20 Must Watch Films At IFFI 2019 (Phase 1)

It is the 50th year of the government organised International Film Festival of India and the organisers have done a fabulous job in getting in the best of contemporary world cinema to the shores of Goa. The Phase 1 of the schedule is out. Here is our small (and hurried attempt) in helping you choose the best films from the marquee film event.

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Akshay Indikar’s directorial debut feature, ‘Trijya’, will be screened at the 23rd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019 (PÖFF)

‘Trijya’ (Radius) debut feature of the talented Akshay Indikar has been selected for the prestigious ‘Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival’ (PÖFF). The 23rd edition of the festival will be held from November 15th to December 1st. Produced by Chitrakathi Nirmitee and Bombay Berlin Film Productions, ‘Trijya’ will be the first Marathi-language film to be a part of PÖFF. This will be the second feature of Bombay Berlin to screen at PÖFF, a notable A-list festival, positioned with the likes of Berlinale, Cannes and Venice Film Festival. The festival screens over 250 films from across the world, with more than 80000 cinephiles religiously attending this film festival.Continue reading “Akshay Indikar’s directorial debut feature, ‘Trijya’, will be screened at the 23rd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019 (PÖFF)”

8th edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) announces its full line-up

The Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) will be held from 7 to 10 November 2019 in the beautiful mountain town of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the meeting point of a rich and cosmopolitan mix of people and cultures. The eighth edition of DIFF will continue to pursue the hallmarks that have given the festival the reputation of being an intimate and carefully curated festival in the Himalayas that showcases an eclectic mix of the best of independent features, documentaries, shorts and animation films from India and around the world. Continue reading “8th edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) announces its full line-up”

7 Must Watch Indian Movies at 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2018

Amidst the treasure trove of films to be screened from around the world in this fabulous festival of cinema, it so happens that the desi gems tend to get neglected; especially the tinier ones which would be as lost in the theatres (i.e. if they do miraculously manage to get a theatrical release) as they are in the glossy catalogue of the 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.

So, here’s an attempt to bring into spotlight some of the Indian movies from across various sections that we feel would be worth a watch:Continue reading “7 Must Watch Indian Movies at 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2018”

Kadvi Hawa director’s next, Halkaa bags the top prize “Grand Prix de Montreal” at 21st Festival International du Film Pour Enfants de Montréal

National-Award winning director of Kadvi Hawa and I am Kalam, Nila Madhab Panda’s next ‘HALKAA’, which had its World Premiere at the prestigious 21st Festival International du Film Pour Enfants de Montréal Film festival (FIFEM) won the top award ‘Grand Prix de Montreal’.

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Notes from editor Jabeen Merchant’s Masterclass

Ever since I have started to take an interest in film editing, I have learnt how crucial editing is to the documentary. More often than not, a documentary film gets made on the editing table. While shooting a documentary there are far too many elements out of your control, so the use of determining the structure of the film in a screenplay is quite limited.

There are a number of blogs, website and video channels that help you know more about the craft of editing (documentary as well as fiction films), but nothing beats a live interaction with a stalwart in the field. So when I learnt of a Masterclass on ‘Constructing the Documentary Narrative’ was to be taken by veteran editor Jabeen Merchant at the ongoing Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), I made it a point to attend it. And as expected, it was quite an enriching experience. These were the major takeaways from the Masterclass:Continue reading “Notes from editor Jabeen Merchant’s Masterclass”

IFFI 2017: Movies You Must Watch!

Amidst all the controversies surrounding current year’s edition of IFFI, let us not forget that the festival will still showcase some really fine films from across the world. Here are our recommendations of the international films on show:Continue reading “IFFI 2017: Movies You Must Watch!”

MAMI 2017 Report: Best films from 19th Mumbai Film Festival

Yes, it’s a month late, but i thought that the recommendations in here would come in handy for those who are attending upcoming film festivals like IFFI, IFFK and PIFF.

As usual, the MAMI organised Mumbai Film Festival this year, too, had a great line-up of films from across the globe. But their selection of Indian films (especially Marathi) left a lot to be desired. Apart from the films, any report cannot miss the fact that how well organised this year’s event was compared to previous years. There were no major technical issues with any screenings and even the much feared BookMyShow booking system worked smoothly.

I watched fewer films this year but that meant i didn’t waste time watching abjectly bad movies. Of course, the strategy also meant that i missed out on a few gems as well. So, these are the ones i would highly recommend:Continue reading “MAMI 2017 Report: Best films from 19th Mumbai Film Festival”

Veteran Cinematographer Pravin Bhatt to be honoured at 8th Jagran Film Festival

The veteran cinematographer ‘Pravin Bhatt’ will be the recipient of the prestigious ‘Special Contribution to Indian Cinema’ at the 8thJagran Film Festival on 24th September 2017 at the closing ceremony of the festival in Mumbai.Continue reading “Veteran Cinematographer Pravin Bhatt to be honoured at 8th Jagran Film Festival”