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Filmmaker Rima Das’ National Award winning film Village Rockstars is slated for a Pan-India theatrical release on 28th September, 2018.

The film will be released through VKAAO, a joint venture of PVR Pictures and Bookmyshow in metros cities of India and in more than 30 screens in Assam through Kamakhya Films.

Village Rockstars is the story of Dhunu, a girl who grows up in poverty and learns to fend for herself. However, that does not prevent her from following her dream of forming a rock band and owning a guitar someday. Most of the cast members of the film are non-actors including Rima Das’ niece Bhanita who plays Dhunu and the other kids who hail from Das’ native village in Assam.

The film which had its World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival and India Premiere at Mumbai Film Festival 2018 has screened in more than 70 prestigious international and national film festivals and won 44 awards including 4 National Awards (Best Feature, Best Editing, Audiography and Child Artist)

It was an official selection at Film Bazaar Recommends (at NFDC Film Bazaar 2016), 2017 Marche du Film (Cannes) Work-In-Progress, San Sebastian International Film Festival 2017

Rima Das’ debut film as a writer-director-producer, Man with Binoculars (Antardrishti) premiered at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2016. Village Rockstars, her second feature, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017 under Discovery Section. Bulbul Can Sing made its World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2018 and will make its South Asia Premiere at the prestigious 23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018.

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Vasan Bala’s Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (The Man Who Feels No Pain) became not only the first Indian film to be featured in Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness, but also the first Indian film to get the Grolsch People’s Choice Award in the same segment.

Here’s Vasan’s acceptance speech at TIFF…

 

And this is how the film was introduced by the Midnight Madness curator Peter Kuplowsky. So much fun!

Here’s all the early reviews from TIFF:

Writer-director Vasan Bala’s wild and wacky yet also warm and fuzzy fable about a resourceful young man who transcends ostensible physical limitations to become a two-fisted, swift-kicking hero likely will prove to be an irresistible crowd-pleaser on the global fest circuit, and in international release on various platforms.

Review on Variety by Joe Leydon

But those getting superhero fatigue should not worry, for along came an Indian superhero origin story inspired by every action movie on the planet that’s so funny and meta, Deadpool is crying of jealousy. This is The Man Who Feels No Pain.

Review at Bloody Disgusting by Rafael Motamayor

Through the tongue-in-cheek humor and mind-blowing action, the makers of the film manage to capture the crowd-pleasing essence of a masala film, without any of the problematic aspects of the genre. In a time where every Bollywood movie is eager to teach and preach, ‘Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota’ takes you back to the time 7-year-old you broke your leg trying to leap into a flying kick. But instead of yelling at you for being an idiot, Vasan Bala gives you a mat to cushion your next fall and a bottle of water to keep you hydrated.

Review at BizAsia by Sahar Junejo

His film, whose title toys with Amitabh Bachchan’s 1985 Mard, summons many adorable tropes of Bollywood and superhero films — bachpan ke dost, dadaji as teacher-mentor, mother’s murder and a haunting chain, limping and one-legged martial arts masters, evil villains — but each one has its own dancing, subversive curlicue that twists and twirls the cliches, making them funny, cool, with oodles of street cred.

Review by Suparna Sharma

– Review at NowToronto by Norman Wilner

Busan International Film Festival 2018 will see 5 Indian films having their World Premieres in the section titled A Window on Asian Cinema.
The festival is being held from 4th to 13th October 2018.

Namdev Bhau In Search of Silence

Screenplay, Director: Dar Gai
Producer: Dheer Momaya
Starring: Namdev Gurav, Aarya Dave, Zoya Hussain
Running time: 84min

Bhonsle

Director: Devashish Makhija
Producer: Saurabh Gupta, Namita Lal, Piiyush Singh
Starring: Manoj Bajpayee, Santosh Juvekar, Ipshita Chakraborty Singh, Virat Vaibhav
Running time: 128min

Widow of Silence

Director: Praveen Morchhale
Running time: 85min

Kaamyaab / Round Figure

Director: Hardik Mehta
Producer: Manish Mundra, Ridhima Lulla
Starring: Sanjai Mishra, Deepak Dobriyal, Sariika Singh, Isha Talwar, Kaurwakee Vasistha, Amitabh Shrivastava, Avtar Gill
Running time: 111min

Yours Truly

Story, Screenplay, Director: Sanjoy Nag
Producer: Platoon One Films, MDC Filmworks
Starring: Soni Razdan, Pankaj Tripathi
Running time: 78min

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The Dharamshala International Film Festival is pleased to announce the DIFF Film Fellows Programme 2018. The Film Fellows initiative, which saw its inception in 2014, aims to encourage and develop filmmaking talent in the Indian Himalayan regions by offering mentorship opportunities with established filmmakers.

This year, the programme will focus specifically on filmmakers from Himachal Pradesh.

The programme will provide a much-needed opportunity to budding filmmakers from Himachal Pradesh who would otherwise have limited or no access to these resources. Five young filmmakers from the HP region will be selected and invited to attend DIFF, participate in its various events, and benefit from one-on-one mentorship sessions with established filmmakers.

Previous DIFF Film Fellows have come from across the Himalayan region, from Ladakh all the way to Arunachal Pradesh, and are now engaged in various stages of their filmmaking career.

Siddharth Chauhan, last year’s film fellow from Himachal Pradesh, and the director of Pashi (2017) says: “DIFF Film Fellows Programme was a break I desperately needed in my life and career. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, young people and the amazing two mentors (filmmakers Gurvinder Singh and Kesang Tseten) I got to learn and unlearn so many facets of filmmaking.”

The deadline for applying to this programme is 24 September 2018. Applicants must be between 18-45 years of age and hold bonafide Himachali certificates.

A jury made up of eminent filmmakers will review all applicants and the final selection of the five fellows will be announced by 1st October 2018.

Rules & Regulations
  1. The DIFF Film Fellows programme accepts applications from aspiring Film Directors.
  2. Applicants must be in the age group 18 to 45.
  3. Applicants must be from Himachal Pradesh.
  4. Applicants must submit a completed entry form together with a link to a short film they have directed.
  5. Films submitted must be shorter than 20 minutes in duration but may include excerpts from longer films. In the latter instance, please do not send the full film.
  6. Films can be submitted as a link on Vimeo, YouTube, etc.
  7. Non-English-language film must be subtitled in English.
  8. Films may be of any genre: fiction; documentary; experimental; animation; etc.
  9. A panel of industry professionals will judge the entries and their decision will be final.
  10. The application deadline is 24th September 2018.
  11. Successful applicants will be notified by 1st October 2018.

To apply for the fourth DIFF Film Fellows Programme, please download the application form below and send your completed application to info@diff.co.in and programmingassistant@diff.co.in by 24th September 2018.

Subject Line: DIFF Film Fellows Application.

DIFF FILM FELLOWS PROGRAMME ENTRY FORM

More details: DIFF Film Fellows

The National Film Development Corporation has announced the Call for Entries for the 12th Year of Film Bazaar Co-Production Market.

Full length fiction feature projects with South Asian themes are invited to apply.

The Deadline for submissions is September 13th, 2018. Extended Deadline is September 18th 2018. The deadline has been extended to September 30th 2018.

The Market will be held between 20-24th November, 2018 at Film Bazaar, Goa.

The Co-Production Market presents a list of curated projects to the national and international film professionals attending Film Bazaar. The Market kicks off with Open Pitch where participants present their projects through Video Pitches to an audience of investors, producers and financiers. The four days of the market are earmarked for one on one meetings specially scheduled for each project.

Over the years, the dedicated team has honed its skills for matching projects with the right delegates. Dedicated online and print catalogues consisting of all project details are available for Film Bazaar attendees interested in Co Production Market projects. The Co-Production Market also conducts an orientation session to familiarize participants to Open Pitch as well as the working of the Co-Production Market and Film Bazaar.

For Application Form and more details, please visit https://filmbazaarindia.com/co-production-market/
For further queries, write to: coproduction@filmbazaarindia.com

CPM Projects Over the Years:

  • Lipstick Under My Burkha, Alankrita Shrivastava CPM 2013
  • Newton, Amit Masurkar, CPM 2015
  • Song of the Scorpions, Anup Singh CPM 2013
  • Beyond the Known World, Pan Nalin, CPM 2012
  • Lady of the Lake, Haobam Paban Kumar, CPM 2011
  • Manto, Nandita Das (in production), CPM 2015
  • Court, Chaitanya Tamhane, CPM 2012 (VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 2014)
  • Chauthi Koot, Gurvinder Singer, CPM 2012 (FESTIVAL DE CANNES 2015)
  • Titli, Kanu Behl CPM 2012 (FESTIVAL DE CANNES 2014)
  • Liar’s Dice, Geetu Mohan Das, CPM 2011 (Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival, IFFRIndia’s Official Entry to the 87th Academy Awards)
  • Arunoday, Partho Sengupta, CPM 2012 (BUSAN 2014)
  • Highway, Umesh Kulkarni CPM 2013
  • Television, Mostofa Farooki CPM 2010 (PUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012) Chauranga, Bikas Mishra, CPM 2011 (MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL 2014)
  • Qissa, Anup Singh CPM 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival 2013)
  • LSD, Dibakar Banerjee (CPM 2009) (Filmfare for Best Editing, Sound Design, Stardust Film of the Year)
  • Paltadacho Munis, Laxmikant Shetgaonkar (TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIPRESCI for Discovery 2009)
  • That girl with Yellow Boots, Anurag Kashyap (VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2010)
  • Deool, Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni (BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011 & 59th National Award for Best Feature Film).
  • Karma, Prasanna Jayakody (ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011)
  • Shanghai, Dibakar Banerjee (TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012)
  • Miss Lovely, Ashim Ahluwalia (FESTIVAL DE CANNES 2012)
  • Mumbai Cha Raja, Manjeet Singh (TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012)
  • As the River Flows, Bidyut Kotoky, CPM 2007
  • Shor in the City, Krish D K, Raj Nidimoru, (CPM 2007) (MIAAC Festival – Best Director, PUSAN FIlm Festival, Dubai International Film Festival 2010)
  • 28, Prasanna Jayakody, CPM 2013, (IFFR, 2014 – NETPAC Award.)

Some of the projects and people who have attended the Co Production Market at Film Bazaar are Chedomir Kolar [ Producer No Man’s Land], Mustofa Sarwar Farooki [Director Television], Michael Werner [Fortissimo Films ], Chris Paton [San Sebastian Film Festival], Christian Jeune [Cannes Film Festival], Kristen Niehuus [Medien Board, Berlin-Brandenburg] Remi Burah [Arte France Cinema], Anurag Kashyap, Madhu Mantena, Manish Mundhra, Sooni Taraporewala, Sabiha Sumar [Director Khamosh Pani], Guneet Monga, Nandita Das, Govind Nihalani, Shyam Benegal, Pablo Bertolini [Venice Film Festival], Charles Tesson [Cemaine de la Crtique Cannes Film Festival], Aviva Silver [NEA cinema, Belgium], Anup Singh [Director Quissa],Catherine Dussart [Producer Chautih Koot France], Ramesh Sippy, Kabir Khan, Sheeladitya Bora, Marco Muller, [Beijing Film Festival], Benjamin Illos [Director’s Fortnight, Cannes]

The 7th edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival, in association with the Paddy & Joan Leigh Fermor Arts Fund, announces the launch of the Dharamshala PJLF Editing Workshop 2018.

The Editing Workshop will be mentored by Internationally renowned editor Jacques Comets, editor and Artistic Director of the International Film Festival of Kerala Bina Paul, and Producer and Script & Editing Mentor Olivia Stewart.

Eligibility

The application for the workshop is only open to Director/Editor teams who are working closely together as equal collaborators on the edit of an Indian-language (including in English) feature film.

The film can be at any stage between rough-cut and fine cut and should be at least 90 minutes long. Indian-language films will need to have English subtitles.

Submission process

The following information must be submitted to: diffeditingworkshop@gmail.com

  1. Name of Director
  2. Address, email and mobile number of Director
  3. Short filmography of Director
  4. Name of Editor
  5. Address, email and mobile number of Editor
  6. Short filmography of Editor
  7. Short synopsis of film (max 200 words)
  8. Short statement outlining the reasons why Director and Editor want to enter their film for the Editing Workshop (max 200 words)
  9. Link to rough cut/fine cut with English subtitles

Submission deadline: 22 September 2018.
The decision of the Selection Committee will be final.
Two teams of director & editor will be given a chance to screen their film, receive feedback from a team of experienced film professionals and have two follow-up sessions working with the Editing Mentor on revising their cut and/or concentrating on particular sequences in their film.

Application Deadline & Dates

Applications are open from 23 August 2018 and the submission deadline is 22 September. The two selected projects will be announced on 8 October.

The two selected Director/Editor teams will be invited to come to Dharamshala for seven days from 29 October to 4 November. All their expenses including travel and stay will be covered by the workshop.

Editing Workshop Mentors: Bina Paul and Olivia Stewart
Editing Mentor: Jacques Comets
Selection Committee: Umesh Kulkarni, Bina Paul and Tenzing Sonam

Ritu Sarin + Tenzing Sonam

More details: http://diff.co.in/dharamshala-pjlf-editing-workshop-2018/