DearCinema.com founder-editor Bikas Mishra has been invited on ‘France 4 Visionary Award’ Jury in 51st Cannes Critics Week of 65th Cannes Film Festival.
The France 4 Visionary Award has been instituted at the festival this year to ‘reflect the cinephile’s passion and enthusiasm for new talent in the film industry’, according to an official press release.
The Visionary Award will be awarded to one of the seven feature films in Competition, accompanied by 4 000 € from France 4 for the director. Vasan Bala’s debut feature Peddlers has been selected for Competition from India.
The Jury comprises of four international professional critics and the President is French director Céline Sciamma whose debut feature Water Lilies was selected in Un Certain Regard at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
Bikas Mishra founded DearCinema.com, the Indian website on independent cinema and film festivals in 2007. A member of the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics), Bikas has earlier been on the jury of 15th International Film Festival of Kerala and selection committees of Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) and Third Eye Asian Film Festival, Mumbai.
His short film Naach Ganesha (Dance of Ganesha) has traveled to Rotterdam, Busan and Los Angeles.
His debut feature Chauranga (Four Colours) is being produced by Sanjay Suri and Onir’s Anticlock Films and the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC). This project was part of Screenwriters’ Lab at Locarno Film Festival and ScriptStation at Berlin Talent Campus. It won the “Incredible India” Award for the best project at the co-production market of NFDC Film Bazar, Goa 2011 and also received Script and Project Development Funding from Goteborg International Film Festival, Sweden.
Cannes Critics Week also announced the Jury Presidents for the Nespresso Grand Prize and the Nikon Discovery Award for Short Film: French Filmmaker Bertrand Bonello and Portuguese filmmaker Joao Pedro Rodrigues respectively.