drishyamovies | 23 Apr 14:49 2014

FYI: "New Documentary Film-Makers' Database"

Friends I am sharing a mail I received from the Documentary Film-Makers' Database Team <at> Films Division. Please do respond accordingly to miff.directory-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org :

This mail is regarding the gathering of information for the "New Documentary Film-Maker's Database" in the process of development by Films Division, Mumbai - India.


The "New Documentary Film-Makers' Database"  will be an extensive information portal for Indian & International Documentary Film-Makers to find other fellow documentary film-makers, production companies and any other additional information that is required.


We hereby request you to reply to this mail in order to submit your detailed Filmography (Including Film Year, Producer etc., Address - Phone Number and link to film trailers on the Database.


Please do inform other, concerned Documentary Film-Makers about the same, and help us to reach more such professionals from the community in addition to providing valid and factual information for future use. 


We are looking forward to your support and inputs .



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Chandni Parekh | 23 Apr 10:23 2014

Vikalp <at> Prithvi presents the Bombay Premiere of 'En Dino Muzaffarnagar' on April 28

On 28th April, Vikalp <at> Prithvi presents the Bombay premiere of 'En Dino Muzaffarnagar', a film about the 2013 riots in Muzaffarnagar, which have been described as "the worst violence in Uttar Pradesh in recent history".


The film is an investigative documentary on the riots of Muzaffarnagar and its socio-political outfall. It is about the violence committed on one section of the society by the other. It investigates these acts of violence before, during and after the riots focusing on the role played by leaders of right wing political parties. It tells stories of sanity too, where the Jats have helped Muslims and vice-versa. It talks about the ongoing sugarcane agitation and the impact the riot had on it, giving the mill owners leverage due to the split in the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU).

However, the film ends with a sense of “life moves on” with the victims trying to build a new life in the resettlement colony.

Directed by:

Shubhradeep Chakravorty and Meera Chaudhary

Shubhradeep and Meera will be present for the screening and the Q&A session.

Screening Details -

Monday, 28 April, 7 pm

Duration: 90 minutes

At Prithvi House, Opposite Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Bombay

Entry Free | On a First-Come-First-Seated Basis

For any queries, email vikalpprithviscreenings <at> gmail.com

Facebook Event Page: http://tinyurl.com/VikalpFilmInApril

Facebook Group Page: http://tinyurl.com/Vikalp-Prithvi



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Kamayani BaliMahabal | 16 Apr 18:44 2014

Mumbai - April17- 18 - Art Festival - on margianlised an displaced

Nehru Centre presents Inter Art Festival. Dedicated to Vikam Sarabhai.
An ensemble dance drama on human saga by Mallika Sarabhai

Apr 17: Unearthed ---  It mirrors our pitiable attitude towards the weakest, the most deprived and the marginalised. 
Apr 18: The Dammed--- mass displacement due to dams and industrialisation
Adv  Kamayani Bali Mahabal

Hey folks, coined this term ” Kracktivism “, check out my blog   http://kractivist.wordpress.com/Kracktivism

Another Blog, a must- http://fassmumbai.wordpress.com/

I carry a torch in one hand
And a bucket of water in the other:
With these things I am going to set fire to Heaven
And put out the flames of Hell
So that voyagers to God can rip the veils
And see the real goal........................................By Rabia (Rabi'a Al-'Adawiyya)



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Shoma Chatterji | 22 Apr 17:11 2014

Contact of Akanksha Sood Singh from shoma a chatterji

Dear Friends,

May I request you, if any of you have it, the contact details of Akanksha Sood Singh who has just won the National Award for her non-fiction film THE PAD PIPER? The award is for the Best Science and Technology film. I wish to write about her and about her film. I think it is about the same man on who Amit Virmani made a film called THE MENSTRUAL MAN.


shoma a chatterji



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Shoma Chatterji | 22 Apr 13:53 2014

Urgent query for AMIT VIRMANI - shoma a chatterji

Dear Friends,

I am looking for contact details of Amit Virmani whose documentary THE MENSTRUAL MAN won an award at the National Film Awards this year. I wish to interview him about his film.


shoma a chatterji



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The FD Zone | 22 Apr 08:26 2014

AN AMERICAN IN MADRAS Directed by Karan Bali at "THE fd ZONE" on 26 Apr 2014, Sat 4 pm <at> Films Division, Mumbai


Curator’s note

Preserving the history of any country's cinema is important as it helps us to understand the contribution and innovations made by pioneer filmmakers in not just developing that country's filmmaking but also giving us an idea of the popular culture of the time. Unfortunately, here in India, we lack the practice of archiving. Almost 80% of feature films made before 1950 are lost and gone forever. And it's not just the films. Posters, photographs, song booklets are also extremely difficult to come by, lying in some enthusiastic collector's collection. How does one use the documentary then as a means to document the early era of our filmmaking?  Sometimes it helps if the filmmaker himself comes from a culture that 'records history' and keeps a record of his life and times and fortunately that's just what American Ellis R Dungan did. And thanks to him we are not only able to go through his fascinating journey as the 'Vellaikaran (White Man) making Tamil films but also put it in context against the developing years of the Tamil film industry.  


An American in Madras
79 min, HD, 2013
An American in Madras primarily traces American-born filmmaker Ellis R. Dungan’s years in India.  Born in 1909 and hailing from Barton, Ohio, Dungan reached the shores of India on February 25th, 1935 intending to stay for 6 months but ended up staying for 15 years! During this period, he brought many technical innovations to the developing Tamil Film Industry of the 1930s and ‘40s, and infused a sense of professionalism into its filmmaking. All this, without understanding a word of the language! Dungan directed the great Tamil superstar MGR's first film, Sathi Leelavathi,  as well as famed Carnatic vocalist MS Subbulakshmi's most famous films,Sakuntalai and Meera. The film traces Dungan's Indian connection right up to 1994, when on a trip to India, the Tamil Film Industry felicitated him in Chennai for his contribution to its development, a good 43 years after he had left India!

Director: Karan Bali
Producer: Alex Anthony
Camera: RV Ramani
Editing: Irene Dhar Malik
Sound Design: Mohandas VP
Location Sound: R Elangovan

 The Director of the film will be present for the screening. 

The Chennai International Film Festival, Chennai 2013
Mumbai International film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films, Mumbai, February 2014
New York Indian Film Festival, NYIFF, New York May 2014

Date and time
Saturday 26th April, 4 pm

Entry Free

RR Theatre
10th Floor
Films Division
Pedder Road



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Valli Bindana | 17 Apr 20:35 2014

urgent help for a film addressed to modi

Hi docuwallahs,

I am very hurriedly making a film campaign for the Varanasi and Amethi polling dates. Its very simple, I am looking to record questions people have for Modi since he has been a very inaccessible candidate for interviews. The questions can be in any language, from people in any part of the country. 

Would you like to pitch in gathering footage in the next 2-3 days? Just hit the streets and ask a few people. I have a list of questions made anyway... so please let me know. Thanks!

Valli Bindana
408 518 0152
Skype: vallibindana
Current Project: http://suryaganga.com/
A Film to Rescue a River



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rohitrellan | 17 Apr 14:10 2014

Invitation | Screening of "Surviving Progress" by Mathieu Roy & Harold Crooks, Bangalore

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) invites you for the screening of Surviving Progress by Mathiew Roy & Harold Crooks on 25th April, 2014 at 6.00 pm at the IIHS Bangalore City Campus (address: No. 197/36, 2nd Main, Sadashivnagar, Bangalore - 560080). The director, Mathieu Roy, will join us via Skype for a discussion after the screening of the film. 

“Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.”
Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement as awe-inspiring and double-edged. It reveals the grave risk of running the 21st century’s software — our know-how — on the ancient hardware of our primate brain which hasn’t been upgraded in 50,000 years. With rich imagery and immersive soundtrack, filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks launch us on journey to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.
Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, “A Short History Of Progress” inspired this film, reveals how civilizations are repeatedly destroyed by “progress traps” — alluring technologies serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. With intersecting stories from a Chinese car-driving club, a Wall Street insider who exposes an out-of-control, environmentally rapacious financial elite, and eco-cops defending a scorched Amazon, the film lays stark evidence before us. In the past, we could use up a region’s resources and move on. But if today’s global civilization collapses from over-consumption, that’s it. We have no back-up planet.
Surviving Progress brings us thinkers who have probed our primate past, our brains, and our societies. Some amplify Wright’s urgent warning, while others have faith that the very progress which has put us in jeopardy is also the key to our salvation. Cosmologist Stephen Hawking looks to homes on other planets. Biologist Craig Venter, whose team decoded the human genome, designs synthetic organisms he hopes will create artificial food and fuel for all.
Distinguished Professor of Environment Vaclav Smil counters that five billion “have-nots” aspire to our affluent lifestyle and, without limits on the energy and resource-consumption of the “haves”, we face certain catastrophe. Others — including primatologist Jane Goodall, author Margaret Atwood, and activists from the Congo, Canada, and USA — place their hope in our ingenuity and moral evolution.
Surviving Progress leaves us with a challenge: To prove that making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead-end.


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rohitrellan | 17 Apr 05:58 2014


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In this bulletin:            
1.   Job opportunity at the Royal Film Commission-Jordan: Film House Library Officer 
2.   Call for applications: The 10th Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab
3.   Call for submissions: Jordanian Short Movie Competition
4.   Call for submissions: JoAnimate Animated Short Film Competition
5.   Call for submissions: Aan Korb 2014 – BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival
6.   Call for  applications: Beirut Film Station 2015
7.   Call for submissions: Paris Coproduction Village 2014
8.   Call for submissions: The 8th Annual Boston Palestine Film Festival 2014
9.   Call for entries:  Berlinale Talents- (Talents Beirut 2014)
10. Call for entries: The 5th Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film & Video Festival
11. Call for submissions: The 19th Edition of Milano Film Festival 
12. Call for entries: The 2nd Edition of Baku International Tourism Film Festival
1.   Job opportunity at the Royal Film Commission- Jordan: Film House Library Officer
Film House Library Officer
The incumbent is responsible for providing research service and maintenance of the library in addition to providing adequate services for the library users.   The incumbent reports to the Communication and Culture Manager.
  • Manage the planning, administrative and budgetary functions of library.
  • Develop plans to accomplish long and short-term goals for the Library.
  • Help in establishing and implementing library information and policies.
·         Design marketing plan by assessing activities and needs to make the library a dynamic attractive place.
  • Continuous research to keep the library updated with monthly or yearly budget.
  • Order materials and follow up on invoices and delivery.
  • Provide effective access to library collections and resources.
  • Maintain the organization of library material, including the inventory.
  • Write proposals and yearly budget planning for the library and the library activities.
  • Provide library services in response to the information needs of the library users.
  • Provide monthly reports related to library services based on analysis and evaluation of the library users and resources demands.
  • Assist in the screening program: selection of films, providing assessment on the films, and managing the screening as per the schedule provided by supervisor.
·         Perform any other task that may be assigned by the supervisor.
  • At least 4 years of work experience, preferably in a media or culture-related activity. 
  • University degree preferably in arts.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral, in Arabic and English.
  • Very good cinema culture.
  • Cooperative, innovative and autonomous.
  • Knowledge in library policies, procedures, methods and professional standards.
  • Excellent in research and information gathering methods.
Please send your application to the following email: recruitment-Kh75bCYU/rM@public.gmane.org no later than 30 April 2014, and indicate clearly in the subject of your email the title of the position you are applying for.
2.   Call for applications: The 10th Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab
The Royal Film Commission- Jordan, in consultation with the Sundance Institute, welcomes applications to the tenth round of Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab. The Lab will take place from October 28th to November 2nd, 2014 in Jordan whereby up to eight screenwriters will be selected to participate in this year’s round.


  • Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab is open for screenwriters, co-writers, or writers/directors.
  • Screenwriters working on their first or second narrative feature screenplay can apply.
  • Applicants must submit a complete narrative feature screenplay.
  • Only Arab screenwriters/filmmakers are eligible to apply, regardless of their country of residence.

To Apply:

Please fill in the online Application Form in English and send it to rawi-Kh75bCYU/rM@public.gmane.org  
Please enclose the following (soft copy only, word format and in English):
  • Cover letter introducing yourself and your project (e.g.: Why are you applying to the program? Are you collaborating with a co-writer or a director on the project? Do you intend to direct the project and what is the status of the project at the stage of submission).
  • Complete feature narrative screenplay that must include a title page with the project title, name of the writer as well as the project registration number.
Please make sure the script is registered.
Note: Screenplays are to be admitted in English.
Screenplays in Arabic will be initially considered provided that the applicant send in an English translation once requested to do so by Rawi team at a later stage.
  • Logline: a one-line sentence description of the project.
  • Synopsis: one full A4 page.
  • Filmmaker’s statement; please describe your vision and creative approach to the project and why you want to tell this story.
  • Screenwriter’s biography.
  • Online links of your previous works (short, feature or documentary).
Please make sure all previous works submitted have English subtitles.
Please do not send DVDs unless requested by the Rawi Team.
The deadline for submission is June 15th, 2014.
To apply and for further information please visit: www.film.jo/rawi , or write to: rawi-Kh75bCYU/rM@public.gmane.org
You can also call the Royal Film Commission at: +962 6 461 3835 ext. 108
3.   Call for submissions: Jordanian Short Movie Competition
The Service of Cooperation and Cultural Activities of the French Embassy in Jordan and the Institut Français in Jordan, in partnership with the Royal Film Commission-Jordan (RFC) and the Greater Amman Municipality, are organizing the 20th edition of the Franco-Arab Film Festival which will be held in Amman from the 15th to the 21st of June 2014.
The Franco-Arab Film Festival is calling for Jordanian short films (documentary and narrative) to compete. Prizes will be announced during the closing reception on the 21st of June 2014.
Rules and Regulations:
·         The competition is open to independent filmmakers residing in Jordan or abroad. Either the director or the producer should be Jordanian.
·         The film should not exceed 20 minutes.
·         The film has to have been produced in 2013 or 2014.
·         Each filmmaker can submit one film only.
·         Only narratives and documentaries can be submitted. Animated films or experimental films will not be accepted.
·         It is requested that the film be subtitled in English or French if it is in Arabic, or subtitled in Arabic if it is in English or French.
·         The filmmaker should provide 2 DVD copies of the film (which will not be returned) to the aforementioned address, along with the following :
o   An application form in Arabic or in English which can be found on the RFC website www.film.jo, covering technical details regarding the film, synopsis and the filmmaker’s information.
o   A poster or a screen shot of the film.
There will be four valuable prizes in cash or kind: a jury prize and a public prize, for both narrative and documentary categories.
In addition, the RFC will offer a one-year subscription at the Film House’s Library to short-listed candidates.
Mailing Address:
By hand:
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan, Jebel Amman, 1st circle, 5 Omar bin Al Khattab Street
Sunday - Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm. Tel: 064642266
By mail:
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan
PO Box 811991 Amman 1181 Jordan
The deadline for submissions is on May 15, 2014.
For further information, please contact Marian Nakho from the Royal Film Commission-Jordan at the following e-mail: marian.nakho-Kh75bCYU/rM@public.gmane.org  and 06 4642266 ext. 23
4.   Call for submissions: JoAnimate Animated Short Film Competition
For its second run in Amman- Jordan, JoAnimate Animation Festival will be taking place in June 2014. It is a four-day festival that will include open sessions, workshops, film screenings and a short film competition.
The Animated Short Film Competition is accepting submissions from all over the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) with multiple awards being granted across various categories.
Participants’ short films will be screened to the public during the festival in a film screening event and prizes will be given to the winners that will be chosen by a qualified jury.
Rules and regulations:
·         The contest is open to all. College students or professionals (Non corporate work).
·         Duration should not exceed 10 minutes including titles.
·         Films can be based on any theme or genre; it's the way you create the story that matters.
·         This competition is open for everyone from the MENA region (living or from).
·         Films can be in any language (subtitles in English or Arabic is preferred).
·         The filmmaker is responsible for getting any permission for use of trademarks, copyrights or any other properties (including but not limited to logos, characters, images & music) in his/her or their short film.
·         No obscenity/nudity/swearing/excessive violence. Films deemed obscene or defamatory will be disqualified.
·         Applicants may submit as many entries/films for the contest. But each entry/film must be submitted separately with its own submission form.
·         Please make sure the format is in PAL/HD (HD is preferred).
·         No submissions will be returned. Please send "only" the copy and not the original.
·         The selected entries would be screened at a screening event announced at a later date.
·         All entries must include a completed application form with the movie on a DVD delivered by hand or sent by Email (please contact the competition if you would like to send us your submission(s) by mail).
The deadline for submissions is on June 6th, 2014.
To apply and for further information please visit the website:www.joanimate.com
For additional information or inquiries, please write to Mohammad Abusharif- Film Competition Coordinator: abusharif-t3Wf3R9WR8pl57MIdRCFDg@public.gmane.org  - Phone no.: +962 79 8232783
5.   Call for submissions: Aan Korb 2014 – BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival
Aan Korb is a new film and documentary festival for London by BBC Arabic in partnership with the British Council. The festival will take place at the BBC Radio Theatre from 31 October – 3 November 2014.
The festival is particularly keen to receive interesting and original entries from young people aged 18 to 30. BBC Arabic will reward the most promising young person with an award worth up to £10,000. This will include training, mentoring and equipment. There is the potential for their project to be commissioned by the BBC – and this is a really great opportunity.
Rules and regulations:
Submissions are now open for the following categories:
·         Feature Films must be over 40 minutes in duration and a work of fiction.
·         Short Films must be between 3 minutes and 40 minutes in duration and may cover fiction, experimental and animation films.
·         Documentaries must be a work of non-fiction and be between 25 minutes and 90 minutes in duration
·         Investigative journalism reports must be a work of non-fiction and must be between 10 and 50 minutes in length.
·         Citizen journalism reports must be a work of non- fiction. Work submitted must be between 3 minutes and 30 minutes in duration. The Citizen Journalism category will recognise non-professional reporters, journalists and film makers whose reports or video footage of a current affairs story are ground-breaking and reveal something new.
The deadline for submissions is on May 2nd, 2014.
To apply and for further information please visit the website: www.bbcarabic.com/aankorb
6.   Call for  applications: Beirut Film Station 2015
Goethe-Institut and Ashkal Alwan are pleased to announce, for the second year, a residency program for all young filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa.
The program is designed to support them in their professional careers by providing technical equipment and a space for work in which they can complete their projects. Along with the support, the program aims to set up a platform for all talented filmmakers to network, exchange experience and get exposure to other filmmakers in the region and Europe.
In 2014, hundred and eighty-seven applications were received. The jury selected eleven residents coming from Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, Egypt and Palestine. The residents have accomplished working on their films and benefited from each other’s experiences. 
Rules and regulations:
The application is open for those who have already professional work experience and who plan to realize a film project or part of it (pre-production, production or post-production).
Beirut Film Station provides an artistically inspiring atmosphere in the middle of Beirut as well as time and space to work on the project under stress-free conditions, including basic technical equipment.
The deadline for applications is on May 30th, 2014. A jury will select the candidates for the year 2015, who will be announced on September 17th, 2014.
Those who are interested to take part in this opportunity can apply online, via Beirut Film Station’s website: http://beirut-filmstation.org/.
To consult Beirut Film Station staff, please contact phone: +961- 1 -446092 ext. 205
or email
: beirut.filmstation <at> beirut.goethe.org
For further information please visit the  website: http://beirut-filmstation.org/
7.   Call for submissions: Paris Coproduction Village 2014
Paris Coproduction Village is a new development and financing platform for feature projects selected worldwide organized by Les Arcs European Film Festival and Champs-Elysées Film Festival. The event aims at encouraging European professionals to get involved in international co-productions.
During this two-day event, 12 to 15 international film projects destined for French or European coproduction will be presented to producers, sales agents, distributors, financiers and fund representatives. In addition, the 6 residents of the Cannes Film Festival Cinéfondation will join the project selection.
Participants will benefit from one-to-one pre-scheduled meetings, networking events, as well as seminars taught by leading film industry professionals.
This platform complements the 3rd edition of the Champs-Elysées Film Festival's US-IN-PROGRESS programme which screens 4 US feature films in late stage of post-production seeking sales representatives.
Paris Coproduction Village is supported by the Ile-de-France region and organized in collaboration with our partners Cannes - Cinéfondation, Variety, ACE, EAVE, Europa International, Europa Distribution and Ecran Total.
Rules and regulations:
·         Only feature-length projects (fiction, animation and documentary) with director and script attached are eligible.
·         All applications must be submitted by a production company and have secured (or under negotiation) financing from their home territory.
·         Projects should not have French partners attached when submitted.
The deadline for submissions is on April 18, 2014.
To apply and for further information please visit the website: www.pariscopro.com
8.   Call for submissions: The 8th Annual Boston Palestine Film Festival 2014
The Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) is now accepting submissions for its eighth annual festival to be held in Boston in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in October 2014.

BPFF seeks to present the extraordinary narrative of a dispossessed people. Cinema offers a powerful means of interpreting the collective identity, historic struggle, and surreal life circumstances and challenges that Palestinians throughout the world presently face.
Rules and regulations:
·         BPFF showcases the diverse and creative work of all filmmakers (any nationality, any age) exploring both historic and contemporary themes related to Palestinian culture, experience, and narrative.
·         BPFF accepts films in the following categories:  
-      Drama  
-      Documentary
-      Animation
-      Video art  
-      Other (ex. Experimental)
·         Submitted works can be of any length. Films 40 minutes and longer will be considered features. Films shorter than 40 minutes will be considered shorts.
·         All foreign language entries must be subtitled in English. Submitted works should have been produced between 2009 and 2014. Any works currently in production may be submitted as rough cuts. Selected works must be provided in final form with English subtitles no later than September 15, 2014.
April 15, 2014:  Submission of all entries due (Incomplete entries will not be considered.)
July 31, 2014: Selection/final status notices sent out (either from BPFF or from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Film Department). 
Sept. 15, 2014: All works selected for the Festival are due to BPFF and/or the MFA in final form with English subtitles for receipt by this date (no exceptions).
For further information please visit the website: http://www.bostonpalestinefilmfest.org/
To submit you film please visit the website or: www.bostonpalestinefilmfest.org/submissions/
For further inquiries please contact: submissions <at> bostonpalestinefilmfest.org
9.   Call for entries:  Berlinale Talents- (Talents Beirut 2014)
The first edition of Talents Beirut will be held in Beirut between the 18th and the 21st of September 2014 and will focus on cinematography, film editing, sound design and score composition. The focus has been set on these key aspects of filmmaking as very few in the Arab World have addressed such facets of film production.
Talents Beirut is an initiative of Metropolis Art Cinema in Beirut and the Goethe-Institut Lebanon in cooperation with Berlinale Talents and FIDMarseille.
It is a project that aims to support film talents from the Arab World, allowing them to reflect on their own works by connecting with other emerging and confirmed talents, and by discovering new ways to approach the art of film making, whether from technical or theoretical point of views.
It is a branch of the Berlinale Talents (formally known as the Berlinale Talent Campus) which invites every year more than 300 talents from the four corners of the globe during the Berlin International Film Festival to meet film experts and discuss film related matters, such as production distribution and filmmaking at large.
Rules and regulations:
·         Applicants have to submit a complete application, including a sample of work. Please note that the application is individual and no team applications are accepted. Applicants must have obtained the consent of the other copyright owners for the use of the work sample submitted.
·         Working in one of these areas: cinematography, editing, sound design/score composition.
·         Applicants must have directly contributed to at least one short film with a credit as cinematographer, editor or sound designer/score composer, this film was screened at a recognized film festival, OR have worked on this film with afore-mentioned credit as a student at a film school or in a film programme.
·         Applicants must be a citizen of one of the following Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. They must be residing in one of these countries and be at least 18 years of age by September 2014. Participants must be fluent in either French or English in addition to Arabic.
The deadline for entries is on May 23, 2014.
To apply and for further information please visit the website: www.talents-beirut.com
10.        Call for entries: The 5th Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film & Video Festival
Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival (KLEX) is an exposition dedicated to showcasing independent and innovative films and videos. The festival focuses on experimental works that challenge conventional cinematic experiences. The festival will be taking place late November 2014. 
Rules and regulations:
·         KLEX 2014 accepts entries of works completed after 1 January, 2012. The festival accepts only DVD and online file transfer (please contact info-gJj6vb78VZCG0HHGSkQrTQ@public.gmane.org  for details) preview for submission.
·         The preview and screening formats are: DVD and video data files only. (Please make a special request if you would like to screen your work in any other format.). There is no entry fee.
·         Materials for Submission:
      A preview DVD (please write a title, running time, original format, your name and your email address on the disc)
      Online submission: Please contact info-gJj6vb78VZCG0HHGSkQrTQ@public.gmane.org  for details. It is preferable that you use the following file formats: mp4, mov and avi. No other formats will be accepted.
      A completed entry form
      A brief work’s description (below 200 words)
      A brief biography (below 100 words)
      2 still images from the submitted work
*Though it’s possible to show longer works, but the festival prefers short works under 20 minutes.
·         If you are submitting more than one work, you may have all works compiled into a single DVD, but please provide the entry forms and brief descriptions for each work. You can submit up to 3 pieces of work only.
The deadline for entries is on May 20, 2014.
Please mail your submission to:
KLEX 2014
Attention: Kok Siew-Wai
3, Jalan Waras 3, Taman Connaught, Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
To fill the entry form or for further information please write to: info-gJj6vb78VZCG0HHGSkQrTQ@public.gmane.org  or visit the website: http://klexfilmfest.com
11.        Call for submissions:  The 19th Edition of Milano Film Festival 
The 19th edition of Milano Film Festival (MFF) is calling for film submissions at the International Feature Film Competition and the Short Film Competition.
Feature Film Competition
The competition is open to first and second films of any genre (fiction, documentaries, animation films, and experimental works), language, and format. 
The films must be over 45 minutes and completed after January 1st, 2013. 
Short Film Competition
The competition is open to film of any genre, language and format, completed after January 1st, 2013. 
The competition is only open to directors born after May 31, 1974. 
The maximum running time for short films is 30 minutes. 
State (T)error, the main out-of-competition section, is also open to documentaries of any format and running time. 
Rules and Regulations:
·         All applicants for the international feature or short film competitions will have to fill in the online submission form and send a DVD copy of the film, within the following 48 hours. 
·         The feature film competition is open to first and second films of any genre, language, format and running time, provided that they were completed after January 1st, 2013.
·          The short film competition is open to films of any genre, language and format, provided that they were completed after January 1st, 2013. Please note that the short film competition is only open to film under 30 minutes (included) and to directors under 40 years at the time of the submission deadline (31st May 2014). 
·         The short film competition is open to films under 30 minutes (included). The feature film competition is open to films longer than 45 minutes. The Milano Film Festival will discuss borderline cases with the filmmakers/producers. 
·         Each filmmaker can send three short films and/or two feature films at most. Each DVD must contain only one submitted film. 
·         The filmmaker and/or producer authorize the publication of their data on the website www.milanofilmfestival.it and on the catalogue, as well as their diffusion through the media for promotional purposes according to the law. 
·         For each film submitted, one free accreditation card will be made available.
The deadline for submissions is on 31 May 2014
For further information please visit the festival’s website: http://www.milanofilmfestival.it/about_eng.php
Full Rules and Regulations can be found on: http://www.milanofilmfestival.it/box.php?id=1141
For further information on the Rules and Regulations please write to: info <at> milanofilmfestival.it
To apply for the Feature Film Competition please visit: http://www.milanofilmfestival.it/iscrizione/iscrizione_lungometraggi_eng.php
To apply for the State (T)error Section please visit:
12.        Call for entries: The 2nd Edition of Baku International Tourism Film Festival
Baku International Tourism Film Festival (BITFF) – is an annual non-profit cultural event that takes place in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan and international center of historical and cultural heritage.
The second edition of Baku International Tourism Film Festival will be held between 25 and 29 June 2014, at Baku.
The festival’s mission is to promote domestic and international tourism films. At the same time the festival seeks to help such material target the widest possible international audience. The entries which best contribute – through their content and artistic quality to the development of domestic and international tourism – will be awarded.
BITFF is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
BITFF is the member of the International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals (CIFFT) based in Vienna, Austria.


The festival comprises of: Main competition / Out-of-competition screening.
Rules and regulations:
·         Applications can be submitted by marketing and communication professionals from corporations and public relations agencies, services, public sector (ministries, city halls, and public institutions), film producers and film makers, production companies, multimedia companies, TV stations and students.
·         To participate in the festival, the submitted material must be completed after 1 January 2012.
·         To complete the entry you have to add at least three stills of the film and one picture of the director.
The deadline for entries is on May 1st, 2014.
For further information please visit the website: www.btiff.az  or write to: info-TMobogooK80@public.gmane.org
For submission please use the official entry form on the website: http://www.bitff.az/entry-form/
Film DVD must be sent together with a completed, printed and signed entry form:
Baku International Tourism Film Festival
Moscow ave, 1.
AZ1012, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Phone:  +99412 4982046
              +99412 4302382
              +99455 8278483




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rohitrellan | 17 Apr 05:49 2014

Screenwriting Workshop at IIT Madras 7-14 June 2014 [2 Attachments]

IIT Madras Screenwriting Workshop 7-14 June 2014 IIT Madras is presenting Imaging Cinema 2014, a Screenwriting-cum-Filmmaking Workshop from 7-14 June. The focus is on various aspects of screenwriting. Sessions on screenwriting will be conducted by experienced resource persons. Special sessions on aspects of direction and screenwriting will be conducted by established names from Mumbai and South Indian cine industries (including directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and actors). The course outline will soon be available on our website. Those interested in participating can fill in the completed application form available at: www.imagingcinema.wordpress.com. Also, at: www.imagingcinema.com. Last date of applying is 12 May 2014. Details of fee structure: · Rs 7000/ for all participants · Rs 6000/ for former participants (those who attended our previous events) and students, who are still pursuing their degree; · Rs 8000/ for NRIs & Foreign Nationals. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to produce a screenplay under the guidance of the mentors. They will be awarded with an IIT Madras certificate of participation. The workshop will be held on IITM campus and is organized by Dr Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan, Associate Professor, Dept of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Madras. For further details, contact: 91 74185 62000 For viewing some of the short films made by participants in 2012 , see our website: www.imagingingcinema.com The uniqueness of these workshops lie in their outreach where candidates from a cross section of society interact with established names from the Indian film industry. Many of our previous attendees have gone on to make a mark for them in film and media industry, and are currently in the process of making and screenwriting for films or assisting filmmakers of repute. -- Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan, PhD Associate Professor (Film Studies, Drama & Popular Culture) Dept of Humanities & Social Sciences Indian Institute of Technology, Madras Chennai - 600036, India Website: http://www.hss.iitm.ac.in/index.php/faculty/institute-faculty?id=10 http://www.imagingcinema.com/, http://imagingcinema.wordpress.com/


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Ramesh Tekwani | 16 Apr 17:15 2014

61st National Awards 2013 Announced


Feature Films






Best Feature Film

Ship of Theseus (English-Hindi)

Producer: Recyclewala Films Pvt Ltd; Director: Anand Gandhi

Swarna Kamal and Rs 2,50,000 each to the Producer and Director

A quietly powerful film of an unusual photographer, an erudite Jain monk and a young stock broker told through different segments which finally unites them through a strange circumstance. In the process the film depicts issues of intuitive brilliance, metaphysical belief and intricate morality in a world full of contradictions.

Indira Gandhi Award For Best Debut Film Of A Director

Fandry (Marathi)

Producer: Navalkha Arts and Holy Basil Combine; Director: Nagraj Manjule

Swarna Kamal and Rs 1,25, 000 each to the Producer and Director

A stark and realistic portrayal of Dalits in India seen through the eyes of a young boy who is desperately trying to break age old shackles. It makes a strong statement that despite various reformers doing their best…. much remains to be done.

Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Hindi)

Producer: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, ROMP Pictures; Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Swarna Kamal and Rs 2,00,000 to the Producer and Director

For retaining the story and values of a great sportsman and translating it into the cinematic medium with aplomb.

Nargis Dutt Award For Best Feature Film On National Integration

Thalaimuraigal (Tamil)

Producer: Company Productions; Director: Balu Mahendra

Rajat Kamal and Rs 1,50,000 each to the Producer and Director

A sensitive tale about the breaking of walls of orthodoxy and religious and linguistic bias in a small village in Tamil Nadu. Love and compassion of a small boy and his mother wins over not only their own blood but the whole rural community.

Best Film On Social Issues

Tuhya Dharma Koncha (Marathi)

Producer: Indian Magic Eye Motion Pictures Pvt Ltd.; Director: Satish Manwar

Rajat Kamal and Rs 1,50,000 each to the Producer and Director

Tale of a poor tribal family being torn between prosecution by law enforcing agencies on one hand and issue of loss of their traditional faith and culture through religious conversions on the other.

Best Film On Environment Conservation/ Preservation

Perariyathavar (Malayalam)

Producer: Ambalakkara Global Films; Director: Dr Biju

Rajat Kamal and Rs 1,50,000 each to the Producer and Director

It tells the story of those nameless, faceless marginalized people through the life of a widowed father who works as a scavenger and his eight year old son. It depicts the real lives of the poor who live in the margin of civilized society with an unusual power and artistic honesty.

Best Children's Film

Kaphal (Hindi)

Producer: Children's Film Society of India; Director: Batul Mukhtiar

Swarna Kamal and Rs 1,50,000 each to the Producer and Director

A small village deep in Uttarakhand. A touching story set in beautiful mountains where two young boys pine for their father who has been away for quite a few years. They have dreams which they share with their close friends as they frolic around.

Best Direction

Shahid (Hindi)

Hansal Mehta

Swarna Kamal and Rs 2,50,000

A remarkably handled film that traces the true story of a slain human right activist and a lawyer Shahid Azmi in the backdrop of communal violence unleashed in Mumbai. The story of an impoverished Muslim struggling to come to terms with injustice, inequality and rise above his circumstances. It is an inspiring testament to the human spirit.

Best Actor

Shahid (Hindi) &

Raj Kumar &

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

For portrayal of the intriguing journey of a Muslim young man who is persecuted. He rebels and ultimately comes back to fight

Perariyathavar (Malayalam)

Suraj Venjaramoodu

(Cash component to be shared)

the injustice as a committed law abiding lawyer. Raj Kumar brings to life the soul of Shahid. For the dignified and quiet portrayal of a man on the lower margins of the society. His turmoil struggles and sufferings are soulfully brought out with subtle body language and eyes which transcend word

Best Actress

Liar's Dice (Hindi)

Geetanjali Thapa

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

If ever an actress could merge completely into a role and look the character to perfection, it is Geetanjali Thapa. Her searching eyes and vulnerability are breath taking.

Best Supporting Actor

Jolly LLB (Hindi)

Saurabh Shukla

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

For a heart-warming and exuberant performance as a judge, who discovers his authority and conscience in the process of conducting a high profile case.

Best Supporting Actress

Astu (Marathi) and Ship of Theseus (English-Hindi)

Amruta Subhash and Aida El-Kashef

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000 (cash component will be shared)

Amruta touchingly portrays the emotions of a poor woman who brings to life compassion and warmth in dealing with human relationships. For a sensitive portrayal of a blind photographer who entirely depends on her intuitive creative power and has a fiercely independent mind.

Best Child Artist

Fandry (Marathi) and Thanga Meengal (Tamil)

Somnath Avghade and Sadhana

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000 (cash component will be shared)

Somnath Avghade plays the role of a Dalit teenager to perfection. His angst clearly boils over as the realities of life dawn upon him. Sadhana has played the part of a dyslexic child with sensitivity and exuberance and yet with ease.

Best Male Playback Singer

Jaatishwar (Bengali)

Rupankar For the song E Tumi Kemon Tumi

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

A soulful voice with a rich resonance that enhances the theme of the film.

Best Female Playback Singer

Tuhya Dharma Koncha (Marathi)

Bela Shende For the song Khura Khura

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

The singer has evoked the requisite emotions of the theme of the film. She has displayed a rare variety in the rendering of this composition.

Best Cinematography

Liar's Dice (Hindi)

Rajeev Ravi

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

Rajeev Ravi captures life from the picturesque snow-laden mountains through a strenuous bus journey, to the crowded and dingy streets of Delhi with a rare fluidity.

Best Screenplay - Screenplay Writer (Original)

December I (Kannada)

P. Sheshadri

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

For its kaleidoscopic variety that uses realism and colloquialism that is soaked in a contemporary flavour.

Best Screenplay - Screenplay Writer (Adapted)

Prakruti (Kannada)


Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

For retaining the concerns and values of an original work by a celebrated author while adapting it into the cinematic idiom.

Best Screenplay - Dialogues :

Astu (Marathi)

Sumitra Bhave

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

An extraordinary blend in language and conversations that cover philosophy day- to-day anxieties and emotions in a most compelling manner.

Best Audiography - Location Sound Recordist

Madras Café (Hindi)

Nihar Ranjan Samal

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

Superlative professional job, in picking up minute nuances, covering indoor as well as outdoor locations

Ii) Sound Design

Madras Café (Hindi)

Bishwadeep Chatterjee

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

With his competent sound design Bishwadeep adds authenticity and another dimension to the film.

Iii) Re-Recordist Of The Final Mixed Track

Swapaanam (Malayalam)

D Yuvaraj

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

. A commendable job of keeping a perfect balance between, dialogues, sound effects and resonant 'chenda' playing.

Best Editing

Vallinam (Tamil)

V.J. Sabu Joseph

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

An excellent pace set in this sport based film by the editor. The match sequences have been masterly cut.

Best Production Design

Miss Lovely (Hindi)

Ashim Ahluwalia, Tabsheer Zutshi, Parichit Paralkar

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

For a style and finesse realized by authentic recreating an era in a not too distant past and dressing up the location that is coherent with the visual style of the narrative.

Best Costume Designer

Jaatishwar (Bengali)

Sabarni Das

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

For realizing effectively the texture of colonial Bengal upto the modern period through a rigorous attention to details .

Best Make-Up Artist

Jaatishwar (Bengali)

Vikram Gaikwad (for the make-up of the actor Prasenjit)

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

For the admirable detailing and remarkable consistency achieved in the etching of the characters played by Prasenjit Chatterjee.

Best Music Direction - Songs

Jaatishwar (Bengali)

Kabir Suman

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

The music director has presented a rich variety of musical genres of Bengal with appropriate voices, instruments and orchestration.

Best Music Direction - Background Score

Na Bangaaru Talli (Telugu)

Shantanu Moitra

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

The music composer has kept a balance of music programming and regional acoustic instruments like Saraswati Veena, Mridangam, Ghatam, Morsing and voices to underline the theme of the film.

Best Lyrics

Thanga Meengal (Tamil)

Na. Muthukumar for the lyric Ananda Yaazhai

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

For giving a poetic expression to the narrative through contextual amplification of emotions.

Special Jury Award

Yellow (Marathi) & Miss Lovely (Hindi)

Producer: Viva In En; Director: Mahesh Limaye Producer: Future East Film Pvt Ltd; Director: Ashim Ahluwalia

Rajat Kamal and Rs 2,00,000 (Cash component to be shared)

An unbelievably inspiring film about a specially gifted girl who overcomes all the odds to make an international mark. Set in the criminal depths of Mumbai's c- grade film industry, bathed in sleaze and sex, the plot explores intense and mutually destructive relationships. A densely layered narrative, period costumes and production design conveys a pulp style, all its own.

Best Special Effects

Jal (Hindi)

Intermezzo Studio Alien Sense Films Pvt Ltd

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

For creative and organic use of special effects to enhance the theme of the film.

Best Choreography

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Hindi)

Ganesh Acharya for Maston ka Jhund

Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000

For effectively using young soldiers and just the props available within the barracks to create a rugged and exuberant dance.


Best Feature Film In Each Of The Language Specified In The Schedule VIII Of The Constitution

Best Assamese Film


Producer: Shiven Arts; Director: Jahnu Barua

Rajat Kamal and Rs 1,00,000 each to the Producer and Director

The story of a boy who stands up against in pre-independent India and hopes for rule of law in independent India. But his hopes are all but shattered by happenings later on.

Best Bengali Film

Bakita Byaktigato

Producer: Tripod Entertainment Pvt Ltd; Director: Pradipta Bhattacharya

Rajat Kamal and Rs 1,00,000 each to the Producer and Director

A delightful film about the need for love in our cynical times.

Best Hindi Film

Jolly LLB

Producer: Fox Star Studios; Director: Subhash Kapoor

Rajat Kamal and Rs 1,00,000 each to the Producer and Director

A fast-paced film of an ambitious lawyer wanting to make it big through short-cut method ends up opening a high profile case and what follows is a roller coaster ride of a man, his moralities, ambitions and relationships.

Best Kannada Film


Producer: Basant Productions; Director: P. Sheshadri

Rajat Kamal and Rs 1,00,000 each to the Producer and Director

A hard-hitting tale of a poor family in a village that gets enmeshed with the crooked ways of politicians.

Best Konkani Film

Baga Beach

Producer: Sharvani Productions; Director: Laxmikant Shetgaonkar

Rajat Kamal and Rs 1,00,000 each to the Producer and Director

Based on a true story, an honest and simple revelation of darkly-held secrets on the beaches of Goa.

Best Malayalam Film

North 24 Kaadham

Producer: Surya Cine Arts; Director: Anil Radhakrishnan Menon

Rajat Kamal and Rs 1,00,000 each to the Producer and Director

A train journey that transforms an eccentric character by taking him through trying situations and making him more compassionate.

Best Marathi Film

Aajcha Diwas Majha

Producer: White Swan Productions; Director: Chandrakant Kulkarni

Rajat Kamal and Rs 1,00,000 each to the Producer and Director

A parody on musical chair in politics and a critique of the hierarchical system in bureaucracy, the film takes an unusual turn when the political boss has a change of heart.

Best Tamil Film

Thanga Meengal

Producer: JSK Film Corporation; Director: Ram

Rajat Kamal and Rs 1,00,000 each to the Producer and Director

An emotional tale of a man who separates from his wife and beloved eight year old daughter to look for a job in a distant city. The consequences that follow, finally lead to an emotional and heart-warming reunion.

Best Telugu Film

Na Bangaaru Talli

Producer: Sun Touch Productions; Director: Rajesh Touchriver

Rajat Kamal and Rs 1,00,000 each to the Producer and Director

The film is a searing indictment of the pervasive and ruthless world of the sex trade.

Best Feature Film In Each Of The Language Specified Other Than Schedule VIII Of The Constitution

Best English Film

The Coffin Maker

Producer: Shree Narayan Studio; Director: Veena Bakshi

Rajat Kamal and Rs 1,00,000 each to the Producer and Director

Tale of a coffin maker and his wife living in a small Goan village. The film gets very interesting, intriguing and philosophical as death as a character enters their lives.

Best Khasi Film


Producer: Kurbah Films; Director: Pradip Kurbah

Rajat Kamal and Rs 1,00,000 each to the Producer and Director

A complex tale of insurgency and reconciliation set in the turbulent North East state of Meghalaya.

Best Sherdukpen Film

The Crossing Bridges

Producer: TNT Films Production; Director: Sange Dorjee Thongdok

Rajat Kamal and Rs 1,00,000 each to the Producer and Director

A well-crafted film that tells the tale of a young man who comes back from Mumbai to his remote village in Arunachal Pradesh to find his roots.

Special Mention

Yellow (Marathi)

Gauri Gadgil, Sanjana Rai


To pay our salutation to the indomitable spirit of a special child.

Special Mention

Na Bangaaru Talli (Telugu)

Anjali Patil


Kudos to the courage of a girl, who brought out her real life story and told it to the world.



Best Non Feature Film

Rangbhoomi (Hindi)

Producer : Films Division; Director: Kamal Swaroop

SWARNA KAMAL & Rs 1,50,000 each to the Producer & Director

For an innovative and artistic exploration of the themes and concerns of the celebrated pioneer of Indian cinema, during a relatively unknown phase of his life, which leaves the viewer moved and shaken.

Best Debut Film Of A Director

Kanyaka (Malayalam)

Producer : Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute; Director: Christo Tomy

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 75,000 each to the Producer & Director

For its wholly convincing mise-en- scene set in a convent run by Malayali nuns, wherein the grief and guilt of the young protagonist is presented in a manner that leaves a lot to the imagination of the viewer.

Best Biographical/ Historical Reconstruction

The Last Adieu (English)

Producer : Films Division; Director: Shabnam Sukhdev

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 50,000 each to the Producer & Director

For its insight into the work of an exceptionally passionate documentary filmmaker blended with a frank and moving account of his daughter's attempt to come to terms with his estrangement from the family.

Best Arts /Cultural Film

Shared a. The Lost Behrupiya (Hindi) b. O Friend, This Waiting ! (English, Telugu)

Producer : Holybull Entertainment LLP; Director: Sriram Dalton Producer : Justin McCarthy; Director: Sandhya Kumar & Justin McCarthy

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 50,000 each to the Producer & Director (cash component to be shared among the films)

a. For a near surreal depiction of a dying art form in a globalised society. The film combines elements of drama and visual art with a lament for a rich cultural tradition. b. For its wholly unconventional investigation of the Devadasi tradition in South India, combining an appreciation of this delicate and sensuous art form with a genuine sociological exploration.

Best Science & Technology Film

The Pad Piper (English)

Producer : Akanksha Sood Singh; Director: Akanksha Sood Singh

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 50,000 each to the Producer & Director

For its portrayal of a sensitive man with a profound belief in appropriate technology who came up with a simple piece of engineering - an affordable sanitary napkin that has had an extraordinary impact on the health of millions of poor women.

Best Promotional Film

Shared a. Chasing The Rainbow (English)

Producer Edumedia India; Director: Charu Shree Roy

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 50,000 each to the Producer & Director (cash component to be shared among the films)

a. For scratching the moral surface of the Indian middle class and holding a mirror for all of us who are torn between self interests and ethical dilemmas.

Best Promotional Film

b. Kush (Hindi)

Producer : Red Carpet Moving Pictures Pvt. Ltd.; Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 50,000 each to the Producer & Director (cash component to be shared among the films)

b. For sensitively revisiting a dark phase of Indian history when communal passions ran amuck. The film looks at the impact on young children and questions why we allow history to repeat itself.

Best Environment Film Including Agriculture

Foresting Life (Hindi, Assamese)

Producer : A Media For Social Impact; Director: Aarti Shrivastava

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 50,000 each to the Producer & Director

For its earthy look at a man, the forest he created all by himself, and the heroic effort that is necessary to sustain that forest without any government help.

Best Film On Social Issues

Gulabi Gang (Hindi, Bundelkhandi)

Producer : Raintree Films, Piraya Film As, Final Cut for Real Aps Director: Nishtha Jain

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 50,000 each to the Producer & Director

For its powerful depiction of a crusader for the subaltern that takes us deeper into the continuing struggles of the rural Indian woman set in a milieu of chauvinistic scepticism.

Best Educational Film

The Quantum Indians (English)

Producer : Public Service Broadcasting Trust Director: Raja Choudhury

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 50,000 each to the Producer & Director

For an extremely efficient and precise analysis of the contributions of three renowned scientists in a manner that not only educates today's generation but also provides insights into complex scientific phenomena in an accessible manner.

Best Investigative Film

Katiyabaaz (Hindi,Urdu,English)

Producer : Globalistan Films Pvt. Ltd. Director: Deepti Kakkar & Fahad Mustafa

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 50,000 each to the Producer & Director

For its cutting edge investigation into the life of a typical Indian city, the film uses strong characters, juxtapositions and humour to create a visual arch that delineates the haves and have- nots of power

Special Jury Award

Shared a. Ananthamurthy - Not A Biography…But A Hypothesis (English) b. Tamaash (Kashmiri)

Director:Girish Kasaravalli Director: Satyanshu Singh & Devanshu Singh

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 1,00,000 (cash component to be shared among films)

a. For the clarity and the insight with which it looks at the work of Ananthamurthy, one of the finest Indian writers, whose work carries exceptional social significance. b. For presenting a heartwarming story of friendship in a lucid and engaging style and for using elements of the magical and the macabre to create a modern day fable of Kashmir.

Best Short Fiction Film

Mandrake ! Mandrake ! (Hindi)

Producer : Film and Television Institute of India Director: Ruchir Arun

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 50,000 each to the Producer & Director

For the deftly crafted story of a young man who transforms a rundown warehouse into an Aladdin's Cave through the fun and frolic of the moving image where magic, mystery and adventure become possible.

Best Film On Family Values

Heyro Party (Bengali)

Producer : Baishakhi Banerjee & Deepak Gawade Director: Deepak Gawade

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 50,000 each to the Producer & Director

For its poignant reflection of selfless dreams and aspirations, the film depicts the struggles and dilemmas of a poor family in a simple and compelling cinematic language.

Best Direction

Chidiya Udh (No Dialogue)

Director: Pranjal Dua

SWARNA KAMAL & Rs 1,50,000

For his unique vision of urban angst told without dialogue. The de- emphasised narrative masterfully blends visual, sound, music and acting.

Best Cinematography

Mandrake ! Mandrake ! (Hindi)

Cameraman : Kavin Jagtiani Lab : Reliance Media Works

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 50,000 each to cameraman and laboratory

For exhibiting a wide spectrum of hues, both colour and black and white, while picturising the action in a dark warehouse full of unlikely light sources as also for the simulation of a silent era film with amusing trick photography.

Best Audiography

Chidiya Udh (No Dialogue)

Gautam Nair

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 50,000

For a layered and resonant sound track with elements of ambiguity and discord contributing to an overwhelming sense of urban disconnect.

Best Editing

Gulabi Gang (Hindi, Bundelkhandi)

Arjun Gourisaria

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 50,000

For imparting the film with its structure and rhythm, tempo and drama, movement and exposition.

Best Music Direction

Yugadrashta (Assamese)

Anurag Saikia

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 50,000

For its spectacular blending of folk elements with a rich and nuanced classicism that conveys an enthralling period feel.

Best Narration/ Voice Over

Kankee O Saapo (Odia)

Lipika Singh Darai

RAJAT KAMAL & Rs 50,000

For its soulful and enigmatic interior dialogue between two generations that operates at an allegorical level, gently synthesising apparently unrelated visuals leaving the viewer with a strong sense of evocation.

Special Mention

a. Accsex (English, Hindi)

Director : Shweta Ghosh


a. For vigorously taking up the challenge of exploring sexuality in women perceived to be differently abled.

Special Mention

b. Candles In The Wind (Punjabi, Hindi)

Director: Kavita Bahl & Nandan Saxena


b. For its chilling depiction of the ground realities in the bread basket of India. The tone and texture of the film contradict the prevalent narrative of it being the best place to live and work.

Special Mention

c. Dharmam (Tamil)

Director: Madonne M Ashwin


c. For its searing critique of middle class hypocrisy and a corrupt society as seen through the eyes of an impressionable child.

Special Mention

d. At the Cross Roads : Nondon Bagchi Life and Living (English, Bengali)

Director: Rajdeep Paul and Sarmistha Maiti


d. For an entertaining biography of a wonderfully engaging personality, with shades of a near chaotic life style, set in a period known for its path-breaking music.


Best Writing On Cinema

Title Of The Book




Cinema Ga Cinema (Telugu)

Swarna Kamal and Rs 75000 to the author : Nandagopa

Swarna Kamal and Rs 75000 to the Publisher: Praga India, Hyderabad

Cinema Ga Cinema is a refreshing treatise on various aspects of film making from its beginning in the early 20th century to the present and even into the future. Veteran film journalist Shri Nandagopal deals in an exhaustive, research based and yet elegant manner with different aspects of the art of cinema, aesthetic values, roles of dance and music, photography, costumes and myriad other aspects of film making not just in India but even in world cinema. His extensive exposure and experience in the film industry lends richness to all parts of the book.

Best Film Critic


Swarna Kamal And Rs75000 To The Critic : Alaka Sahani (English)

Through her articles published in 2013, film critic Alaka Sahani has highlighted facets of cinema beyond glamour and gossip by delving deeper into the contemporary relevance of iconic film makers, hunting down the remnants of yesteryear theatres in Mumbai, investigating the new lease of life given to documentary film makers by the Internet and by looking at film making on the other side of the border. The Jury recommends her for the award for the non-mainstream theme of her articles and the sensitivity with which she has presented these issues.




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