Monthly Selection – May 2017

FILMS OF THE MONTH - MAY 2017

 

CATEGORY - NARRATIVE FEATURES

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

Postcards from the Shadows of the Petrol Chemistry

Directed by Simon Gunnarsson

Sweden

 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Pirates 1.0

Directed by Raj Madiraju

India

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Innocent Killer, Australia

 

CATEGORY - DOCUMENTARY FILMS

 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Nature and Its Manifestations: From Four Poems

Directed by Takamasa Jwasaki

Japan

 OFFICIAL SELECTION

Bucéphale, Switzerland

My World Is Upside Down, Slovenia

Voyage of the Southern Sun, Australia

 

CATEGORY - SHORT FILMS

 BEST SHORT FILM

Me (Asmad)

Directed by Prabhjit Dhamija

India

 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Genesis

Directed by Abtin Mozafari

Iran

FINALIST

Downfall, Iran

No Wave, Canada

Key to the Secrets, Switzerland

XZ3, Italy

 OFFICIAL SELECTION

Aai Shappath, India

Mohammad And Urvashi, India

Identity, India 

Red Season, Iran 

The Table Spread, Turkey 

Turquoise, United Kingdom 

Why, United Sates

 

CATEGORY - ANIMATED FILMS

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Magic Concert Trick

Directed by Harvey Droke

United States

 OFFICIAL SELECTION

Kcloc, United Sates

 

CATEGORY - STUDENT FILMS

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Pardaa (Curtain)

Directed by Kajri Babbar

United Kingdom

 OFFICIAL SELECTION

Ragamuffin, United States

Mr. Y, China

Treasures Under The Rocks, United States

The Veiled, Australia

 

CATEGORY - DEBUT FILMMAKER

 BEST DEBUT FILMMAKER AWARD

B for Bundelkhand

Directed by Vishal Mourya & Debi Prasad Lenka

India

 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Blind Side

Directed by David Manzi

Italy

 

CATEGORY - YOUNG FILMMAKER (UNDER 18)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Zaman

Directed by Reza Shokrani

United States

 

CATEGORY - BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD

Jungle Book Bear

Directed by Oliver Goetzl

Germany

 

CATEGORY - BEST DIRECTOR

 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Breaker

Directed by Philippe McKie

Japan

 

CATEGORY - BEST ACTOR

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Mayukh Ray

For Mohammad And Urvashi

India

 

CATEGORY - BEST EDITING

 BEST EDITING AWARD

Jungle Book Bear

Directed by Oliver Goetzl

Germany

 

CATEGORY - BEST SOUND DESIGNING

 BEST SOUND DESIGNING AWARD

Jungle Book Bear

Directed by Oliver Goetzl

Germany

 

CATEGORY -  FAMILY / CHILDREN FILMS

BEST FAMILY / CHILDREN FILM

Vaman

Directed by Amit Trivedi

India

 

CATEGORY - FILMS ON NATURE / ENVIRONMENT / WILDLIFE

 BEST FILM ON NATURE / ENVIRONMENT / WILDLIFE

Jungle Book Bear

Directed by Oliver Goetzl

Germany

 

CATEGORY - TRAVEL FILMS

 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Escaping Time

Directed by Rhett Cutrell

United States

 

CATEGORY - FREE SPEECH FILMS

  OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Ballad for Syria

Directed by Eda Elif Tibet and Maisa Al Hafez

Turkey

 

CATEGORY – EXPERIMENTAL FILMS

 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

 Krupa

Directed by Ranjani Prasad

Canada

 

CATEGORY -  FEATURE SCRIPTS

 BEST FEATURE SCRIPT

In Wonderland

Written by Summer Starrs

United Sates

 

CATEGORY - PHOTOGRAPHY

 BEST PHOTOGRAPHY

Child of Anatolia By Dursun Aras

Turkey

 

 

 

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Monthly Selection – April 2017

FILMS OF THE MONTH - APRIL 2017

 

CATEGORY - NARRATIVE FEATURE

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

Mango Dreams

Directed By John Upchurch

United States

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

BEYOND BOUNDARIES

Directed By KAMAL NATHANI

India

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

TOWARDS NEW DAWN

Directed By Shivarudhraiah K

India

SEMIFINALIST

Dhokbu - The Keeper, India

OFFICIAL SELECTION

PEROPERO - Breakdown in Tokyo, Germany

 

CATEGORY - DOCUMENTARY

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

Antartica - The Journey to the End of the Earth

Directed By Artem Gordina

Ukraine

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Filmisthaan

Directed By Yasmin Kidwai

India

SEMIFINALIST

Into the Light: Girls of Kolkata, United Kingdom

Mirgorod, a travel log, Iceland

Iyarkaiyum Maari, India

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Little Tsunamis, United Kingdom

Pratersauna - The final round, Austria

Amsterdam Stories USA, Belgium

MYSTIC REALM, Bangladesh

Boi Bumba - Move my ox, Germany

 

CATEGORY - SHORT FILMS

BEST SHORT FILM

Touch

Directed By Ghirija Jayarraj

Australia

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Obosheshot (At Last...)

Directed By Arindam Barooah

India

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Blindness

Directed By Shirsha Tanay Ghosh

India

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Hubert

Directed By Adrien Debackere

France

SEMIFINALIST

Internal Flight (full version), Ukraine

OFFICIAL SELECTION

POLIS NEA, Italy

BREAKER, Japan

It comes from the Heavens, Cuba

The Angry Men, Italy

No Wave, Canada

One man called Olivier Bécaille, Italy

Addict, France

Recourse, United Kingdom

DUSTBIN, India

A Man Full of Trouble, USA

L'Entretien, France

 

CATEGORY – EXPERIMENTAL FILMS

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Structures of Nature

Directed By Martin Gerigk

Germany

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Transmania, Croatia

 

CATEGORY - ANIMATED FILMS

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Bosatsu - Year of the Dragon

Directed By Siddharth Ahluwalia

United States

 

CATEGORY - WOMEN’S FILM

BEST WOMEN’S FILM

“Liberation“

Directed By Kimia Eyzadpanah

Germany

 

CATEGORY - STUDENT’S FILMS

BEST STUDENT’S FILM

Safe Harbor

Directed By Gabriel Carnick

United States

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Sweet Bloom of Night Time Flowers

Directed By Rifyal Giffari

Singapore

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Mommy Heist, United States

Chayachithram, India

DOLL, Australia

Coco Cabasa, Netherlands

 

CATEGORY -  FAMILY/CHILDREN FILMS

BEST FAMILY/CHILDREN FILMS

Bhog

Directed By Yash Revar

India

 

CATEGORY - YOUNG FILMMAKER

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Youth - Daughter

Directed By Daniel Chan

China

 

CATEGORY - DEBUT FILMMAKER

BEST DEBUT FILMMAKER

ABDUR RAFI for ESPEJISMO

India

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

RAFFAELLA COVINO for LEND A HAND

Italy

FINALIST

Blindness, India

Bosatsu - Year of the Dragon, United States

SEMIFINALIST

#ATFIRSTSIGHT, Hungary

Dhokbu - the Keeper, India

 

CATEGORY – FEATURE SCRIPT

BEST FEATURE SCRIPT

All-American

Written By Samuel J Narayan

 

CATEGORY - MUSIC VIDEO

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Brass Wires Orchestra – Youth

Directed By Filipe Correia dos Santos

Portugal

SEMIFINALIST

Internal Flight (full version), Ukraine

Nineveh's Burning, Japan

 

CATEGORY - FILM ON NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT

BEST FILM ON NATURE / ENVIRONMENT / WILDLIFE

Antarctica

Directed By Andrii Andreiev

Ukraine

FINALIST

A Little Gardener, India

SEMIFINALIST

Captain Piers' Whales, Spain

Elephants in the Coffee, United States

 

CATEGORY - MOBILE FILM

BEST MOBILE FILM

Korean dog meat exposé (15 mins)

Directed By James Hyams

 

CATEGORY- FILMS ON DISABILITY ISSUE

BEST FILM ON DISABILITY ISSUE

MISS KAALU

Directed By Naresh Babu

India

OFFICIAL SELECTION

The Newspaper, South Africa

 

CATEGORY- FILM ON RELIGION

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Nunc Coepi -- The Life of Venerable Bruno Lanteri

Directed By John Wykes

USA

 

CATEGORY – BEST DIRECTOR

WINNER

Blindness

Directed By Shirsha Tanay Ghosh

India

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

#ATFIRSTSIGHT

Directed By DÁNIEL TISZEKER

Hungary

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Dhokbu - The Keeper

Directed By Dawa Lepcha

India

 

CATEGORY – BEST EDITING

TOWARDS NEW DAWN

Directed By Shivarudhraiah K

India

 

CATEGORY – SOUND DESIGNING

WINNER

Bosatsu - Year of the Dragon

Directed By Siddharth Ahluwalia

United States

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Dhokbu - The Keeper

Directed By Dawa Lepcha

India

OFFICIAL SELECTION

BREAKER, Japan

 

CATEGORY – CINEMATOGRAPHY

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

#ATFIRSTSIGHT, Hungary

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 

Dhokbu - the Keeper, India

 

CATEGORY – LGBT

BEST LGBT FILM

I WANT TO REMAIN WHO I AM

Directed By Richard Catherine

Luxembourg

 

CATEGORY – TRAVEL FILM

BEST TRAVEL FILM

Antarctica

Directed By Andrii Andreiev

Ukraine

OFFICIAL SELECTION

#TravelWithMe, Romania

 

CATEGORY – FILM SCORE

BEST FILM SCORE

RED KROKODIL [Soundtrack],

Composed By Alexander Cimini

Italy

 

CATEGORY – PHOTOGRAPHY

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY

Faces of the Earth By Merthan Kortan

Turkey

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Dumped, Greece

 

CATEGORY – TREATMENT / SYNOPSIS

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Dark Blossom

Written By Shripad Dagade

India

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Monthly Selection – March 2017

FILMS OF THE MONTH - MARCH 2017

 

CATEGORY - NARRATIVE FEATURE

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

Steppe man

Directed by Shamil Aliyev

Azerbaijan

 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

SCENT OF CIGAR

Directed By Nandajan K.A

India

 OFFICIAL SELECTION

The Invention of the Year 2016

France

Mann im Spagat - Pace, Cowboy, Pace

Germany

 

CATEGORY - DOCUMENTARY FILMS

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

This is our Africa - This is us

Directed By Michael van Zyl

South Africa

FINALIST

The 30th of May, USA

 OFFICIAL SELECTION

Crow Stories, USA

An Undeniable Voice, USA

 

CATEGORY - SHORT FILMS

BEST SHORT FILM

A Matter of Taste

Directed By David Labrecque

Canada

 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Others like you

Directed By Eugenio Villani

Italy

 

Six Cups

Directed By  Luiz Cavalcanti

USA

 FINALIST

Meera, India

 The Insignificant, India

 OFFICIAL SELECTION

Hero,Argentina

Âh, Turkey

Dee Gal, United Kingdom

Bluish Grey, USA

Dot Plus O, India

ESPEJISMO, India

Apologize, France

 

CATEGORY – FEATURE SCRIPT

BEST FEATURE SCRIPT

The Time of Killing

By James M. Freeman

United States

 FINALIST

Lions of the Sea, Canada

Angels vs Demons I: Gateway to Hell, Canada

 OFFICIAL SELECTION

The Night Before Christmas, USA

 

CATEGORY - WOMEN’S FILM

BEST WOMEN’S FILM

Between Seconds

Directed By Nora Jaenicke

United States

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

THE COLLAPSE

Directed By Olaf Levin

Germany

 FINALIST

 Angry Black B*tch, USA

 OFFICIAL SELECTION

STEP INTO MY SHOES, India

 

CATEGORY - ANIMATED FILMS

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Me and My Dog

Directed by Soyeon Yoo

United States

OFFICIAL SELECTION

The Shark in the Park, Germany

 

CATEGORY - STUDENT’S FILMS

BEST STUDENT’S FILM

SHESH KOTHA

Directed By AARAMBHH SINGH

India

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Lethe

Directed By Eric Romero

United Kingdom

  

The Paperman

Directed by Abhiroop Basu

India

 OFFICIAL SELECTION

Vows to Wow, United States

 

CATEGORY - DEBUT FILMMAKER

BEST DEBUT FILMMAKER

The World in Slow Motion - Ethiopia by Tuk Tuk

Directed By Ludovico de Maistre

Italy

 

 CATEGORY - MUSIC VIDEO

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

I swear

Directed By Vincent Villard

Switzerland

 OFFICIAL SELECTION

Zindhaghi (life), Australia

 

 CATEGORY - FILM ON NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT

BEST FILM ON NATURE / ENVIRONMENT / WILDLIFE

Oceanic Aliens

Directed By Mike Johnson

United States

 FINALIST

The Last Drop, India

OFFICIAL SELECTION

RESURGENCE : Restoring life and hope to a barren land, India

 

CATEGORY - FILM ON WOMEN

BEST FILM ON WOMEN

The Punishment

Directed By Rohit Gupta

India

 

 CATEGORY - DRONE FILMS

BEST DRONE FILM

Ludovico Einaudi & Greenpeace "Elegy for the Arctic"

Directed By Raul Alaejos

Spain

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Icon

Directed By Robin "Icare" Blanchard

France

 

CATEGORY- FILMS ON DISABILITY ISSUE

BEST FILM

Love & Sex & Rocknrollstuhl

Directed By Susanna Wüstneck

Germany

 

CATEGORY- HORROR / SCIENCE FICTION / GENRE FEATURE FILM

BEST FILM

Let's Talk About "It"

Directed By Kshitij Sharma

India

 

CATEGORY- SHORT SCRIPT

BEST SHORT SCRIPT

Untouchable Thief

By Dannes James M. Freeman

United States

 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Pie

By Danmes Zhang

China

 

CATEGORY - TELEVISION / PILOT PROGRAM OR SERIES

BEST PROGRAM

Gorchlach: The legend of Cordelia (Pilot)

Directed By Fabio Cento

Italy

 

CATEGORY – BEST ACTOR

Kshitij Sharma

Italy

Let's Talk About "It"

India

 

CATEGORY – BEST DIRECTOR

Fabio Cento

Gorchlach: The legend of Cordelia (Pilot)

Italy

 

CATEGORY – FILM SCORE / SOUND TRAC

BEST FILM SCORE / SOUND TRAC

Princess Eun Hwa

By Min He

China

 FINALIST

 Hidden

By Gian Marco Castro

Italy

 

CATEGORY – LGBT FILM

BEST LGBT FILM

Thiru. GANGAI

Directed by Arudra Saravanakumar

India

 

CATEGORY – PHOTOGRAPHY

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY

Sea and Salt

By Wellington Rodrigues

Spain

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Burning horizon, Italy

 

CATEGORY – TRAVEL FILM

BEST TRAVEL FILM

Contrasts of Peru

Directed by Sebastian Klinger

Switzerland

FINALIST

Huidas, Spain

 

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FILMS OF THE MONTH  -  FEBRUARY, 2017

CATEGORY - NARRATIVE FEATURE:

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

Jat Jatin

Directed By Raghuveer singh

India

OUTSTANDING ACHEVEMENT AWARD

J.KESSELS a.k.a ROAD DUSTER

Directed By Erik de Bruyn

Netherlands

OFFICIAL SELECTION

MARTIN, India

There is a world outside, Italy

The Forresbank Secret, Mexico

 

CATEGORY - DOCUMENTARY FILMS:

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

Cape Espichel - In Land of a Lost World

Directed By Carlos Sargedas

Portugal

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Hoda's Story

Directed By Johan Eriksson

State of Palestine

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

For all the World to see

Directed Claudia Schmid

Germany

SEMIFINALIST

Ripples Effect, Sweden

MAXAMBA, Portugal

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Axe - Music of the People of a Place, Brazil

NAKED FOOT, India

Fruition - The Life and Dreams of Nicolas Mueller, Switzerland

GV29 A MEDITATION: WOMEN THE POWER PARADIGM, United States

The Grape Bet, United States

 

CATEGORY - SHORT FILMS:
BEST SHORT FILM

MAYA

Directed By Soumojit Adak

India

OUTSTANDING ACHEIVEMENT AWARD

Chaukat

Directed By Umesh Mohan Bagade

India

 OUTSTANDING ACHEIVEMENT AWARD

In Search of the Man of Heart

Directed By Katarzyna Marcysiak

Poland

FINALIST

La nuit est faite pour dormir, France

SEMIFINALIST

NAAN 8, India

Laugh, India

AMONG THE DEAD, United States

2 Minutes, India

Anamadheya, India

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Requembarren, Spain

The Strings, India

Redemption, Brazil

The most beautiful thing, France

SURGE, India

Falling from Time, Argentina

Stay Awake, United States

Ukli (The Boiling Point), India

BACK PAGE RIPPER, United States

L'Ecluse, Switzerland

Ghost Round, United States

My Radical Valentine, United States

 

CATEGORY – FEATURE SCRIPT:

BEST FEATURE SCRIPT

Parallel Actions

 By Kathy Krantz Stewart

Nigeria

SEMIFINALIST

The Grave Digger, United States

OFFICIAL SELECTION

A house of a crow, India

Reap, United States

 

CATEGORY - WOMEN’S FILM:

BEST WOMEN’S FILM

COLORS

Directed By Roopa Iyer

India

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Secret Crimes and the Silent Epidemic

Directed By Ritu Chopra

United States

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Like Summer Like Rain, India

 

CATEGORY - ANIMATED FILMS:

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Nil: No Blood for Coffee

Directed By James Turner

Canada

 

CATEGORY - STUDENT’S FILMS

BEST STUDENT’S FILM

Strangers in the Park

Directed By Danilo Zambrano

Ireland

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Never Without My Denture

Directed By Hugo Favre

France

SEMIFINALIST

Pixels Festival Opening Titles, Republic of Korea

Moh Dia Tandhaa, India

I'm Free, Norway

Posture, United States

Wine and Eggs, Turkey

Silence, India

The Girl, Bulgaria

OFFICIAL SELECTION

THE NEW GIRL, United States

The Waves, United Kingdom

Catfish, Australia

Cosmopoly, United States

JUVENILE DELINQUENTS, United Kingdom

Life in Cebu: Philippine Show Bands, United States

Without A Good Title, Kosovo 

 

CATEGORY -  FAMILY/CHILDREN FILMS:

BEST FAMILY/CHILDREN FILMS

Soneri

Directed By Nilesh Arun Kunjir

India

OFFICIAL SELECTION

CHILDREN SAFARI

India

 

CATEGORY - YOUNG FILMMAKER:

OFFICIAL SELECTION

RUE

India

 

CATEGORY - DEBUT FILMMAKER:

BEST DEBUT FILMMAKER

The Hidden Corner

Directed By Jaicheng Jai Dohutia

India

SEMIFINALIST

LIVING ON THE EDGE – DEGLAMOURISNG, India

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Dhaap-An unexpected journey of life, India

Mah e mir, Pakistan

 

CATEGORY - MUSIC VIDEO:

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

GOLD - Static & Ben El Tavori | (Prod. by Jordi)

Directed By Roman Buchatsky

Israel

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Rain in Sahara - Black Water

Directed By Lain Heringman & Ankan Sunuwar

India

SEMIFINALIST

GHOST, Poland

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Wasted, United States

Fun Fun Boogie, Italy

 

CATEGORY - FILM ON NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT:

BEST FILM ON NATURE / ENVIRONMENT / WILDLIFE

CHRONICLES OF A WILDLIFER

Directed By AMIT GOSWAMY

India

 

CATEGORY - FILM ON WOMEN:

BEST FILM ON WOMEN

The Cradle of Cultivation

Directed By Stephanie McCarthy

France

 

CATEGORY - MOBILE FILM:

BEST MOBILE FILM

iReal

Directed By Florent Sabatier

France

OFFICIAL SELECTION

The Tales of Knock Na Shee (5896458), Ireland

The Tales of Knock Na Shee (6004812), Ireland

 

CATEGORY - DRONE FILMS:

BEST DRONE FILM

Bavaria

Directed By Paul Hoehenberger

Germany

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Winterdream in Bavaria, Germany

 

CATEGORY - COMMERCIAL/ADVERTISEMENT:

BEST COMMERCIAL / ADVERTISEMENT

Genesis,

Directed By Robin Piree

Netherlands

SEMIFINALIST

Embrace Life, Netherlands

 

CATEGORY – ONE MINUTE FILM:

WINNER

Decay

Directed By Matilda Wikingson

Sweden

 

CATEGORY - VIRTUAL REALITY:

BEST VIRTUAL REALITY FILM

Out of the Blue

Directed By SOPHIE ANSEL

United States

OFFICIAL SELECTION

NOWHERE | A cinematic virtual reality experience, Netherlands

 

CATEGORY – TRAILER / TEASER:

OFFICIAL SELECTION

The Meaning of War, Sweden

THE HOSPITAL, India

 

CATEGORY – WEB & NEW MEDIA:

BEST FILM WEB & NEW MEDIA

HYPERCONNEXION

Directed By Debru Nicolas aka LASKO

France

SEMIFINALIST

The Charlie Orange Show, United States

 

CATEGORY – EXPERIMENTAL FILMS

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM

Water

Directed By Ramses Groeliker

Netherlands

 

CATEGORY- FILMS ON DISABILITY ISSUE

BEST FILM

HEAR ME

Directed By Olga Arlauskas, Svetlana Gorlo

Russian Federation

 

CATEGORY- HORROR / SCIENCE FICTION/ GENRE FEATURE FILM

BEST FILM

I Shall Never Return

Directed By Levin Garbisch

United States

 

CATEGORY- SHORT SCRIPT

Foreigner in Shanghai

By Dannes Zhang

China

 

CATEGORY – SILENT FILM

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Let them play, India

Beneath The Lake, USA

 

CATEGORY- FILM ON RELIGION

BEST FILM

The Sultan and The Saint

Directed By Alexander Kronemer

USA

 

Category Television / Pilot Program or Series

BEST PROGRAM

Upstairs

Directed By Joseph Spadaro

Italy

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MAIDEN VOYAGE: CALCUTTA INTERNATIONAL CULT FILM FESTIVAL 2017

             

“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.” – Federico Fellini

The vision of Calcutta International Cult Film Festival (CICFF) is the celebration of life. We’re shaping a world with media and technology, to improve lives, move communities forward and to inspire each of us to reach our full potential. To celebrate the liberation and freedom of visual storytelling CICFF is going to organize its first monthly screening with a small press conference on February 18th, 2017 at Kolkata Press Club. The sole purpose of the festival is to develop a film culture that inspires and brings together cross-cultural innovations that enrich people’s lives with entertainment: and services that inform, educate and entertain. The goals of the festival are to introduce more people to art house cinema and to discover new artists and audiences.

“We believe that cinema has the power to promote the fundamental principles of humanism.” – CICFF

CICFF is dedicated to providing support to independent film-makers through reviewing, judging, marketing, and distribution networking. We overcome the obstacles that potentially hinder the artist’s ability to create. CICFF will unveil its complete line-up on Saturday, February 18th at a special Press Conference along with a screening program.

This is the first of a series of monthly events that CICFF is promoting before our annual gala for the Golden Fox Awards 2017, to link the award winning projects to the film community and film industry. Please join us on February 18th at 1:30 pm for the announcement of our spectacular 2017 line-up and screening of our international film selections at the venue below:

Kolkata Press Club
Dufferin Rd, Maidan,
Kolkata, West Bengal
700069
INDIA

Come celebrate exceptional Independent cinema with us and be the first to catch a glimpse of our Annual Program!

CICFF: SELECTED FEATURES

THE SINKING OF SOZOPOL
Winner: Best Narrative Feature Film
Director: Kostadin Bonev
Email: bonevkost@abv.bg
Country: Bulgaria
Duration: 01:40:00
Synopsis: One love, ten bottles of vodka and a town that must go down. An aging man goes back to Sozopol and brings along his memories and ten bottles of vodka. It is clear that when the vodka is gone, something must happen. Something that will change his life forever. Because when hope is gone, a miracle is the last resort.

TAKE ME AWAY
Winner: Best Short Film
Director: Kee Swee San (Sun Ji)
Email: Sunji@guangfilms.com
Country: Singapore
Duration: 10:00
Synopsis: “Take Me Away” is a 10 min piece that revolves around Boon, who just served his jail sentence and is desperately looking for a job. Boon holds onto the glimmer of hope that he is able to see his daughter again, only to find out that every step he takes is a struggle against stigmatization.

EVERYTHING IS FINE
Winner: Outstanding Achievement Award (Short Film)
Director: RAJA RAM MUKERJI
Email: raja@yashrajfilms.com
Country: India
Duration: 27:24
Synopsis: A heart-warming tale between a mother and a daughter. It’s about progressive women in today’s time. It’s about a woman’s sacrifice, tolerance, patience and finally when she is pushed too close to the edge she rises and revolts, keeping her self-respect and her sanity.

THE TRESS OF HAIR
Winner: Best Women’s Films
Director: Lisa Solotsinskya
Email: lisa.solotsinskya@gmail.com
Country: Moscow, Russia
Duration: 15:00
Synopsis: This film is all about the study of our consciousness. It’s known that surrounding world perceived human Consciousness through the body with the help of feelings and emotions.

PARIVARA
Winner: Best Documentary Film
Director: Alex Kruz & Alex Lora
Email: siouxcloudproductions@gmail.com
Country: United States
Duration: 11:18
Synopsis: Based on the true life stories of the children at the Goldungha Orphanage for the Blind in Nepal, परिवार (parivara) is a positive and hopeful story following young Kopila through a fateful day in her life following the 2015 earthquake. It is a universal story demonstrating the beauty and resilience of the human spirit.

THE MOUNTAIN WITHIN
Winner: Best Drone Films
Director: Philippe Woodtli
Email: phil@woop.biz
Country: Switzerland
Duration: 3:35
Synopsis: This the new dream of Géraldine Fasnacht:
Being the first person to fly with her wingsuit from the highest peak of the Mont Rose massif, natural boundary between Switzerland and Italy. The Mountain Within is a journey which takes the spectator on the tracks of Géraldine and her newest adventure.

ONE DAY IN JULY
Winner: Best One Minute Film
Director: Hermes Mangialardo
Email: hermesmangialardo@gmail.com
Country: Italy
Duration: 01:00
Synopsis: One child plays with sand on a beach, but a soldier comes with his gun…

PUGAI PUNNAGAI (SMOKE IGNORE SMILE)
Winner: Best Silent Film
Director: A. Askar
Email: boy.askar@gmail.com
Country: India
Duration: 03:00
Synopsis: Smoking kills the child in the womb as well.

                                                     

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monthly selection – january 2017

FILMS OF THE MONTH  -  JANUARY, 2017

NARRATIVE FEATURES:

WINNER

THE SINKING OF SOZOPOL

DIRECTED BY KOSTADIN BONEV

BULGARIA

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

RAGE

DIRECTED BY MICHAŁ WĘGRZYN

POLAND

SEMI-FINALIST

APE LASAGNA, ARGENTINA

OFFICIAL SELECTION

KANYAVANANGAL-3D (VIRGIN WOODS-3D), INDIA

 

DOCUMENTARY FILMS:

WINNER

PARIVARA

DIRECTED BY ALEX KRUZ, ALEX LORA,

UNITED STATES

FINALIST

NOBODY KNOWS MY SONGS, CANADA

SEMI-FINALIST

SWIM FOR LIFE, FRANCE

THE LORD OF THE UNIVERSE, INDIA

"A TALE OF WATER, PALM TREES AND FAMILY", UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

THE WOUNDS WE CANNOT SEE , UNITED STATES

OFFICIAL SELECTION

HEARING VOICES, GERMANY

 

SHORT FILMS
WINNER

TAKE ME AWAY

DIRECTED BY SUN JI

SINGAPORE

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

EVERYTHING IS FINE

DIRECTED BY RAJA RAM MUKERJI

INDIA

 CAPUT MUNDI

DIRECTED BY CLELIA DI BRIGGIDO

ITALY

CHRISTIAN LOVE

DIRECTED BY SIMON PILARSKI

GERMANY

SEMI-FINALIST

#WHOWEKILL , RUSSIAN FEDERATION

NOLENS VOLENS,

CONNECTED, UNITED KINGDOM

THE BRONZE AGE : DISCOVERY OF PREHISTORIC SETTLEMENT, SLOVAKIA

THE BRONZE AGE : CRAFTS, SLOVAKIA

THE BRONZE AGE : THE SPIRITUAL LIFE AND RITUALS, SLOVAKIA

LOVE IS EVERYWHERE, FRANCE

WISTFUL, UNITED STATES

LIVING IDLE, INDIA

NATIVITY, ITALY

A REAL FAMILY, SPAIN

CANTAGALO NEIGHBORHOOD,  BRAZIL

OFFICIAL SELECTION

I HAVE ADOPTED A FATHER, INDIA

BHOGIRAM'S 2 LABORER, INDIA

MANOLITA, BELGIUM

A GRAVE AFFAIR, INDIA

RETIREMENT, AUSTRALIA

THE DARK NIGHT, INDIA

CACTUS, INDIA

QUIET GENERATION, ITALY

YUYUDHAAN, INDIA

 

WOMEN’S FILM:

WINNER

THE TRESS OF HAIR

DIRECTED BY LISA SOLOTSINSKYA

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

SEMI-FINALIST

THE COLOR OF RAGE, NIGERIA

SOPHIA, NORWAY

 

ANIMATED FILMS:

WINNER

CUPID IS NOT A TERRORIST

DIRECTED BY BELLOPROPELLO

SWITZERLAND

 OFFICIAL SELECTION

GANGS OF WASSEYPUR 2D ANIMATION FILM, INDIA

 

STUDENT’S FILMS

WINNER

BLUES AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT

DIRECTED BY ASHOK GAZULA

INDIA

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

CHINMOY (SUPREME CONSCIOUSNESS)

DIRECTED BY PRITHVIRAJ DAS GUPTA

 

INDIA

FIRST LESSON IN LOVE

DIRECTED BY TOMER WERECHSON

ISRAEL

SEMI-FINALIST

 WRITINGS ON THE EDGE, PORTUGAL

NOCEBO, CZECH REPUBLIC

OFFICIAL SELECTION

LUIZA, BRAZIL

THE THRONE OF CLOACINA, INDIA

 

YOUNG FILMMAKER

WINNER

GIFTED [THANKSGIVING POST MORTEM]

DIRECTED BY FREDDY MACDONALD

SWITZERLAND

 

DEBUT FILMMAKER

WINNER

SUGGI

DIRECTED BY S RAJ KAMAL

INDIA

OFFICIAL SELECTION

THE WRESTLER: A Q.T. MARSHALL STORY, UNITED STATES

 

MUSIC VIDEO

WINNER

ADAM

DIRECTED BY MARTIN DEL CARPIO, WILLIAM MURRAY

UNITED STATES

SEMI-FINALIST

BORING I LOVE YOU, INDIA

TELL ME WHY YOU OBSESS ME, FRANCE

WHITE LIGHTERS - THE SEA, CANADA

VOLUPTUOUS, BRAZIL

OFFICIAL SELECTION

AS I SCREAM, INDIA

FOOD TO ATE, UNITED STATES

TERE BINA (WITHOUT YOU), INDIA

A WINTER'S JAZZ FANTASY, UNITED STATES

 

FILM ON NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT

WINNER

WINTER CONTINUOUS CYCLE

DIRECTED BY MICHELE MOLINARI

ITALY

 

TRAVEL FILM

WINNER

NYC IMPRESSIONS

DIRECTED BY MARTIN ZEMAN

CZECH REPUBLIC

 

LGBT FILMS

OFFICIAL SELECTION

THE LAST FITNESS INSTRUCTOR, UNITED STATES

 

SILENT FILM

WINNER

PUGAI PUNNAGAI ( SMOKE IGNORE SMILE)

DIRECTED BY A. ASKAR

INDIA

 

MOBILE FILM

WINNER

AUIKYANI

DIRECTED BY HAROLD GONZÁLEZ CHAVARRÍA

NICARAGUA

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

THE VOYAGE

DIRECTED BY PRADIP SAVALIYA

INDIA

 

DRONE FILMS

WINNER

THE MOUNTAIN WITHIN

DIRECTED BY PHILIPPE WOODTLI

SWITZERLAND

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

DRIFT

DIRECTED BY FRANK DEWAELE

BELGIUM

OFFICIAL SELECTION

GREAT WHITES TO SKYSCRAPERS, UNITED STATES

VASARELY FOUNDATION, FRANCE

HAITI – DR BINATIONAL MARKET, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

 

ONE MINUTE FILM

WINNER

ONE DAY IN JULY

DIRECTED BY HERMES MANGIALARDO

ITALY

OFFICIAL SELECTION

THINK ABOUT IT, NETHERLANDS

 

EDUCATIONAL FILM

WINNER

BEHIND THE COVE

DIRECTED BY KEIKO YAGI

JAPAN

 

EXPERIMENTAL FILM

WINNER

HUM DO

DIRECTED BY SACHIN SANJAY KADAM

INDIA

 

FILM ON RELIGION

WINNER

GODS

DIRECTED BY GUSTAVO COLETTI

UNITED STATES

 

FILM SCORE- SOUNDTRACK

WINNER

DARK WAVES – BELLEROFONTE

COMPOSED BY ALEXENDER CIMINI

ITALY

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

THE WOUNDS WE CANNOT SEE

COMPOSED BY MIRO KEPINSKI

UNITED STATES

SEMI-FINALIST

CLOSER, ITALY

 

FILM ON DISABILITY

WINNER

FORGOTTEN LIFE

DIRECTED BY PHILIP SPAAR

SWITZERLAND

SEMI-FINALIST

WELL DONE, ITALY

PANJARADA GINI, INDIA

 

POST MODERN FILM

 OFFICIAL SELECTION

THE SAVANNAH RESISTANCE

DIRECTED BY PERRY MARK STRATYCHUK

CANADA

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

WINNER

GHOST MAN WALKING

BY THOMAS KUHN

GERMANY

 

WEB & NEW MEDIA

WINNER

CUBA LIBRE

DIRECTED BY FÉLIXE DE BECKER, COLIN BATES

UNITED STATES

OFFICIAL SELECTION

AGORO THE PHOBIC MONSTER - SEASON 1, AUSTRALIA

 

TRAILER/TEASER

WINNER

WHO IS THE SUPERHERO

BY ANTONINO VALVO

ITALY

SEMI-FINALIST

SURINANDI, FRANCE

FIVE MINUTES WITH MARY , UNITED STATES

OFFICIAL SELECTION

I HAVE ADOPTED A FATHER-  INDIA

 

 

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Monthly Selection – December 2016

FILMS OF THE MONTH  -  DECEMBER, 2016

CATEGORY - NARRATIVE FEATURE:

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

The Albino's Trees

Directed By Masakazu Kaneko

Japan

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Pawo

Directed By Marvin Litwak & Sonam Tseten

Germany

FINALIST

The Pineville Heist, Canada

SEMIFINALIST

Tomorrow Ever After, United States

The Unattainable Story, United States

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Tatara Samurai, Japan

The Gaelic Curse, Ireland

The Wait, Italy

 

CATEGORY - DOCUMENTARY FILMS:

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

ENEMY OF ISLAM? A MEETING WITH NOURI BOUZID

Directed By Stefano Grossi

Italy

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Tawai

Directed By Bruce Parry, Veronique Cabois & Mark O Fearghail

United Kingdom

FINALIST

THE BAREFOOT SHOEMAKER, Israel

SEMIFINALIST

Hijli Detention Camp to IIT - An Untold Saga, India

The Riders of the Arctic, Belgium

OFFICIAL SELECTION

The Sound of Borneo, Malaysia

 

CATEGORY - SHORT FILMS:

BEST SHORT FILM

Once upon a dream

Directed By Anthony Nion

Belgium

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Mother(s)

Directed By Maïmouna Doucouré

France

Interlude

Directed By Ashray Dravidian

United States

Wajood (Selfhood)

Directed By Vishal Srivastava

India

FINALIST

Lola Still Dances, Mexico

The Double Cross, United Kingdom

Stella Amore, Italy

Bare Knuckle, United States

Doppelganger, India

Porphessnal, India

SEMIFINALIST

The Kindenss of Strangers, Australia

From the Dust, Italy

OFFICIAL SELECTION

SLEEPLESS EYES, India

Banalities, Brazil

Bad Sheriff, Germany

Super Power, United States

Continuous, India

From Ashes to Immortality, United States

The Last Zombie, France

The Lesson, India

Neighbours, India

Cloacinae

Hunter, Malaysia

Bombay Mix, India

 

CATEGORY – FEATURE SCRIPT:

BEST FEATURE SCRIPT

Resurrection Time Conspiracy By James Carroll

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Salt Box By Robert J. Rogers

 

CATEGORY - WOMEN’S FILM:

BEST WOMEN’S FILM

The Butterfly

Directed By Nisheeta Keni

India

 

CATEGORY - ANIMATED FILMS:

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Schirkoa

Directed By Ishan Shukla

India

 

CATEGORY - STUDENT’S FILMS

BEST STUDENT’S FILM

The Box

Directed By Merve Cirisoglu Cotur

Turkey

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Mother Tongue

Directed By Md Nadim Iqbal

Canada

Uncle

Directed By Fabien Luszezyszyn

France

FINALIST

All About Emily, Italy

A Lion's Tale, United Kingdom

SEMIFINALIST

Asphyxia, United States

Going the Distance, United States

Breaking Through Delusion, Portugal

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Joan, Lithuania

TESLA, United States

The Novice, India

Rangzen, India

If you stay with me, United States

 

CATEGORY -  FAMILY/CHILDREN FILMS:

BEST FAMILY / CHILDREN FILM

Papa Underwater

Germany

 

CATEGORY - YOUNG FILMMAKER:

BEST YOUNG FILMMAKER

Incomplete

Directed By Ishan Modi & Aadiraj Batlaw

Singapore

 

CATEGORY - DEBUT FILMMAKER:

BEST DEBUT FILMMAKER

On the Bridge of Death and Life

Directed By Lola-Jia Liu

Germany

SEMIFINALIST

Axis Mundi, United Kingdom

Hijli Detention Camp to IIT - An Untold Saga, India

OFFICIAL SELECTION

The Lonesome Lass, India

 

CATEGORY - MUSIC VIDEO:

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Let's Go

Directed By Jaya Easwar Ragavan & Karthikeyan Anandaselvam

Malaysia

FINALIST

ONE LIFE, Germany

SEMIFINALIST

Nameless Lands, France

1st Song, Germany

Beatin, France

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Trellebelle Ukulele Orchestra, Sweden

 

CATEGORY - FILM ON NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT:

BEST FILM ON NATURE / ENVIRONMENT / WILDLIFE

Migrating Birds - Scouts Of Distant Worlds

Directed By Petra Höfer & Freddie Röckenhaus

Germany

FINALIST

CLEAN & CLICK, India

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Global Chilling Project 2016_5, United States

 

CATEGORY - FILM ON WOMEN:

BEST FILM ON WOMEN

BONSÁI

Directed By ROBERTO AZNAR

Spain

 

CATEGORY – FREE SPEECH:

WINNER

I don't like her

Directed By Javad Daraei

Iran

FINALIST

We Are Not For Sale, Serbia

SEMIFINALIST

WATER FROM MY GRANDFATHER`S COFFIN, Serbia

Moravica lake - NOTHING TO NO ONE, Serbia

S O S Halkidiki - Until the Last Drop of Blood, Serbia

Nadalj - Bird Callers and Truth Hunting,

The Love Contract, Sweden

 

 

CATEGORY - TRAVEL FILM:

BEST TRAVEL FILM

We Call This Home

Directed By Walter Chang

United States

 

CATEGORY – EDUCATIONAL FILM:

WINNER

A Small Step for a Man, a Giant Smile for Mankind

Directed By Bernarda Avsenik & Alenka Fajfar Gnezda

Slovenia

 

CATEGORY - LGBT FILMS:

BEST LGBT FILM

A Tale with Christ and Jesus

Directed By Oldren Romero

Cuba

FINALIST

Perpetual, Denmark

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Rejection, Luxembourg

 

CATEGORY - MOBILE FILM:

WINNER

Return To Sender

Directed By Francesca Gurdon

United Kingdom

 

CATEGORY - DRONE FILMS:

BEST DRONE FILM

Norwegian Coastline seen from a drone

Directed By André Hope

Norway

SEMIFINALIST

Drone flights in KYUSHU SEASIDE, Japan

 

CATEGORY - COMMERCIAL/ADVERTISEMENT:

OFFICIAL SELECTION

HOT DOG BERLIN - WAKE UP YOUR INNER AMERICAN!, Germany

 

CATEGORY – ONE MINUTE FILM:

WINNER

Happy Loneliness

Directed By Richard Alexander Forero Domínguez

Colombia

 

CATEGORY - VIRTUAL REALITY:

BEST VIRTUAL REALITY FILM

SEPSIS

Directed By Michael Wall  

Sweden

OFFICIAL SELECTION

T.I.M. The Invisible Men, United States

 

CATEGORY – PHOTOGRAPHY:

WINNER

Hongkong Impressions

FINALIST

New York City Impressions

 

     CATEGORY – TRAILER / TEASER:

WINNER

The Huinca  - Trailer

  OFFICIAL SELECTION

It's a Flawed Circle

 

      CATEGORY – TREATMENT / SYNOPSIS:

SEMIFINALIST

The Unknown Death Wishes

 

     CATEGORY – WEB & NEW MEDIA:

WINNER

Fat and Fat - Episode 2 - Float away

FINALIST

Podium Series 2

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Post Production Remorse

Post Production Remorse and a Couple Other Thoughts . . .

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  An article by Shevaun Cavanaugh Kastl

So, I’ve heard it said that one can be in post-production indefinately. Indeed, many films are. I have several on my imdb page that have been in “post production” for YEARS! My own experience as of late has me wondering about this: Is a prolonged post period due to a project floundering? Or due to the incessant nagging of one’s own perfectionism – daring just one last tweak, one final amendment to the finished product to make it even better? We all want to make our creative endeavors a success. We all want high regard and respect for our tireless efforts. So, it’s no wonder that when we say “It’s done,” there is an itch to go back for one more look. I have the itch, and I hate myself for it. I swear at the start of each venture that I won’t be one of “those” people – the Actor who pleads for one more take because they just didn’t “feel it” that time; the Writer who will tweak a scene to death only to crumple up the last six hours of work and toss in the trash basket;, the Director adding a final filter to enhance the look of a five second scene and then change their mind and take it off, then realize they miss the filter. It’s chaos of the creative intellect and a sure-fire sign to “let it go!” And yet, we find ourselves going back for one, last look.
I am not suggesting that if an issue truly needs fixing, one ignores their instincts to make a change (even if the word “COMPLETE” has been uttered out loud) but slipping into a type of POST PRODUCTION REMORSE is dangerous territory. So, how do you evaluate whether making post-post changes is a valid choice or simply, narcissistic indulgence? Anyone . . . ?
I am asking because I don’t know!
But maybe THAT is the answer. If you can’t articulate specifically why something needs to be changed, chances are, it doesn’t. And the urge to fix something, is merely a defence mechanism in an effort to cope with a fear of failure. Because once something is done and put out there for all to see as a finished work of art, the door is held wide open for others to judge it accordingly. No more excuses, or time . . . And that’s scary!
Be brave! (I tell myself) “It’s done!” The proverbial “but..” is invalid. I think sometimes I just need to write it down to you all in order to read later and hope for a conclusion. The nagging might continue, but I’ll need to take up yoga or chanting or something to channel it instead “Eat, Pray, Love”.. And all that..

Which brings me to another pesky issue plaguing me as I struggle with rewrites of a script that has garnered quite a bit of positive praise but I have gone down the rabbit hole.. I speak of course of PERSPECTIVE.
So you wrote a script. It began as a kernel, an idea, then germinated, took root and broke ground with the kind of promise we CHEER in our festive countdown to New Year’s or the bubbles effervescing in our champagne glasses. The promise of RESOLUTION. Strong and strident with those three beautiful words every writer loves and longs to type.. FADE TO BLACK.
And then.. it happens. The wave of notes, thoughts put forth by friends and colleagues. We strive to remain steadfast in our vision but humble and open to “constructive criticism.” We take said notes, thoughts, suggestions, and begin implementation, adjustment, reworking.. And there, we find ourselves, one week into a proverbial New Year’s funk, thoroughly disenchanted what with the promise that seemed to shine so bright mere days prior but now has dulled a bit and in our heady state the clear path to greatness? Those artistic calculations we were painstaking about.. have taken on a sort of spin with all the helpful advice proffered. All in the name of art, right??
This is what we do as human beings. We strive to be masters of our creativity and productivity, and if we fall short or lose our perspective, we take it personally. So, now is the time, more than ever, to take a step back and remind ourselves that the only thing constant is change. And that while it’s wonderful to have plans, sometimes, we need to have the willingness to throw those plans out the window. And sometimes we don’t. Be wary of straying so far from the the original story that got you/us here. I offer no concrete answers in this article, just a reminder from one writer, artist, perfectionist, anal-retentive and certified lunatic to another that you have to cut the cord sometime. And go with the flow because the script is only the blueprint. A design which only exists to it’s fullest potential in your mind. Once you start pre-pro and then shooting and then post, the movie in your mind will change. It has to. It IS the way of filmmaking. If you manage to keep your head and move on to production, it’s a whole new ballgame. It’s not a script anymore. It’s a living thing, that’s changing and growing and we need to grow with it.

Sometimes we become so attached to our material that it’s hard to think of it in any other way. I recall being in the midst of our 3rd rough cut of Conversations With Lucifer, experiencing more than a little separation anxiety from what I played and replayed in my head at the computer all those months prior to filming. It was a slow-learning process to relinquish my white-knuckle hold on the reigns and allow my team to offer their fresh perspective on that project. And it’s worked. I heard it said once by a film maker on a panel at the L.A. Shortsfest that POST is the fun stuff – that you get to experiment, and mix and match scenes and shots, and, basically, play. As a student of theatre, where the actors follow a pre-determined arch every night, cutting up the “flow” of the script makes me nervous. But again, PERSPECTIVE. It’s a film that will be viewed, and may need to be re-sequenced in order to translate on screen; or enhanced with an image taken from a reaction in between takes for that matter. And I agree now – it is fun and exciting. And the film in my head transforms into something I could never have forseen. And that is thrilling each and every time I am blessed enough to do it.
So, to conclude this entry, and as we approach another New Year, and I struggle to maintain perspective and stay true to the script I am reworking right now, I will offer my own New Year’s resolution for 2017 . . .
To take the first step and then go with the flow; to be open and gentle with myself as I push and pull (as we do) and know that more will be revealed have I only the courage to be patient and watch my blank canvas fill with the colors of life . . . a life I create and stand by for better or worse.

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Permissiveness in Film: Erotica or Pornography

An article by Shailik Bhaumik

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Admiring a beautiful woman, Boris Pasternak, the famous Russian poet once said that to fathom the secret of her charm is tantamount to solving the riddle of life. The secret of beauty is the secret of life, which has puzzled man for centuries. Debates concerning it have never stopped throughout the history of mankind. Beauty is the pleasant which comes through the sense of hearing and sight, which is pleasant according to other senses, that is, the sense which have to do with food, drink and sexual intercourse and all such things. And the law of beauty is art.

Eroticism is one of the oldest subject matter of art. It is found throughout the world and throughout time, and yet it is one of the most controversial subjects in the history of art. In western culture eroticism is an art form invented by the Greeks in the fifth century. Nude was not the subject of art, but a form of art. To the Greeks, the body expressed above all their sense of human wholeness. In varying cultures around the world, eroticism becomes a means for telling a story or to symbolize an idea.

Cinema is a synthetic art form of 20th Century, so eroticism obviously comes to cinema naturally. If we go back to the history of cinema we will find that the first films containing nudity were the early erotic films. Production of such films commenced almost immediately after the invention of the motion picture. Two of the earliest pioneers were Frenchmen Eugène Pirou and Albert Kirchner. These films were promoted as erotic and artistic, rather than pornographic. Several early films of the silent era and early sound era include women in nude scenes, presented in a historical or religious context.

Several Hollywood films produced in the 1910s and ’20s, which contained only brief nudity, created controversy. Various groups objected to these features on moral grounds, and several states set up film censorship boards, arguing that such content was obscene and should be banned.

Europeans were more relaxed about nudity in film than the United States.  Sex and nudity found their way into modern  mainstream and artistic work also, such as  Alessandro Blasetti‘s La cena delle beffe  had Clara Calamai in what is credited as being the first topless scene in an Italian film. It was soon followed by similar scenes in the Italian films La corona di ferro (The Iron Crown, 1941) and Carmela (1942). Other noteworthy European films which contained nudity include Ingmar Bergman‘s Summer with Monika (1953), Jean-Pierre Melville‘s Bob le flambeur (1956), François Truffaut‘s Shoot the Piano Player (1960), The Awful Dr. Orloff (1961), Contempt (1963) by Jean-Luc Godard, Luis Buñuel‘s Belle de Jour (1967), and Isadora (1968).

All genres of Italian film of the 1970s and early 1980s featured abundant female nudity in a clichéd form, most of it for the local market, but some for the international market. The Italian-produced Last Tango in Paris (1973), directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, was one of the first commercial films to openly contain nudity, and led to the boom of other fashion erotic films, such as the French-produced Emmanuelle (1974) and the Frenco-German production Story of O (1975) by Just Jaeckin, the Franco-Japanese production In the Realm of the Senses (1976) by Nagisa Oshima, and the Italian-American produced Caligula (1979) by Tinto Brass.

In the recent past, it has been observed that strategies for viewing the type of sexually explicit art film made by Postmodern directors Catherine Breillat, Abdellatif Kechiche, Tinto Brass, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Pedro Almodóvar , Virginie Despentes, Nagisa Oshima and  Paul Verhoeven has changed significantly.To contextualise the relevant debates, political work on pornography is placed in dialogue with recent deconstructive gender theory and postmodern philosophy. While this hybridisation of theory problematises what pornography is. Studies on recent “Extremity” films demonstrate that the cinematic medium may call into question our habitual ways of seeing sexuality. This is done by means of denaturalisation of the sexual spectacle (Romance, 1999) or generic collage and the dislocation of ideology from genre.

The images and shots presented by a film can provoke a wide array of feelings, emotions and sensations within viewers. An emerging class of films in France has come to the forefront to challenge the traditional norms of what compromises the experience of watching a movie.

The portrayals of rape, incest, murder and mutilation are explored in depth, presented in such a manner that is so raw and unforgiving that the films even cause audiences to become physically ill. A new body of directors is leaving a mark on cinematic history in France, possessing a far different vision compared to the directors who were associated with the previous New Wave movement. Directors such as Claire Denis, Bruno Dumont, Francis Ozon, Catherine Breillat and Gaspar Noe, release highly polarized films known for their unflinching and often grotesque portrayal of issues, inciting a now stronger focus on what is and is not permitted on screen (Palmer 22).

While the “New French Extremity” refers to a stylistically diverse group of films and filmmakers, it has been described as a crossover between sexual decadence, bestial violence and troubling psychosis. This Extremity movement has roots in art house and horror cinema.

Catherine Breillat  is one of the pioneers in “New French Extremity” movement. She made her first film “ A Real young Girl” in 1975. Not until 1999 with “Romance” was her international reputation established. Since then she has made film almost annually, including “Fat Girl” (2001), “Brief Crossing” (2001), “The Housekeeper” (2003), and “Anatomy Of Hell” (2004). All of Breillat’s films focus on sexuality from the point of view of a woman. All are sexually explicit, and all of the films portray the obstacle, women face, such as men in pursuit of sexual satisfaction. The challenges for Breillat is to avoid being aggressively pedantic or exploitative about her subject. She has to succeed as a film experience. These are notable challenges, given the way in which Breillat pursues her focus on women and their sexuality. Characterization plays role and is implied through what appears to be an obsession with sex. Conventional plot focuses only on the sexual act, such as the commercialized sex in “ Anatomy of Hell” and the making of a film in “Sex Is Comedy” (2002). The consequence is a conscious sidestepping of the conventional narrative tools. This does not make Breillat’s films any easier to watch; on the contrary, it makes the films all the more brave but difficult to provocative.

The most recent film “Blue is the warmest The Color (2013)” directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, created a buzz in the world cinema. The controversial film, which deals with warfare of sexuality, wins Palme d’Or at the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival in 2013. With its much-talked about sex scenes, Blue … has thrown open a critical yet myopic debate about authority, sex, porn, and the male gaze. A cause célèbre at Cannes last year, Blue entered the festival with a rush of anticipation, and in a matter of right place and time, its story of the passionate yet doomed relationship between two young Frenchwomen screened as France’s Parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage. But Blue…. threw a lightning rod into that discussion, with many feminist and queer critics finding it a troubling if not altogether prurient film.

Apparently some critics even timed the movie’s most provocative scene—in which Adèle and Emma tumble and groan, kiss and scissor each other—pegging the scene anywhere between seven and 20 minutes. Tellingly, no other sex scene was measured, although many last just as long; Blue’s sex scenes last, on average, around 10 minutes. That a lot of people were uncomfortable, taken aback, or struck by what Kechiche was doing in that scene—showing in tantalizing detail what we’re rarely shown in film—is due both to its novelty (a 10-minute chess scene would have felt conspicuously long) and its subject. It would have been a shock if audiences were not upset, angry, or perturbed.

Of course, sex is messy and unpredictable, vivid and exhilarating—sex scenes should reproduce this anarchy of feelings. That Blue is the Warmest Color has been attended by claims of pornography, voyeurism, and sexual gratuity is testimony to the unruly power and dimension of sex, as well as to the legitimacy of these critiques. Typically, sex is suggested, not shown, in films—and where it is shown, women’s orgasms usually occur too quickly and the sex lasts briefly, while audiences rarely see a man going down on a woman, let alone a woman going down on another. And yet the sex in Blue … can appear too plotted and coached;

Sex is infinitely more complex and more dangerous: sex poses questions, renders tangible sensation; it incites and disturbs. A sex scene will turn one on, or else make one feel ashamed, as if he watched something he shouldn’t had. And yet, filmmakers have long used sex to explore these feelings and effects. The history of cinema is marked by art house and transgressive films that have boldly used sex as its subject and story: Last Tango in Paris; The 120 Days of Sodom; Pola X; The Idiots. Released in 1978, Nagisa Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses remains, in its uncensored version, banned in Japan. Even today, its depiction of unsimilated carnality would cause audiences to blush. In 2003, Vincent Gallo’s The Brown Bunny drew ire and boos from the crowd at Cannes.

The presence of nudity in film is invariably noted by critics and censors. Today, though nudity in film is much more common, its presence in dramas is still expected to be justified on artistic grounds.

Whether or not an instance of erotic film is obscene depends on the standards of the community in which it is displayed. Similar difficulties in distinguishing between erotica and obscenity have been found in every legal system in the world.

There’s substantially more overlap between the aesthetic and the erotic than the erotic and the pornographic. Unquestionably, erotica and pornography both present the human organism in a manner that’s sexually compelling. But the aim of the pornographer is hardly to help his or her audience rejoice in the human form or in some way honour physical intimacy, or the joys of the flesh. Rather, the objective is to “turn on” the viewer. It’s less evocative or suggestive than exhibitionist. The unabashed goal is simple and straightforward: titillation and immediate, intense arousal.  If the subject a film is portrayed in a manner that focuses on their inner and outer radiance, their fleshy vitality, and the work itself seems to manifest a passionate and powerful affirmation of life and the pleasures of this world, then it is regarded as a Work of Art.

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Monthly Selection- November 2016

FILMS OF THE MONTH  -  NOVEMBER, 2016

CATEGORY - NARRATIVE FEATURES:

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE : TRAIN STATION

DIRECTED BY YOSEF KHOUWES  FROM VENEZUELA

AND 39 DIRECTORS

FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: ONE BUCK

DIRECTED BY FABIEN DUFILS 

USA

SEMIFINALIST:

DEMON HUNTER, IRELAND

ZARB, INDIA

THE WANDERING, UNITED KINGDOM

CATEGORY - DOCUMENTARY FILMS:

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM : A CAPTAIN UNAFRAID

DIRECTED BY CHARLES O' BRIEN 

IRELAND

CATEGORY - SHORT FILMS

BEST SHORT FILM : 248

DIRECTED BY LEONARDO CORALLINI

ITALY

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD : THE PERVERT'S PUZZLE

DIRECTED BY SREENU ROMI

INDIA

SEMIFINALIST:

I WITNESS , INDIA

MIADOPAY, TAIWAN

I, PROFESS, KOREAN

YOUNG BLOOD, FRANCE

DAY OF ASHES, ECUADOR

CROISSANT, SPAIN

THE NIGHT OF ALL THINGS, SPAIN

LUNCH BREAK AROUND A SMALL LAKE IN A BIG CITY, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

FOR ONE, FRANCE

CATEGORY - EXPERIMENTAL FILM:

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : STORY FOR AN EMPTY THEATRE

DIRECTED BY CESARE BEDOGNE AND ALEKSANDR BALAGURA

ITALY

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: CORONA-BIRTH OF AN OLD MAN (AFTER HEMINGWAY)

UNITED STATES

CATEGORY - WOMEN’S FILM:

BEST WOMEN’S FILM : BIRTH~WEAVING LIFE

DIRECTED BY ARISA WAKAMI 

JAPAN

SEMIFINALIST:

THE YEAR I DID ACID, CANADA

THERE'S ALWAYS TOMORROW, SINGAPORE

CATEGORY - ANIMATED FILMS:

BEST ANIMATED FILM : AGRINOUI

DIRECTED BY ALEXIS CHAVIARAS

CYPRUS

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD : SHEEP AND WOLVES

DIRECTED BY  MAXIM VOLKOV

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

SEMIFINALIST:

THE SNOW QUEEN 3, RUSSIAN FEDERATION

CATEGORY - STUDENT’S FILMS

BEST STUDENT’S FILM : LEAVING GREECE

DIRECTED BY ANNA BRASS 

GERMANY

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD : 

SEE NECESSARILY TRUE

DIRECTED BY RURL-YANG JIANG

TAIWAN

THE HESITANT MAN

DIRECTED BY PIERRE SABROU

FRANCE

GOES WITHOUT SAYING

DIRECTED BY PIERRE SABROU

FRANCE

SEMIFINALIST:

IMPAIRABLE, UNITED STATES

THE LETTER, POLAND

FEAR IN A HANDFUL OF DUST, SWEDEN

THE NEXT DOOR, UNITED STATES

LEAFLESS AGAINST THE GRAY SKY, UNITED STATES

MARIANNE, UNITED KINGDOM

THE GOOD SON,  UNITED KINGDOM

THE PERSIMMON TREE, TAIWAN

TO MONSTER,  TAIWAN  

MEMORY, TAIWAN  

51.7HZ, TAIWAN

AFRO CRAB, TAIWAN

FALLING BÉBÉ, TAIWAN

FADE TO WHITE , ISRAEL

YOUNG BLOOD, FRANCE

ANY EXIT, GERMANY

LONG LIVE EMMA, POLAND    

FANNY PACK, UNITED STATES

DREAMSCOPE, UNITED STATES

CATEGORY -  FAMILY/CHILDREN FILMS:

BEST FAMILY / CHILDREN FILM: THE GREAT ADVENTURE OF MANEL AND THE MAGIC TOOTHPICKS

DIRECTED BY XAVIER PIJUAN

SPAIN

SEMIFINALIST:

BIG BOY, RUSSIAN FEDERATION

I AM NOT A MOUSE, UNITED KINGDOM

POLKA DOTT,UNITED STATES

CATEGORY - YOUNG FILMMAKER

BEST YOUNG FILMMAKER  : PRAXIS

DIRECTED BY I-JEN CHIU

TAIWAN

SEMIFINALIST:

FACADE, CANADA

BORIS & BABETTE, NETHERLANDS

CATEGORY - DEBUT FILMMAKER

BEST DEBUT FILMMAKER : 93 NOTOUT

DIRECTED BY ARUDRA SARAVANAKUMAR MATHAIYAN

INDIA

SPECIAL MENTION AWARD: THE ALLEY CAT

DIRECTED BY MARIE ULLRICH

USA

SEMIFINALIST :

THE 11th COMMANDMENT, UNITED STATES

CATEGORY - MUSIC VIDEO

BEST MUSIC VIDEO : COLIBRIA

DIRECTED BY CAMILO COBA

ECUADOR

SEMIFINALIST:

FROM ALL OF OUR LOVE THIS WAS LOST , UNITED STATES

FEAR OF HEIGHTS , ISRAEL

CATEGORY - FILM ON NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT

BEST FILM ON NATURE / ENVIRONMENT / WILDLIFE : A BRIDGE BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

DIRECTED BY PASCAL GÉLINAS

CANADA

CATEGORY - FILM ON WOMEN

BEST FILM ON WOMEN : SHACKLE

DIRECTED BY DEDIPYA JOSHII

INDIA

CATEGORY - TRAVEL FILM

BEST TRAVEL FILM : PACIFIC MERMAID

DIRECTED BY ALEXIS BARBOSA

CATEGORY - HORROR FILM

BEST HORROR FILM : HULDRA - LADY OF THE FOREST

DIRECTED BY OVE VALESKOG 

SWEDEN

CATEGORY - LGBT FILMS

BEST LGBT FILM : TWIN STARS

DIRECTED BY MEHMET TIĞLI

TURKEY

CATEGORY - SILENT FILM

BEST SILENT FILM : LA VIE D'UN CLOWN 

DIRECTED BY VIRA BURMENKO  

CANADA

CATEGORY - MOBILE FILM

AWARD OF RECOGNITION : THE TALES OF KNOCK NA SHEE (EPISODE ONE) 

DIRECTED BY KAREN LAM

IRELAND

CATEGORY - FILM/VIDEO POSTER

AWARD OF RECOGNITION : THE LETTER

 

CATEGORY - DRONE FILMS

BEST DRONE FILM : BYZANTINE

DIRECTED BY JORIS FAVRAUD 

FRANCE

CATEGORY - COMMERCIAL/ADVERTISEMENT

AWARD OF RECOGNITION : ENERGYCUP

DIRECTED BY PETER WIECZOREK 

POLAND

CATEGORY - VIRTUAL REALITY

BEST VIRTUAL REALITY FILM : MISFITS

DIRECTED BY DAVID BETTERIDGE

UNITED KINGDOM

CATEGORY - ONE MINUTE FILM

AWARD OF RECOGNITION : ROUGH ROAD

DIRECTED BY PAUL KELLY

UNITED STATES

 

 

 

 

 

 

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