2013

 
 
 

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILMS ON TRIBAL & CULTURE (IFFTAC) 2013

This festival covered a vast range of subjects concerning tribal population, religion, architecture, philosophy, traditions, mythology, history, life-style, food, costumes and ornaments and so much more. This festival was held in Bhopal.

Dances of Goa was honored to be selected for this Film Festival.

 


International Short Film Festival

IN THE PALACE is an international festival dedicated to short films under 27 minutes in length. It is held annually in the late June in the Black Sea town of Balchik. This year it was held from 29th June to 6th July 2013.

Established in 2003, the festival had grown from the competitive forum for students films into the largest and most prestigious short film festival in Bulgaria.

The festival aims to present the contemporary film art in Bulgaria, Europe and the world, contributing to its development and creating a favorable environment and platform for young filmmakers and established professionals.

The festival’s core are the International and National competitive programs, accompanied by various special screenings.

Also the Film Forge offers the perfect ground for film promotion and distribution. I participated this year with our new project. We had 7 minutes to pitch our project to the judges and producers present. Unfortunately I could not strike a co-production with Bulgaria. Still it was a good experience for me since it was the first time Lotus Film & TV Production pitched a project.

Over the years, the festival was attended by both prominent Bulgarian filmmakers and many significant representatives of the world cinema as the Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi, the producer and former head of 20th Century Fox Sandy Lieberson, the Academy Award winner for best original screenplay Pierre Bismuth, the legendary British producer Barry Hanson, and others.

This year I had the pleasure to meet Heinz Hermanns who in 1981 founded the cinema Eiszeit during the squatters movement in Berlin. In 1986 he directed the International Documentary Film Festival Berlin. From its beginning in 1982 until now, he directs the international short film festival and distribution Berlin – Interfilm. He co-directed the short film festival Pollicino in Catania, Italy/Sicily from 1990 to 1996.

He is the director and co-founder since 2001 of the super short film festival Going Underground held in the trains of the Berlin Subway – since 2011 also in the subway in Seoul, South Korea. He is also co-founder and curator of the Zebra poetry short film festival that since 2002 presents twice a year short films, which interpret poems.

He gave seminars on short film language for students and professionals in the USA, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Myanmar, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Madagascar, Kenya, Mozambique, Lebanon, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, England, Italy, Germany and this year in Balchik (Bulgaria).

He has a brilliant sense of humor and I enjoyed his workshop on short film language very much.

IN THE PALACE is organized by Format SFF Foundation and Community Centre Veshtina in partnership and with support of Balchik Municipality, the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, the Bulgarian National Film Centre and the State Culture Institute – Cultural Centre “The Palace”, Balchik, and is the first and only short film festival in Bulgaria, funded by the MEDIA program of the European Union.

Our TV Documentary “Dances of Goa” won the Audience Award and the experience of being on stage representing India and holding the prize was something I will never forget.

 

Certificate

Nalini Elvino de Sousa at the opening session
Info point where all the delegates got the updates of the festival everyday
Nalini Elvino de Sousa at the opening session
Info point where all the delegates got the updates of the festival everyday
Nalini Elvino de Sousa at the beach where every night they would screen movies
Nalini Elvino de Sousa with 2 of the organizers
Nalini Elvino de Sousa at the beach where every night they would screen movies
Nalini Elvino de Sousa with 2 of the organizers
Nalini Elvino de Sousa at the Q & A session (question and answer session, where the participants could ask the directors of the movies any question about their work)

Nalini Elvino de Sousa at the Q & A session (question and answer session, where the participants could ask the directors of the movies any question about their work)

Poster
Poster

Marathi Film Festival

"Paklo" - a short fiction movie won the second prize at the Marathi Film Festival. In the picture is the director of the movie - Aftab Khan Farooqui and the cameraman - John Lino. Lotus Film & TV Production was the producer.

Synopsis of the movie:

In the euphoria that followed Goa's takeover by India in 1961, many Goans burnt their Portuguese passports in public demonstrations organised by freedom fighters.

Fast forward to now, the number of applications by Goans for the same nationality has increased exponentially to a phenomenal figure and Portugal is pressured by the European Community to tighten up the Nationality law. Rightly so, because under the citizenship to descendants law,  a person born only yesterday but who had a grandfather born in Portuguese India before 1961, can apply for Portuguese nationality. 

Throwing cinematic light on this subject, this short and cleverly narrated film tells the story of a young village raised man who wishes to leave his India and move to Europe for better opportunities. His journey through the government offices in Goa and onto the streets of the world is portrayed through the color and humour of India in areas of Goa that seem like the shadow of beautiful Portugal. The film takes the face of a mind opening narrative, told through the life of this young ambitious Goan man. With culturally rich footage from both countries, it celebrates his linkage to Portugal while retaining, willingly or otherwise, his history with Indian citizenship.

The viewer is led through the veins of India and its larger than life characters, finally settling into the charming squares and coast of Portugal where a once world shy young man now opens the windows of his soul to the views of Europe and the rest of the world.

Paklo

 

 
   
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