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  • Represented former US President Obama’s India delegation in 2010 and PM Modi’s US business delegations to foster Indo-US tech policies
  • More than dozen US and worldwide patents on Silicon, media and new innovations
  • Produced more than dozen Hollywood and global immersive Cinema VREs. Launched 7 Cinema VREs at CannesXR, Cannes Film Festival
  • Grease Volumetric Cinema Experience: World’s first 5 trillion Volumetric Cinema for three min song using virtual production
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home, first ever Multiplayer VRE over 5G VRE launched at MWC 2019
  • Pioneered 8K at Roland Garros in 2018/ launched firstever 16K at NAB 2018
  • 8K/60FPS/HDR live OTT broadcast for the 19 days of Olympic games Tokyo 2020 over the open Internet during Summer 2021
  • LeMusk first ever motion encoded, Olfactory Sensory Cinema VRE
  • Spoke at more than 100 global leading media and tech  conferences worldwide
  • Mentoring Industry and the Next Generation worldwide


FICCI-Frames Pioneering Contribution Award for advancing AVGC Sector in India Award 2017

Grease Volumetric Cinema AIS (Advanced Imaging Society) Lumiere Awards 2019

Spider-Man: HomeComing Virtual Reality AIS (Advanced Imaging Society) Lumiere Awards 2018 (Also nominated for The Emmys 2018)

FirstMan VRE, Audience Choice Monolith Award, Infinity Festival of Hollywood 2018 (Also nominated for The Emmys 2019),

8K Live Olympics OTT Broadcast, iABM Project Of The Year Award 2021

Finalist for “Technology Leader Of The Year” iABM 2021

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Nomadland wins People’s Choice at Toronto

admin   September 21, 2020

Here’s the complete list of Toronto International Film Festival award recipients for 2020. No cash prize is attached to TIFF People’s Choice winners this year

Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland has won the TIFF People Choice Award. The Oscar 2020 favourite for Best Picture Nomadland also was a Venice Golden Lion winner. Frances McDormand explores the vast landscape of the American West, in Chloé Zhao’s wise and intimate portrayal of life as a modern-day nomad. Adapting Jessica Bruder’s nonfiction book, Chloé Zhao writes, directs, and edits with impressively crisp focus. The film gets into and out of every scene with rare economy, cutting to the heart of each moment in our growing understanding of Fern.

First runner up is Regina King’s exceptional One Night In Miami which reimagines a real-life 1964 meeting between Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown. The second runner up goes to Trace Deer’s Beans.

The best documentary prize goes to Inconvenient Indian, while the best Midnight Madness film goes to Roseanne Liang’s Shadow In The Cloud.

Previous People’s Choice winners including Green Book, 12 Years a Slave, and The King’s Speech have bagged the best-picture Oscar.

A longstanding tradition at TIFF, the People’s Choice Award is celebrating its 43rd year. Audiences watching films at the RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place, the Visa Skyline Drive-In at CityView, the West Island Open- Air Cinema at Ontario Place, OLG Play Stage at Ontario Place, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and at home via digital screenings on the Bell Digital Cinema platform voted online. All films in TIFF’s Official Selection were eligible.


Presented by the Shawn Mendes Foundation, the 2020 Changemaker Award is awarded to a Festival film that tackles issues of social change, and comes with a $10,000 cash prize. The winning film was selected by TIFF’s Next Wave Committee, a group of young film lovers who recognize cinema’s power to transform the world. The Shawn Mendes Foundation will also be making an annual contribution in support of TIFF Next Wave, helping TIFF deliver key initiatives to elevate young voices. The jurors for the Changemaker Award are members of TIFF’s Next Wave Committee: Saharla Ugas, Sia Mehta, Emanuel Ntwig, Julia Yoo, Daeja Sutherland, Lina Zhang, Delphine Winton, Joe Ning, Caterina Ferrari, Visaree Bradshaw-Coore, Andrea Landaeta, and Diego Lopez.

The 2020 Changemaker Award is awarded to Black Bodies, a short film by Kelly Fyffe-Marshall. On making the announcement, the jury said Fyffe- Marshall’s film perfectly fits the criteria and aims of the award. Through its striking visuals and sound design, combined with spoken word, the film powerfully captures the emotional and physical trauma Black people experience and the injustice of police brutality against them. These are issues the Committee felt are particularly important and relevant to young people today.

“Kelly Fyffe-Marshall’s Black Bodies powerfully shows what it is like for Black people to live in an unjust society,” said the Committee. “It is moving because the words are too real, it hurts because of all the lives lost to police brutality, and it reminds us how unjust it is that we live in a world where we as young people need to fight to affirm that Black Lives Matter. It is activism against police brutality in moving colour. We’re honoured to award this prize to such a talented and important emerging filmmaker and
social activist in our community.”

“It is such a blessing to receive this award, to be acknowledged, to be seen and to be heard,” said Fyffe-Marshall. “Thank you to the Shawn Mendes Foundation and to the Toronto International Film Festival. I want to use this special moment to further push for change. This year the world seemed to have paused, and we finally heard the call for equality. What we are being called to do doesn’t take much. We just need each of us to do what we can, where we can, and make ripples where we are.”


Canada Goose embraces diversity in all its forms and definitions, including
technique and passion that transports storytelling to the screen. This year, Canada Goose presents the Amplify Voices Awards to the three best feature films by under-represented filmmakers. All feature films in Official election by BIPOC and Canadian filmmakers were eligible for these awards, and the three winners will receive a cash prize of $10,000 each, made possible by Canada Goose.

The three Amplify Voices Awards presented by Canada Goose winners are:

Amplify Voices Award for Best Canadian Feature Film: Inconvenient Indian, dir. Michelle Latimer

Jury’s statement: “Michelle Latimer’s documentary is a deeply thought-provoking adaptation of Thomas

King’s classic non-fiction book. It is a scorching indictment that interrogates the narratives we tell about ourselves and whose humanity is valued in that exercise. Expansive yet pulsing with energy and life, it ponders big questions and harkens the coming of a new era of truth and reclamation.”

Special Mention: Fauna, dir. Nicolás Pereda (Canadian Film)

Jury’s statement: “Tonally precise, with a cunning sense of humour, and led by brilliant performances, this film unpacks the influence of violent stereotypes in popular culture on the Mexican psyche.”

Amplify Voices Award: The Disciple, dir. Chaitanya Tamhane

Jury’s statement: “Masterful in its restraint, this film about a struggling classical Indian musician explores the tension between traditional discipline and the contemporary impulse to be instantly validated. The Disciple is a visually sumptuous and insightful journey into the life of an artist.”

Amplify Voices Award: Night of the Kings, dir. Philippe Lacôte

Jury’s statement: “A bold distinctive voice that pushes the boundaries of traditional cinematic storytelling, weaving together myth and reality in a beguiling trance of a movie. The film seduces with its captivating performances from newcomer Koné Bakary and a chorus of performers moving in rhythmic harmony.”

Special Mention: Downstream to Kinshasa, dir. Dieudo Hamadi

Jury’s statement: “A visceral gut punch of a documentary that explores the courage and determination of survivors of war crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A harrowing boat journey becomes a visual metaphor of their struggle to be recognized and their resilience in the face of adversity.” The 2020 jurors for the Amplify Voices Awards presented by Canada Goose are actor Sarah Gadon, filmmaker Danis Goulet, and producer Damon D’Oliveira.


The 2020 IMDbPro Short Cuts Awards are for Best Film, Best Canadian Film, and, new this year, the Share Her Journey Award for best film by a woman. IMDbPro will provide each of the three winners with a bursary of $10,000 CAD and a one-year membership to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals, to help them continue achieving success in their careers. These awards build on IMDbPro’s nearly 20-year history of empowering entertainment professionals to discover new talent and projects, and on its ongoing commitment to supporting and collaboratively working with organizations that create greater diversity,
equity, and inclusion in the entertainment industry, including TIFF’s Share Her Journey campaign.

The winners of the three awards are:

IMDbPro Short Cuts Award for Best Film: Dustin, dir. Naïla Guiguet

Jury’s statement: “Dustin Muchuvitz’s performance pulled us on a journey from night into morning that still lingered with us long after the film ended. Naïla Guiguet has offered us a relatable yet often unseen perspective on growing apart.”

IMDbPro Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Film: Benjamin, Benny, Ben, dir. Paul Shkordoff

Jury’s statement: “A quiet yet powerful fim that told us so much about race and class through simple but focused direction.”

IMDbPro Short Cuts Share Her Journey Award: Sing Me a Lullaby, dir. Tiffany Hsiung

Jury’s statement: “This film offered viewers an emotional look at resolving generational trauma.”

Honourable mention: O Black Hole! , dir. Renee Zhan

The 2020 jurors for the IMDbPro Short Cuts Awards are filmmakers Stella Meghie, Adam Piron, and Chloé Robichaud.

Toronto to Honor Anthony Hopkins, Chloe Zhao, and Mira Nair

admin   August 18, 2020

The Awards honour the film industry’s outstanding contributors and their achievements, recognizing leading industry members, acting talent, directorial expertise, new talent, and a below-the-line artist and creator

TIFF and Bell Media unveiled that television audiences can tune in to the 2020 TIFF Tribute Awards, to be broadcast on Tuesday, September 15 during the 45th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. Produced by Bell Media Studios, the first-ever one-hour broadcast will feature special messages from the honourees. The broadcast will be streamed to a global audience by Variety.

The TIFF Tribute Awards ceremony is an annual fundraiser to support both TIFF’s year-round programming and the organization’s core mission to transform the way people see the world through film. The Awards honour the film industry’s outstanding contributors and their achievements, recognizing leading industry members, acting talent, directorial expertise, new talent, and a below-the-line artist and creator.

“In what has been a challenging year for our global filmmaking community, we’re delighted to partner with Bell Media to unite cinemagoers across Canada, and around the world, to share in our love of film and celebrate the industry’s leading talent,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head, TIFF.

Featuring incredible career retrospectives along with appearances by extraordinary talent, we’re thrilled to be working with the TIFF team to create the inaugural broadcast of the 2020 TIFF Tribute Awards for viewers in Canada and around the world,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media.

In making the announcement, TIFF revealed that Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins will receive a TIFF Tribute Actor Award; director Chloé Zhao will receive the TIFF Ebert Director Award; and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mira Nair will be honoured with the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media. TIFF previously announced Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet will receive a TIFF Tribute Actor Award.

Sir Anthony Hopkins

Vicente said Hopkins’ onscreen presence continues to captivate, entertain, and inspire audiences and actors alike: “Sir Anthony’s brilliant and compelling performance in Florian Zeller’s The Father affirms his position as a true acting legend.” With a career spanning over 60 years, Hopkins has starred in films including The Bounty, Howards End, Hitchcock, and the Thor series. He won an Academy Award for his role as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, and was nominated for four other Academy Awards for his roles in The Remains of the Day, Nixon, Amistad, and The Two Popes. In addition, he has won three BAFTAs and two Emmys, has been nominated for seven Golden Globe awards, and was honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2006. Hopkins stars alongside Olivia Colman in Zeller’s The Father, about a man struggling with aging, which will screen at TIFF and be released by Sony Pictures Classics on November 20, 2020.

Chloé Zhao

Vicente said Zhao’s upcoming film Nomadland reminds us, particularly right now, that cinema has the power to connect us all no matter how far apart we might feel: “Chloé’s work consistently exemplifies her signature flair for authentic, humane, and emotionally intimate storytelling.”

Zhao was born in Beijing, China. She was raised there and also in Brighton, England. After moving to the US, she studied political Science at Mount Holyoke College and film production at NYU. Songs My Brothers Taught Me, her debut feature film as a writer, director, and producer, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival, receiving a nomination for the Caméra d’Or Award for best first feature. Her sophomore feature, The Rider, an impressionistic drama about a South Dakota cowboy, premiered at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2017 and won the Art Cinema Award. The film went on to receive critical acclaim, with Zhao nominated for Best Director at the INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS and won Best Feature at the IFP Gotham Awards. Zhao’s upcoming film Nomadland, which explores the vast landscape of the American West, stars Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, and Charlene Swankie. The film will screen at TIFF and will be released by Searchlight Pictures this fall. Zhao’s other upcoming feature is The Eternals from Marvel Studios.

Mira Nair

Vicente said Nair’s brilliant adaptation of A Suitable Boy acts as a testament to her extraordinary talent for authentic storytelling. “Mira’s passion for creating impact through film and storytelling, coupled with her masterful cinematic style, extends far beyond the screen; and resonates through her deep commitment for talent development in the US, East Africa, and India.”

Nair is an Academy Award- and BAFTA-nominated filmmaker who has directed numerous films, including Mississippi Masala, the Venice Golden Lion-winning Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake, and Queen of Katwe. Her first film, Salaam Bombay!, won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes in 1988, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and won the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language. She was awarded the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at the Athena Film Festival, a Tribute at the IFP Gotham Awards, and a Muse Award from NYWIFT. Nair’s production company, Mirabai Films, specializes in creating films about the world, for the world. In 1998, Nair used the profits from Salaam Bombay! to create Salaam Baalak Trust, which works with street children in India, and in 2005, she established Maisha Film Lab in Kampala, Uganda, a non-profit training initiative for emerging East African filmmakers. In 2012, Nair was awarded the Padma Bhushan – India’s second-highest civilian honour – by the president of India. Nair’s six-part miniseries A Suitable Boy will screen at TIFF.

Last year the inaugural TIFF Tribute Gala celebrated the remarkable talents and contributions of Meryl Streep, Taika Waititi, Mati Diop, and Joaquin Phoenix, among others.

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51 International Film Festival of India, Goa ( 20 -28 November, 2020)

admin   February 22, 2020

Feature films from all continents
TOTAL PRIZE MONEY – 2,00,000 USD approx

Best Film
Golden Peacock and a prize money of 40,00,000/-

Best Director
Silver Peacock and a prize money of 15,00,000/-

Best Actor (Male)
Silver Peacock and a prize money of 10,00,000/-

Best Actor (Female)
Silver Peacock and a prize money of 10,00,000/-

Special Jury Award
Silver Peacock and a prize money of 15,00,000/-

Award for the Best Debut Feature Film of a Director – Silver Peacock,
Certificate and Prize Money of 10,00,000/-

Lifetime Achievement Award
Certificate, shawl, scroll and a prize money of 10,00,000/-

Indian Film Personality of the Year
Award- Silver Peacock, Certificate and a prize money of 10,00,000/-


  1. World Panorama
  2. Foreign Retrospective, Tributes, Special Focus, etc.
  3. Indian Panorama, Indian Retrospectives, Tributes.
  4. Technical Workshops
  5. Masterclasses
  6. Film Bazaar


A choice of the year’s best international cinema.


A representative selection of films from another country or region.


Works of famous film personalities are screened as part of this section, during the festival.


A selection of the year’s best of Indian cinema. Indian Panorama provides a platform to the national film makers from all regions and languages. Films are chosen in this section for their thematic and aesthetic excellence and are also sent to festivals within the country and abroad.


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Best Film: Golden Peacock Award:

‘Particles’ by Blaise Harrison won the best Film Award

The Best Director Award:

Lijo Jose Pellissery won the Best Director award for his film ‘Jallikattu’

Best Debut Film of a Director (Shared):

Amin Sidi Boumediene for Abou Leila and Marius Olteanu for Monsters

IFFI Best Actor Award (Male):

Seu Jorge for the film Marighella

IFFI Best Actor Award (Female):

Usha Jadhav for the film Mai Ghat: Crime No 103/2015.

ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal:

Riccardo Salvetti for Rwanda

Special Jury Award:

Pema Tseden for Balloon

Special Mention Jury Award:

Hellaro directed by Abhishek Shah

Special mention under ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi medal:

Bahattar Hoorain directed by Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan




Isabelle Hupper

The Best Director Award:

Lijo Jose Pellissery won the Best Director award for his film ‘Jallikattu’

“I want to dedicate this (the award) to my directors, producers, technicians and my fans.” – Mr Rajinikanth

“There is always this bickering between us… There are times when I give him some advice and then there are days, when he suggests something to me. Though, we never follow each other’s advice…. I feel that relationships are about all of this.”- Mr Amitabh Bachchan

Film Craft Revitalized

admin   December 2, 2019

The 13th edition of Film Bazaar revitalised the collaboration between the international and South Asian film fraternities, facilitating partnerships and networking. Growing bigger with every passing year, the 2019 edition saw more than 1,100 delegates attend the 4-day event at the Marriott Resort in Goa

The curtain came down on the 13th edition of Film Bazaar at IFFI on November 24th, firmly establishing it as the leading film market in the region shaping the future of cinema. The fact that 1,116 delegates from 36 countries participated in the Market, the largest number so far in its 13 years of existence, bears the testimony of its growing significance as a promoter of cinematic excellence and talent.

“Film Bazaar is a multilingual, multi-national film market that gives a platform to diverse voices from across the region. This is clear from the fact that 268 projects across 30+ languages at various stages of progress were present in the market under its different sections,” said Smt T.C.A. Kalyani, MD of NFDC, while speaking about the growing role of the Film Bazaar in harnessing independent filmmaking talent.


The Film Bazaar was inaugurated by Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, who hailed the Film Market as a good platform “for aspiring filmmakers to sell their ideas, films and take their productions to the far reaches of the world”. “We can therefore export and import films at this market,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Goa Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant said that Goa will allocate more resources to improve its infrastructure to boost film shootings in the state. “Goa is a small touristic state, albeit it is an environment-friendly destination where films have been shot. Though few, these international and national films have become hit films. We will try to provide the best infrastructure required for the film industry in the city as well as the interiors. We want the state to move forward in the film industry,” he added.

“Film Bazaar is basically what we can call business behind the films, where we get producers to meet directors, where we have mentors curating scripts, industrial screenings, along with knowledge enhancing and skill development sessions, where students could interact with the eminent personalities like Prasoon Joshi, Meghna Gulzar, among others, from the industry and learn what goes into the process of making films. I am thankful to Goa and government of India for having made this happen” Smt T.C.A. KALYANI, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India and Managing Director, NFDC

Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests and Climate Change Babul Supriyo, who was also present at the inaugural, said, “Filmmaking
in India is an amalgamation of art and business; and how to take art to the homes of people because by doing so one can make a lot of business. There are a lot of filmmakers all over the world who are interested in making films in India and knowing more about Indian films because by far we make the largest number of films in the world in as many as 30 languages. It’s therefore not just an example of Make in India, but also of make money in India.”

Workshops & Master Class

A new addition to the Film Bazaar this year, workshops on skill development for film students from across the country were held in the section entitled ‘Behind the Silver Screen, Empowering the Aspirants’. The section saw leading film personalities like Vishal Bhardwaj, Prasoon Joshi, Adil Hussain and Sidharth Roy Kapur mentoring and sharing tips with students on various filmmaking crafts.

Veteran filmmaker Hariharan Krishnan (Professor Arts and Director Media Lab, KREA University) took a master class on the history and theory of cinema, the need for films and why we make films. His discussion tied together filmmakers across time and geography, and films across themes and genres. He was also critical of the way filmmaking has been taught in the country, and wondered whether filmmaking can be taught at all. The workshop in the skill development sidebar was conducted by Actor, Entrepreneur and Filmmaker Ms. Shylaja Chetlur who spoke on gender sensitivity in film scripts and on film sets. She spoke about the current scenario of the film industry and how large sections of the society including women and homosexuals continue to be discriminated against not just in films but also in our society. Ms. Chetlur highlighted the irony of casting a fair looking person in the role of a dark-skinned character, and then blackening their faces. She spoke about the need to break stereotypes and be more inclusive in the way they are shown on screen.

The Producers’ Workshop finished with the producers pitching their projects to their fellow producers and mentors for the workshop. The producers used everything they had learnt over the last three days and pitched their projects with fervour and passion. The mentors were impressed with the pitches, most of which dealt with the realities of India today and ranged across genres and themes.

Knowledge Sessions

Sessions in the Knowledge Series saw Smt T.C.A. Kalyani (MD – NFDC) engage in a conversation with Richard Sharkey (International Producer) on how the potential of Film Facilitation Office (FFO) can be leveraged to make India a leading destination for international filmmakers to shoot in. Smt T.C.A. Kalyani said, “Our motto is to ensure a one-stop-shop for facilitation of shooting in India. In line with this, the single window clearance is a fantastic initiative of the Government of India to ensure ease of filming.”

In perhaps the most engaging panel of the day, Namrata Joshi (Associate Editor, Cinema, The Hindu) spoke with Swami Laxmi Narayan Tripathi (Human Rights Activist), and filmmakers Onir and Sridhar Rangayan. While all of them agreed that the perception of LGBTQ cinema and characters has changed for the better in the last ten years, there’s still a long way to go. Tripathi was especially vocal in highlighting the stereotyping of the transgender community that continues to ail Indian films.

A panel on the changing role of women in cinema brought together women producers from across the country. This included Soundarya Rajinikanth (Managing Director, May 6 Entertainment), Nandita Roy (Producer, Director, Windows Production), Shareen Mantri Kedia (Founder Director of Namah Pictures), Dominique Welinski (Founder & Head of Production, DW) and Aditi Anand (Promoter, Director, Little Red Car Films). They pointed out the challenges that women still continue to face in the industry and discussed ways of making it easier for women to come up the ranks, and suggestions included fair compensation and safer and hygienic sets. Other insightful panels involved those on the evolving OTT landscape in India with executives from multiple OTT platforms clarifying their respective approaches to content, a panel on the wide diversity of multiple Indian language cinemas outside of the Hindi film industry which had filmmakers from Maharashtra, Assam, and Gujarat share the inspirational story of their film’s journey, and another panel that simplified the complicated world of music rights for the filmmakers in the room.

Awards & Accolades

The final day of the 13th Film Bazaar saw the announcements of awards to independent filmmakers for projects selected in the Film Bazaar Recommends and the Work-in-Progress section. The recipients were selected by a jury comprising of internationally acclaimed festival programmers/ directors, producers and industry executives who also presented the awards to the winners alongside Smt T.C.A. Kalyani (MD of NFDC) and representative of the sponsors.

‘Pedro’ by Natesh Hegde and ‘Swizerland’ by Ajitpal Singh, won the Prasad Lab DI Award + Moviebuff Appreciation Award from amongst the Work-In- Progress (WIP) Lab films. The awards were decided by mentors of the WIP Lab which included Philippa Campbell (Producer), Derek Malcolm (Film Critic), Marco Mueller, (Film Critic & Historian, Artistic Director of PYIFF, Pingyao) Olivia Stewart (Producer), Lizi Gelber (Editor), Jacques Comets (Film Editor). From amongst the incomplete Film Bazaar Recommends films
which have not yet got their DI done section, the Prasad Lab DI Award + Moviebuff Appreciation Award went to ‘Pinki Elli?’ (Where Is Pinki?) by Prithvi Konanur. The jury members were Kiki Fung (Programmer from Hong Kong International Film Festival), Laurence Kardish (Artistic Director, FilmColumbia), Nashen Moodley (Festival Director, Sydney Film Festival).

These awards include the following for each film:

Free DI by Prasad Labs

Two version of DCI DCP free for a movie by Qube

Rupees Two Lakh (INR 2,00,000) worth of trailer promotion at QUBE cinema theatres (Max 300 theatres) for a movie.

Filmmakers will get a Qube Wire account with wallet worth of USD 500, which can be redeemed during Qube Wire deliveries.

In a happy surprise, it was announced that the 3 remaining films in the WIP Lab will also receive DI at 50% discount from Prasad Labs.

‘Laila Aur Satt Geet’ (The Shepherdess And The Seven Songs) by Pushpendra Singh won the VKAAO WIP Lab Award, which includes a certificate from VKAAO and Free Theatrical Distribution Deal with PVR Cinemas. The award was decided by the same jury of mentors who decided the Prasad Lab DI Award + Moviebuff Appreciation Award for films in the WIP Lab.

The VKAAO FBR Awards, chosen by an audience vote based on FBR Pitch and views in the Viewing Room, went to two films – ‘Gamak Ghar’ by Achal Mishra from amongst the completed films by a debut director and ‘rk/rkay’ by Rajat Kapoor from amongst the completed films by a non-debut director.

Each of these films won a certificate from VKAAO and will get a 75% discount on Theatrical Distribution.

Film Bazaar in Numbers

  • 1,116 Delegates
  • 36 Countries
  • 268 Film Projects
  • 5 Films in Work in Progress
  • 14 Films in C-Production Market
  • 26 Films recommended by Film Bazaar

Third Edition Of MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards Announced

admin   July 9, 2019

Submissions are now open for the third edition of the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards 2019, organised by Reed MIDEM.

Dedicated to championing and promoting diverse and inclusive content that can make an impact on wide audiences, the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards will be held on Monday 14 October 2019. The world’s entertainment content market, MIPCOM takes place in Cannes, France from 14-17 October 2019.

Reed MIDEM also aims to ensure that MIP Markets have an inclusive atmosphere and support initiatives from different groups, bring new content creators and create new opportunities for them in the business, and support diversity in executive ranks and writers’ rooms to empower new generations.

“As the global TV industry event, one of MIPCOM’s missions is to push the agenda to encourage equal and positive representation – both in front of and behind the camera. We are so delighted to launch the 3rd edition of the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards, which has quickly become one of the main highlights of the event,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of the Television Division at Reed MIDEM, which organises MIPCOM.

To achieve these goals, Reed MIDEM relies on the support and guidance of the MIP Markets Diversity Advisory Board, comprised of: Bunmi Akintonwa, CEO, Little Black Book Company; Sahar Baghery, Head of Business Development, Amazon Prime Video; Sean Cohan, President, Wheelhouse Entertainment & Chief Business Officer, Wheelhouse Group; David Cornwall, Managing Director, Scorpion Television; David Ellender, President, Global Distribution & Co-productions, Sonar Entertainment; Sallyann Keizer, Managing Director, Sixth Sense Media; David Levine, GM, Disney Channels UK; and Nick Smith, EVP Formats, All3Media International.

This year’s Diversity and Inclusion programme will feature major personalities who are speaking out to create more opportunities and enhance visibility for talent from diverse backgrounds. It will also highlight experts demonstrating the positive impact of diversity, and support a series of networking events bringing together various communities.

A key part of the programme, the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards ceremony is an invitation-only event for some 200 leading TV executives. The winning shows will be chosen by charitable organisations and specialised publications that campaign for equality and inclusion (names to be announced soon), who will reward positive programming across the year that embraces representation in worthy shows. The deadline for submissions is 22 July 2019.

To be eligible, programmes must provide a fair and accurate representation of BAME, LGBTQ+ and disabled communities, stand out for originality and excellence in terms of storytelling, casting and production values, challenge stereotypes, and show a positive impact.

Episodes submitted must have aired within the past year (between 1 September 2018 and 21 July 2019) on a linear and/or non-linear platform (first broadcast of any season).

Programmes can be entered in one category only:

MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Award for Representation of Race and Ethnicity
. Scripted
. Non-Scripted

MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Award for Representation of LGBTQ+
. Scripted
. Non-Scripted

MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Award for Representation of Disability
. Scripted
. Non-Scripted

MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Award for kids’ programming, across all genres

All submitted programmes will be reviewed by members of the MIP Markets Diversity Advisory Board, along with a panel of TV experts to be announced soon and Reed MIDEM’s editorial team.

Reed MIDEM is pleased to welcome back Diversify TV as partner of this year’s MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards.

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IFFI Marching Towards 50th Edition

admin   June 8, 2019

The preparations for golden jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) have started in full swing The 50th IFFI edition (November 20-28, 2019) would trace the history of 49 editions of the festival.

IFFI will showcase the film culture of each and every region across India and trace the history of IFFI from the 1st to the 49th. Films are made in about 25 different regional languages in India.

IFFI — Asia’s oldest event of its kind, still holds on to its pre-eminent position as a showcase of cinematic excellence.

The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the oldest event of its kind in Asia, has over the years witnessed numerous alterations in character, nomenclature, location, dates and duration. Through it all, it has remained steadfast in its emphasis on showcasing the diversity of Indian cinema as well as in its commitment to the celebration of excellence across movie making genres.

Over the past two and a half decades, several other international film festivals have sprung up across India, notably in Kolkata, Kerala and Mumbai, and they all contribute meaningfully to the collective task of taking quality cinema to a people weaned principally on a staple diet of star-driven, song and dance extravaganzas. But IFFI continues to retain its preeminent position owing to its size, scope and vintage. Not just in the Indian context but also in relation to the other major Asian film festivals, IFFI matters. And this is despite all the inevitable ups and downs that it has seen over the years.

All the other major Asian festivals – Tokyo, Busan and Shanghai – are of far more recent origin and therefore lack the history that is associated with IFFI, which is now few months shy of its 50th edition. The festival in Tokyo was launched in 1985, the one in Shanghai began in 1993 and the Busan Film Festival came into being in 1996.

IFFI hands out prize money to the tune of US$ 200,000. The winner of the Golden Peacock for the best film takes home $80,000. That apart, the best director and the Special Jury Prize winner bag $30,000 each, while the two acting prizes come with a cash component of $20,000 each.

IFFI also confers two Lifetime Achievement Awards – one to an international film personality, the other to an Indian great. The moves to push IFFI up a few notches have unfolded since the coastal state of Goa became its permanent venue in 2004. IFFI now has a far more settled feel than ever before, with each improvement in terms of infrastructure and programming initiatives adding value to both the event and the location.

On the programming side, IFFI not only unveils the best films from around the multilingual country with the aim of providing a glimpse of the sheer range and dynamism of Indian cinema, it also puts together a remarkable slate of brand new world cinema titles.

IFFI also hosts many retrospectives, tributes, master classes and special sections, which enhance the variety and depth of the event. The master classes have emerged as a highlight of the festival, especially for film school students who converge in Goa during the ten-day event.

India’s first international film festival was organized within five years of the nation attaining Independence. It was a non-competitive event held in 1952 in Bombay (Now Mumbai). A special feature of the inaugural function was the screening of the first film screened in India in 1896 by the Lumiere brothers. Frank Capra was part of the American delegation that attended the festival.

After a fortnight-long run in Bombay, the festival travelled to Calcutta (now Kolkata), Madras (now Chennai) and Delhi. The first international film festival of India is rightfully credited with triggering a burst of creativity in Indian cinema by exposing young Indian filmmakers to the best from around the world, especially to Italian neo-realism.

It isn’t without significance that Satyajit Ray’s first film, Pather Panchali, was completed in 1955, and Bimal Roy’s classic Hindi film, Do Bigha Zameen, was released in 1953.

Six decades on, IFFI continues to provide a useful platform to young Indian filmmakers who work outside the mainstream distribution and exhibition system and in languages that do not have access to the pan-Indian market that Hindi cinema has.

The Indian Panorama, a section that is made up of both features and non-features, opens global avenues for films made by veterans and newcomers alike.

It wasn’t until 1961 that the second edition of the festival, also non-competitive and hosted by Delhi, was mounted, but the idea of an itinerant festival had been sown.

In 1965, the year of its third edition, the festival secured ‘A’ category grading from the Paris-based FIAPF (Federation Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films), which brought it on par with the world’s biggest festivals in Venice, Cannes, Berlin, Moscow and Karlovy Vary.

IFFI now has a permanent home in Goa. The coastal state has benefitted appreciably from the shift. Its cinema has received a huge fillip in the decade and a half that Panaji has hosted IFFI. Filmmakers in the coastal state have been increasingly making their mark on the national and international stage.

TIFF 2018 Award Winners. Top winner is Peter Farrelly’s Green Book

admin   September 17, 2018

Peter Farrelly’s 1960s-era road-trip comedy drama Green Book,co-starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali has won the main People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. The movie is based on a true story of musician Don Shirley’s 1962 tour of the American South, for which the celebrated black pianist hired a white driver, Tony (Lip) Vallelonga, because he was unable to travel safely alone. Here are complete TIFF 2018 winners


Winner: Peter Farrelly’s Green Book

First runner-up: Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk
Second runner-up: Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA

The award offers a $15,000 cash prize and custom award, sponsored by Grolsch.


Winner: Vasan Bala’s The Man Who Feels No Pain (Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota)

First runner-up: David Gordon Green’s Halloween
Second runner-up: Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation


Winner: E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s Free Solo

First runner-up: Tom Donahue’s This Changes Everything
Second runner-up: John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm


Winner: Wi Ding Ho’s Cities of Last Things

Jury remarks: “This is a deeply moving drama from a director who shows great skill in his ability to weave together multiple genres with social and political critique, while telling a story that remains intimately human at its core. For us, this film has a spirit that always feels beautifully close to real life.”

Honourable Mention: Emir Baigazin’s The River

Jury remarks: “We were completely absorbed by the singular world this film creates through precise and meticulous craft, breathtaking visuals, and a boldly patient yet engrossing observational style.”


Winner – Discovery Programme: Carmel Winters’ Float Like a Butterfly?

Jury remarks: “Float Like a Butterfly is a pastoral and traditional bucolic film, capturing the familiar angst and anxiety a young adult woman undergoes in order to have her say in the scheme of things in a predominately male-driven patriarchal society. Through her spectacular and deft narrative, nuanced understanding of the dilemmas women face, and a pitch-perfect performance by Hazel Doupe, this film is a triumph of free spirit.”

Honourable Mention: Laura Luchetti’s Twin Flower


Winner – Special Presentations: Guy Nattiv’s Skin

Jury remarks: “Skin is a gripping study of a group of extremists and the choices available to them. It’s raw yet intelligently paced, with stunning performances, especially by a near-unrecognizable Vera Farmiga.”

Honourable Mention: Louis Garrel’s A Faithful Man


Winner: Ash Mayfair’s The Third Wife

Jury remarks: “Ash Mayfair’s debut feature The Third Wife signalled the emergence of a young female director-writer whose aesthetic sensibilities, cinematic language, and extraordinary ability to illuminate the past for contemporary audiences augur well for the future of Vietnamese and world cinema.”

Honourable Mention: Bai Xue’s The Crossing

Jury remarks: “Bai Xue’s storytelling in her debut film The Crossing shattered cinematic boundaries to create an original visual language that propelled her protagonist’s emotional crossing into adulthood as she crossed the physical boundaries of Hong Kong into mainland China.”


Winner: Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian’s Fig Tree

Jury remarks: “Fig Tree is a stunning and illuminating debut. Based on her own experiences, Ethiopian-Israeli writer-director Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian takes us on an unsentimental journey and shows us the tragic effects of civil war on ordinary people. Confidently directed with grit and compassion, Fig Tree is a beautifully rendered, big-hearted story about a Jewish teenage girl’s attempt to save those she loves, but it’s also an intimate coming-of-age story of self-discovery and female empowerment.”

Honourable Mention: Camilla Strøm Henriksen’s Phoenix

Jury remarks: “Phoenix is a courageous debut from Norwegian director Camilla Strøm Henriksen. A visually arresting and emotionally nuanced film, Phoenix focuses on a young teen who assumes an enormous burden of responsibility in the face of her mother’s mental illness and her father’s absence. With a seamless blend of stark realism and cinematic magic realism, Henriksen’s story subtly, yet powerfully, unfolds from the perspective of her mature young protagonist.”

The Audentia Award for Best Female Director, presented by The Festival and the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund, carries a €30,000 cash prize.


Winner: Meryam Joobeur’s Brotherhood

Jury remarks: “The film was masterfully executed, layered with bold ideas, rich textures, and nuanced character observations played by an unforgettable cast. The film successfully explored complex personal and political themes with compassion for its characters. By employing the intimate prism of a Tunisian family, the film was evidently made with a sense of maturity that points to a bright future from Meryam Joobeur.”
The award offers a $10,000 cash prize, made possible by IWC Schaffhausen.

Honourable Mention: The jury awarded a special mention to Jérémy Comte’s Fauve for its confident visual storytelling and moving performances from the child actors.


Winner: Sandhya Suri’s The Field

Jury remarks: “The film is striking for its aesthetic lyricism, tender performances, and powerful emotional impact. It’s a unique and refreshing glimpse into female desire set in rural India that demonstrated a scope greater than its short format.”
The award offers a $10,000 cash prize, made possible by IWC Schaffhausen.

Honourable Mentions: Anette Sidor’s Fuck You, for its acutely observed study of teenage sexuality, and to Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels’s This Magnificent Cake!, for the spectacular level of animation and the surreal humour it uses to explore its complex colonial subject matter.


Winner: Katherine Jerkovic’s Roads in February (Les routes en février)

Jury remarks: “For its warm portrayal of a young woman trying to reconnect with her distant heritage after her father’s untimely death, and for the way the film demonstrates how genuine human connections best develop between two individuals when they stand on common ground, the jury gives the City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film to Katherine Jerkovic’s Les routes en février (Roads in February).”


Winner: Sébastien Pilote’s The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparition des lucioles)

Jury remarks: “For its true-to-life depiction of a young woman’s quest to find meaning and hope in a world that has constantly disappointed her, the jury gives the Canada Goose® Award for Best Canadian Feature Film to Sébastien Pilote’s La disparition des lucioles (The Fireflies Are Gone).”