The film is the most interesting and unnerving rigmarole of human emotions and relationships. A cab driver and his passenger go down the path of discussing fidelity and cheating. Once on the route with them, the viewer stumbles across sharp turns and ..,
Apart from writing and directing the critically acclaimed short films Aamad and Rewind, Neeraj has written the screenplay and story of Mere Dad Ki Maruti. He has also co-written the screenplay of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji. He worked as an assistant director on Ruchi Narain‘s Kal and Mudassar Aziz‘s Dulha Mil Gaya. He has previously written episodes for the TV series Gumrah End of Innocence for Channel V, and was recently the lead writer and second unit director on the series Home for ALT Balaji. He was the script consultant for the second season of Amazon’s Inside Edge, and subsequently was part of the writers’ room on its third season.
Diksha Jyote Routray
India. 2019. 18 min
Shalmali, a writer, is visited by her curious, new neighbour, who insists that she tell her a story of her own. But is it really a story or a disturbing tale of reality?
Red Velvet is a story that leaves you in conflict- you don’t want to believe that it is real, but all things indicate that it is. Sayani Gupta plays her character Shalmali Bhalla to perfection. Shalmali is a grey character, who is fed up of her situation, and when push comes to shove, opts to choose the lesser evil. But again, does she, really? Or is it just a story, a ploy to get rid of the annoying neighbour? The ambiguousness of the film is its attraction point and Sayani perfectly adapts it.
DIKSHA JYOTE ROUTRAY
Dikssha believes that everything begins with a good script…whether it’s a TV Commercial or a feature film. She started her career in advertising as a copywriter and has worked with some reputed advertising agencies in Delhi and Mumbai (Rediffusion, Law & Kenneth, Draft FCB, Everest brand solutions).
Filmography: The Ideal Bride (Short Film, Writer and Director), Red Velvet (Short Film) –Writer and Director, Andhadhun – Creative Producer, Badlapur (DA Sriram Raghavan)
Having found someone she likes, Maya is ready to commit to marriage under one non-negotiable condition: that her mother joinsthe household. The secret reason behind this requirement is awkwardly revealed during a loquacious exchange about love marriage over lunch between the two families.
“Maya” is an impressively well-paced and surprisingly affectingfamily drama without a single false note in characterizing the complex and contradictory emotions that arise when two headstrong yet interdependent women–a mother and a daughter– must embark on a new chapter in their lives. With naturalistic dialogue and resolute turns in narrative, director Vikas Chandra’s script hits pain points that although specific to this arrangement are relatable, precisely because of a universal collapse in what’s considered “normal” with regard to family, caring and love.
Vikas is a screenwriter and director based in Mumbai, India. Having grown up in a small town in eastern India, he strayed from his family ethos to join the unconventional “movie business.” He was a Sundance Screenwriters Lab (India) Fellow in 2012 and also a Finalist at Film London’s feature film scheme, Microwave International: Shakespeare India. Vikas was an associate creativeproducer on acclaimed director Dibakar Banerjee’s DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY and also Executive Producer on Banerjee’s segment in BOMBAY TALKIES (2013), an anthology film celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema. Vikas has written for UTV Bindass, Bloomberg, SABTV, Cartoon Network & Star India.
Bouma, set in the 1960s, follows the life of a lady living with her always complaining, always bickering, and always demanding husband Gobindo. However, he soon dies due to cancer. His widowed wife donates his body to a scientist and researcher, and when she visits the scientist to check on his husband’s organs, things take a dark (but hilarious) twist.
Kilkis, the Town of Owls
Morocco. 2018. 97 min
The Town of Owls is an isolated residential community situated in the High Atlas Mountains. It is inhabited by families and guards of a secret political prison camp, which remained out of history for a long time until the early 1990s. Guards spend their long days back and forth between the secret prison and the village, through a suspension bridge built upon a deep valley that connects the village with the fortress prison. The story is about people from different places with dissimilar destinies, yet coalesced together by a common fate that makes them realise that the Town of Owls is in fact a titanic prison in which everyone, including guards and residents, are held detainees.
Azlarabe Alaoui is Moroccan script writer, producer, and film director. He has a Ph.D. in visual writing. He is a professor of film directing in many academic institutions and is the president of the Centre of Film Studies and Research in Cinema in Morocco. He is also the director of two feature films Androman. Blood and Coal (2012) and Kilikis. The City of Owls (2018). He has produced 50 documentaries since 1998 including more than 20 documentaries for Al-Jazeera Documentary channel and a lot of television films and documentaries for the Moroccan television. His films won a myriad of national and international awards. He wrote a variety of critical articles and his book Critical Approach to the Visual Discourse in Morocco was published in 2017. Furthermore, he gives several professional workshops on film directing and documentary making in Morocco and abroad.
Srilanka. 2018. 98 min
A renowned filmmaker receives a mysterious call from an old college mate in the middle of the night. Asandhimitta, whom he recalls as a large and voluptuous woman, asks him to make a film based on her life. She then confesses that she was recently involved in a triple homicide of three women and is taken into custody shortly afterwards. Intrigued, the filmmaker attempts to piece together her fragmented story for a film while Asandhimitta herself awaits her fate in a local prison.
Asoka Handagama is considered as a leader of the third generation of Sri Lankan cinema. Studied Mathematics at the University of Kelaniya. He obtained his MSc in Development Economics at Warwick University in 1995. He is also the Assistant Governor of the Sri Lankan Central Bank. His films such as This is MyMoon(2000), Flying with One Wing (2002) always tend to explore new forms and narratives. Amiens International Film Festival, paid tribute to Asoka Handagama for his contribution to development of independent cinema in Asia, at its 33rd edition. His latest film LetHer Cry is his eight full-length feature.
Guardian of the Light
Kazakhstan. 2019. 90 min
After the end of the World War II, Soviet soldiers come to a small town in Germany. A lot of buildings are ruined and there are still sounds of bomb explosions and whistling bullets. Young Kazakh soldier saves an old civil German man from death and helps him to hide in a safe place. The old man gives him a bag with the most valuable thing that he has–a portable projector and some films. Thirty years later, the former soldier becomes a legendary figure. He travels to small distant villages and pastures to show films. He spends his life travelling from one village to another, from house to house. The children call him Tarzan, because of the film TARZAN that they like so much. But professional cinema theaters come to big and small cities replacing our Tarzan who moves to more remote villages.
Yermek Tursunov is a Kazakh novelist and award-winning filmmaker. His debut feature as writer and director, The Daughter-in-law (2009), premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. His 2012 feature The Old Man (2012) was Kazakhstan’s submission for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for a Russian Academy Award. It received two APSA nominations in 2013, for Best Cinematography and Best Actor. His other films as writer/director are Seven Days in May (2012), Kempyr (2014) and Kenzhe (2015). Tursunov has written many other feature films including Who are you, Mr Ka? (2010) and Late Love (2010). Famous for the many novels he has written, Tursunov has also translated many works of Kazakh literature.
Julie and the Demon of the Night
Czech Republic. 2019. 20 min
One day before meeting her father that she has never met, a half sleeping young woman leaves her apartment against her brother’s wishes. During the eclipse of the moon, she meets juvenile figures of her own unconsciousness and descends slowly into her fear of an unknown.
During 2007 to 2011, he received several awards for amateur and independent films in both domestic and international competitions. It was significantly influenced by his work for the Czech NationalFilm Archive Cinema. In 2012, started studying Prague’s FAMU. His first year’s film was scheduled to premiere at the BFI London festival.
Still Rolling: The DDLJ Story
Great Britain. 2016. 35 min
What makes a film do a record-breaking run of over 1000 weeks at the box office? A filmmaker takes a journey from London to Switzerland, to India to rediscover the magic of Bollywood’s longest running film ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’.
As a Filmmaker, Natashja has crewed on Feature Films, TV Shows and has directed and produced a number of Short Films and Documentaries that have travelled to festivals – including ‘Still Rolling’ the documentary on the popular Bollywood sensation ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’. Natashja has consulted and created content for notable Brands such as Roseate Hotels & Resorts, Belvedere, Kotak, Hero etc. and her work has been seen on platforms such as BBC Asian Network, Mediacorp, National Geographic and Condé Nast.
Great Britain. 2019. 15 min
Cadence runs away during an unwanted road trip with her mother. Looking through her binoculars leads her to an unexpected meeting with two refugees.
Hailing from a small town in Northern India-Kanpur, Rahul moved to Mumbai, a metropolis, at an early age and inculcated a best of both world. Interested in cinema from an early age, his influences include Satyajit Ray, Akira Kurosawa, Abbas Kiarostami, François Truffaut and Bahman Ghobadi. Centred on younger protagonists, his short-form work includes Story of a Lonely Goldfish and The Binoculars, the latter being his graduation film for the London Film School where he recently obtained an MA in Filmmaking. Currently, his feature-length documentary Three Losses shot over three countries is in post-production.