Screening of 'Foreign Puzzle' + Q&A with the Director | Presented by Vikalp <at> Prithvi | Oct 31, Bombay

On 31st October, Vikalp <at> Prithvi presents 'Foreign Puzzle', a work-in-progress documentary about a dancer's journey juggling breast cancer, parenting and impermanence. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Chithra Jeyaram, the US-based director of the film. 


The film is a raw and intimate cinema verite exploration of the creation of a dance that is inextricably connected to the lived experiences and struggles of a Mexican American choreographer with breast cancer, her 6 year old son and ex-husband. Will the creative process offer a refuge from the daily rigor mol and lead to healing, acceptance, hope and peace?

Trailer: http://www.foreignpuzzle.com/trailer

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/The.Foreign.Puzzle

Screening Details:

Friday, 31 October, 7 pm

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

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

For any queries, email vikalpscreenings-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org

To view the event poster or RSVP on the Facebook Event Page: http://tinyurl.com/VikalpFilmInOctober

To join the Facebook Group: http://tinyurl.com/Vikalp-Prithvi 


About the November 28 Screening:

Set in Wayanad, in South India, ‘Have You Seen the Arana?’ is a journey through a rich and bio-diverse region that is witnessing drastic transformation in the name of ‘development’. A traditional healer’s concern over the disappearance of medicinal plants from the forest, a farmer’s commitment to growing traditional varieties of rice organically and a cash crop cultivator’s struggle to survive amidst farmers’ suicides, offer fresh insights into shifting relations between people, their knowledge systems and the environment.

Followed by a Q&A session with Sunanda Bhat, the director.

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Registrations Open - Tuning Fork Film Workshop, 3rd-7th November 2014 [2 Attachments]

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We are excited to announce our NEXT film workshop at the stunning HIMALAYAN FILM SCHOOL, Deer Park Institute, Himachal Pradesh. Please find details below and attached. Sign up ASAP before the seats run out!! Do share with anyone interested

Tuning Fork Films

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Tuning Fork Films announces its NEXT


at the beautiful Himalayan Film School

Deer Park Institute, Bir, Himachal Pradesh

 3rd-7th November 2014 


1. Fill up the registration form and email it back to us

              2. Deposit registration fee of Rs 2000/-          


Limited seats. Registration on first-come-first-serve basis.

Attached are Workshop Details & Registration Form, Feel free to call us or email us for any queries.

 Ankit Pogula: 9810146679, Shreya Kakria: 9717066975

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TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS invites entries for its Toto Awards for Short Films



TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) invites applications for its Toto Awards for Short

Films from persons between the ages of 18 and 29. These awards have been instituted

to honour the memory of Dr Sanat Kumar Ghosh. Much loved by family and friends,

Dr Ghosh was a doctor of medicine whose varied interests included a deep passion for

We invite young filmmakers to submit short fiction, non-fiction or animation films or any

combination of these. Two winners, to be decided by an eminent panel, will get a cash

award of Rs 30,000 each. Entries should reach TFA by 8 October 2014.

Only Indian nationals resident in India are eligible for the awards. Also, since the spirit of

the awards is to identify promising young filmmakers, you can apply if you were born on

or after 1 January 1985. No exceptions will be made.

The submission should comprise between 1 and 3 short films in any language with

English subtitles. Please send each film on a separate DVD, three sets of each film.

The films should be submitted in MP4 format and should be single-screen films.

They should not be longer than 30 minutes each.

Only films completed between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014 will qualify.

The award will go to the Director of the film.

Entries should be sent by courier or ordinary post only (and NOT by speedpost

or registered post) to the address below (the phone numbers supplied are for courier

purposes only):
Toto Funds the Arts (TFA)

H 301 Adarsh Gardens,

8th Block, 47th Cross

Bangalore 560 082

Phone 080-26990549/+91-98806 23357

Please state the category for which you are applying on the envelope, e.g. Short Films

(documentary), Short Films ((Fiction), etc.

Each entry must be accompanied by a statement, signed by you, confirming your

name, date of birth, when the film was completed, whether it has been screened

(give details), and affirming that the submitted work is original. Please also give us

your postal address, email ID, phone numbers (landline and mobile) and a short bio.


A small paragraph on each of the films submitted is essential.

If you have any further questions please email sarita.tfaawards-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org. No

queries will be answered on phone.

Note: Submitted material will not be returned. The decision of the TFA jury will be final

and cannot be contested in any forum. We reserve the right to use excerpts from your

submitted films (if necessary) to publicise the awards either on our website or in any in-
house materials such as a newsletter. Otherwise, the copyright rests with the filmmaker

and your submission will be put to no other use without your express permission. 

TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) is a not-for-profit public trust set up in memory

of Angirus ‘Toto’ Vellani, who was intensely passionate about music, literature and

Dr Sanat Kumar Ghosh was a doctor of medicine whose varied interests included a


deep passion for films.

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Behind the Screens - Inside Film Festivals ... [1 Attachment]

Hi Folks,

The best thing for people starting out in the filmmaking field is to make short films! But what can you do with your valuable creations besides uploading them online? Submit them to Film Festivals, of course! There is nothing more exciting than your film being selected officially for a prestigious Film Festival - but how do you play the "game" that ensures that your Film gets picked up for a Festival?

I'm holding another Introduction to Filmmaking Workshop at Kunzum Travel Cafe this weekend, and at the end of the workshop this Sunday evening, we'll have the pleasure of hosting a session with Jon Gann, the Programming Director at the DC Shorts Film Festival.

In this free 2-hour session, Jon will talk about how Film Festivals really work, particularly in the US; he'll give us a lot of tips on submitting your short films; and a lot more...

None of you should miss this event if you plan on making short films in the near future, and submitting it to Film Festivals! Hope to see you all there!

Venue: Kunzum Travel Cafe, Hauz Khas Village
Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Time: 6-8pm

You can get more details on the event here:

Cheers - Prashant.


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Welcome to the 10th Festival, to be held in Thrissur, Kerala, India from February 16-22, 2015. You may submit

your films (documentary/ short-fiction/ music video/ animation/ spot/ experimental)

for SELECTION PREVIEW. An eminent panel of Jury will select the final set of films for

screening at ViBYOR-2015.

The last date for film submission is NOVEMBER 30th, 2014.

Please register your film/s online by logging on to www.vibgyorfilm.org. Only films

produced and released after 1st January 2013 will be selected under the Open

Category. Refer to Film Submission Guidelines and FAQ for any clarifications. If

you face any difficulty/problem with online film submission, please send queries to

info-lXlgiEXeLjOTOffqwwroWg@public.gmane.org or contact us at: 91-9447000830/91-9447893066

Film Spectrum

One may submit films under the following packages:




4. OTHER (short fiction, music video, animation, experimental and spot films)

-The theme for the `Focus of the Year-2015’ package is ‘Green Growth’.

-Under the ViBGYOR package, there are seven themes, namely: 1) Identities 2) Rights 3)

Gender & Sexualities 4) Fundamentalism & Diversity 5) Developmentalism 6) Nation

State and 7) Culture & Media.

-Under Kerala Spectrum package, only films made by filmmakers residing in Kerala

(documentary films based on `Kerala’ themes, short fiction and `Focus-Children’) films

will be considered.

i) There is an Entry Fee of INR.300 for National/Kerala Spectrum entries and $10 for

`International’ entries. You may submit more than one film, but each entry should

comply with all submission requirements.

ii) In the Online Film Submission Form, please fill in all mandatory information (marked

with *), regarding each film entry.

iii) Don’t forget to upload a high resolution still (grabbed from your film, not less than

2MB) from your film/s. We also need a photograph of the director/s, for promotion and

publicity purposes.

iv) Two DVD copies should be submitted for Selection Preview purpose. Due to limitations

in internet access in our region, we entertain film uploads only as exceptions. If your

film is selected, you could send higher formats, like HD as Exhibition copy.

 Edition of ViBGYOR International Short & Documentary Film

 January 2013 will be selected under the Open

v) Please note the change in our Festival office address, where you should send your film

packets: ViBGYOR, 5

9447000830/ 9447893066. Please mention your Online Film Entry Registration number

on all discs, packets and in all further communications.

vi) We grant THREE Film Fellowships to three deserving young filmmakers whose films

are entered under the National/ Kerala Spectrum sections. There are no Awards for

National/ International entries.

vii) The Kerala Spectrum-Short Fiction is a Competitive category with cash prizes.

viii)The filmmaker/s or one representative of all selected films are invited to attend the

festival and assured of local hospitality (we do not pay for travel expenses).

On behalf of the ViBGYOR Team,

Lilly Thomas (+ 91-9447022213) President, ViBGYOR Film Collective

Mustafa Desamangalam ((+ 91-9447743040) Secretary

Dr. Benny Benedict ((+ 91-9447000830) National Coordinator

th Floor, Sun Towers, East Fort, Thrissur, 68005 Kerala, India. Tel.
ViBGYOR | Film Festival
ENTRY OF FILMS Any recent Documentaries/Short Fiction/Animations/ Music Videos/Spots, produced and released after January 1, 2013, may be submitted for P...
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Film on Radical Dalit Poet Singer won accolades at the Mumbai Film Festival

Meet the 27-year-old director whose debut swept the Mumbai Film Festival
Chaitanya Tamhane’s accomplished ‘Court’ won awards for best film and direction.
Adv  Kamayani Bali Mahabal

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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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Call for papers: Studies in South Asian Film and Media, special Science Fiction issue

*Call for Papers:* *Studies in South Asian Film and Media**, Special Issue on Science Fiction in South Asian Film, Media, Arts and Literature.* Although science fiction has been a popular literary genre in several South Asian languages it has received little critical attention. The absence is even more acute in the areas of cinema, theatre, radio, television, the visual arts, and new media. This lack of scholarship leads to the misassumption that science fiction has been of little consequence to the South Asian literary, cinematic and artistic imaginations. However, this has hardly been the case, as one realizes from the popularity of vernacular science fiction over at least two centuries of literary history. In more recent times,cinema, painting, installation art, graphic novels, plays, as well as radio and television series have drawn upon science fiction to generate new inquiries into time, space, history and memory, raising on tological questions about technology?s interface with the contemporary world. This issue is an attempt to recover and assess the histories and imaginaries of science fiction in South Asia across a diverse range of mediatised, artistic and literary forms. It marks a small step towards calibrating the region?s scientific and technological imagination outside of a developmental paradigm. We seek to solicit contributions from scholars, filmmakers, artists, writers, as well as sci-fi enthusiasts offering historical and critical perspectives on significant texts, individuals, institutions, and themes that have shaped the cultural and artistic expression of science fiction across South Asia. *Dates and Submissions policy* Please write to rashmi.sawhney-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org or aartiwani-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org to discuss your ideas. Abstracts of 500 words along with an author bio should be emailed to us by the *5th of November 2014*. In addition to critical essays of 6000-8000 words, we also welcome shorter creative pieces of 2000-4000 words in the form of interviews, photo essays (B/W), speculative pieces, translations of short stories, and artists? reflections on science-fiction influenced work. The deadline for the first draft is *30th January 2015*. All contributions will be peer-reviewed and the final submission will be due by *30thMarch*. The issue will be published by *June 2015*. All copyrights are to be cleared by the authors. Guidelines to the Intellect house-style are available at http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/MediaManager/File/style%20guide(journals)-1.pdf . Do please circulate - thanks! Best, Rashmi ---- Dept. of Cinema Studies School of Arts and Aesthetics Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi 110067

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THE FD CARTOON FILMS ( PART 1 ) at "THE fd ZONE" on 25 OCT 2014, 4 PM <at> Films Division, Mumbai


"THE fd ZONE" is happy to bring you an extensive selection of animation films made by the Cartoon Film Unit of Films Division. These will be screened over two sessions, on 25th October and 8th November, 2014.

The films reflect the preoccupation of the state organisation and its use of the very specific medium of the cartoon film to reinforce the desired messages. The films also reflect the development of different styles of animation in the first few decades of Indian cinema history, with names that appear with regularity in the FD catalogue: Govind Saraiya, Pramod Pati, Dilip Jamdar, VG Samant, Ram Mohan and Bhim Sen. The attempt was to adapt the western technique of animation and Indianise it in terms of the characters' appearance and movement and apply them to the very specific context of the growing nation.

The Cartoon Film Unit was later named the Animation Unit and continued to make nation-building and public service spots, 'quickies' as they were called, many of which became a part of our collective consciousness through their dissemination on Doordarshan and now on the internet. The film will be presented in chronological order over two sessions, two weeks apart.


1949, 7 min, English, B/W, Rajbans Krishan

This cartoon film attempts to acquaint people with preventive methods of fighting disease. It emphasises the necessity of ensuring cleanliness and countering superstition, the scourge of the masses.

1958, 9 min, English, B/W, Govind Saraiya

The metric system was introduced in India from October 1, 1958. This system is meant to standardize all weights and measures and simplify transactions. This documentary, done entirely in animation, gives a very interesting picture of the earlier chaos in weights and measures and explains how the metric system has been introduced to simplify calculations.

1961, 9 min, English, Colour, Pramod Pati

This cartoon film, presents in a nutshell, with the help of animated maps and diagrams, some geographical and economic facts about India. It shows how the people of India under the Five Year Plan Projects are striving to achieve a fuller and better life for all.

1962, 11 min, English, B/W, Pramod Pati

By observing simple rules of hygiene and sanitation, sickness and disease can be banished and this is what the cartoon, meant for audience in rural areas, attempts to depict. While explaining the two important aspects of rural sanitation - clean and safe drinking water and the use of sanitary latrines, the film also depicts the proper methods of constructing sanitary wells and latrines.

1965, 4 min, English, B/W, Govind Saraiya

This film brings out the importance of family planning. It shows a happy family life in a comfortable home where all the children are properly looked after by both the patents.

1966, 5 min, B/W, English

The benefits of vasectomy are stressed in this film as the answer to family planning.

1968, 7 min, English, B/W, Dilip Jamdar

This short quickie is in praise of dignity of labour. The idea is based on a tale from the Ramayana.

1971, 6 min, English, Colour, Govind Saraiya

There are quite a large number of travellers who do not care to purchase a ticket while travelling by railways. This is an offence and the film cheating the railways and the nation.

1971, 6 min, English, Colour, Leo Lionni 

This animation film is based on Mr. Leo Lionni's children's book"Swimmy". The theme of the film is unity.


Date and time:
25th October 2014, 4 pm

RR II Theater
6th floor
Phase II Building
Films Division
Pedder Road

All screenings at The FD Zone are free and open to all. 
Entry is on first come first served basis.

Upcoming programmes at "THE fd ZONE" Mumbai
31st and November 1st and 2nd - "Our Lives to Live' film festival, courtesyIAWRT.
November 8th - The FD Cartoon Films ( Part 2 )


"THE fd ZONE" team

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Chennai Monthly Screenings: October 2014

Chennai Monthly Screenings: October 2014

Organised by MARUPAKKAM

On 25 Oct; at 6 pm

At Panuval Book Shop, Thiruvanmiyur

Guest Speakers:

Prasanna Ramaswamy, filmmaker

Ravi Subramaniyan, writer, filmmaker

Susithra Thanigaivelan, journalist


Mini Hari


Sama – Muslim Mystic Music of India

Dir: Shazia Khan:  52mins: Documentary: Multiple Indian regional Languages; 2013; India

SAMA is the story of Indian Islamic Music, born out of a union of Indian and Islamic traditions, more than a thousand years ago. It explores the intermingling of these, in both form and content, to become a truly magnificent sound.

The Muslim mystics have always upheld a revered position across the country, particularly for their indispensable impact on various musical traditions in India. While traditionally the Muslim mystics are associated with Sufism, their cultural influence transcends all religious and geographical boundaries. The principles and values of finding god in oneself, a sentiment reverberated in prayers within Hinduism and Buddhism as well, provides an inter-religious umbilical cord to variation of hybrid sounds that continue to influence of the mystic musical traditions across India.

The Film explores the Islamic music traditions in India and portrays how they have borrowed and taken inspiration from the culture of the India, in both form and content, to become a truly magnificent sound. The Film discovers that connection which allows the artiste to become one with the creator and experience peace, calm, serenity and joy.

We welcome you all!

Amudhan R.P.


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5th Siliguri International Short & Documentary Film Festival

Dear Friends,

If you and/or your friend have made a short fiction or documentary in 2012-14 within a duration of maximum 30 minutes, please send it to the 5th Siliguri International Short & Documentary Film Festival (Competitive, 15-17 Nov 2014). Just copy the following entry form in a plain paper, fill it up, sign and send with two DVDs of your film to the following address. Entry fee: Rs.200. Deadline: 30 October 2014.

5th Siliguri International Short & Documentary Film Festival;
General Secretary, Siliguri Cine Society;
Himalayan Nature and Adventure Foundation;
Nivedita Market, Hospital Road;
Siliguri - 734001; West Bengal, India;
Ph: +913532430856.
Mobile: 09434233833.
Mail: <pradipnagslg-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>

Entry Form:

1. Title of the Film in Original Language / English:
2. Fiction / Documentary:
3. Year of Making / Country / Language / Duration:
4. Festivals Participated / Awards Won:
5. Name / Address / E-mail id / Mobile No. of Director/ Producer:
6. Synopsis of the Film (Max.60 words):
7. Director's Bio (Max.60 words):
8. Authorization with Signature:

Premendra Mazumder
Vice President,Federation of Film Societies of India
Mob: +91 9830140517

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SCRIPT International Short Film Festival

Dear Patron/ Film Maker,


 I had written to you last year regarding SCRIPT International Short Film Festival. The Fifth Edition of the Festival SCRIPT 2015 is scheduled at Fidelity Theatre, IMA House, Kochi on 20 and 21 Feb 2015. SCRIPT stands for Social and Corporate Responsibility International Promotional Theatre. The Festival is organized by the Rotary Club of Cochin Metropolis in association with Rotary District 3201. The Festival aims to highlight the Clubs humanitarian efforts in adopting Kothad Village a backward island village off Kochi and generate Corporate and organizational Support for the same. The Club has adopted a multipronged approach to development of the island community in terms of Geriatric Care, Education, Drug Rehabilitation, Employment Generation, etc.


SCRIPT 2015 focuses on socially relevant short films and documentaries of a maximum of 30 min duration. SCRIPT 2015 is supported by the Indian Documentary Producer’s Association (IDPA) and Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT). The festival is also registered with the International Film & Festival Organisation. The Kuala Lumpur International Short Film Festival and Curtas da Ribeira Grande Festival in Portugal have become a partner Festival for this event. The categories of competition are : -

1.    Film Makers

2.    International

3.    Documentaries

4.    Students (Should produce certificate from College)

5.    Mini/ Ad films (with  social message) (Max 2 min)

There will be a first Prize of Rs 25,000 and a second Prize of Rs 15000/- in each category, alongwith the Golden Halo Award. Special Jury Awards will be given where deserving.   The last date for Registration is 01 Dec 2014. This time a token entry fee has been instituted and details are in the RULES section in the website, as well as on the registration form when downloaded. Registration should be done online, but filled registration forms with signature should be submitted along with the two copies of CDs/ VCDs  of Films.  Publicity material like posters and stills can be submitted once the final selections are announced. The address to which films should be send is “SCRIPT 2015, Mathewsons Building, Near St Antony’s Church, Kaloor, Kochi – 682017, Kerala, India Mob : +91-9895323777.”


For Details of rules and previous year’s results, please visit www.scriptfilmfest.in.  Those who are on Facebook, please join the SCRIPT short Film Festival Group https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=127560387274236


I have a special request to you as a well wisher of SCRIPT Film Festival. Kindly spread the word about the SCRIPT Short Film Festival among you friends, peers and members of the film fraternity. This is for a social cause and we will remain ever grateful to you.

Jacob Isaac
Technical Director SCRIPT 2015

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