Film festivals – M8D http://m8d.org/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 06:28:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://m8d.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-34-120x120.png Film festivals – M8D http://m8d.org/ 32 32 Benilde prof’s first animation project arrives at film festivals in Spain and Hungary https://m8d.org/benilde-profs-first-animation-project-arrives-at-film-festivals-in-spain-and-hungary/ Wed, 01 Dec 2021 16:13:19 +0000 https://m8d.org/benilde-profs-first-animation-project-arrives-at-film-festivals-in-spain-and-hungary/ Jag Garcia contributed photos A first attempt at making an animated film for the founder and former president of the digital cinema department at De La Salle College in Saint Benilde was selected to compete in three different film festivals in December. Jag Garcia’s “I, Labyrinth” is part of the official selection of the independent […]]]>

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A first attempt at making an animated film for the founder and former president of the digital cinema department at De La Salle College in Saint Benilde was selected to compete in three different film festivals in December.

Jag Garcia’s “I, Labyrinth” is part of the official selection of the independent film festivals Paradise and Valencia based in Hungary and Spain respectively, as well as the Oroquieta Film Festival 2021 in Misamis Occidental. Paradise and Valencia IFF are both monthly film competitions while Oroquieta’s filmfest runs from November 28 to December 4.

In “Me, Labyrinth”, the pilgrim finds himself lost in the chaos of modern life. He comes across a labyrinth, the center of which calls out to him. As he walks through the labyrinth, he faces the obstacles that prevent him from reaching the center: himself.

“This project was born while I was teaching an elective course in basic video production for non-filmmaker students.

Evonne Limsui, an architecture student enrolled in the class, contacted me. She was in a silent book competition and had no one around her to consult regarding the story, its structure, or how to communicate the story visually and without words, ”Garcia recalls.

“She presented me with a simple story, but rich in meaning and metaphor. She also showed me her concept art, and from that point on, I was hooked. Besides helping her with it. the book competition, I asked if we could collaborate to turn the story into an animated film. She accepted, ”added the writer-director and film educator, who has been teaching at Benilde for 20 years now.

In addition to Limsui, Garcia has also collaborated with assistant directors Trixie Vertera and Justine Garcia, editor Anya Fajardo, sound designers Xyron Parapara and Tyrone Luanzon, and musical composer Tala Gil.

Garcia, who began working in media during his sophomore year at college and has since spent 30 years in various areas of the media industry, has gained “a greater respect” for people who work in the media industry. animation after working on the project.

This is also reflected in his latest work.

The animation centers on the pilgrim who finds himself lost in the chaos of modern life.

The animation centers on the pilgrim who finds himself lost in the chaos of modern life.

“Considering that a labyrinth is an ancient spiritual exercise of meditation, prayer and contemplation, this film project was the one for me. It was a chance to focus, to reflect, to get – and stay – on a path to a center. It was a journey of discovery, introspection and realization “, he underlined in the note from its director.

Garcia is the recipient of the Senior Artist for Asia Fellowship at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where he obtained his Masters in Interdisciplinary Art and Design. He is also co-author of “The Media Kit: A Frame-by-Frame Guide to Visual Production”, a contributor to “The Encyclopedia of Philippine Art” from the Cultural Center of the Philippines, a module developer from the Department of Education. and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s programs for media arts, a business trainer and underwater photography enthusiast.

The animation is part of “Puzzles of the Self” as part of the Amihanan and Habagatan Short Film Competition of the Oroquieta Film Festival. Underneath this set are “films that evoke our process of self-discovery, preservation, determination, identity and acceptance.” The films of the festival can now be viewed for free online at Cinema Archipelago: https://vimeopro.com/cinemarchipelago/oroquieta-film-festival-2021.

“I, Labyrinth” is also available on the DLS-CSB Center for Campus Art website as part of the online art exhibition “To Differ Digitally 2: Love and Dissent in the Time of Pandemic” (https://www.benildecampusart.com/exhibit/to-differ-digitally) co-organized by CCA Director Gerry Torres and Karen Ocampo-Flores.

Joining Garcia in the exhibition are fellow film educator and filmmaker Seymour Barros Sanchez, animation artist and designer Yolec Homecillo, multimedia designer Hannah Sison, 3D artist Volty Garcia, graphic designer and writer Katrina Juane , visual communicator Vanessa Puente, visual artist Emily Mones, designer, writer and artist Brian Bringas and graphic designers Dino Brucelas and Rafael Liao, writer and designer Ericka Garalde, multidisciplinary artist Teta Tulay, event consultant Mito Tubilleja, writer and content developer Penny Angeles-Tan, photographer Jay Javier and host Benjie Marasigan.

The artist-educators are part of the faculty of the DLS-CSB New Media Cluster under the direction of Associate Dean Maria Sharon Mapa Arriola. This is the second time in four years that NMC has collaborated with ACC.

Visit CCA’s social media accounts on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BenildeCampusArt), Twitter on https://twitter.com/csbcampusart, Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/benilde.campusart/ and YouTube channel on https://www.youtube.com/c/BenildeCampusArt) for more information on the exhibition and other projects.



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Documentary on Dalton selected at three film festivals, wins major award https://m8d.org/documentary-on-dalton-selected-at-three-film-festivals-wins-major-award/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 23:18:00 +0000 https://m8d.org/documentary-on-dalton-selected-at-three-film-festivals-wins-major-award/ November 30 – “Dalton: A Story of Survival”, a documentary retracing the history of the city’s resilience, was accepted at three film festivals and won the award for best feature documentary at the American Golden Picture International Film Festival in Jacksonville, Florida. “We thought (our documentary) was good enough to” aim higher than film festivals […]]]>

November 30 – “Dalton: A Story of Survival”, a documentary retracing the history of the city’s resilience, was accepted at three film festivals and won the award for best feature documentary at the American Golden Picture International Film Festival in Jacksonville, Florida.

“We thought (our documentary) was good enough to” aim higher than film festivals for student work only, so STEP (student, crew, entertainment, production) Studio applied to more prestigious festivals, and ” entering (three) festivals was a victory for us, ”said Jacob Poag, director of STEP Studio, which is made up of high school and college students from the region interested in film work.

As Atlanta and Georgia have become movie hotspots in recent years, acceptance at Cobb International Film Festival was “very big and special”, Virginia’s Global Film and Music Festival USA was another dose of affirmation, and winning an award in Jacksonville was unexpected, but “unbelievable.”

Poag, a junior at Christian Heritage School, also got to speak about the film in Atlanta at the Cobb International Film Festival, and “we had a lot of good feedback from people” from all over the country at this event, a- he declared. It was “a cool time”.

STEP screened the film at an October meeting of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, where “they loved it,” and Poag plans to do more screenings next year, he said. A premiere for those associated with the project is scheduled for February, and “we also want to do a public screening”, but the dates and locations have yet to be determined.

It took almost two years to make the film, including 250 hours of editing, so chief editor Noah Crump deserves a lot of praise, Poag said.

“This film would not have seen the light of day without him.”

Crump has a long history of editing and works for the North Georgia Radio Group, but he had yet to complete a project of the magnitude of this documentary, he said. Fortunately, “I was with them most of the filming so I was able to see the footage we had collected.”

Several test screenings also benefited the finished product, Crump added.

“It was good to see.”

Poag agreed, noting that “we had a pretty closed circle of three to four people for the edit, so” allowing more people to see early edits and come up with suggestions “opened up more (possibilities) for us. “.

For Poag, “A Story of Survival” is an apt title because Colorblind are “survivors who get knocked down but always get back on their feet,” he said. “I’m not from here,” but since moving to the area a few years ago, “I’ve learned how amazing (this community) is.”

Shortly after setting the title, local attorney Lane Haley (one of dozens interviewed for the documentary which provided a perspective on Dalton and his history) also focused on the impressive survival instincts of Colorblind, Crump said.

“It was the most beautiful of coincidences.”

Similar courage among the studio members allowed this film to flourish, Poag said.

“It would have been easy for us to quit, but we didn’t, and I’ve never seen anything like this happen with” a team of strictly students.

Poag and his colleagues at STEP haven’t set up a follow-up project, as they focus more on helping former studio members who have gone to universities across the country to get their films off the ground.

“For a lot of them, filmmaking was a hobby” when they started working for the studio, but “now they specialize in filmmaking,” he said. STEP will also help other student filmmakers if they have any interesting ideas and act as producers for these projects, so anyone interested can contact the studio at stepstudios0@gmail.com.

The studio is also accepting new staff, as the current crop is leaving Dalton for college elsewhere, and anyone interested in joining the operation can email the studio at the email address, a. -he declares.

“We are looking for new people at the Dalton branch to replace” those who are leaving.

Working with the studio has provided Crump with invaluable experience, he said.

“By working around problems, I learned so much about the process of ‘editing and making movies.


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The world’s best short film festivals 2022 https://m8d.org/the-worlds-best-short-film-festivals-2022/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 20:03:53 +0000 https://m8d.org/the-worlds-best-short-film-festivals-2022/ Short films are crucial for aspiring filmmakers: Film students have cut their teeth by making short films with their classmates. A “proof of concept” can help a director attract investors. And the best short films tell stories even more clearly than feature films. With the help of filmmaker Anderson Matthew (Baja Descend) and producer Katie […]]]>

Short films are crucial for aspiring filmmakers: Film students have cut their teeth by making short films with their classmates. A “proof of concept” can help a director attract investors. And the best short films tell stories even more clearly than feature films. With the help of filmmaker Anderson Matthew (Baja Descend) and producer Katie White (Best summer ever, Caity), we’ve assembled a panel of filmmakers and producers to help us assess and refine this list of the world’s best short film festivals. While the blocks of shorts at other film festivals are also important, the following 20 film festivals celebrate short films with a special emphasis on form.

Legend:

A: Academy-qualification

B: BAFTA qualification

Aspen Shorts Festival

Aspen, CO // April 5-10, 2022

A B

“Perhaps the best selection of shorts I’ve ever seen and filmmakers I’ve had the chance to meet,” says producer Megan Leonard, who notes that “the lineup does not overlap. not, so you can easily watch everyone’s movies. Each April at this festival, audiences, filmmakers and special guests from around the world participate in screenings, panels, workshops and other events dedicated to the art and craft of short films. The last edition included a conference with Reinaldo Marcus Green, whose king richard Did the fall festival tour with great reviews. Many of the films scheduled for this Oscar-qualifying festival are going big: in 2020, four of the shorts were nominated for the Oscars. Of course, Aspen also has a thriving foodie scene, and you might just enjoy a day of skiing in the spring.

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

Clermont-Ferrand, France // January 28-February 5

A B

Megan Leonard says that creating links with the industry is a major asset during this gathering in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. “They hosted us in France and we projected packed rooms in a room with more than 1,000 seats. We have met international filmmakers from all over the world, including co-producers who have provided international funding for our next short film, ”said Leonard.

“I was blown away by the audience’s participation at the ISFF Clermont,” says producer Kate Chamuris. “The competition block shorts were screened about once a day during the festival – about seven screenings. Each screening was packed. I have never seen such a thing. Entire families present in the middle of a weekday. Lines for each projection.

Curta Cinema

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil // Fall 2022

A B

The November edition of the three-decade-old festival will feature nearly 200 short films by a diverse group of filmmakers from Brazil, South American countries and around the world. Curta Cinema often hosts retrospective screenings alongside new works, and the “Great Directors in Small Doses” program has included short films by directors like Gus Van Sant and Jane Campion.

Curta Cinema also presented a special program of Brazilian shorts at another short film festival, Shorts México, in September.

Curtas Vila do Condé

Vila do Conde, Portugal // July 9-17, 2022

This coastal festival hosted many sold-out screenings last July, and the programming team then traveled with the competition winners to the Trindade Cinema in Porto and the Ideal Cinema in Lisbon, attracting an equally large turnout. The festival also hosted an online component for those who couldn’t make it to one of the three cities.

With 245 films screened from 46 countries, Curtas Vila do Conde makes a special effort to balance local and international cinema. Diogo Costa Amarante’s special 13-piece video exhibition, “Be Your Selfie”, was a highlight of this year’s festival. Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay has been honored as part of Curtas’ InFocus 2021 program, which has programmed three of her first shorts alongside her best-known feature films.

Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival

Prizren, Kosovo // August 2022

B

Filmmaker-programmer-critic Courtney Stephens screened a film at the 20th DokuFest and aptly describes its appeal to the Balkans: old Yugoslav cinemas to the ruins of an Ottoman palace. A lot of heart has made this festival an international destination, and it shows.

This festival plays feature films, but elevates short films. At nine days, it’s longer than many festivals, leaving time for documentary photo exhibitions, debates, master classes, and live music, among other pleasures. The DokuFest website notes “the aim of the festival to revitalize cinema and cultural life in Prizren”.

DokuLab is another remarkable initiative of DokuFest. It consists of a digital library with over 150 films and 80 guide films for students.

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Applauded “Life’s Good Film”, recognized at international film festivals https://m8d.org/applauded-lifes-good-film-recognized-at-international-film-festivals/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 01:00:00 +0000 https://m8d.org/applauded-lifes-good-film-recognized-at-international-film-festivals/ The The beautiful film of life is the touching and heartfelt climax of the The Good Life Movie Project, which saw 531 amateur filmmakers from 33 countries share their creative interpretations of LG Life is Beautiful a message. Part of LG 2021 Life is Beautiful campaign, the project shed light on the diversity of peoples, […]]]>

The The beautiful film of life is the touching and heartfelt climax of the The Good Life Movie Project, which saw 531 amateur filmmakers from 33 countries share their creative interpretations of LG Life is Beautiful a message. Part of LG 2021 Life is Beautiful campaign, the project shed light on the diversity of peoples, cultures and nature of the world while simultaneously communicating the humanity and hope that unites us all.

Putting together many of the great submissions sent, the director Jackson Tisi and LG have collaborated to create a 20-minute visually beautiful and emotionally uplifting piece of art. The award-winning short has garnered considerable interest online with over 240 million impressions and over 77 million total views of related social media posts.

“To be recognized by the respected community of international film festivals next to Jackson is something we never expected or imagined,” said Lee jung-suk, head of LG’s Global Marketing Center. “Jackson is a master and has been incredibly good at getting the message across. Life is Beautiful through the voice of the leaders of tomorrow. LG thanks Jackson for his outstanding leadership and for helping us shape such an inspiring story. “

The The beautiful film of life is available to view on the LG Global YouTube Channel and Instagram.

About LG Electronics Inc.

LG Electronics is a global innovator in consumer electronics and technology with a presence in nearly every country and an international workforce of over 75,000 people. LG’s four companies – Home Appliance & Air Solution, Home Entertainment, Vehicle component Solutions and Business Solutions – combined for worldwide sales of over $ 56 billion in 2020. LG is a leading manufacturer of consumer and commercial products ranging from televisions, home appliances, air solutions, monitors, service robots, automotive components and its premium brands LG SIGNATURE and LG ThinQ smart are familiar names around the world. Visit www.LGnewsroom.com for the latest news.

On Jackson Tisi

At 25 years, Jackson Tisi made a name for himself as a young filmmaker. Jackson’s work spans music videos, commercials and documentaries. His shorts and music videos have won numerous awards, including Vimeo Staff Choices, Atlantic Selects and several film festival nominations. His film LEON won him gold at the Young Directors Award in Cannes, France Last year. He was also admitted into the final class of Young Guns by the One Club for Creativity. He is currently working on the development of longer form projects.

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2 Hawaii film festivals launch new online and in-person entertainment https://m8d.org/2-hawaii-film-festivals-launch-new-online-and-in-person-entertainment/ Wed, 17 Nov 2021 22:25:00 +0000 https://m8d.org/2-hawaii-film-festivals-launch-new-online-and-in-person-entertainment/ During the pandemic, streaming entertainment became a popular pastime. After 18 months, however, two Hawaii film festivals are betting people are ready for new material and in-person movies. You may have missed “The fabulous Filipino brothers“on O’ahu – but it will screen at Consolidated Ka’ahumanu and Waimea this coming weekend. The Hawaii International Film Festival […]]]>

During the pandemic, streaming entertainment became a popular pastime. After 18 months, however, two Hawaii film festivals are betting people are ready for new material and in-person movies.

You may have missed “The fabulous Filipino brothers“on O’ahu – but it will screen at Consolidated Ka’ahumanu and Waimea this coming weekend.

The Hawaii International Film Festival is 41 this year and is in great condition with both streaming and indoor events. Features include Sundance Film Festival star Chris Yogi’s “I was a simple man“and” Waterman “, the story of Duke Kahanamoku.

Navigate to what you love as you head to the HIFF41 Festival Program Guide. Scroll through the titles or try to search by country

As of Singapore this year, if you are intrigued by “Squid Games”, check “Tiong Bahru Social Club“, about a relentlessly happy place.

Streaming from Vanuatu: “We only have this world. “Dealing with the personal effects of climate change and maturity on a daily basis. This is a production of the Wan Smolbag Theater troupe based in Port Vila.

From Bangladesh, “Salt in our waters. “A film where cultures and climate change clash, it’s a lens on what we wouldn’t see otherwise.

Or search for documentaries for a new culture on the fashion and clothing industries. In “Without a face“We see protesters from Hong Kong in the summer of 2019. A protester asks two questions: Does this kind of protest still work? But can you live with yourself if you don’t?

Hawaii International Film Festival

A HIFF event for “The Sword and the Wizard” on November 6, 2021.

The HIFF also hosts live discussions and industry events.

The HIFF XR The weekend kicks off on Friday, November 19 at Box Jelly, and then runs over the weekend at the Entrepreneur’s Sandbox. The Sandbox is the creative incubator for the State of Hawaii in Kaka’ako makai and offers special screening facilities.

Most augmented and virtual reality experiences are free. You must pre-register online for anything involving helmets and goggles. Others work through QR codes and your own mobile devices.

Discover nature, animations or a symphony thanks to virtual reality. Even the memories of a Survivor of a Japanese internment camp.

HIFF movies and events continue in theaters on neighboring islands through November 21 and online through November 28.

The Maui Film Festival launches Wednesday, November 17. He is known for his inspiring films on health, spirituality, the planet, with an eye on Hawaiian films. This year, their 21st edition is both virtual and outdoors.

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Speed ​​of Light Virtual Cinema offerings include films like “Mission: JOY. “Two jazzy looking soul mates, who call themselves the mischievous brothers, these are the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. They talk about how to create joy in a rather complicated world.

And under the stars at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, “The kings of rhumba“is screened on Friday, November 19. General admission seats in groups of two to four at the A & B amphitheater. It’s Congolese rumba. A musician calls it” Creating music to restore our dignity ” .

Maui Film Festival digital screens until December 8.

Returning to HIFF, “I Was A Simple Man,” written and directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi of Honolulu and starring Steve Iwamoto and Constance Wu, hits theaters at Consolidated Theaters. Consolidated will kick it off with a Q&A with Yogi and special guests at select locations and times for its opening weekend:

  • Friday 19 November – Mililani, 4:15 p.m. & 7:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 20 – Kahala, 13:20, 16:20, 19:20
  • Sunday November 21 – Kahala, 1:20 p.m. & 4:20 p.m.

“I Was A Simple Man” won the jury award for best feature film directed in Hawai’i this year.


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AM Television’s film ‘Tumi Malala’ shines at international film festivals; is the pride of Assam https://m8d.org/am-televisions-film-tumi-malala-shines-at-international-film-festivals-is-the-pride-of-assam/ Wed, 17 Nov 2021 06:41:08 +0000 https://m8d.org/am-televisions-film-tumi-malala-shines-at-international-film-festivals-is-the-pride-of-assam/ Guwahati: Two award-winning films produced by AM Television shine at international Flim festivals. The Assamese film ‘Tumi Malala’ and ‘The Consequence’ have won several prestigious awards on different international platforms. The artistic film “Tumi Malala”, directed by independent filmmaker Roopak Gogoi and produced by President / CEO of Prag News, Dr Sanjive Narain, received five […]]]>

Guwahati: Two award-winning films produced by AM Television shine at international Flim festivals. The Assamese film ‘Tumi Malala’ and ‘The Consequence’ have won several prestigious awards on different international platforms.

The artistic film “Tumi Malala”, directed by independent filmmaker Roopak Gogoi and produced by President / CEO of Prag News, Dr Sanjive Narain, received five International Flim Festival awards this year.

Out of seven nominations, the film has exceptionally won five awards across various platforms.

Tumi Malala won the Best Producer Award at the Gangtok International Film Festival and won the Best Story Award. The film managed to win a Special Award for Extraordinary Narrative at the Druk International Film Festival.

The award-winning international film won the Award of Excellence at DIFT, Caleidoscope Indian Film Festival of Boston 2021 and Indo French International Film Festival 2021.

The 15th International Chinn India Kid’s Film Awards held in India further appreciated the film and awarded the award for Best Actress to two teenage girls who starred in the film.

The film’s main actors, Anshruta Kashyap (Moonmoon) and Harshita Bhattacharya, were recognized for their exceptional work by the members of the festival’s jury.

Also Read: Assam Government Has Established Enforcement Team To Monitor Guwahati Markets

Another main role in the film is Bengali, and Malayalam actress Neena Chakraborty has received great recognition for her acting skills. Other characters in the film include Louis Parashar Hazarika, Pankhi Kashyap, Saju Ahmed, Jatindra Khanikar, Pinky Pathak, Swapna Das, and more.

The image revolves around the situation in Assam created by NRC. This award-winning film highlights the dream of two teenage girls for women’s right to education, their aspirations, their goals and their struggle for life.

A remarkable film, “The Consequence”, also won several awards at the festival. Outstanding producer and owner of leading news channel Prag News, Dr Sanjive Narain, produced The Consequence.

Film The Consequence won the Best Film Award at the Port Blair-21 International Film Festival and the Indo-French-21 International Film Festival. Additionally, the film has sought an official nomination at the Andaman and Nicobar-21 International Film Festival.

AM Television Pvt. Ltd., a well-known film production house, is set to bring back the popular 90s movie “Chameli Memsaheb” part-2.

The late Abdul Majid directed the popular film Chameli Memsaheb. The late Bhupen Hazarika composed the music for the film.

On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the birth of Abdul Majid, the poster for ‘Chameli Memsaheb part-2 was launched on November 16 at Prag Tower, Ulubari.

Assam Minister of Sports and Culture Bimal Borah, Chairman / CEO of Prag News, Dr Sanjive Narain, Abdul Majid’s family members including Habib Mohammed Choudhary, Maloya Goswami, Simanta Sekhar, Manisha Hazarika, Pabitra Margherita and Alekya Baruah were present at the function.


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“Sheer Qorma” Wins Top Honors at South Asian Film Festivals https://m8d.org/sheer-qorma-wins-top-honors-at-south-asian-film-festivals/ https://m8d.org/sheer-qorma-wins-top-honors-at-south-asian-film-festivals/#respond Thu, 28 Oct 2021 17:46:34 +0000 https://m8d.org/sheer-qorma-wins-top-honors-at-south-asian-film-festivals/ Rajaram Rajendran’s “Rani Rani Rani” and Sandeep Kumar’s “Mehrunisa” Win Best Feature Film Award ‘Sheer Qorma’ by director Faraz Arif Ansari won the Best of Fest award at the 7th DFW South Asian Film Festival and the 3rd South Asian Film Festival in New York City. Ansari and Divya Datta also won Best Director and […]]]>

Rajaram Rajendran’s “Rani Rani Rani” and Sandeep Kumar’s “Mehrunisa” Win Best Feature Film Award

‘Sheer Qorma’ by director Faraz Arif Ansari won the Best of Fest award at the 7th DFW South Asian Film Festival and the 3rd South Asian Film Festival in New York City.

Ansari and Divya Datta also won Best Director and Best Actor awards for “Sheer Qorma” at the two in-person film festivals, both presented by Toyota Motor North America over the last two weekends in October.

Rajaram Rajendran’s ‘Rani Rani Rani’ won the Best Feature Film award at the DFW South Asian Film Festival, while Sandeep Kumar’s ‘Mehrunisa’ took top honors at the NYC South Asian Film Festival.

Over 2,000 moviegoers watched 23 short films, documentaries and feature films that made their world, international or Texas / New York premieres at partner festivals organized, produced by Jingo Ventures, an event management and public relations company with offices in Texas, New York and India, according to a press release.

“We are delighted that people returned to theaters, where all of Covid’s guidelines were followed, and experienced the magic of films as intended,” said Jitin Hingorani, founder and director of festivals.

To read: “Raahgir” wins the award for best feature film at the Wheaton Summerfest (September 1, 2021)

“Our eclectic and stimulating programming clearly resonated with our audience, as they felt engaged, entertained and inspired.”

Virtual SAFF, the online component of partner festivals presented by Toyota Motor North America and supported by AARP, will run until October 31 for audiences across North America on the Movie Saints platform.

The digital festival presents 10 feature films, four documentaries and 21 short films. To watch, click here.

DFW South Asian Film Festival Winners:
Best Feature Film – “Rani Rani Rani” by Rajaram Rajendran
Best Actor – Sachin Bhatt for “Saving Chintu”
Best Actress – Sophia Ali for ‘India Sweets & Spices’
Best Director – Gaurav Madan for ‘Barah By Barah’
Best Short Film – ‘Khisa’ by Raj More
Best Short Feature Film – “Keep Punching” by Kirnay Bhatt

The best of the party
Film – ‘Sheer Qorma’ by Faraz Arif Ansari
Actor – Divya Datta for ‘Sheer Qorma’

Jury: Rupak Ginn, Mindy Raymond Benson, Arshad Khan, Mahesh Pailoor, Viveck Vaswani and Sandeep Modi

New York South Asian Film Festival Winners:
Best Feature Film – “Mehrunisa” by Sandeep Kumar
Best Actor – Ritesh Rajan for “Definition Pleas”
Best Actress – The late Farrukh Jaffar for ‘Mehrunisa’
Best Director – Geeta Malik for ‘India Sweets & Spices’
Best Short Film – “Barefoot Empres” by Vikas Khanna
Best Short Feature Film – ‘Laali’ by Abhiroop Das

The best of the party:
Director – Faraz Arif Ansari for ‘Sheer Qorma’
Actor – Divya Datta for ‘Sheer Qorma’

Social Impact Award – ‘Womb’ by Ajitesh Sharma and produced by Apoorva Bakshi & Juliet Blake
Lifetime Achievement Award – Asha Puthli for her contributions to music and film

Jury: Katy Drake Bettner, Dylan Mohan Gray, Aroon Shivdasani, Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla, Anjul Nigam and Cynthia Kane


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What’s the next step for film festivals after a year of pandemic of mostly virtual events? https://m8d.org/whats-the-next-step-for-film-festivals-after-a-year-of-pandemic-of-mostly-virtual-events/ Thu, 28 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://m8d.org/whats-the-next-step-for-film-festivals-after-a-year-of-pandemic-of-mostly-virtual-events/ Film festivals in 2021 maintain some virtual elements introduced in the pandemic year of 2020, but live screenings, panels and community events are back – and dominating the action. Even though pandemic streaming has caused panic among theater operators fearing that moviegoers will continue to prefer home viewing to the cinema, Lela Meadow-Conner, executive director […]]]>

Film festivals in 2021 maintain some virtual elements introduced in the pandemic year of 2020, but live screenings, panels and community events are back – and dominating the action.

Even though pandemic streaming has caused panic among theater operators fearing that moviegoers will continue to prefer home viewing to the cinema, Lela Meadow-Conner, executive director of the Film Festival Alliance, said the experience in direct is at the heart of the film festival experience.

The Film Festival Alliance has around 250 members, but Meadow-Conner said there are thousands of small film festivals across the country. Unlike larger “market” festivals such as Sundance which have become hubs for making film deals, she said regional festivals always emphasize the screening experience with roundtables and shows. opportunities to mingle. “Our member organizations have been deeply rooted in their communities for 15 or 20 years; they missed a lot in their free time, ”she said. “They have the support of the community.

Around this time last year, some festival directors told TheWrap that virtual programming in 2020 and early 2021 has been so successful that it will likely remain an important part of planning for the future, pandemic or not. . But others say virtual screenings, panels and other events demanded by COVID-19 pre-vaccine protocols have not lived up to expectations.

Ojai Film Festival founder and director Steve Grummette is one of the disappointments of the reality of virtual events. Last November, ahead of the fully virtual Ojai 2020 festival, he was optimistic about the potential. Like a number of other festival directors, he told TheWrap that he believes online screenings and other events will enable global connections between filmmakers and fans, which would not be possible during a live event that typically attracted between 3,000 and 5,000 people. Even without travel limitations in the event of a pandemic, the cost and logistics of travel can make it impossible for many independent filmmakers to attend the festival live.

Heading into the 22nd annual Ojai Film Festival next month, Grummette said he and his team had failed to consider the difficulty of promoting virtual events to global audiences. Nor had they realized how much the growth of streaming during the pandemic would take over part of the role of film festivals by providing more access to independent and international films at home.

“Last year, of course, we couldn’t do anything other than virtual – we had no other option,” said Grummette. “We knew there were pros and cons (but we thought) that one advantage was that people didn’t have to come to where you are to see the movies; they can watch them from anywhere in the world.

On the downside, his team found that virtual events need “a much bigger marketing push.” “Now you have to reach out to the whole world, not just the people who might come to your small community where the festival is taking place,” he said. “Based on previous years, I think it’s safe to say that the turnout would have been better if we had done it live. “

Grummette cops to another mistake: trying to replicate the live screening experience by only showing movies at specific times, rather than allowing virtual festival goers to tune in and stream the movie on demand. This year, the festival will still offer a few virtual screenings, but without fixed broadcast times. Live question-and-answer sessions will also be available with any screening, although audiences will not be able to ask questions unless they are attending the event live or streaming it live.

The New York Film Festival has already had a chance to test the waters with its return to a live festival that ran from September 24 to October 24. 10. NYFF was successful in 2020 with a 9% increase in attendance from 2019 and a mix of virtual events and drive-through screenings. Over 70,000 people attended the 2020 New York Film Festival, which was one of the busiest in its six decades of history.

Although attendance figures have yet to be counted for this year’s festival, Leslie Klainberg, executive director of Film at Lincoln Center, the nonprofit that oversees NYFF, said a live festival is certainly the preferable option for the future. Audience makeup is younger than usual this year, she said, perhaps because older moviegoers are even more reluctant to return to theaters in the COVID era. (She noted that there had been no reports of COVID cases followed at festival events, all of which required proof of vaccination and mask wearing at all times.)

“It’s part of our mission that we want to present in a way the filmmaker sees it, the best possible projection in the best possible theaters. That’s what we’re talking about, ”Klainberg told TheWrap. “We really embrace the ability to be able to come back to our theaters.”

Not only does the festival prefer live screenings, she added, but they can be a barrier to booking a new movie. Last year’s festival involved a maze of one-on-one negotiations to be able to broadcast a film rather than showing it live. “You know, I don’t think the studios and distributors really wanted to go back to this model,” she said. “They really wanted to go back to their original model and the original business plan, which is streaming to be available at another time.”

Another downside, Klainberg said, was that COVID protocols meant the suspension of other movie theater features: “No popcorn. This is perhaps the most difficult.

Some smaller regional festivals still maintain important virtual elements, including the SCAD Savannah Film Festival (23-30 Oct) and Austin Film Festival (21-28 Oct). Austin Festival CEO Barbara Morgan told TheWrap that about 15% of this year’s festival remains virtual, but live programming is key. “The virtual event was wonderful, but we missed people,” Morgan said of last year’s event – which even set up a virtual version of the festival’s live hangout, the Driskill Bar, which was fully booked every night. “We are on the pitch right now and I hear again and again from our registrants that they are delighted to be back at the live event.”

Claudia Puig, President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and new director of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, adopts a wait-and-see attitude. This event returns live from March 2 to 12, 2022 after a largely virtual festival in March 2021. “There’s the ‘festival fever’ taking hold, the excitement of meeting other moviegoers and having conversations. on the movie you just saw, ”she said. . “On the other hand, being in a crowded theater is still quite difficult for many people, especially given the possibility of COVID infections, even for the vaccinated.”

However, Puig predicts that some virtual presence will likely be part of regional film festivals for the foreseeable future. “It certainly broadens the scope of the festival, but it can also allow for a more intimate and revealing interview with the filmmakers, who speak from their homes or offices rather than on stage in front of a crowd, sometimes limited to just a few minutes of chatting with the audience between screenings, ”she said. “From the filmmakers’ point of view, their film can reach more potential viewers and from the point of view of festival programmers, the festival can increase its visibility because people from all over the country – and the world – can attend virtually. “


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Your guide to regional film festivals https://m8d.org/your-guide-to-regional-film-festivals/ Tue, 26 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://m8d.org/your-guide-to-regional-film-festivals/ Film festivals allow filmmakers of all genres to share their work with new and dedicated audiences, and while they can host the hottest events, you don’t need to travel to California or New York. for a lively festive atmosphere experience. Whether you prefer documentaries or fiction, classic films or new directors, there is a festival […]]]>

Film festivals allow filmmakers of all genres to share their work with new and dedicated audiences, and while they can host the hottest events, you don’t need to travel to California or New York. for a lively festive atmosphere experience. Whether you prefer documentaries or fiction, classic films or new directors, there is a festival nearby to satisfy the movie buff in you.

Saint-Louis film festivals

African film festival: The annual African Film Festival at Washington University in St. Louis brings the latest news from the African film scene to the public. The festival aims to highlight themes in many African countries by highlighting various genres, talents and directions of African cinema.1 Brookings Dr.

Cinema in Citygarden: This co-presentation of Cinema St. Louis and Gateway Foundation invites St. Louis filmmakers to create short films inspired by nature. The biennial program rewards winning filmmakers with cash prizes, and Citygarden screens the winning short films in a looping program on their video wall. 3547 Olive Street

Israeli Film Festival: This shorter day-long film festival presented by Congregation Temple Israel will feature two Israeli films and offer Israeli-style refreshments and cuisine during intermission. Entrance to the festival is free, and guests are encouraged to stay for both films in order to learn more about Israeli culture. 1 Rabbi Alvan D Rubin Dr.

QFest Saint-Louis: This year’s 15th annual QFest will once again use the art of contemporary gay cinema to shine a light on the lives of LGBTQ + people and share information about queer culture. The celebratory event aims to excite, entertain and enlighten members of the public about the social, cultural and political aspects of life as an LGBTQ + person. In line

Robert Classic French Film Festival: Presented by TV5MONDE and produced by Cinéma St. Louis, the Robert Classic French Film Festival is a celebration of the Gallic heritage of Saint-Louis and of “the French cinematographic heritage”. Previous festivals have featured films spanning decades throughout the 1900s and aim to offer a glimpse into classic and historic French films. Two locations, Forsyth Boulevard and 470 E. Lockwood Ave.

Showcase of the filmmakers of St. Louis: The annual St. Louis Filmmaker Showcase at the St. Louis Cinema serves to share the work of local filmmakers based in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. Previous showcases have shown narrative and documentary features, short blocks of programming, and post-screening Q&A. Some films from the showcase are also screened at SLIFF. In line

Saint-Louis International Film Festival: Cinema St. Louis has offered the St. Louis International Film Festival to moviegoers since 1992. After the setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s 30th Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, scheduled for 4 to November 21, will host in-person screenings at the Tivoli Theater, Brown Hall Auditorium at the University of Washington and Winifred Moore Auditorium at Webster University, as well as a number of virtual events. Movie buffs can expect to “watch the best of world cinema” with genres such as international films, documentaries, American independent films and short films. Various locations, including 6350 boul. Delmar.

Saint-Louis Jewish Film Festival: The J’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival aims to give moviegoers the impression of traveling the world through national and international film screenings. The event explores universal issues through “traditional Jewish values, opposing views and new perspectives”. In line

Webster University Film Series: The Webster University Film Series offers year-round access to international cinema, guest artists and classic films. Running since 1979, the series is a nationally recognized and recognized annual film exhibition that features American and foreign feature films, documentaries, classics and experimental filmmaking. With national and international artists showcasing their work, attendees can expect an immersive and alternative cinematic experience. 470 E. Lockwood Ave.

Less than a day’s drive

Big Muddy Film Festival: Just under two hours drive from St. Louis is Southern Illinois University Carbondale, home to the annual Big Muddy Film Festival. The festival is one of the oldest student-run film festivals in the world, and the films highlight themes such as community, accessibility, social justice and the environment. 1263 Lincoln Dr., Carbondale, Illinois

Riverside Short Film Festival: The annual Riverside Short Film Festival in New Haven hopes to advance the arts and crafts of filmmaking through the support, promotion and recognition of short films and filmmakers. The festival focuses on new voices in the industry and emphasizes different global perspectives to increase conversation while enlightening audiences. 1101 Miller St., New Haven, Missouri

Stronger Than Fiction Film Festival: The Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism has hosted the Stronger Than Fiction Film Festival for nearly a decade. The festival offers undergraduates and graduate students of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism the opportunity to share the documentaries they produced during their studies to meet their degree requirements. 100 Old 63 North, Columbia, Missouri

True / False Film Festival: One of the premier documentary film events in the country, True / False Film Fest takes hold of Columbia, Missouri each year with a mission to captivate and engage communities in an immersive artistic experience. Sponsored by the non-profit Ragtag Film Society, the festival brings together creatives and transforms Columbia into a city-wide art and film paradise. Be sure to check out the festival’s secret screenings to get a taste of the new documentaries before they hit the festival’s biggest circuit. Various locations including 203 S. Ninth St., Columbia, Missouri


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Namibia: Hairareb wins two more international film festivals https://m8d.org/namibia-hairareb-wins-two-more-international-film-festivals/ Tue, 19 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://m8d.org/namibia-hairareb-wins-two-more-international-film-festivals/ The Namibian feature film “Hairareb”, starring the late veteran actor David Ndjavera, has been selected by two other international film festivals, opening at the International Pan-African Film Festival in Cannes and screening at the International Diaspora Film Festival African New York. Hairareb will be screened during the opening ceremony of the International Pan-African Film Festival […]]]>

The Namibian feature film “Hairareb”, starring the late veteran actor David Ndjavera, has been selected by two other international film festivals, opening at the International Pan-African Film Festival in Cannes and screening at the International Diaspora Film Festival African New York.

Hairareb will be screened during the opening ceremony of the International Pan-African Film Festival on the evening of October 19, 2021, at the Espace Miramar in Cannes. The film is also part of the official selection this year, which means that it is in competition to receive a Dikalo Award.

The production company, Ndapunikwa Investments, said that although she was invited to attend the awards ceremony in Cannes, she will not attend due to continuing uncertainty over Covid-19 regulations for visitors in France.

Hairareb is based on a book by August C. Bikeur, developed in a screenplay by Aina Kwedhi. The film is produced by Dantagos Jimmy Melani, with Ellen Ernst as producer and award winner Oshoveli Shipoh as director.

A tribute to Namibian cinematography and storytelling, the story is told through the eyes of one of Namibia’s oldest and most deeply rooted tribes, capturing love during a time of devastating drought.


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