Bidyut Kotoky’s Assamese Film Xhoixobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields) Begins its Crowdfunding Campaign

Winner of Best Foreign Film and the Hollywood International Cinefest 2017 and the Official selection in Kids First 2017 – the World largest kids’ film festival, Xhoixobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields)  is looking to be released in its home state of Assam. The film is  based on  the National Award winning director Bidyut Kotoky’s experience as a child during the violent period of the 1980’s in Assam.Continue reading “Bidyut Kotoky’s Assamese Film Xhoixobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields) Begins its Crowdfunding Campaign”

King of Peking: Trailer

An official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival 2017 and the Los Angeles Asia Pacific Film Festival 2017, King of Peking is a film set in 1998 and it follows a traveling film projectionist who, with the advent of DVD, starts a small pirated movie business from home in order to keep custody of his son. Written and directed by Sam Voutas and produced by Melanie Ansley, the film also underwent a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Continue reading “King of Peking: Trailer”

Yatharth: A Short Film taking the Crowdfunding Route

Crowdfunding has to be one of the most interesting development in the film financing world. It helps aspiring filmmakers to not only tap funds from all over the world, but also helps bypassing the usual route of approaching producers who are rarely adventurous in backing projects and prefer the tried and tested formulaic films. It also gives the filmmakers creative independence.

This recent development has meant that we have websites like Wishberry that have been specifically set up to cater to crowd funding. These portals act as a host for these projects and help the filmmaker reach out to people who might be interested in funding his/her project. The recent celebrated stop-motion film Anomalisa by the highly acclaimed director Charlie Kaufman also chose the crowdfunded route to make the film the way it was originally conceived without any interference. Closer home we have films like ‘I Am’ that have been success stories of crowdfunding.
Yatharth poster

Yatharth is a short film that has also chosen to take the crowdfunded path on Wishberry. It is a story of a father who is gambling through a whirlpool of instincts. The film revolves around a card game leading to circumstances that journey through religion, superstitions and a hint of destiny. Yatharth is an attempt to shed light on that piece of ultimate truth that’s hidden behind fancy layers of the living and non-living, with a man’s desperate progression to achieve a state of accomplishment.Continue reading “Yatharth: A Short Film taking the Crowdfunding Route”

Tikli and Laxmi Bomb: An Indie Film Based on the Book by the Same Name

Based on the book by the same name, Aditya Kripalani’s Tikli and Laxmi Bomb is the story of two sex workers in Mumbai who decide to kick men out of the system. And the project is now looking at the crowdfunding route via Wishberry to enable completion.

What’s the film all about?

Tikli and Laxmi BombWhat if sex workers decided to kick men out of the system and take over each job that men traditionally have performed, as pimps, protectors, owners etc. and did these same jobs themselves? What if women started a sex industry run by women, for women, that safeguarded their interests? Tikli and Laxmi Bomb, the film, inspires women in each industry to ask themselves this question… ‘What if we started something of our own, by women, for women?’ be it advertising, teaching in schools, fishing or banking.

So why is the book worthy of a movie?

A film is a medium that has always had a lot more reach than a book. Simply because it takes less investment in terms of time, less patience and you don’t need to be able to even read, to experience the same story. To be able to get the message of this story to reach far and wide is why we’re making a film on it. With absolutely no dilution in the content and depth of it.

Why female sex workers?

Because they are the worst affected by patriarchy as they’re not even allowed to legally practice on the streets. And so they have no recourse to justice from the law.

What’s the status of the film so far?

The screenplay is in its 5th draft. The crew has been finalized. The budgeting and scheduling has been done. The casting is being done as this gets launched. Five songs have been composed. The lyrics have been written. The arrangement and recording has begun as this goes live.

Why go in for crowdfunding?

When we see any one type of film becoming the only kind of film made, for example a Dabangg, it’s because films are driven by market forces. And one successfull blockbuster ends up in another hundred copies being made. But on a platform such as this, you can choose stories that engage your mind and leave you with not just entertainment which is primary, but also something to think about.

How will the money be used?

Composition & Recording: 200000

Offline Post Production: 300000
Online Post Production: 400000
Admin Cost: 100000

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The Bad Mother: Official Trailer

The Bad Mother is a dramatic comedy about a woman who leaves her career to raise kids and gets caught in the battle of work vs family.

The bad mother 2The film follows Tara, a mid-30’s woman, struggling with her role as a stay at home mom after leaving a rewarding career to raise kids.

When her five-year-old son accidentally shares a scathing diatribe she writes about her husband’s evil workplace, Tara becomes an instant cause célèbre to other women in the same boat.

But as she’s thrust from obscurity into the spotlight, the scrutiny is a lot more intense than she bargained for, and Tara is forced to face her daemons, or wither away.

Support their Kickstarter:, if you are interested

Here is the trailer of the film

Film Funding in India: A Fresh Perspective

The Indian media and entertainment industry of which Cinema forms a major chunk is used to various announcements and developments pouring in with respect to the area of film funding/financing. Considering that this is a very crucial aspect, which can make or break a film, sometimes even before the pre-production stage, all such announcements and developments are looked upon eagerly, but with a touch of caution, going by the past industry trends.Hence the recent announcement of a new player in the film funding business,Third Eye Cinema Fund (TECF) was also treated the same way. What made relevant people take notice of the announcement however was not the fact that it was a SEBI approved fund or that it had advisers from the industry (like Ashutosh Gowariker, Nagesh Kukunoor, Dr.Chandrapraksh Dwivedi, John Mathew Mathan, SagarBallary etc), but that it was being promoted and led by Kewal Handa, a known name in the pharma sector (he was until recently the CEO of Pfizer India Ltd.),but relatively unknown in the film industry.Continue reading “Film Funding in India: A Fresh Perspective”

The Campaign for Saving the Mumbai Film Festival Gains Momentum


SaveMFFBy now most of us must be aware that a few days ago The Mumbai Film Festival recognized as one of the most prestigious film festivals faced an uncertain future. As its 5 year partnership with Reliance Entertainment ends, The Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) had started scouting for new sponsors and partnership but met with little success initially. With sponsorship deals not being finalized, the film festival scheduled to take place from October 14th to 21st stood the risk of being cancelled.Continue reading “The Campaign for Saving the Mumbai Film Festival Gains Momentum”

DOK Leipzig Lake Festival 2014 is Crowdfunding for their Second Edition

dok_projekte_grossDOK Leipzig Lake Festival presented by FORMEDIA (run by filmmakers Neelima Mathur and Pramod Mathur) in India is crowd funding on Catapooolt to realise its second edition. DOK Leipzig, Germany is the oldest international documentary film festival in the world that brings some noteworthy curated international documentaries to the DOK Leipzig Lake Festival.  The festival seeks for a total contribution of $9,166 or about Rs. 5,60,500 via this crowdfunding campain.

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The One Rupee Film Project: Extended Trailer

Aashmani JawaharatAnamitra Roy and Sriparna Dey have been toiling hard to come up with their indie film ‘The One Rupee Film Project’ aka Aashmani Jawaharat. Finally the film is almost all set to get completed as it enters the final stages.Continue reading “The One Rupee Film Project: Extended Trailer”