‘Manasanamaha’ Makes History at the International Film Festivals

‘Manasanamaha’ is a short film that has won more than 120 awards in various international film festivals. It marked the first time a Telugu short film had ever won the most international awards. “Inta gelichi raccha geluvu” is a very prominent and timeless Telugu idiom which means ‘Win at home before you conquer the world’. […]

Show must go on: Toronto to organise international film festival amid ongoing pandemic

This 45th edition, though, is a grim reminder of the current state of a shaken industry, with its paucity of blockbusters, shift to virtual viewing and general diminution. TIFF, which runs through Sept. 19, is showing about 60 features this year compared with 245 last year. Organizers had to make tough decisions about how — […]

How the Toronto International Film Festival is adapting to the new normal, via drive-in screenings and open air theatres

Given the ongoing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hosting a major film festival under such circumstances presents a novel challenge. The 2020 version of the Toronto International Film Festival or TIFF has rejigged itself into a “hybrid” offering that includes physically distanced screenings, as well as those at an open-air venue plus drive-ins and […]

Our film’s screening at the Venice International Film Festival is huge for Gujarati cinema: Mitra Gadhvi

In July, when he got to know that his Gujarati short film Anita (written and directed by New York based filmmaker Sushma Khadepaun and co-starring Aditi Vasudev) will have its world premiere in competition at the prestigious 2020 Venice International Film Festival, an ecstatic Mitra Gadhvi had told us, “Given the travel restrictions right now, […]

Toronto International Film Festival Boldly Adopts ‘Mask Optional’ Policy

All the tears and snot that will surely be flying during screenings of Francis Lee’s Ammonite should be reason enough to require masks in theaters at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. But the festival — which is going forward with in-person screenings along with virtual ones — will allow attendees to “remove their masks […]

Chaitanya Tamhane on historic double win of his film The Disciple at 77th Venice International Film Festival: You can never get used to such acclaim

Chaitanya Tamhane opens up about his historic double win at the 77th Venice Intl Film Fest & reminisces about his directorial debut, Court In 2014, his directorial debut, Court, was adjudged Best Film (Horizons) at the Venice Film Festival. He had also bagged the Lion of the Future Award. Six years later, The Disciple was […]

Busan Film Festival Delays 2 Weeks & Downsizes Significantly; No International Guests Will Be Invited

Instead, the fest says it will focus on screenings, all of which will be held in accordance with government guidelines. Organizers also noted that if there is no reduction in lockdown measures, or if there is any kind of escalation, it will be forced to cancel entirely.

A suitable film festival in Toronto

There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA […]

TIFF 2020: Drive-in screenings, online platform and more for hybrid film festival

Another documentary with a pronounced newsworthy slant that will screen as part of TIFF 2020 is “76 Days”, which is an account of the struggles of patients and frontline medical professionals battling the Covid-19 pandemic in Wuhan, ground zero for the outbreak.

Chaitanya Tamhane bags Best Screenplay award for The Disciple at Venice Film Festival, loses Golden Lion to Nomadland

Vivek added, “To win a Best Screenplay award amongst such stalwarts is just an incredible feat. I am really grateful to the jury and very proud of Chaitanya. It’s the hardest and the loneliest job, but the final script was also what convinced me to back the film.”