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funding from korean film commission

Good news for film-makers in need of funding.Tae Shik Kim, the Director of Korea Tourism Organization told yours truly following a presentationabout his country  to the TAAI Associations in Western India that KTO and the Korean Film Commission are offering subsidies to the tune of USD 200,000 to film-makers to shoot in Korea. "It's not much" he said (maybe so, to film-makers from the West, but to Indians, it's a lot. Just do yr math & multiply one USD by 40-50Rs) ...

9-Eleven, a Bollywood film ( the 1st?) shot entirely in Washington DC, US of A

9-Eleven is the first Bollywood film shot entirely in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. So says a SAJA media alert  about a press con in Amrika. Scrolling through the list of actors, I found majorly Indian American names with 3 exceptions: Samir Stewart , Vicki Yung and Paul Singh.  So what's with the title?   ...

Bertrand Tavernier 's Princess of Montpensier is the Closing Film at 41st IFFI in Goa tonight

The Princess of Montpensier directed by Bertrand Tavernier is the Closing Film at the 41st IFFI tonight. Minister of state (Information & Broadcasting) Choudhury Mohan Jatua will  be the Chief Guest. Actor Saif Ali Khan will be the Guest Of Honour.   Ghost Writer directed by Roman Polanski  which was shown at the Press Club, Mumbai four weeks ago was the Mid-Fest film at IFFI.   Directorate of Film Festivals Head, S M Khan  has announced two more awards, increasing the award ...

CANNES Kaleidoscope at IFFI 2010

Screened in the second half of the 10 day IFFI in Goa, the package includes picks from Cannes Awards, Official Competition Uncertain Regard and Director’s Fortnight. 1. Des filles en noir (Young Girls In Black) by Jean Paul Civeyrac 2. Somos Lo Que Hay (We Are What We Are) by Sabina Guzzanti 3. Outrage by Takeshi Kitano 4. Route Irish by Ken Loach 5. Certified Copy by Abbas Kiarastami 6. A Screaming Man by Mahamat Saleh Haroun 7. The Tree by Julie Bertucelli 8. The City Below ...

Guadeloupe Film Maker Christian Lara Hopes to Shoot Film in India

Among the foreign  film makers  at the 41st International Filmfestival in Goa is Christian Lara of Guadeloupe (french territory in the Carribean Islands, not to be confused with other Guadelopes in the US of A or the Catholic shrine in Mexico) whose film Heritage Perdu (Lost Heritage) was screened at the on - going  IFFI which is being held for the seventh time in the island-state, India's youngest. Mr Lara makes films in the French language and has 20 feature films to his credit, includi...


We are keeping our fingers crossed  for the Central Government to clear a proposal for a special channel on the Doordarshan national network to telecast documentaries and short films produced by  Indian filmmakers. A few slots on Doordarshan National and News channels have already been fixed for the purpose on specific days, said Mike Pandey, newly elected president of the 54 year old  Indian Documentary Producers Association (IDPA)  which is preparing a formal proposal to the Ministry o...


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