additional information, view the website at http://wdcf.gallaudet.edu. [Read more →]

January 26, 2009   No Comments  

Call for Entries: Film South Asia ’09

Film South Asia, the festival of Southasian documentaries, calls for entries for the seventh edition of its biennial festival being held in Kathmandu from 17-20 September 2009. Documentaries made in and after January 2007 are eligible for the competitive section. [Read more →]

January 16, 2009   No Comments  

Women of Color Arts and Film Festival

The Women of Color Arts & Film (WOCAF) Festival, Atlanta, GA scheduled for March 19th – 22nd 2009 is now accepting submissions for its fifth annual film festival. The WOCAF Festival, Atlanta celebrates exhibits and distributes the artistic creations of visual and performance artists. The film festival is produced annually by Iyàlódè Productions in collaboration with The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and features films and videos from across the globe by and about women of African, African-American, Asian, Middle –Eastern, Afro-European, Australian-Aborigine, Caribbean, Latina and Native American descent. [Read more →]

January 15, 2009   No Comments  

Call for entries: Intl Fest of Films on Tribal Art and Culture 2009

via email: VANYA (an enterprise of Deptt of Tribal welfare, Government of Madhya Pradesh) and iiMC (Indian Infotainment Media Corporation) take pleasure to announce its Second Edition of “International Festival of Films on Tribal Art & Culture 2009” (IFFTAC-2009) at Indore, Madhya Pradesh which will run from Feb 6-9, 2009. The festival will culminate with a screening and awards ceremony on 9th Feb 2009. It will be an International event that will bring the best films on Tribal culture and art from all over the world. [Read more →]

December 8, 2008   No Comments  

Ranting about Bollywood

There are two somewhat disturbing things I heard with reference to Bollywood recently. And since I am not one to wallow in sorrow alone, I’m spreading it to others as well!

The first is about the Toronto International Film Festival, (which I just heard is “the world’s premier film [Read more →]

September 1, 2008   4 Comments  

Philippine Digital Music and Short Film Festival

Via Tilman Baumgärtel at aseac-open

Thumb InterActiv and Blue Fish Asia, strong advocates of making the Filipino music and artistry available around the world through Digital Technology, are spearheading the very first Philippine Digital Music and [Read more →]

August 16, 2008   1 Comment  

Film Fest: Calls for entries

Two film fests — Tri-Continental Film Festival, India 2009 and the 9th International Indigenous Film and Video Festival, Bolivia — have announced call for entries. The deadline for Tri-Continental is 15 September 2008. [Read more →]

July 31, 2008   No Comments