Archive for ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 27th, 2010

film sharing festival season again!

Merry Call for Entries 2011!

Dear video/filmmaker,

it’s film sharing festival season again!

Bless us with your new and old video & film productions

Send us your film/s now!!

The film sharing festival is an unique alternative independent filmfestival with a programme and open screenings. All entries, under the stipulated 15 minutes, will be screened providing an opportunity for the interested public beyond the internet.

Send us your short films! There are no restrictions or censorship regarding theme, narrative or issue. Whether brand new or dusty old, we warmly welcome all entries.

The Festival will take place in Stuttgart, Heilbronn, Mainz, Schwäbisch Gmünd and later on tour in selected independent cinemas and other locations.
Deadline for films is the 1st of April 2011!

thank you very much,

Albert Beckmann & Ingo Klopfer

Indian censor board bans Ashvin Kumar’s film Inshallah, Football

Dear Anand,

I reget to inform you that this morning I received a call from the Indian censor board stating that after having referred the film to a revision panel that censor certification will not be given. We have not been asked to make any cuts. The reason given was that it spoke against the Indian government and it was one sided. I am still waiting on written confirmation.

Earlier, we ran into simmilar trouble with the censor board who, having heard that a private screening of film was scheduled on the 02 of November 2010 at the India Habitat Center, Lodhi Gardens, New Delhi, got in touch with me (I am not sure if the job of the cc is to be a proactive body) and insist on screening the film first without any application being made to them for censorship. This, despite the fact that we had obtained a no-objection certificate for private screenings from the I&B ministry earlier that week; the censor board overturned that exemption.

The CEO of censor board flew to Delhi from Mumbai on the 1st of November with the sole purpose of watching our film a day before the screening. We were given permission to screen the film provided we added a disclaimer in the beginning of the film that stated that the views expressed therein were that of the film maker and we complied with this direction. We were also given a verbal reassurance that certification will now only be a formality as the CEO has reviewed and passed the film. Attached the said permission.

Similarly, my other film Dazed in Doon has also run into trouble with the censors. They have given it a U/A certificate, but requested a no-objection certificate from The Doon School ostensibly because the film contains the name “doon” in its title. I am also awaiting official confirmation regarding this. Why the Indian censor board is concerned with the sentiments of The Doon School is a mystery. If the Doon School is opposed to the screening of the film, we have a contract in place that clearly outlines means of redressal. How does the Indian censor board play any part in what should be a matter between producer (myself) and co-producer (Doon School) to resolve privately?

The Indian censor board is a board of film certification. It should restrain itself to that role. It has extended its definition to being a moral guardian, arbitrator or conscience of the nation. It is every citizen’s right to express, particularly highlight aspects of our democracy, governance and society in a free and open manner. Going by the role that the Indian censor board has appropriated unto itself, no film maker would be able to express themselves freely which contradicts the basic fundamental right to speech and expression.

Please go ahead and circulate this as you see fit among your media contacts. My number incase anyone wants to speak to me is +919819714754 /

Kind regards,
Ashvin Kumar.

Ten of the most downloaded films of the year



TorrentFreak published the rating of films, which in 2010 enjoyed the greatest demand among visitors Games.
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10 “Salt” – 6.7 million downloads.

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09 “Hurt Locker” – 6.85 million downloads.

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08 “Sherlock Holmes” – 7.16 million downloads.

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07 “Do not take a living” – 7.73 million downloads.

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06 “Clash of the Titans” – 840,000 downloads.

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05 “Iron Man 2” – 8.81 million downloads.

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04 “Shutter Island” – 9.49 million downloads.

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03 “The Beginning” – 9.72 million downloads.

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02 “Kick” – 11.4 million downloads.

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01 “Avatar” – 16,580,000 downloads.

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Jafar Panahi Sentenced to 6 Years in Jail, 20 Years of Silence

Shocking and terrible news from Tehran today. Farideh Gheirat, alawyer representing several of the politicians, journalists andartists detained during the protests that immediately followed the disputed 2009 Iranian presidential election, has told the ISNA news agency (as reported by Reuters and the AFP) that Jafar Panahi has been
sentenced to six years in jail and that his “social rights,” including “making movies, writing scripts, foreign travel and giving interviews to domestic and foreign media, have been taken away for 20 years.”

“Panahi, an outspoken supporter of Iran’s opposition green movement, was convicted of gathering, colluding and propaganda against the regime,” reports Saeed Kamali Dehghan. “Hamid Dabashi, a professor of Iranian studies at Columbia university, told the Guardian the sentence showed Iran’s leaders could not tolerate the arts. ‘This is a catastrophe for Iran’s cinema,’ he said. ‘Panahi is now exactly in the most creative phase of his life and by silencing him at this sensitive time, they are killing his art and talent.

Iran is sending a clear message by this sentence that they don’t have any tolerance and can’t bear arts, philosophy or anything like that. This is a sentence against the whole culture of Iran. They want the artists to sit at their houses and stop creating art. This is a catastrophe for a whole nation.”
Gheirat has announced that she will appeal this decision, so we do have some hope that this incredibly harsh sentence will not stand. Panahi was one of several mourners who’d gathered near the grave of Neda Agha-Soltan in a Tehran cemetery who were arrested in July 2009. So, too, was filmmaker Muhammad Rasoulof, who has also been sentenced
to six years today. When Panahi was released that summer, his passport was revoked and he was forbidden to leave the country. In March of this year, he was arrested again because, as the Iranian culture minister put it, he “was making a film against the regime and it was about the events that followed election.” Throughout the ordeal,prominent filmmakers, film societies and festivals formally protested Panahi’s detainment, and finally, in May, he was released on bail.

The speech he delivered during his hearing in November has been widelycited and quoted, and you can read it in full at Current Conflicts.Here’s just a bit: “You are putting me on trial for making a filmthat, at the time of our arrest, was only 30 percent shot. You musthave heard that the famous creed, ‘There is no god, except Allah,’turns into blasphemy if you only say the first part and omit thesecond part. In the same vein, how can you establish that a crime has been committed by looking at 30 percent of the rushes for a film that has not been edited yet?… I, Jafar Panahi, declare once again that I am an Iranian, I am staying in my country and I like to work in my owncountry. I love my country, I have paid a price for this love too, andI am willing to pay again if necessary. I have yet another declaration to add to the first one. As shown in my films, I declare that I believe in the right of ‘the other’ to be different, I believe in
mutual understanding and respect, as well as in tolerance; the tolerance that forbid me from judgment and hatred. I don’t hate anybody, not even my interrogators.”

Earlier this month, TIFF Cinematheque ran a retrospective of Panahi’s work: “With five critically acclaimed and copiously awarded features to his name, Panahi is one of the major figures of the New Iranian cinema; once the prot�g� to Abbas Kiarostami, Panahi has forged a style and path all is own. His cohesive body of work owes much to Italian neo-realism, with his documentary style and preference for mostly non-professional actors, and a fierce belief in human and social rights.”

One of the films screened was The Accordian, a short that’s Panahi’s contribution to Then and Now: Beyond Borders and Differences, an omnibus film supported by the United Nations; the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September. Panahi: “The Accordion is the story of humankind�s materialistic need to survive in a pretentious
religion. In it, a boy is prevented from playing for reasons of religious prohibition, which he accepts in order to survive. But the main character of the film is the girl or, perhaps, in my view, the symbol of the next generation.”