‘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

Even with its widely anticipated releases, TIFF finances are likely to take a hit this year. Bailey said box-office revenue should decline proportionally with the drop in number of films this year. The year-round TIFF organization already forecast a 50% reduction in revenue compared with 2019. That should have a knock-on effect on Toronto’s film […]

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

The festival will open with African-American director Spike Lee filmed version of David Byrne’s American Utopia, a Broadway from the founder and frontman of the classic band Talking Heads. India will be represented at TIFF this year by The Disciple, a film from Mumbai-based director Chaitanya Tamhane. In addition, the closing night gala presentation will […]

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

Your mentor and executive producer, Alfonso Cuaron, won the Best Screenplay Award for Y Tu Mamá También in 2001. Would you say you are a disciple too? Alfonso is very chilled out and modern in his mindset. So, the equation between us is like a dialogue between two artistes. He generously calls me his friend […]

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

South Korea was commended for its early virus response, which included widespread testing, but a recent spike at the end of August led to fears of a second wave. In response, the government put in place tighter restrictions, which led to a downturn in box office after a promising post-lockdown summer that saw hits including […]

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

“The Disciple” is in TIFF 2020’s Special Presentations. Writing about the film, artistic director and co-head Cameron Bailey says: Tamhane displays an adept commitment to his own craft with ‘The Disciple’ The fidelity of this portrait of an artist is sure to resonate with audiences

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

Chaitanya said in a statement, “Writing The Disciple was by far the most challenging and painful endeavour I have ever undertaken. This honour means a lot to me and it will encourage me to keep pushing my own boundaries even further. I want to dedicate this award to all the musicians, researchers, authors, and historians […]