Wednesday, November 24, 2010

NFAI and Film Preservation

You said in a press conference that out of the 43000 feature films that have been made in this country since the dawn of cinema, only 5000 have been preserved. What do you believe justifies this callous attitude towards our film heritage?

The tendency to preserve is not inherent in our culture. There is a clear lack of initiative in the field of archiving. There is also a lack of a proper series of steps being taken by the established authorities to educate the young generation of film lovers, or even the current members of the film fraternity.

Do you believe that this lackadaisical attitude also stems from a disinterest from a commercial standpoint in the preservation and later, exhibition, of these films?

I believe that these films, once released, will definitely find a commercial audience. There is an also a sustained effort from our side (NFAI) to upgrade these films to more updated formats – for instance, the present edition of IFFI features an exhibition of 5 obscure Indian films – includingRojulu Marayi, Marthanda Varma, Ashok Kumar and Parwana, in their blu-ray versions.

So there is an audience out there. And you have updated films to contemporary formats. Will we see them commercially releasing anytime soon then?

No. Because currently, there are too many glitches in the process to allow one of these old films to release in theatres smoothly. NFAI only preserves these films. We do not hold the copyright to them. The copyright is still held by the producers of the film, and even if we were to enter a profit-sharing partnership with them, the process itself is ridden with just too many roadblocks. Most of them are third-generation inheritors of a film that was made, say, in the 1940s, and while they are ready to let go of a film, they refuse to let go of a legacy. READ MORE

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

3rd Global FIlm Festival, Noida

International Film & Television Club (IFTC) is organizing the 3rd Global Film Festival; Noida from 12 to 14th November, 2010 at Marwah Studios, Film City, Noida.

The film festival will be focusing on the theme of children this year by bringing in films from diverse country such as Iran, France, America, Spain and U.K. The opening film of festival will be a Japanese Anime film, Nitobeh and the closing will be a Spanish Masterpiece Spirit of the beehive.

The festival is also organizing seminars and workshops that will be held throughout the 3 days. The prominent topics to be explored in seminars are Commercial Viability of Children Films (Headed by renowned director Mr. Sudhir Mishra), Are animation films for children only (by Mr. Kundan Shah) and How to make children films available in Multiplexes (By Ms. Sai Paranjpye). The workshops will be held on Delhi: A venue for shooting films, Cinema and social Responsibility and Children Films not a child’s play to be taken by Mr. Sudhir Mishra, Mr. Kundan Shah and Ms. Sai Paranjpye respectively.

Each day will also have networking lunch open for all attendees along with dinner. Attendees and students will have the opportunity to interact with film directors.

The film festival has been programmed by Cine Darbaar. The festival on children has been programmed keeping in mind the various facets of childhood- its confusions, the first love, generation gap & the general cheerfulness of it all. Cine Darbaar has been programming various such festivals throughout the city and is engrossed in creating a space for good cinema in the country.

Global Film Festival is the only film festival in NCR that offers international cinema. IFTC has been engaged in promoting cinema by conducting seminars, symposiums, national & international film festivals. Previously organized editions include focus on peace and spirituality in 2008 & Documentary films in 2009, which brought world cinema to the city Noida successfully.

12th November, 2010 10:30 AM
Nitobah, Japan,
12th November, 2010, 2:30 PM
Blue Umbrella by Vishal Bharadwaj, India, 2006, 90 Min
12th November, 2010, 4:00 PM
400 Blows by Francois Truffaut, France, 1959, 99 Min
12th November, 2010, 6:30 PM
Ivan’s Childhood by Andrei Tarkovsky, Russia, 1962, 95 Min.
13th November, 2010, 12:00 PM
The Bicycle Thieves by Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 93 Min 1948
13th November, 2010, 4:00 PM
Baduk by Majid Majidi, Iran, 1992, 90 Min.
13th November, 2010, 6:30 PM
Mouchette by Robert Bresson, France, 1967, 78 Min
14th November, 2010, 12:00 PM
Kirikou et les sauvages by Ocelot Michel, France, 2000, 75 Min
14th November, 2010, 4:00 PM
Bellisimia, by Luchino Visconti, Italy, 1951, 115 Min
14th November, 2010, 6:30 PM
The Spirit of the beehive by Victor Erice, Spain, 1973, 97 Min