Thursday, December 6, 2018

20th Madurai Film Festival 2018 : Revised Schedule

Dear friends!

We have made few changes in the schedule due to unavoidable circumstances.

Please check the link below for the updated schedule.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Amudhan R.P.
Festival Director
20th Madurai Film Festival 2018

Revised Schedule 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

We Invite You!

20th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018
6-10 Dec; multiple venues, Madurai
Film Screenings, Interactions, Master Class & Special Lectures!



Organised by MARUPAKKAM in association with Lady Doak College, IDEAS, Madurai Media and Film Studies Academy, Sudar, Vidiyal, Department of Communications - Madurai Kamaraj University, Department of Tamil, School of Tamil, Indian Languages and Rural Arts - Gandhigram Rural Institute, Arul Anandhar College, Chithirakaarargal, PUCL, Yadhaartha Thiraipada Iyakkam, Kaleidoscope and LENS

Film Sections: 1) Films from Tamilnadu 2) Rest of India 3) International films - Short fiction 4) International Films - Documentaries 5) Retrospective – Lalit Vachani 6) Artists Cinema – Curated by CS Venkiteswaran 7) 9 Pen Cinemackal – curated by Archana Padmini  8) Student films from Michagan State Univerity – curated by Swarnavel Easwaran  9) TOTO Funds the Arts  10) Director’s Cut – curated by Amudhan R.P.



Venues and Dates* : Lady Doak College: 6 Dec; 10 am to 5 pm / IDEAS: 7 Dec; 10 am to 6 pm / Sudar: 8 Dec; 10 am to 1pm / Madurai Media and Film Studies Academy: 8 Dec; 10 am to 5:30 pm / 9 Dec; 10 am to 8:30 pm / Vidiyal; 9 Dec; 9.30 am to 4:30 pm / Madurai Kamaraj University: 10 Dec; 10 am to 5 pm / Arul Anandhar College: 10 Dec; 10 am to 6 pm / Gandhigram Rural Institute; 10 Dec; 10 am to 5 pm / Kaleidoscope: 6-10 Dec; 6 pm to 8.30 pm / LENS: 6-10 Dec; 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm (*Tentative schedule; subject to changes)



Master Class by Lalit Vachani, filmmaker
on 9th Dec at 10 am to 5 pm at Madurai Media and Film Studies Academy

Special lecture by Usha Ramanathan, advocate
On 8th Dec at 11 am at Lady Doak College / 5 pm at YMCA

Special Invitees: Lalit Vachani (filmmaker), Usha Ramanathan (advocate), Pankaj Rishi Kumar (filmmaker / mentor), C S Venkiteswaran (critic / curator / filmmaker), Swarnavel Easwaran (filmmaker / teacher), Vani Subramanian (filmmaker), Archana Padmini (actor / curator / filmmaker), Bhavani GS (painter), Arul Ezhilan (filmmaker / journalist), Malini Jeevaratnam (filmmaker) and Lekha Naidu (TOTO Funds the Arts)

For more info:
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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Retrospective - Lalit Vachani


20th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018

6-10 Dec; multiple venues; Madurai

Retrospective : Lalit Vachani



List of films

Lalit Vachani is a documentary filmmaker, producer and video editor. He is director of the New Delhi based Wide Eye Film. He studied at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in the US.

Lalit Vachani’s documentaries include The Starmaker (74 min; 1997 - about the business of ‘starmaking’ in the Hindi film industry); The Boy in the Branch (27 min; 1993) and its sequel, The Men in the Tree (98 min; 2002), are about the politics of the Hindu nationalist organization, the RSS; The Play Goes On - Natak Jari Hai (84 min; 2005) is about the Delhi based Left street theatre group, Jana Natya Manch; The Salt Stories (84 min; 2008), is a film that follows the trail of Mahatma Gandhi’s salt march in India after seventy years; Tales from Napa (26 min; 2010), is about a village that resisted Hindu fundamentalist forces during the 2002 riots in Gujarat, India; and An Ordinary Election (125 min; 2015), is an in-depth study of an Indian election campaign for a new political party - the AAP.

In 2007, he directed In Search of Gandhi as one of ten international filmmakers commissioned to make 52 min. films for the 'Why Democracy?' global television series which was broadcast across 35 international television channels, including ZDF/Arte in Germany, BBC and BBC World (UK), Arte (France), Canal + (Spain), SBS (Australia), NHK (Japan) and SABC (South Africa).

Vachani’s films have received grant awards from the Soros and Sundance Documentary Foundations, the Jan Vrijman Fund, and the India Foundation for the Arts.

Some of the venues and film festivals where his work has been shown are: Kino Arsenal, Berlin; Oberhausen International Short Film Festival and DOK-Leipzig in Germany; International Documentary Film Association (IDFA), Amsterdam; Festival International du Documentaire, Marseille; One World Human Rights Film Festival, Prague; Film South Asia, Kathmandu; Zanzibar International Film Festival in Tanzania; the Asian Social Forum, Hyderabad; the World Social Forum, Mumbai; MIAAC and the Queens Museum of Art, New York.

Vachani has taught on topics related to film analysis, media, politics and the documentary film at the Mass Communication Research Centre in Delhi, India; at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and at Amherst College in the USA.

He was a visiting scholar at the Center for Media, Culture and History at New York University in 1999, and Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Religious Diversity and at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg in Göttingen in 2011 and 2012.

Lalit Vachani now lives in Göttingen, Germany where he teaches courses on media and politics, the political documentary film and documentary theory and production at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) at the University of Göttingen.

Recently, Vachani completed his first documentary set in Germany.
The Last Days - Die letzten Tage (81 min; 2018; in German and English, with English subtitles) is a film about the last days of an emergency refugee centre in Sankt Andreasberg - a small town in the Harz mountains of Germany.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

9 Pencinemakal : A package of Nine Visual Experiences from Women - Curated by Archana Padmini

9 Pencinemakal’ : A Package of Nine Visual Experiences from Women

Curated by Archana Padmini

In association with Minimal Cinema



Every single film in this package of nine Malayalam short fictions is a different experimental attempt in the language of cinema. In the realm of cinematic visual language, they are a step ahead in their craft and narratives. Though, independent expressions of Malayali women from various socio-cultural backgrounds, every bit of this package do demonstrate an honest approach towards cinema as an art form. Regardless of their differences in storytelling, content, craft and inherent politics, all of them drew me to them as a viewer, owing to their genuineness in expression. Appreciating and celebrating gender equality is as important as discussing it. Thus, here we are creating a space for woman filmmakers and thereby bringing gender sensitivity in to the semantics of filmmaking.

List of films ; Archana Padmini

Saturday, November 3, 2018

20th Madurai Film Festival 2018 : Short films from TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS

20th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018

TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS
Short Films


This package of 8 short films comprises a selection of the best entries, both
documentary and fiction, submitted for the annual Toto Awards for Short Film since
2013. As the purpose of these awards (two are given every year) is to applaud
emerging talent, only Indian filmmakers between the ages of 18 and 29 are eligible
to apply for them. The films will be screened in chronological order, starting with the
first year of the awards and ending with the last.

A DREAM CALLED AMERICA (Documentary, 24 mins)
Director: Anoop Sathyan (Winner of the TOTO Short Film Award, 2013)


This is a documentary about Shahbaz, a 15-year-old boy from Gujarat. His father
Aftab makes a living repairing cycles on a footpath. Shahbaz has studied for a year
in the USA on a scholarship, where he was hosted by an American couple. He
returns to India with a changed attitude and perspective, having experienced a
much more comfortable and carefree life away from home. Now he yearns to go
back to the USA and settle there, putting his parents in a dilemma.

HAMARE GHAR (Fiction, 30 mins)
Director: Kislay (Winner of the TOTO Short Film Award, 2014)
Kamla works as a full-time maid in an upwardly mobile modern Indian family’s
home. The lady of the house is affectionate and regularly showers her with gifts and
old clothes. In this ‘modern’ home, there is no obvious violence or hierarchy but, as
Kamla slowly realises, it is concealed behind caring words and gestures of love.
The film explores class relationships in an atmosphere of love and affection.

A SUMMER FLU (Fiction, 17 mins)
Director: Priyanka Chhabra (Winner of the TOTO Short Film Award, 2014)


Wrapped in long afternoon siestas or stuck in an abandoned house, lie endless
pockets of time. Bright white walls carrying the shadows of pink bougainvillea
overlook desolate community parks. They say the hotter the summer, the sweeter
the mangoes. This film delicately balances the imagined and the real.

LITTLE HANDS (Fiction, 8 mins)
Director: Rohin Raveendran (Winner of the TOTO Short Film Award, 2015)


This film traces the stressful journey of a sixth-grade student, Jobin George, as he
sits through a difficult Maths examination. With hostile classmates all around, their
pencils in motion, and a strict teacher on the prowl, Jobin is forced to answer
several difficult questions, both about Maths and about life. Without uttering a single
word, the film makes you revisit the innocence of childhood and the unselfishness
of our younger selves.

MEMORIALS (Fiction, 24 mins)
Director: Korou Khundrakpam (Shortlisted for the TOTO Short Film Awards, 2016)


This film renders an evening in the life of K as he is nudged to deepen his
preoccupation with loss. Finding his pet fish dead on returning home, he responds
by enacting various rituals to trace an imprint of the life, the only testimony of which
will soon perish. Later, he is tempted to open an old almirah stuffed with the
belongings of his late father. The rituals continue to take new forms during the
course of the evening and attest to his nuanced relationship to death.

KURLI (Fiction, 17 mins)
Director: Natesh Hegde (Long-listed for the TOTO Short Film Awards, 2018)


Siddi Subba steals bananas from a landlord’s farm where he works as a servant.
On the same day, three children go to catch crabs in the same farm. Meanwhile, the
landlord and his son find a bunch of bananas hidden in a pit and realise that
someone has stolen it from their farm. Although one of his sons is accused of being
the culprit, Siddi Subba does not confess to his crime.

BISMAAR GHAR (Documentary, 26 mins)
Director: Shreyas Dasharathe (Winner of the TOTO Short Film Award, 2018)


A house gives us a sense of belonging. A symbol of its time and cultural milieu, it is
like a living, breathing being with a unique identity. This film explores how with
changing times and circumstances, we are moving towards a strange kind of
uniformity in the wake of ‘urbanism’ and ‘development’. And it is especially visible in
the most personal embodiment of our selves—our house.

DIVE (Documentary, 19 mins) Director: Archana Chandrashekar (Winner of the TOTO Short Film Award, 2017)


DIVE observes life under Ellis Bridge, Ahmedabad, and tells a story of displacement and survival through 10-year-old Manna’s daily romance with the river Sabarmati.

20th Madurai Film Festival 2018: Director's Cut

20th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018

6-10 Dec; multiple venues; Madurai

 Still from "The Slave Genesis" by Aneez Mappilla

Films Section # 9

Director's Cut - curated by Amudhan R.P. (festival director)

List of films (for detailed synopsis)

1) Battle of Bhima Koregaon
Dir: Somnath Waghmare; 49 min

2) Amma
Dir: Neelan; 36 min

3) Perungadal Vettathu
Dir: Arul Ezhilan; 60 min

4) Lock and Key
Dir: Shipi Gulati; 83 min

5) India's Forbidden Love
Dir: Sadhana Subramaniam; 25 min

6) The Slave Genenis
Dir: Aneez K Mappilla; 64 min

7) Palai / Landscapes of Longing
Dir: Jayakrishnan Subramanian; 28 min

8) Ladies and Gentlewomen
Dir: Malini Jeevaratnam; 46 min

9) Sapnas
Dir: Bhavani GS; 5 min

10) Some Stories Around Witches
Dir: Lipika Singh Darai; 44 min

For detailed synopsis 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

20th Madurai Film Festival 2018 : International Films

20th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018



International films - Documentaries : Final list 

(for detailed synopsis)

1) Humans Display (Dir: Lam Can-Zhao; 59 min; China)

2) Arlette, Courage is a Muscle (Katharina Diessner & Matilda Mester; 83 min; Central African Republic / Germany)

3) Dispossession (Dir: Mathieu Roy; 83 min; Canada)

4) Hear Me (Dir: Olga Arlauskas, Svetlana Gorlo; 90 min; Russia)

5) Nimble Fingers (Dir: Parsifal Reparato; 52 min; Vietnam / Italy)

6) Second Income (Dir: Gal Kedem; 54 min; Israel)

7) Bakurov (Dir: Yuliya Kiseloyova; 55 min; Russia)

8) Madman's Conspiracy (Dir:Algis Arlauskas; 50 min; Spain)

9) Copy Brad Pitt (Dir: Ariela Alush; 60 min; Israel)

10) Near the Railroad (Dir: Nora Fingscheidt & Simone Catharina; 63 min; Germany)

11) The Day Before Chinese New Year (Dir: Lam Can - Zhao; 23 min; China)





International films : Short fiction - Final list

(for detailed synopsis)

1) Fear (Dir: Alyona Poliyakova; 2 min; Russia)

2) Fire (Dir: Maria Shulgina; 14 min; Russia)

3) Good Day (Dir: Dasha Charusha; 18 min; Russia)

4) Innocent (Dir: Denis Simachov; 15 min; Russia)

5) Kin (Dir: Elen Nelidova; 30 min; Russia)

6) Eulogy for Denis K (Dir: Julia Trofimova; 12 min; Russia)

7) Teacher (Dir: Maxim Elagin; 14 min; Russia)

8) The Tree (Dir: Hava Mukhiyeva; 22 min; Russia)

9) The Typical Case (Dir: Daniil Gellar; 16 min; Russia)

10) Hand (Dir: Igor Marchenko; 23 min; Russia)

11) Mousse (Dir: John Hellberg; 30 min; Sweden)

12) Say Before (Dir: Nadezhda Krylova; 28 min; Russia)