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MIFF 2020, Open Forum, Day 1: Single window clearance needed

MIFF 2020, Open Forum, Day 1: Single window clearance needed On the first day of the Open Forum, conducted by the Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA), at MIFF 2020, the topic was ‘Problems Faced by Film-makers While Shooting in India: What are the solutions?’ IDPA was represented by President Usha Deshpande, Vice-President Aditya Seth (moderator), Suresh Sharma (Executive Committee Member and panelist) and Sanskar Desai (Secretary). Others on the panel were US-...

MIFF 2020: Meet V. Shantaram Lifetime awardee Dr. S. Krishnaswamy

MIFF 2020: Meet V. Shantaram Lifetime awardee Dr. S. Krishnaswamy Honoured with the Dr. V. Shantaram Award for Lifetime Achievement, during the inaugural ceremony of MIFF 2020, at Nehru Centre, on January 28, S. Krishnaswamy spoke to, shortly afterwards, at the Films Division Complex. It was a nostalgic moment for Dr. S. Krishnaswamy. Had fate willed otherwise, he would have joined Films Division (FD) during the tenure of Chief Producer K.L. Khandpur (1962-68) and served in...

16th MIFF: A doc, a short and an animation film set the ball rolling

16th MIFF: A doc, a short and an animation film set the ball rolling Three films were screened at the inaugural ceremony of the 16th Mumbai International Film Festival, MIFF 2020, on 28th January, 2020, at the Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai. Since the festival screens documentaries, short fiction films and animation films, it was quite apt that one representative film from each genre was showcased last evening. Regular screenings began on 29th January. Rhyme and Rhythm of Loom (from the Special...

VIDEO recap Day 9 in Sundance

We’re in the final days of the 2020 Festival, but things have not slowed down here in Park City. After the world premiere of Max Richter’s Sleep, influential composer Max Richter performed a live 90-minute version of his eight-hour opus. At the Filmmaker Lodge, Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht, and Michelle Miles joined us for “The New Aesthetics of Disability” panel, and Steven Dayvid McKellar of Civil Twilight performed at the ASCAP Music Café.   ...

Conversations at the Sundance Film Festival The Joy of Making Movies and Meeting People

By James Nelson Independent Reporter   PARK CITY, UTAH – I bumped into a lady at the Sundance Film Festival (SFF) and learned about the meaning of the word truffle, the strength of a good movie, and the value of a wonderful conversation all before my bus arrived. Say hello to Jamie Wolf of Foothill Productions. “The surroundings before it got so incredibly crowded were conducive to hanging out with peers. It’s not quite as conducive anymore but still I think that is ...

VIDEO recap Day 8 in Sundance

Yesterday, we invited the Festival community to take part in something extra special—a ritual as old as storytelling itself. Just after dusk, led by drummers from the Ute tribe, we gathered around a bonfire to welcome the start of a new decade and dream of our imagined futures. Elsewhere, Falling writer/director/actor Viggo Mortensen joined us for another enriching Power of Story panel, ZZ Ward performed at the ASCAP Music Café, and Festivalgoers experienced the groundbreaking An...

AOF 2020 Leads Off With A New Edition of the AOF Megafest Magazine

After wrapping a fantastic 15th Season, the AOF returns for 2020 with a brand new Megafest, brand new year and amazing new edition of the AOF Megafest Magazine. This new issue, which features the beautiful and talented Saye Yabandeh on the cover is pack...

Life on the Red Carpet at the Sundance Film Festival: One Photographers Story of Images and Movie Stars

By James Nelson Independent Reporter   PARK CITY, UTAH – The electricity and buzz that makes the Sundance Film Festival (SFF) one of the best in the world wouldn’t be the same without the imagery all those photographers bring to the outside world. The work and talent that goes into each and every photo is all part of the Sundance landscape of movies, and storytelling. “I do entertainment and I also do journalism where I want to tell a story. So, we will focus on some...

VIDEO recap Day 7 in Sundance

On the seventh day of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, we caught a conversation between Radha Blank (THE 40-YEAR-OLD VERSION) and Winston Duke (NINE DAYS) at Cinema Cafe. At the ASCAP Music Cafe, we caught a live performance by The Bird and the Bee, and at the Filmmaker Lodge, we heard from creatives speak on the topic “How Can Artists Reshape Politics?” ...

VIDEO recap Day 6 in Sundance

On Day Six of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, we stopped by Cinema Café for a conversation with actresses Zazie Beetz, Elle Lorraine, and Taylour Paige, and convened a panel full of Festival programmers and special guests to discuss an all-important topic: “the movie that blew my mind. ...

VIDEO recap Day 5 in Sundance

On Day Five of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, we may have reached the halfway point, but the big premieres just kept on coming. Among them, Ethan Hawke plays Nikola Tesla in Michael Almereyda’s unconventional biopic, TESLA, and Tessa Thompson stars in Eugene Ashe’s winning period romance, SYLVIE'S LOVE. We also heard from former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and DOWNHILL star Will Ferrell. ...

Numerous events focused on Diversity at the Berlinale

    The advent of a more inclusive film industry constitutes one of this sector’s greatest structural challenges. Promoting the plurality of voices and a more inclusive society has been a crucial part of the Berlinale’s legacy since its founding in 1951. This is reflected annually in the film programmes of the various sections and special series as well as in the initiatives and special events of the Berlinale. Indeed, incl...

Facebook Live stream from the Berlinale Press Conference wed 29th

The press conference of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival will take place on Wednesday, 29 January 2020 at 10.30 am in the “Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung” (admission with invitation only).  The Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek and the Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian will give an insight into the anniversary edition and will also announce the programme of the Competition and further Berlinale Special Galas. After announcing the Comp...

VIDEO recap Day 4 in Sundance

On Day Four of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, things heated up in Park City with a trip to PALM SPRINGS, not to mention a live taping of the THIRST AID KIT podcast with actors Daniel Dae Kim (BLAST BEAT) and Kendrick Sampson (MISS JUNETEENTH). Plus, legendary women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem arrived for the premiere of Julie Taymor’s The Glorias and Hillary Rodham Clinton joined us at the Cinema Café     ...

Sundance Film Festival is never sold out on things to do

SFF 2020 outside one of the theaters in Park City, Utah   Activists on main street in Park City, Utah By James Nelson Sold out is the common refrain at the Sundance Film Festival but there are still ways to secure a ticket once the movies start rolling. Savvy organizers keep schedules online and out in the open in many places so the public can stay informed. Veteran movie goers place their names on wait lists and use social media as a way to find an open seat. Though the festival is...

RIFF 2020, VIII: Ratings of films seen at the 6th Rajasthan International Film Festival, Jaipur, 18-23 January

RIFF 2020, VIII: Ratings of films seen at the 6th Rajasthan International Film Festival, Jaipur, 18-23 January Film Country Category Director Rating Midnight Delhi, India, Short, Rakesh Rawat: ** ½ Mooso, India, Feature, Deepankar Prakash: *** ½ Lihaaf, India, Feature, Rahat Kazmi: *** Oxygen, India, Feature,Shoib Nikash Shah: ** ½ Six-6 (Chhe), India, Short, DilipV. Sood: ** Mai Ghat: Crime No. 103/2005, India, Feature, Ananth Naraya...

Cloud 21 & Kultura PR To Present Third Annual “Indie Entertainment Showcase 2020” in Park City, Utah on January 25, 2020

Indie Entertainment Showcase - a house full of creatives and industry executives. — with Ali M. Aksu, Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, Vincent De Paul and Renee Meriste. Event Panel to Feature Top Industry Names ‘Tesla’ Star Vincent De Paul, Ali M. Aksu, Renee Meriste and Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest; Moderated by Sue Vicory Cloud21 International and Kultura PR International are pleased to present the third annual "Indie&nb...

LIVE VIDEO : Opening Ceremony, Göteborg Film Festival 2020

  Psychosis in Stockholm to Open the festival, My Father Mary Anne to Close This year's opening film is the world premiere of the Swedish film Psychosis in Stockholm by Maria Bäck. 20 years ago, Maria Bäck went on vacation to Stockholm with her mother. It ended with her mother having a mental breakdown – and the 14-year-old Maria wandering around the city alone. With the help of actors Josefin Neldén and Josefine Stofkoper, she has now processed the exper...

RIFF, 7: Films, Knowledge Series and Open Forum

RIFF, 7: Films, Knowledge Series and Open Forum At the inaugural function of the Sixth Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF), on 18th January, 2020, at the Open-Air Jawahar Kala Kendra, the following films were screened: My Turn (Korea), Kalamkhush, #Jaipuractivists and Dhanak (all from India). Regular screenings and other sessions commenced at Cinépolis, Jaipur, on the second day, the 19th of January, 2020. Films screened during the morning session were Chitthiyan, Pearl-A Girl...

Click Here: what a great energy for their concert which had everyone dancing all night

CLICK HERE Pioneer of the Global Bass scene, Dj Click keeps exploring Roma music by bringing together artists from various cultures. The band is made up of experienced musicians from Moldova, Romania and French. Click Here is mixing the heat of popular music with the confident convulsions of new wave sounds, applying a great reinforcement of analog synthesizers,TR-707 Roland and guitar chorus. Imagine New Order playing with the Taraf de Haidouks ! Depeche Mode enjoying a...

RIFF 2020: Second and final list of films released

RIFF 2020: Second and final list of films released Jaipur: 13 January 2020: The 6th edition of Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) will be organised by RIFF Film Club from Saturday, 18 January, to Wednesday, 22 January, 2020 at Jawahar Kala Kendra and Cinépolis, World Trade Park, JLN Marg, Jaipur, on the theme of 5 Years of RIFF & 150 Years of Mahatma Gandhi. The second list of films to be screened during the festival has been released, which includes the short film Wave,...

Weihnachtsfilmfestival Berlin: Another Fun-filled Year with Christmas Treats

(Still from We Will Survive, © Nele Dehlenkamp 2018)    This year's Weihnachtfilmfestival in Berlin was another success even if the audience turnout was not as big as the previous year. Perhaps more Berliners chose to stay at home with their family and friends this Christmas rather than venture out to the cinema. Sadly, I was one of those who was not able to make it to more screenings of this Christmas film festival's eclectic offerings.  One section that I en...

Opening the festival with celebration of the Orthodox new year's eve: yes two weeks later...

Kustendorf is like a trip in time showcasing the serbian culture at its best. Kusturica had invested his personal savings, earned in film, music...into villages and experience that can give back glory, fame, attention to Serbia. The opening ceremony included the outdoor celebration of the 3Old New Year3 or the Orthodox New Year which is an informal traditional holiday, celebrated as the start of the New Year by the Julian calendar. In the 20th and 21st centuries, the Old New Year fa...


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