Hot on the heels of its world premiere at Mumbai Film Festival, Geethu Mohandas’ debut feature Liar’s Dice has been selected for Sundance Film Festival 2014.
Before donning the director’s hat, Mohandas has acted in twenty seven Malayalam films over more than three decades. She started out as a child actor when she was five years old.
I think our distribution networks need to understand the marketing of such films. You cannot market everything in the same manner. Here everything is sold like potatoes. If it’s a Bollywood film it’s sold like a potato and if it’s an indie film it’s sold like a potato. How will people buy it then?
An important aspect of international sales is having the required deliverables ready in time. The numerous licences, clearances, posters, teasers, trailers, subtitles, separate audio tracks to facilitate dubbing are all a must if a film is to be sold in the international markets.
It’s a very complicated issue that I am addressing – body, religion, cinema, theology, psychology. I couldn’t end it with a simple answer. So I opted for this kind of an ending.
Sange Dorjee’s Crossing Bridges, which recently screened at the Mumbai Film Festival, is the first film made in Shertukpen, the dialect spoken by a tribal community of the same name in Arunachal Pradesh. Shot in the hilly villages of Arunachal Pradesh using a Canon 5D, the film will also be showcased at the upcoming International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in December.
One has to begin by convincing the crowd of one’s idea. As Pawan Kumar put it, “Your project will only attract like-minded people. They will come only if they have faith in you”. Kumar used Facebook and Blogging to reach out to as many people as possible. His target of Rs 51 lakh was achieved in 27 days.
Shilpa Ranade, a well-known figure in the Indian animation industry, presented her latest feature The World of Goopi and Bagha at the Mumbai Film festival 2013. Produced by the Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI), the film had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2013E
The 15th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival hosted a panel discussion on whether film festivals help films achieve success. On the panel were French co-producer of The Lunchbox Marc Baschet (ASAP Films), Filmmakers Umesh Kulkarni (Valu, Vihir, Deool) and Anand Gandhi (Ship of Theseus); and Peter Van Hoof, programmer of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam. The panel was moderated by Liz Shackleton, Asia chief, Screen International.
This is not a portrait film, it tells the story of a community. How this community lived through in this strange landscape over the ages.
Baandhon set against the backdrop of 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai recently won the Best Film Award at recently concluded Bengaluru International Film Festival.