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Waterfront Festival of International Films


An International film festival in Lavasa would primarily fill two primary gaps – that of having an International Film Festival in an ideal location that is most befitting for the development of the creative industry and that of giving people in the region access to a wide variety of cinema.

Lavasa is a highly visible tourist destination across the world and has to have a film technology & business culture that is not visible to the world in terms of being an ideal location. At the same time, Lavasa is already emerging as attractive destination for National and International film makers establishing credits of a number of high end films and advertisements which have been successfully shot in the mesmerizing hill city of Lavasa. A film festival in Lavasa could therefore help synergize all the advantageous opportunities and over a period of time, work as a catalyst to convert the city into a prime focus of global cinema – be in terms of viewing, making or celebrating.

The founders of Waterfront Festival of International Films, therefore decided to start a virtual festival that will evolve into a grand showcase of world independent cinema in the beautiful lake side city set in the bosom of spectacular lush green hills, where we would be able to showcase cinema from all over the world and celebrate the festivity. It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the opening of the city’s film festival, Waterfront Festival of International Film Festival Lavasa, which will be a virtual festival to honor the best of the world cinema creating a unique festivity cum creative platform beyond all the man made boundaries.An International film festival in Lavasa would primarily fill two primary gaps – that of having an International Film Festival in an ideal location that is most befitting for the development of the creative industry and that of giving people in the region access to a wide variety of cinema.

The only festival organized and presented by the senior citizen community at the famed Ashiana Utsav Lavasa set in picturesque Sahyadri hills of Maharashtra, India, the Waterfront Festival of International Films and offers a flavorful palette of films that routinely attracts cineastes from all over the world. The first edition of the festival will feature more than 100 films and present juried and awards in a range of competitive categories -- including Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best International Film, and Best Short Film. 


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Waterfront Festival of International Films Lavasa

Waterfront Festival of International Films is a an upcoming project of Films and Film Festivals , an initiative of JSWM Productions 

Films and Film Festivals is a platform for the benefit of independent filmmakers, directors, media, distributors, producers, artists, entertainment professionals, models and event Managers to interact, create and benefit from various opportunities.

JSWM Productions was established in 2010, as a Content Creation, Aggregation and Production Company. With expertise in producing Motion Pictures, Television Software, Film Festivals and Special Projects, JSWM Productions is equipped to meet the content needs of both consumers and clients alike by providing customized solutions across segments. JSWM Productions aims at producing innovative and quality films through an efficient film making process, by integrating content production, distribution, tie-ups for festivals and exhibitions and broadcasting. Its deep understanding of the global audience, genres and markets has led to aiming at meaningful and commercially viable cinema products. Its corporate practices include adopting new systems and technologies, following transparent accounting practices, expanding entertainment markets, improving consumer connect through content, market research, and showcase social issues and concerns in the area of public interest

Projects Accomplished

Ziyarat (The Pilgrimage), Award winning Feature Film

“Ziyarat” ( The pilgrimage), a journey beyond borders is inspired by the internal displacement and mass migration of a complete community of Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus) from their motherland Kashmir, which is also known as the Paradise on earth.

Accreditations

Awarded in Los Angeles new wave International Film  Festival  2011

Awarded in Fame walk International Film Festival, Hollywood 2011

Selected for a special screening as a spiritual film in Dhaka  International Film Festival (January 2012)

Official selection at International Forum of New Cinema Calcutta 2011

Appreciated at Nashville Film Festival 2011

Part of the Mumbai International Film festival Market 2012

Official selection as the  bouquet film in Delhi International Film festival 2012

Selected for an International Forum on Anti Terrorism Peshawar, Pakistan

Nominated for the Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Foundation Chennai   Best Debut Director Award March 2012  

Official selection as the  bouquet film in Gandhi Nagar Film festival 2012

Official selection film New Horizon International   Film Festival, Tehran, Iran

Exempted from Entertainment tax in The Jammu & Kashmir State

“Ziyarat”, a film by Suresh Goswami is a well-made film. It touches the chords of painful emotions very well under which Kashmir

 is   undergoing since last so many years…….Ashoke Pandit

"Ziyarat" is very soul touching and realistic film............State Times

"Ziyarat" made the audience emotional..............Dainik Jagaran

"Ziyarat" film's story is heartwarming and ...International News and  Views

“Ziyarat” A must see and Important film for every Indian........Film           Samiksha                                                    

"Ziyarat" Stringent one - man effort........Film India Worldwide

 

My Heroes   Award Winning Documentary Film

The documentary “My Heroes” is all about the physically

and Mentally challenged children who take challenges much

beyond challenges setting extraordinary examples for us.

Accreditations

Official selection at Delhi International Film Festival 2013

Official Screening At Jaipur International Film Festival 2013

 Official Selection at Six Sigma Film festival, March 2013

Official selection at We Care film Festival, May 2013

Official / Special Screening at Swimmathon Event February 2013

Was part of Goa International Film Festival  Market 2013

Official selection / screening at Nashik  International Film Festival 20- 23 March 2014

Official Screening at Rolling Frames Short Film  Summit 2014 at  Bangalore 6 July 2014                                                                                            

Official Selection at Best Shorts Competition,  California, USA 2014

Official Selection at Pink City International Short Film Festival 2014

Official Selection at International Independent Film Awards,  California, USA 2014  

Most Popular film award at COFFI, six sigma film festival 2013

Best Film Award at We Care Film Festival (A United Nations Enabled  Film Festival). 2013

Best Documentary Film International Golden Camera Award Nashik  International Film  Festival  March 2014

Best Director Award at Rolling Frames Short Film Summit 2014 at Bangalore 6th  July 2014                                    

Award of Merit at Best Shorts Competition, California, USA 2014

Award of Appreciation at Pink City International Short Film Festival  September 2014

Honorable Mention Award at International Independent Film  Awards, California, USA 2014

 

Burning Sapphires   
Award winning Historical Fiction Book Published at Partridge Publishing, 
A penguin company

http://www.flipkart.com/burning-sapphires-english/p/itmeyyusywffecax

Synopsis of “Burning Sapphires”

Burning Sapphires” , Historical Fiction is inspired by Kashmir - The Paradise Lost

Infestation of terrorism, violence and atrocities resulted in Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from their Home Land on one hand and the other hand continued turmoil which never paused in the valley disrupting and destroying the life of each common man, The Kashmiri.

Part of Innocent Kashmiris who fled from the valley have been struggling to survive for the last 22 years in refugee camps around Jammu, Nagrota, Udhampur in J& K State, and some other locations across India. And the others who were left behind are continuously humiliated, their esteems destructed, their women raped, and their young ones murdered leaving countless homes devoid of life……..for what purpose?

The purpose may be ANY but the fact remains that The Paradise, its people r and their stories are getting lost as they go through a merciless genocide ……..

“Burning Sapphires” is a creative fiction about one such woman who despite all the odds in life, takes on the responsibility and leads the entire community towards a progressive solution and revives the injured spirits and minds of Kashmiris

A seven years old girl Ghulab Sahib living in Machail is unaware of life and its complications. 9,500 feet above sea level, the Machail village is surrounded by high mountains, thick deodar forests and attractive meadows that are fully covered with thick snow for most of the year except in the summer months. Machail village is situated in Paddar, in the Jammu and Kashmir State, India. Living her child hood in this most spectacular village she doesn’t know that destiny is going to disrupt her peaceful life and propel her through a maze of grueling fateful events. But these fateful events do not destroy her….instead a woman of great knowledge, substance, experience and unparalleled strength emerges in the being of Shahzadi Ghulab Sahib who takes charge Kashmiri’s, leading them towards a life of contentment, dignity and pride.

Accreditation 

Awarded at Hollywood Book Festival, Los Angeles 2014

Awarded best fiction at Lit-O-Fest, the literary Festival Mumbai 2015

Reached Table of Honor, Los Angeles  

http://tableofhonor.com/?s=Burning+Sapphires

Projects in the making

Waterfront Festival of International Films Lavasa, kicking off on 1st January 2016 with submission calls   

Short film "Warasgaon Warriors" is under Post Production

 

Feature Film “Burning Sapphires”  an adoption of the award winning Historical Fiction Burning Sapphires

Feature Film “My Paradise has No Angels”  A Historical Fiction on the Missing Persons and emerging  unidentified clusters of graves in Kashmir    

Feature Film (No Title yet), based on true stories   on Illegal  immigrants to Europe  with Europe based Co- Producers

Feature film "Perfect Husband"

Feature Film "Red Light"

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