FILM FESTIVALS

  • IFFI 2014 gets eminent International juries onboard 3 days ago

    Panaji: From noted cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, Chinese filmmaker Zhang Jianya to actress Seema Biswas, the 45th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) that started Thursday has celebrated film personalities from all over the world as its jury. Idziak from Poland, who is also the jury chairman, is a noted...
  • Dutch filmmaker Tamar Van Den Dop wins best director at KIFF 6 days ago

    Kolkata: Dutch filmmaker Tamar Van Den Dop was adjudged best director for her film 'Supernova' at the 20th Kolkata International Film Festival, which came to an end today. The best film award was jointly won by Rakshan Banietemad of Iran for 'Tales' and Najwa Najjar of Palestine for 'Eyes of the...
  • Dia Mirza, Shyam Benegal, Sania Mirza kickstart National Children's Film Festival November 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The first edition of the National Children's Film Festival began here today on children's day with a glittering ceremony attended by acclaimed filmmaker Shyam Benegal, actress Dia Mirza and tennis star Sania Mirza. The three-day event was inaugurated by Union Minister of Finance and Information and Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley. Dia,...
  • Real meaning of classics has been lost in the age of selfies: Amol Palekar November 14, 2014

    Kolkata: In the age of trends like selfies and social networking that are a rage among the youth, words like "genius" and "classics" are being used so rampantly and easily that the real meaning of classics has been lost, veteran actor-filmmaker Amol Palekar said here Thursday. The 'Chitchor' and 'Gol Maal'...
  • Amitabh Bachchan to open IFFI 2014, Rajinikanth to receive centenary award November 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Two legends of Indian cinema - megastar Amitabh Bachchan and superstar Rajinikanth - will share the dais at the opening ceremony of the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to be held at Goa Nov 20-30. Newly-inducted Minister of State, Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Tuesday announced...
  • Irrfan Khan: Hope Kolkata International Film Festival inspires the upcoming generation to tell their own stories November 11, 2014

    Kolkata: Delighted to attend the opening of the 20th Kolkata International Film festival (KIFF) here, actor Irrfan Khan hoped the event would encourage youngsters to narrate stories they believe in, help them find their own voice and engage a global audience through their craft. Boasting of a rich oeuvre of 137...
  • Shah Rukh Khan urges international filmmakers to experience Kolkata; speaks in Bengali at the opening ceremony of Kolkata International Film Festival November 11, 2014

    Kolkata: All keyed up for being present at the opening of the 20th Kolkata International film festival, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan Monday urged Australian filmmaker Paul Cox and other international dignitaries to relish the experiences that Kolkata has to offer, including the variety of sweets. Addressing a star-studded audience at...
  • Tanuja hospitalised after complaining of breathing problem November 11, 2014

    Kolkata: Veteran Bollywood actress Tanuja was tonight admitted to a private hospital here after she complained of breathing trouble. Belle Vue Clinic CEO P Tandon said the 70-year-old actress complained of breathing problem after which she was administered oxygen. "Her condition is normal now," Tandon said. Tanuja, mother of Bollywood actresses Kajol...
  • Bachchan family, SRK, Bollywood fire-up the opening ceremony of Kolkata film festival November 11, 2014

    Kolkata: In a splendid show of Bollywood camaraderie and the mingling of politicians and celebrities, the 20th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) -- India's second oldest movie fest - was inaugurated here Monday by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan and superstar Shah Rukh Khan. It was...
  • Women in our films have moved away from stereotypes: Amitabh Bachchan November 11, 2014

    Kolkata: Noting that the visual representation of women has changed dramatically over the past two decades, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan Monday saluted the way contemporary Indian films portray multi-hued female characters which have moved away from the pre-set stereotypes of wife, vamp or the sacrificing mother. "From the 1990s, along with...
  • 'Heaven Knows What' takes top prize at Tokyo film festival November 2, 2014

    (Reuters) - Joshua and Benny Safdie's "Heaven Knows What," the story of a young heroin addict who finds love in the streets of New York, took the top prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival on Friday. The Safdie brothers also won the best director award for the U.S.-French production, which...
  • 12 Chinese films to be screened at the International Film Festival of India, Goa November 1, 2014

    Panaji: About 12 Chinese films will be showcased during the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), as China is the focus country during the event to be held here from November 20-30. "There will be very important and profound films from China to be showcased this year... about twelve films or...
  • Snapshot: 'Haider' wins People's Choice Award at Rome Film Festival October 26, 2014

    Rome: Actor Shahid Kapoor and filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj attended the screening of their latest venture 'Haider' at the 9th edition of Rome Film Festival, Italy. Bhardwaj's adaptation of 'Hamlet' won the People's Choice Award in Mondo Genere at the Rome Film Festival.While Shahid stopped to take pictures with his fans,...
  • Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan inaugurates film festival with focus on journalism October 24, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: An International Film Festival, with 'journalistic courage under fire' as theme, was inaugurated by Kerala Minister for Cinema Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan here. The festival titled 'Behind the Lines, Between the Lines', organised by Thiruvananthapuram Press Club in association with the United States Consulate, would feature 24 films from eight countries. The...
  • Why 'Chauranga' beat 'Killa' as best Indian film at MAMI October 22, 2014

    The just-concluded 16th Mumbai Film Festival has been a good one for Indian cinema, with nearly half the top prizes having been awarded to Indian filmmakers. Chaitanya Tamhane's Court took home 3 awards from the International Competition section - the Golden Gateway Award for Best Film, Best Director, and a...
  • MWIFF 2014: With discussions, special events, outdoor film screenings, it promises to offer an enriching experience to independent filmmakers October 22, 2014

    Following the popularity and success of the first edition of Mumbai Women's International Film Festival (MWIFF), preparations have kicked off for its second edition this year. The festival, which offers an important and much-needed platform to female filmmakers in India, many who still haven't managed to find the popularity and...
  • The 5 best films from Mumbai Film Festival 2014 October 22, 2014

    The 16th Mumbai Film Festival, popularly called MAMI, has ended and cinephiles now have the depressing task of re-adjusting to the real world. I watched 22 films over 7 days at the festival, and the task of choosing my favourites was harder than I thought it'd be. Here is my...
  • Mumbai Film Festival Diary 2014: 'Next To Her' surprises with unexpected twists, 'Court' wins accolades for its masterful storytelling on Day 6 October 21, 2014

    What a day. On the penultimate day of the festival, film snobs heaved a huge sigh of relief as the madding crowd returned to their offices, now that the weekend had ended. I ended up watching four great films and returned home feeling giddy with cinema-induced happiness. It's amazing how empty the...
  • FTII student Sandhya Daisy Sundaram's short documentary wins at the Chicago International Film Festival; qualifies for 2016 Oscars October 20, 2014

    New Delhi: A breath-taking, snow-covered landscape was the canvas for an unlikely subject - love. Here, travelling in a train, interacting with people, architecture and culture through the lens of a video camera, FTII student Sandhya Daisy Sundaram and her team travelled across Russia. Sundaram's critically-acclaimed short documentary, which was a...
  • Actor Amitabh Bachchan invited to inaugurate IFFI 2014 October 19, 2014

    Panaji: The Directorate of Film Festival here has invited megastar Amitabh Bachchan to inaugurate the upcoming edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to be held in Goa from next month. "Formal invitation at highest level has gone to Amitabh Bachchan requesting him to inaugurate the event," director of film...
  • Mumbai Film Festival Diary 2014: 'Party Girl' doesn't surprise, 'Unto The Dusk' makes thoughtful points on religion, sexuality on Day 4 October 19, 2014

    Last night, I had a (few) round(s) of drinks with a film critic and filmmaker who works for a reputed Chennai-based publication. For me, it had been a not-so-good day at the movies; for him, it had been the opposite. We'd both watched one film in common: Chauranga, directed by...
  • Films in Indian Panorama for this year's IFFI announced October 19, 2014

    New Delhi: National-award winning movie 'Yellow' and Rajat Kapoor's 'Ankhon Delhi' were today named in the Indian Panorama for this year's International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which is scheduled to take place in Goa from next month. Critic Utpal Borpujari's English-Nagamese documentary 'Songs of the Blue Hills' has...
  • Ask Mumbai police commissioner, says Preity Zinta to queries on Ness Wadia case October 19, 2014

    Mumbai: Actress-producer Preity Zinta, who filed a molestation case against her former boy friend Ness Wadia, Saturday declined to speak on the issue, saying all queries should be addressed to the Mumbai police chief about the details. "I have come here for a different reason and I would appreciate if you...
  • Mumbai Film Festival Diary: 'One On One' is an absolute bore, 'Mommy' leaves an impact on Day 3 October 18, 2014

    "Dude, you saw what she posted today?" "Nahi yaar, time nahi mila, screening mein thha. Dikha abhi?" "Yaar, the 3G here is very bad, it isn't opening." This was a conversation I overheard in the morning between two young men while rushing towards a screening at Cinemax Versova. Could they have been talking...
  • Snapshot: Imran Khan gets booed at the Mumbai Film Festival October 17, 2014

    According to media reports, actor Imran Khan, who was attending the ongoing Mumbai Film Festival, got booed by the audience at one point of time. The actor, who came on stage to introduce a film before it was screened, was heckled by the "artsy" and "intelligent" crowd. "Why are you...
  • Mumbai Film Festival Diary: On Day 2, awkward glitches continue, but 'Killa' stands out as India's very own 'Boyhood' October 17, 2014

    Until a year ago, there existed no method of seat reservation at the Mumbai Film Festival, referred to as MAMI (since it is organised by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images). I remember attending the festival in 2010 and standing in queue for nearly two hours to watch Alejandro Gonzalez...