Independent films – Monte Carlo Film Festival Tue, 28 Jun 2022 12:49:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Independent films – Monte Carlo Film Festival 32 32 Independent filmmaker Vaishali Naik on her honor in Palm Springs for her short film 7 Star Dinosor Entertainment-Entertainment News, Firstpost Tue, 28 Jun 2022 12:49:20 +0000 Debutant writer-director Vaishali Naik’s short film 7 Star Dinosor Entertainment was an official selection at the Palm Springs International ShortFest 2022, which ran June 21-27.

Still from 7 Star Dinosor Entertainment

The story of the 19-minute film Dinosor Entertainment which was successfully screened at the festival on June 22 revolves around two brothers who don dinosaur costumes and perform at malls, birthday parties and even weddings, but then remain stuck indoors due to the pandemic.

The short film was also screened at Brooklyn Film Festival 2022, Manchester Film Festival 2022, New York Indian Film Festival 2022, as well as Athens International Film + Video Festival 2022. It also won the Audience Award for Best Short footage at IFFLA. (Los Angeles Indian Film Festival) and it is currently screening at the ongoing London Indian Film Festival?

Naik, who has been writing for the screen for 10 years and is also the author of the next film – Baipan Bhaari Deva (Marathi) which will be presented by Jio Studios, and has designed and worked on popular TV shows such as Barrister Babu, Yeh Unn Dinon ki Baat hai and Tu Mera Hero, in an interview with Firstpost, talk about the validation international festivals give to independent filmmakers like her.

She also says that a few months ago, when the idea for the film hit her, it was too weird to resist. “But at the beginning of the writing process, I could not ignore the pandemic and its woes. I witnessed India’s exodus of migrant workers from cities to their villages. The tragedy found its way into the film by organically, but urgently, like a whim, became a liability,” she said.

Excerpts from the interview:

This film has traveled to many films and been loved, but what makes the Palm Springs screening special and different?

As a newbie filmmaker when you google short film festival listings, Palm Springs is among the best. So when you are recognized by a platform like this, it feels special to you.

Why are such distinctions important for independent filmmakers like you?

An independent filmmaker is on a limb, working on experimental themes with minimal resources at his disposal. So at the end of this arduous journey, when a festival rewards you with a selection, welcomes you into its community, it’s reassuring and motivating to continue making independent cinema.

Do you think such validation coming from the international scene changes the perception of your own industry?

It’s both ways actually. Some people in the industry itself encouraged me and made me believe in the film and in myself, and so the film is where it is. But yeah, now that he’s here, a lot more people will give him a chance.

Would you like to tell us about the creation of 7 Star Dinosor Entertainment?

We were in the middle of a pandemic when the idea came to me. There was a nice marching band playing near my house. But when the pandemic hit, the sound of their music stopped. And made me think about how local artists must be suffering in times of lockdown. Once casting began, we caught up with Raj Sutak and Deepak Patil, those who operate the animatronic dinosaurs in the film. These two were actually working at Imagica as dinosaur operators and lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Their personal stories also seeped into the script. But to bring the script to life, I had a rock in the form of my cinematographer Swati Jain, who helped me capture these massive dinosaurs in the chawls of Mumbai.

It seems like you enjoy working in multiple languages ​​and wear many hats, including writer and editor.

I didn’t really feel like I was wearing many hats on this one. To me, editing is almost like an extension of writing. As a writer, you imagine and edit on paper. Once you have the footage, you write the final draft of the story.

You’ve also designed and worked on popular TV shows, so what do you have to say about how many people call TV content regressive these days?

Any art form can be progressive or regressive. Distinguishing television would be unfair. There have also been progressive TV shows. People are trying to express their unique voice and do their best in every industry.

When is 7 Star Dinosor Entertainment releasing in India?

We are still focused on running the festival. Post that we will look for a suitable platform to release the film, anyone who helps us to reach the maximum audience.

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How a Deleted Scene From a Forgotten Movie Finally Became Dirty Dancing Fri, 24 Jun 2022 20:31:18 +0000

THE URBAN LEGEND OF THE FILM: A Deleted Scene From A Nearly Forgotten Michael Douglas Romantic Comedy/Drama Essentially Led To dirty dance.

In a relatively recent film, Legends Revealed on dirty dance (and how the producers of the movie tried to remove the abortion storyline from the movie because Proctor and Gamble wouldn’t promote Clearasil unless it was removed) I noted the movie was truly a case of surprise success. No one thought it was going to be a big hit, certainly not the producers (and even the actors doubted it). So, it was a very pleasant surprise for everyone involved when it became a word of mouth sensation. It opened up better than expected, but stayed hot for months. Its real power, however, came when it made the jump to VHS. Now, suddenly, all the kids who didn’t necessarily watch the film when it was in the cinema (it was mainly worn by an adult audience rather than a teenager) devoured it on video cassette.

For such a surprising success story, the film’s production background was even After surprising, especially when the centerpiece of what became Dirty Dancing was born, of all things, from footage left on the cutting room floor of a romantic comedy/drama long forgotten by most moviegoers.

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Put simply, the plot meat of Dirty Dancing came from the life of its creator, screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein, who grew up frequenting Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel in the Catskill Mountains in the summer with her family (her father was doctor) in the 1950s. Bergstein was an accomplished Mambo dancer as a teenager (one of the tracks Patrick Swayze thought they should have called Dirty Dancing was inspired by Bergstein’s life story, to know I was a teenage Mambo Queen). While in college at the University of Pennsylvania, Bergstein earned money teaching dance at the popular Arthur Murray Dance Studios.

As an adult, Bergstein wrote a novel, Advance Paul Newman, which came out in 1973, and then she tried to make it as a screenwriter. She wrote an original screenplay which was made into a film in 1980 titled It’s my turnwith Michael Douglas and Jill Clayburgh.

The film starred Clayburgh as a woman in a boring relationship in Chicago who comes to New York for a job interview and to attend her father’s wedding. She ends up falling in love with the married son of her father’s new wife, a former baseball player played by Douglas. They have an affair and in the end, Clayburgh’s character is inspired to leave her annoying boyfriend and maybe take a new step forward in her life (she received a gift from Douglas’ character suggesting that maybe their link will continue).

The film was directed by Claudia Weill, fresh off her acclaimed independent film, girlfriends. At one point in the film, there was an erotic dance between the two main characters as part of the foreplay. Bergstein’s dance background inspired the scene, and she would show the crew some dance moves between takes. However, there was a problem with the film at the time and his name was Ray Stark.

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In a Vanity Fair article by Joy Press last year, Weill explained how difficult it was to work with veteran film producer Ray Stark on It’s my turn, which partly explains why it was the last feature Weill ever directed. She explained, “Ray Stark was a real bully, and so it was a difficult situation. He certainly knew how to completely undermine my authority. If you did more than three takes as a woman, it was like, Oh, my God, she doesn’t know what she’s doing. But if Michael Cimino did 190 takes, he was a genius! There was just a very different way of looking at women and looking at men. Stark also called the crew if Weill was wearing a bra and ran his hand over her back to check.

More importantly, however (well, for the purposes of this caption), Stark had a second editor secretly working on the film and this editor made the official cut of the film and the dance scene was removed from the final film. Weill had a long career in television and theater as a director, but she never returned to film, noting that she was able to do it as a director at the time, “You just have to want that more than anything, and be prepared I think there was a part of me that just didn’t want to go back to that cesspool.

Well, Bergstein moved on with her life, but as she told Carrie Rickey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, “A few years later, I was walking down the street and I came across a crew member from It’s my turn. He said, “I remember when you taught us all how to dance dirty.” “It was the proverbial lightbulb moment for Bergstein, she sat down with the music she grew up with and actually built the story around the songs (which is why, for a movie so small budget, there are a lot of classic songs in the movie, it was too big for the movie to cut).

Bergstein bought the script and received a deal to work on it dirty dance for MGM, but a change in direction led the studio to abandon the script. Linda Gottlieb was the film’s producer and she and Bergstein went on to champion the script at numerous studios before eventually getting a video company trying to break into feature films, Vestron, to bite by promising to cut the budget. by half and the film was finally produced for less than 5 million dollars

The rest, as they say, was history.

The legend is…


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6 Great Movies That Subvert Gender Expectations Thu, 23 Jun 2022 02:00:00 +0000


An original idea is hard to find. This is true for books, music and even movies. In the movie world, where a lot of success comes from franchises and sequels, it seems like the original films are pushed to their limits.

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When they enter a theatre, audiences have expectations of what they are about to watch. They want comedies to make them laugh and superhero movies to get the bad guys stomped on: but not all movies play by the rules. Many genre-breaking movies throw the rules out the window and do something special.

‘Joker’ (2019)

Featuring Joaquin Phoenix in an Oscar-winning performance, Todd PhillipsThe brilliantly dark image uses Gotham’s ominous presence to provide a dramatic commentary on classism and social inequality in America today. Gotham has always been influential in Batman’s narrative setting, and the movie has a lot to say about the mental state of its title character and even America itself.

Similarly, the absence of more elaborate action sequences (uncommon in the world of Batman) proves that films such as Jokerand The Batman are more than just a throwback. “Superhero” films are now so entrenched in our culture that they are no longer tied to the conventions of the genre.

“About Schmidt” (2002)

In what became one of the last performances of his career, veteran and undoubtedly iconic actor Jack Nicholson starred as Warren Schmidt, a recently retired insurance salesman who embarks on a journey that requires him to scrutinize his relationship with his family and with the man he has become.

Director and co-screenwriter Alexander Payne is an industry expert at adapting novels that blur the line between comedy and drama. A little like Next to (Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay), About Schmidt plays like a quiet tragedy while often being a lot of fun. It’s consistently sad yet thoroughly thoughtful, offering an introspective look at the apprehension of a failed life.

‘Blue Valentine’ (2010)

Ryan Gosling and michelle williams are the stars of Derek Cianfrancecontemporary tale of a married couple, seen through two different periods. The film juxtaposes the beginning and the present of the relationship, creating a contrast in tone and visual style.

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Cianfrance’s unconventional romantic drama can ultimately be seen as a critique of the more stereotypical characteristics we might associate with conventional romance movies. But blue valentineit isits greatest strength lies in its candid portrayal of an ultimately doomed romance. It’s not a look you often get in movies, with other examples like 500 days of summerand Eternal sunshine of the spotless mindrare.


Moon is an adaptation of an original story by Duncan Jonesthe son of david bowiewho also directed this very gripping sci-fi mystery. Sam Rockwell stars as astronaut Sam Bell, who, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends packages back to Earth containing a resource that has helped alleviate the planet’s power problems. Towards the end of his three-year stay on the Moon, he has an extremely personal encounter that shapes the foundations of his existence.

What is most admirable Moon is hisability to break into the ever more demanding science fiction format on its own merits. The genre is vastly more structured and relies on a big budget and flashy special effects to reinforce the narrative. Moon can be considered as an independent company that relied on a budget of only 5 million dollars. Shot in Super 35, the film used live action shots and model miniatures to create its distinctive visual style.

“The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent”

On second thought, it’s a miracle this movie wasn’t made sooner. Nicholas CageThe often hyperbolic approach to acting was personified throughout his career and forms the basis of much of the satire in The unbearable weight of massive talent. As a fictionalized version of himself, Cage finds himself caught between superfan and alleged drug lord Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal) and the CIA.

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Very self-aware, the film is fast-paced and mirrors the tone of much of Cage’s work. It’s a commendable achievement for an actor to be so vulnerable and self-deprecating in a comedy that’s as much a pastiche as it is an homage to his Hollywood legacy, but again, that’s what we expect from him. ‘actor. In the end, it could have gone even further, pushing the boundaries to breaking point as Cage himself would have done.

‘Rocket Ball’ (1996)

From a stylistic point of view, Wes Anderson the movies have now become so familiar in film culture that they have arguably become a genre unto themselves. The esteemed writer/director has long defied genre expectations in the comedic realm and generally relies on a rather original use of drama to propel the narrative forward. In this regard, choosing just one of his films to illustrate his use of subversion is a complicated task.

However, as an example of an unconventional heist film, the first image of Wes Anderson, bottle rocket, may be the perfect choice. Anderson has teamed up with the actor Owen Wilson (who also stars as Dignan) to write this script about three friends who try to pull off a simple robbery and get away. Despite the film’s box office bombardment, it was an effective launch pad for Anderson and was number seven on Martin ScorseseTen favorite films of the 1990s.

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Manchester Indian Film Festival returns with more independent films from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka Tue, 21 Jun 2022 09:01:42 +0000

Supported by title sponsor Blue Orchid Hotels, International Integritythe IBF and Arts Council of Englandthis year’s MIFF takes place over 12 days from June 25 to July 6 at RESIDENCEin association with Not just Bollywood, EACH MAN, Ducie Street Warehouse, Manchester Poetry Library and The Carlton Club.

The Manchester Indian Film Festival is part of the London Indian Film Festival and the Birmingham Indian Film Festival and together is the largest UK and European platform for independent South Asian (Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Sri Lankan) films .

To kick off the festival, film fans are invited to join MIFF at a special launch party at the Carlton Club, supported by the Manchester Indian Partnership. The event will see the screening of a British Asian short film yaha waha a 30-minute documentary from Manchester-born director and street photographer Sarah Li focusing on two artists from different sides of London and asks “What is it like to be a second or third generation British Asian in the 2020s?

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MIFF launch party

Supported by Manchester Mega Mela, the official opening night of the festival sees the city premiere of A little English with Ameet Channa of Bend It Like Beckham.

A laugh-out-loud story of a dysfunctional Punjabi family the evening marks Pravesh Kumar’s feature debut and will also include a special Q&A.

Characteristics of screen poetry AT HOME – IN THE UK – ALHUMDULLILLAH based on true stories shared with Manchester City Poet and resident Anjum Malik.

This film is a privileged and intimate look at the daily life of Balqis Faroukh, Ayat Abo Al Jawz and Hayat Abouday as they faced confinement and Ramadan with their families. Anjum Malik will also lead poetry workshops at the Deeplish Community Center and the Rochdale women’s final works will be featured at screenings of selected films.

Other festival highlights include themed strands covering theatrical and online films beginning with the ‘Young rebels‘ a strand with UK premieres from talented emerging filmmakers, showing the challenges and real-life experiences of young South Asians; including Pakistani British Comedy American-American.

There ‘extraordinary lives‘ the component includes the film on immigration The Man from No Landwith Nawazuddin Siddiqui and a phenomenal documentary touching on the score, Taang.

In the ‘women make movies‘strand the festival is delighted to screen Rebana Liz John’s documentary ladies only which explores feminist themes by observing the female-only compartments of Mumbai’s hectic trains.

Look for a special women-only screening and a 30th anniversary restoration version of Mississippi Masala with Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury.

The main program of the festival Too Desi Too Queer returns to HOME to explore the lives, experiences and well-being of South Asian LGBTQIA+ communities across the subcontinent and the diaspora, through a dynamic and thought-provoking selection of recent short films. A round table will take place after the films in the presence of two residents.

The festival is delighted to be the first to pioneer an ecology component.Save the planet‘ with Upstream Travel: Ganga and In Pursuit of Sustainability: Tales from South Asiaboth of which will be available on the festival’s online platform

The public can also attend the popular festival Satyajit Ray Short Film Competitiona rare chance to see the works of talented and emerging filmmakers who explore themes of the South Asian experience.

This year’s festival is capped off by Canadian basketball film Super Wellbeing Super Fan: Nav Bhatia’s Story.

This unique and uplifting documentary focuses on the life of Toronto Raptors’ biggest fan and the massive impact he had on the city’s basketball community.

This screening is supported by Manchester Giants who will host a Q&A with Nav Batia and producer Rinku Ghei following the screening. Nick Nurse, the current Toronto Raptors coach, was the Manchester Giants coach between 1998 and 2000.


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The actresses who swear by swimming to stay in shape Sun, 19 Jun 2022 14:05:04 +0000

Works as a full body workout

Swimming builds strength, endurance and tones muscles. There are several ways to swim such as backstroke, butterfly, freestyle, each of which focuses on different muscle groups.

Below are mentioned some muscles that work excessively during swimming

1. Abdominal and lower back muscles that stabilize the body in contoured positions.

2. The shoulder muscles which help the hands enter the water correctly and reach far.

3. Forearm muscles used when pulling through water to increase propulsion.

4. Upper back muscles that help maintain shoulder stability during swimming strokes.

5. The glutes and hamstrings help maintain balance in the body and propel it forward.

Improves cardiovascular and respiratory health

Swimming improves an individual’s heart and lung health. It is so beneficial to health that researchers believe it may even reduce the risk of death. It has been observed that swimmers live longer than others. Swimming has also been shown in some studies to help lower blood pressure and control sugar levels.

Swimming is an aerobic exercise that strengthens the heart, allowing more blood to flow freely. To get the maximum benefits and lower blood pressure, swimming for 30 minutes every day is beneficial. According to research, 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day or up to 2.5 hours a week is enough to maintain a healthy heart.

Swimming is beneficial for people with diabetes. It can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and help manage an individual’s blood sugar. Swimming increases insulin sensitivity which helps manage type 2 or gestational diabetes.

An effective way to burn calories

Swimming is one of the best exercises for losing weight and burning fat. It helps burn excess calories and increases metabolism. It is especially beneficial for abdominal strengthening and abdominal fat loss. Like all other types of cardiovascular exercise, swimming burns calories and can help a person lose weight. But unlike walking or jogging, swimming in water creates additional resistance, forcing you to use your muscles more. Swimming tones your upper, lower body and core at the same time, making it a full body workout. The breaststroke and butterfly, for example, work the shoulders, chest, and arms while the backstroke works the back, quads, and abs.

Improves sleep

Swimming can improve the quality of your sleep. A study in adults with insomnia found that swimming and other aerobic exercise improved both life and sleep.

Cinemalaya 2022 will screen feature films in August Fri, 17 Jun 2022 16:15:00 +0000

Posters of some of the films competing in the 2022 edition of the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival

I can’t have favorites. The fact that they are finally showing their films is already an accomplishment in itself,” said Jose Javier Reyes, director of competition and head of the follow-up committee of the 2022 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.

After a two-year wait following the series of lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cinemalaya will finally have a feature film category in its two-week run in August at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City.


Thirteen new feature films will be in competition from August 5 to 14. “These are made by finalists from the 2020 and 2021 editions who were unable to tour and exhibit their work due to the pandemic,” Reyes explained.

“I admire the persistence of these filmmakers in completing their works – and finally they will be able to exhibit their films in a public place with a real audience,” he added.

“A diverse set of stories,” the award-winning writer-director said when asked to share the type of stories featured in the 2022 lineup. debut of new filmmakers whose voices will hopefully shape the future directions of Filipino cinema.”

The following films will be in competition in this edition: “Argo” by TM Malones, “Ginhawa” by Christian Paolo Lat, “Blue Room” by Ma-an L. Asuncion-Dagñalan, “Batsoy” by Ronald Batallones, “12 Weeks” by Anna Isabelle Matutina. ,” Cynthia Cruz-Paz to “Retirada” by Milo Alto Paz, “Bakit ‘Di Mo Sabihin?” by Real Florido? “Angkas” by Rain Yamson II, “Kaluskos” by Roman Perez Jr, “Parole” by Briliant Juan, “Bula sa Langit” by Sheenly Gener, “Elehiya” by Manny Palo and “The Basketball Player” by Carlo Obispo.

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“Eternal Spring” award-winning premiere in Hollywood on June 15 Tue, 14 Jun 2022 00:42:43 +0000

The award-winning animated documentary “Eternal Spring” will premiere on June 15 at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, following its recent packed screenings in Poland and several major US cities, including New York and San Francisco.

Describing China’s continued crackdown on freedom of speech, assembly and belief, the documentary will premiere and screen at Dances with Films, an annual independent film festival in Los Angeles, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The film is based on a true story that happened twenty years ago. A group of people hijacked a state-run television broadcast in China to counter the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) hateful narrative about their meditation practice, Falun Gong, which focuses on the values ​​of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance.

Feeling threatened by its popularity, the CCP launched a campaign of systematic elimination in 1999, resulting in millions being held in prisons, labor camps and other facilities and hundreds of thousands tortured while incarcerated, according to the Falun Dafa Information Center.

The 2002 broadcast hiatus shocked the world and has been described by CNN as “one of Falun Gong’s most audacious to date.”

In the aftermath, the participants faced severe persecution, and some paid with their lives. To this day, the human rights abuses portrayed in the film still take place in China.

Director Jason Loftus is a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker and four-time Canadian Screen Award nominee. He is also the producer of several other acclaimed human rights films such as Ask No Questions, The Bleeding Edge and Human Harvest.

The 86-minute film took him about six years to complete, during which time he and his family were constantly harassed by the CCP.

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Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Jason Loftus, director of the new animated documentary “Eternal Spring,” in New York City on May 24, 2022. (Jack Wang/The Epoch Times)

Loftus will attend the premiere on Wednesday and take questions from the audience.

Previously, the film was also screened at film festivals in Canada, Greece, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The film won the Rogers Audience Award at the Hot Docs Film Festival last month and two awards at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in March.

For tickets, please visit the official Dances with Films website. To watch the trailer or learn more about the movie, please visit the official “Eternal Spring” website.

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Artist Daxiong in an image from the documentary “Eternal Spring,” which tells the story of a group of Chinese expats who brought uncensored information to China and its aftermath. (Courtesy of Lofty Sky Pictures)
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Independent Film Festival underway at JU Sat, 11 Jun 2022 16:19:00 +0000

On Friday, dignitaries and organizers raise the curtain on the 1st Jahangirnagar Independent Film Festival at Zahir Raihan Auditorium, Jahangirnagar University. — New Age Photo

A three-day film festival, titled 1st Jahangirnagar Independent Film Festival, kicked off at the Zahir Raihan Auditorium of Jahangirnagar University on Friday.

The Jahangirnagar University Teacher Student Centre, Jahangirnagar Cine Society, Jahangirnagar Film Movement and Zahir Raihan Film Sangsad jointly organized the festival.

The event presents a selection of short films, four feature films and workshops on cinema.

The organizers lifted the curtain on the film festival by screening two films named Chandrabati Kotha and Alatchakra at the auditorium. In addition, film producer Arifur Rahman led a workshop on film production and cinematographer Rashed Zaman led a workshop on cinematography on opening day.

Acclaimed filmmaker Nurul Alam Atique led a screenwriting workshop, Harun Or Rashid led a sound design workshop, and filmmaker Mohammad Touqir Islam led a seminar titled Director’s Talk on Saturday. Also, two films titled Nona Joler Kabbo and Rehana Maryam Noor were screened during the event.

The film festival will end today. Short films from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Portugal, Nepal, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Vietnam will be screened at the festival today.

In addition, the artist Manoj Pramanik will lead a seminar entitled Meet the Artist.

Festival coordinator Professor Manosh Chowdhury said filmmaker Kazi Hayat will receive a lifetime honor and the late renowned artist Humayun Faridi will be honored posthumously at the festival.

In addition, two other prizes will also be awarded in two categories. An award named in honor of former Secretary General of Jahangirnagar Cine Society, the late Ranjit Das Chowhan, will be given in the Best Young Film Producer category and an award named in honor of Jahangirnagar Film Movement activist, the late Faysal Rahman Kishor, will be awarded in the category entitled Best cinema.

The festival jury includes renowned filmmakers Nurul Alam Atique, Amitabh Reza Chowdhury and Proshoon Rahman.

Meanwhile, the organizers in collaboration with Bangladesh Film Archive organized an exhibition of old movie posters in the premises of Zahir Raihan Auditorium.

Interceptor: Netflix movie reaches No. 1 in the charts, but viewers call it ‘one of the worst’ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 08:28:26 +0000

There seems to be little logic behind the movies and TV shows that dominate Netflix’s Top 10 rankings.

Sometimes it’ll be the streaming service’s last original offering — other times it’s an arbitrary forgotten thriller from over a decade ago.

Interceptorthe film currently at the top of the Netflix chart in a number of countries, including the UK, falls into the first category.

Released on June 3, Interceptor follows an army captain (played by Elsa Pataky) who tries to avoid a missile attack on the United States.

Despite rising to the top of Netflix’s charts, the film received poor reviews, earning a score of 44% on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. In terms of audience reviews, the results are even worse, at just 26%.

On social media, viewers shared their thoughts on the film, with many condemning it as “one of Netflix’s worst”.

“If you have an hour 40 minutes of your life that you never want to come back from, watch Interceptor on Netflix this is pure crap,” one person wrote.

‘Interceptor’ has risen to the top of Netflix’s movie charts

(Brook Rushton/Netflix)

Interceptor was by far one of the worst movies I’ve seen on Netflix. Wow,” another unimpressed viewer wrote.

“If you’re looking for a movie to watch on Netflix, Interceptor should be avoided at all costs. I repeat, don’t go,” someone else warned.

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Some others, however, were more positive about the film.

Elsa Pataky as JJ Collins in “Interceptor”

(Brook Rushton/Netflix)

“Okay…that Interceptor The movie is one of the best I’ve seen on Netflix,” one person said.

“#Interceptor on #Netflix is ​​a chilling action movie. It has a tough-as-nails female head that stops a band of American terrorists from destroying the last interceptor base to enable nuclear strikes on American soil. The guys regulars give this movie shit. Don’t listen to them,” another wrote.

The interceptor is available to stream now on Netflix.

5 ways to promote your independent film production Tue, 07 Jun 2022 16:14:04 +0000

Creating an independent film is no easy task and launching a film without the backing of a major production house is a feat that all passionate filmmakers hope to achieve. However, despite the hard work you’ve put into writing, directing, and producing your independent film, you won’t be able to taste success if you don’t attempt to promote it successfully. Indeed, without your masterpiece getting a good promotion, people wouldn’t even know about it and as a result, you won’t receive any reception, no matter how good your movie is.

Therefore, in addition to focusing on the script and cinematography, you should also try to focus on your movie’s promotional activities. Without a good promotion strategy, your movie will fail. Below are six ways to promote your independent film production:

1) Create teasers and a trailer

Creating teasers and a trailer for your indie film should basically be a no-brainer. While teasers are basically short clips with little to no context shot and played during production, trailers are edited in post-production and feature a film’s premise, beginning, middle, and end. If you want to create buzz around your film from the start, you must invest time in creating eye-catching teasers which are followed by a trailer that further hooks your potential audience. You can share them on YouTube and other video sharing websites for increased reach.

2) Create a website and social media presence

Any business one gets into these days needs to have a social and digital presence to make it look like the real deal to its potential audience, and movies are no different. Since your indie film is not under the banner of a big production, you need to cover all your bases and maintain a presence on all social media platforms and create a website. You can use all these platforms to make important announcements about your movie, its releases and regular updates. You can also choose to run your blog on the said website and update the content throughout the production process.

3) Keep a dedicated blog

Whether this blog is dedicated to your production or a blog created specifically for your film and its release, you still need to manage and update a blog. The blog should function as a stage where you can promote your film and ideally showcase related content, such as the indie film’s creative process, inspiration, behind-the-scenes action, and thoughts from the cast and director. crew. . By conveying what happened in the film and its production, you would be able to seriously present your work as a producer and therefore increase the chances of your film’s success.

4) Focus on traditional marketing

In addition to the digital realm, you should also focus on traditional marketing materials for promoting your movie. Outdoor billboards, posters, newspaper and magazine ads, press releases, and articles in local newspapers are some of the common ways to do traditional marketing and promotion for your independent film. If you’re releasing your film in the United States, be aware that outdoor signs can be expensive, but incredibly effective. Make sure you get what you pay for by advertising in various places like phoenix billboards, Chicago, New York and other populated cities nationwide. Try to land interviews and spots on local news and radio stations to promote your film locally and nationally.

5) Get a spot at a film festival

For most indie films, the road to success starts with their attendance at a film festival, and you should be looking to get featured there as well. Film festivals open up films to additional avenues and audiences that would otherwise not be possible for them as independent feature films. Since film festivals bring together big names in the film fraternity, your featured film could contribute to making you known as a producer and help you catch the attention of industry A-listers. You might also collect reviews and ratings for your movie, and even win an award or two. Being featured at a film festival is basically coveted by many filmmakers and look for a festival that features a theme close to your film’s to increase your chances of landing a spot.


While promoting your freelance feature might seem like a daunting task at first, once you get the hang of it, you’ll find it more and more. Promoting movies can be a fun task to undertake, and having the chance to promote your hard work would bring you more joy than you can imagine. By implementing the above tips into your movie promotion strategy, you can get your movie out there in no time and hopefully achieve success as an independent film producer.