Argentina’s Oscar Entry 'The Clan' To Close IFFI 2015, Official Trailer Of 'Son of Saul'

By Srikanth Kanchinadham. Posted on November 19, 2015

Everything a filmmaker needs to know, curated from around the world.

From The World Of Film Festivals

Argentina’s Oscar entry The Clan will bring the curtains down on the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne-starrer Danish Girl is another major title to be screened at the 10-day movie gala in Goa.

Leena Yadav’s Parched has won the inaugural impact award at Stockholm Film Festival. The India-set feminist drama nabbed a cash grant of 1 million Skr ($120K) to help finance her upcoming projects. Co-produced between India, the U.S. and The U.K., Parched deals with domestic violence and inequality within the Indian society. The movie world premiered at Toronto to warm reviews and marks Yadav’s third directorial outing.

Dyuthi Aksharakootayma, a literary forum in Thiruvananthapuram is conducting its 2nd Documentary and Short Film Festival on January 9 and 10 at Neyyattinkara. Documentaries and short films are invited from everyone irrespective of age or experience, starting from ameteurs and youngsters.

Fresh From The Field

Johnny Depp will be presented with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Depp will join previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan at the Awards Gala on Jan. 2. He is being recognized for his portrayal of Whitey Bulger in Black Mass.

A system to cut through the bureaucracy that surrounds obtaining filming permits in India will be launched this week. The Film Facilitation Office will be operated by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), the government-backed film support organization that seeds some productions and operates the Film Bazaar co-production market.

One For The Eye

Sony Pictures has debuted a new Concussion international trailer. The film is based on the David vs. Goliath journey of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of football-related brain trauma in a pro player and fought to bring awareness to the public.

Winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, László Nemes' harrowing debut Son of Saul has been earning acclaim among festival audiences around the world en route to its December stateside release. The new trailer for the drama appropriately offers an unflinching look at the Holocaust epic, intensified by an atmospheric, operatic soundtrack.

The Filmmaking Kit

Who can give you honest screenwriting advice other than the professionals associated with it. The Academy Originals YouTube channel is an excellent educational resource from world-renowned filmmakers. Have a look at honest screenwriting advice from Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin.

Editing is a process that is as intricate as filmmaking and an editor's contribution to the filmmaking process can never be undermined. An efficient editor understands the director's perspective and helps him to shape the film the way he had envisioned it. Have a look at the 3 tips to edit your film effectively.

Crowdfunding is an innovative and risk-free way for filmmakers to raise funds for their films. It involves using the Internet to reach out to a large number of people and asking them to contribute small sums of money to raise a film’s budget, instead of waiting for that one person to cut a large cheque. Learn the tricks of crowdfunding right here.

Straight From The Pen

Classics are classics. Be it Charlie Chaplin's silent comedy-dramas or Alfred Hitchcock's spine-chilling thrillers or Satyajit Ray's timeless dramas rooted in the Indian ethos, classics have a special place in every film lover's heart. Have a look at these videos that explain how timeless classics like The Apu Trilogy are restored.

Mani Ratnam, one of the most celebrated filmmakers of India, is a man of few words. There aren't many good interviews of the filmmaker, but recently he was part of a detailed conversation with the British filmmaker Peter Webber at BFI London, where he spoke about many things related to his craft & journey till now.

It’s been 8 years since the NFDC Film Bazaar was started. And in these 8 years, the Bazaar has quickly established itself as the biggest film market in South Asia and has played a pivotal role in the re-emergence of a new wave (if it can be called that) of independent films in India. Read this exclusive interview with Urmi Juvekar who heads the Screenwriters' Lab and the Co-Production Market for the Film Bazaar.


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