Monday, October 27, 2014

Two grants for women documentary filmmakers: Calls proposals

The Indian Documentary Foundation and Chicken and Egg Pictures are inviting proposals for their first round of grant funding. The new fund will support two women film-makers from India with grants to the value of $10,000. The last date for submitting applications is November 21. Applicants will be notified before the end of January 2015. The fund will offer a combination of cash and in-kind services, such as editing, post production and sound mixing.

Applicants can be at any stage of their career, but must have samples of their work to show their artistic vision and their ability to tell story. They must be able to demonstrate that they have an office or a place of work registered in India. The fund will support documentary films aimed at widespread distribution on television, VOD and/or theatrical release. The stories should focus on social, environmental, or political themes. Successful film-makers will also have a chance to attend one major North American market, where they will receive one-to-one mentoring from the Chicken and Egg team.

This is a new grant for Indian women documentary filmmakers sponsored by the Indian Documentary Foundation and Chicken & Egg Pictures. Since 2005, Chicken & Egg Pictures has awarded $3.3 million and 5,000 hours of mentorship to over 160 films.
For this funding round IDF is interested in films that tackle human rights, social justice, and environmental issues in a nuanced, original, and compelling way. We’re looking for a range of voices, powerful stories, and filmmakers who are committed to working in tandem with social movements. Films must be directed or co-directed by a woman (including female-male co-directors and transgender/gender-non-conforming individuals).

The Fund is intended for Indian film-makers who are mainly based in India. To qualify you will need to demonstrate that you have an office or place of work registered in India. You can be a mid-career film maker or a first time director. We do not, however, accept films from student film-makers.

The application process opens on October 1st, 2014 and the final date for submission is November  21st, 2014 midnight IST. All applicants will be notified by the end of January, 2015. however, the review process is rigorous as a panel of expert screeners from the Indian Documentary Foundation and the Chicken & Egg team shall review every application, looking at prospective projects thoroughly, fairly, and from multiple perspectives.

Supporting non-fiction feature, nonfiction shorts, the main thing that IDF is looking for is:
Innovation: Filmmakers with unique voices and projects that take risks.
Vision: A new perspective on an issue, a unique access into the story and the ability to make the universal accessible, personal and resonant.
Storytelling: Original story, tone, style and structure.
Craft: Inextricable links between the driving story and the production values, sound, cinematography and other craft decisions.
Resonance: Timely, urgent or compelling issues at stake.
Impact: Films with the potential to help shift culture, practices and even policy as well as to build and support grassroots movements for change.
Diversity: In all its forms, including geography, age, subject matter, ethnicity, career level and more.
However, fiction, student projects or any projects not directed or co-directed by a woman is not accepted.

The Indian Documentary Foundation will manage the call and selection process in partnership with Chicken & Egg Pictures. The funding is a partnership with Chicken and Egg Pictures, The American not-for-profit which is dedicated to supporting women nonfiction filmmakers, whose diverse voices and dynamic storytelling have the power to catalyse change, at home and around the globe. Indian Documentary Foundation is a Not-for-profit organization co-founded by Jaaved Jaaferi and Sophy VSivaraman for the Promotion, Development and Funding of Documentaries in India and about India.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Big hero 6 opens the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF)

Big hero 6 recently premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) and is only the second animated film to open the Tokyo festival, and the first Walt Disney animation movie to do so.

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring adrenaline-pumping action, heartfelt emotion and plenty of humor, Big Hero 6” showcases the bond between a boy and his robot in action-packed big-screen adventure.

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph), “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius - thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred.

Big Hero 6 features the voices of an extraordinary ensemble cast, including Maya Rudolph (TV’s Saturday Night Live, Maya Rudolph Variety Show, Bridesmaids) as Aunt Cass, James Cromwell (Murder in the First, L.A. Confidential) as Professor Robert Callaghan, Damon Wayans Jr. (Let’s Be Cops, Happy Endings) as Wasabi, T.J. Miller (HBO’s Silicon Valley, Transformers: Age of Extinction, How to Train Your Dragon 2) as Fred, Alan Tudyk (Tell, Welcome to Me, 42) as Alistair Krei, Jamie Chung (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Once Upon A Time, The Hangover Part II & Part III) as Go Go Tomago, Genesis Rodriguez (Tusk, Identity Thief) as Honey Lemon and Daniel Henney (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as Tadashi, with Ryan Potter (Supah Ninjas, Senior Project) as Hiro Hamada and Scott Adsit (30 Rock, St. Vincent) as Baymax.

Big Hero 6 hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.

Haider has an Italian Premiere as well bags an award: Is the first Indian Film to get this award

Haider produced by UTV Motion Pictures and VB Pictures which had its Italian premiere at the prestigious Rome Film Festival on 24th October, won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ in the Mondo Genre(World Genre) announced today. Out of the 7 films that featured under this genre, Haider was the only Asian film selected across the globe. This is the first time that an Indian film wins the Audience Award in a non-specialized (non-focused on Asian Cinema) wide-ranging International festival. After winning hearts across India, the movie continues to woo audiences across the globe. Winning the ‘People’s Choice Award’ is truly prestigious as it’s one of the most unbiased awards since its chosen by the audiences and Haider was clearly the choice of the people. This is a huge honour for the Film as well as the country.

The Mondo Genre had a selection of feature films of young or already successful directors this year and the festival gave priority to films that are world premieres. The movies selected were from countries like Italy, USA, Brazil and France. Along with Haider other films selected at the festival included films like Gone Girl by David Fincher starring Ben Affleck, The Knick by Steven Soderbergh starring Clive Owen,  Black and White by Mike, Binder starting Kevin Costner, Still Alice by Richard Glatzer starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart and Alec Baldwin,  Night Crawler by Dan Gilroy starring Jake Gyllenhaal,  Jia Zhangke, UN Gars De Fenyang by Walter Salles,Time Out of Mine by Oren Moverman starring Richard Gere and movies starring Johnny Depp, Stonehearst Asylum by Richard Anderson starring Kate Beckinsale and Ben Kingsley among several others.

In the past the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at The Rome Film Festival was won 'Dallas Buyers Club’ in 2013 and ‘The Motel Life’ in 2012."This is a huge achievement for the film and a matter of pride for India. Haider has been awarded with the Peoples choice award in the ‘Mondo genre’ of the Rome Film Festival. It truly affirms ourbelief that good cinema can transcend boundaries and this award puts Haider on the global map. After the overwhelming wave of appreciation in India now Haider embarks on its global journey with this feat,”says Amrita Pandey, VP & Head of Marketing and Distribution – Studios, Disney India.

“Haider is a classic Shakespearean tale retold with Kashmir in India as its backdrop, it’s a story that we would like to take to the world and to get this award now is a proud moment for the entire team of Haider,” says Director Vishal Bhardwaj.

“I am fortunate to get a chance to be a part of this breakthrough movie, it was one of the most difficult roles for me and I am ecstatic with the positive reviews and audience feedback Haider has received. It’s a moment of immense pride that the movie has got this award at the festival,” says Shahid Kapoor who plays the role of Haider.

Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, Haider is a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, set in the backdrop of the beautiful Kashmir and stars Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon and Irrfan. The movie saw a worldwide release on Oct 2nd, 2014 and with this movie the much-admired filmmaker completes his Shakespearean trilogy.

Vishal Bhardwaj's adaptation of William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', Haider - a young man returns home to Kashmir on receiving news of his father's disappearance. Not only does he learn that security forces have detained his father for harboring militants, but that his mother is in a relationship with his very own uncle. Intense drama follows between mother and son as both struggle to come to terms with news of his father's death. Soon Haider learns that his uncle is responsible for the gruesome murder, what follows is his journey to avenge his father's death.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay to entice Indian audiences from November 28, 2014

It’s time to enter the dystopian post-apocalyptic future in the land of Panem, as this year’s most anticipated film, The Hunger Games:  Mockingjay - Part 1 is set to arrive in the Indian theatres on November 28, 2014. Presented by Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, this science fiction adventure film is based on the novel Mockingjay, the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. The movie continues to follow female ‘tribute’ Katniss Everdeen who becomes a reluctant hero and a symbol of hope for the nation of Panem. The Hunger Games:  Mockingjay - Part 1will be released in all key metros.

The film, the third in the global blockbuster Hunger Games film franchise, opens in theaters worldwide on November 21, 2014 and will hold its world premiere in London, England on November 10th. Beginning in Beijing, the cast including Academy Award®-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, director Francis Lawrence and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, will embark on a World Press Tour with stops in Seoul, London, New York and Los Angeles.

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games:  Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore)and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 stars Jennifer Lawrence, reprising her character as Katniss Everdeen along with Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Natalie Dormer, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Willow Shields. The movie is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is a highly awaited movie of this year. With previous series having gained critical acclaim & massive box-office success, the movie anticipates same kind of response this year. The first Hunger Games film generated nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office. The second film in the franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, was the #1 domestic film of 2013 and the 10th highest-grossing North American release of all time, grossing over $860 million around the world.

The movie is the first of the two cinematic parts based on the novel and will be followed-up by a concluding installment The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.   The ‘Hunger Game’ series have a huge fan following worldwide and promises to entice the audience with its latest offering as well.

SRK & Vroovy team up to launch the official mobile game of ‘Happy New Year’

King Khan’s upcoming and most awaited film of the year, ‘Happy New Year’ is all set to enthral fans on the mobile devices. The “Badshah of Bollywood” has partnered with Vroovy (a joint venture between South Asia’s largest Digital Media Company Hungama and India’s largest game service company Gameshastra) and launched the official mobile game of the film. ‘Happy New Year: The Game’ is now available for download on iOS, Android and Facebook.

The game is a side scroller action adventure where a group of six highly trained thieves take on thrilling missions using their unique skill sets and gadgets to pull off the greatest diamond heist of the world.The mobile game encapsulates the essence of the film, which allows gamers to play as Champion Charlie, Marvellous Mohini, Notorious Nandu, Juggernaut Jag, Terrific Tammy or Rowdy Rohan and gear up foran action packed, heart racing adventure where they have to unlock doors, break walls, hack alarm systems, and bash guards.
Commenting on the launch of the game, Neeraj Roy, MD & CEO, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt Ltd. said, “We are delighted to be working with the superstar of Bollywood and creating the magic of his upcoming film – ‘Happy New Year’ on the mobile devices. The game has eight levels and it allows you to play as the characters of the film, and that I believe is a thrilling experience for the fans. I am certain that the engagement level of the game with its extremely immersive features and gameplay will keep the gamers hooked on to the game. With soaring anticipation for the film and the massive fan following of SRK, we hope the game will be well received by Mobile & Casual gamers across the world.”

Some of the features of the game are:
  • Super realistic 3D modeled characters of Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah!
  • Complete objectives, collect diamonds and discover secret chambers to help you advance in the game
  • 8 complete levels designed to test your mettle at different locations - The Bank, The Dockyard, The Streets of Dubai etc.
  • Overcome the obstacles in the form of watchful guards, lasers, falling cargo, burning barrels to get to the final level: The Magnificent Atlantis Hotel
  • Powerup: With weapons, skill upgrades, invisibility shields, and the much coveted BomankaBatwa!
  • Real-time social multiplayer mode: Challenge your friends on Facebook/Twitter
  • Discover the abilities of your favorite character by unlocking them: Some are super speedy, some are expert hackers and some fight like ninja samurais!
  • Unique tag-team format: Switch between characters who have unique skillsets
  • Fight your way to the top of the worldwide leaderboards. Stand a chance to win exciting prizes!
  • Simple and intuitive controls and amazing realistic graphics
Should you wish to download the game, here are the links: