Saturday, November 10, 2018

20th Madurai Film Festival 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

Monday, November 5, 2018

20th Madurai Film Festivals : Sections

20th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018

6-10 Dec; multiple venues, Madurai



Around 80 films will be screened under the following sections.

1) Films from Tamilnadu

2) Rest of India

3) International films

4) Retrospective : Lalit Vachani

5) Artists Cinema : films by artists, painters and designers - curated by CS Venkiteswaran

6)  9 Pencinemakal : A Package of Nine Visual Experiences from Women - curated by Archana Padmini

7) Short films from Toto Funds the Arts

8) Director's Cut : Indian and international documentaries - curated by Amudhan R.P.


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.

GI (Fiction, 30 mins)
Director: Kunjila Mascillamani (Winner of the TOTO Short Film Award, 2018)
A Malayali woman and her ageing grandfather living in Kolkata are both in their
worlds of silence and sadness while being connected with a love so deep that
nobody seems to understand it. This film speaks about abuse and Hindutva, pain
and the bond between people.

20th Madurai Film Festival 2018: Director's Cut


20th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018

Director's Cut : curated by Amudhan R.P.



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

2) Amma (Dir: Neelan; India)

3) Perungadal Vettathu (Dir: Arul Ezhilan; 60 min; India)

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

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

6) The Slave Genesis (Dir: Aneez K Mappila; 64 min; India)

7) Palai / Landscapes of Longing (Dir: Jayakrishnan Subramanian; 28 Min; India / Germany)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

20th Madurai Film Festival 2018 : International Short Fiction

20th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018




International films : Short fiction

Following films have been shortlisted for screening.

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: Alexey Sashin; 15 min; Russia)

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

6) Hvalebna (Dir: Julia Trofimova; 12 min; Russia)

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

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

9) Otec

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

11) Parad

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

13) Mousse (Dir: John Hellberg; 41 min; Sweden)

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

20th Madurai Film Festival 2018 : International Documentaries

20th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018




International Documentaries : following films have been shortlisted for screening

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) Madmen (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)

20th Madurai Film Festival 2018 : Rest of India

20th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018



Rest of India : Documentaries 

Following films have been shortlisted for screening.

1) The Color of My Home (Dir: Fara Naqvi & Sanjay Barnela; 48 min)

2) Premji (Dir: Neelan; 82 min)

3) The Unreserved (Dir: Samarth Mahajan; 60 min)

4) Two Flags (Pankaj Rishi Kumar; 86 min)

5) Tin Satyi (Dir: Debalina; 51 min)

6) We, The People (Dir: Samarth Mahajan; 28 min)

7) Sapnas (Dir: Bhavani; 5 min)

8) The Tribal Scoop (Dir: Beeswaranjan Pradhan; 53 min)

9) We Have Not Come Here to Die (Dir: Deepa Dhanraj; 110 min)

10) Nagapattinam (Dir: Swarnavel Easwaran; 72 min)

11) Death Of Us (Dir: Vani Subramaniyan; 76 min)

12) Hora (Dir: Nachi; 23 min)

13) SD and His Times (Dir: Kasturi Basu & Mitali Biswas; 115 min)

14) Please Mind The Gap (Dir: Mitali Trivedi & Gagandeep Singh; 20 min)

15) Koothu (Dir: Sandhya Kumar; 52 min)

16) The Season in the Mist (Dir: Merajur Rahman Baruah; 34 min)

Rest of India : Short fiction

1) Santhana Gopala (Dir: Sandeep Ravindranath; 8 min)


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sarat Chandran Award for Tamil Documentaries!


Sarat Chandran Award for Tamil Documentaries

Sarat Chandran was a filmmaker, an activist and a wonderful friend from Kerala. He played a key role in starting and conducting Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival since 1998. He was a curator with political and cinematic commitment.

We are happy and privileged to constitute an award in Sarat’s name for Tamil documentaries as part of 20th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018.



Rules and regulations:
  • -          Documentaries about Tamilnadu made within last 24 months are welcome.
  • -          No restriction on duration
  • -          No restriction on themes  
  • -          Films should have subtitles in English
  • -          Entry fee : Rs.500/-
  • -          A selection committee will short list 10 films for the competition, on 15 October
  • -          A jury will select the winner during the film festival
  • -          Sarat Chandran Award will include a citation, trophy and a prize money of Rs.10,000/- (Rs. Ten thousand only)
  • -          Award will be given on 10th December 2018 at the film festival
  • -          Last date to send entries: 15 September 2018
  • -          Filled entry form and MP4 file of the film should be sent to marupakkamadurai@gmail.com

For entry form and other details:






Friday, July 6, 2018

20th Madurai Film Festival 2018 : Retrospective I - Lalit Vachani

20th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018

6-10 Dec 2018, Madurai



Retrospective I - Lalit Vachani

We are happy to share the news that we will have the retrospective of renowned filmmaker Lalit Vachani as part of the film festival.

Lalit Vachani will be with us during the film festival, presenting his films and taking part in the interactions with the audience.

Amudhan R.P.

20th Madurai Film Festival 2018 : Entries Invited!

20th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018

6-10 Dec 2018, Madurai

Organised by MARUPAKKAM

Entries Invited! (ENTRY FORM)



Rules and Regulations :

Categories: documentaries, short films, music videos and new media

Sections : International films, Rest of India and Films from Tamilnadu

No restriction on theme and genre

Non competitive film festival

No entry fee

No duration limit for documentaries

Short films should be 20 or less than 20 minutes

All the films should have English subtitles

Music videos should be 5 or less than 5 minutes

New media should be 3 or less than 3 minutes

All the entries should have been produced within last 24 months

Last date and check list

Last date to send entries 1st October 2018

List of selected films will be announced on 1st November 2018

Entries can be sent as DVDs or video files (MP4) along with duly filled entry forms

Only the films recommended by the official selection committee will be screened

Decision of the selection committee is final.

Filmmakers of the selected films, will be provided simple accommodation during the film festival in Madurai. We do not support travel and food expenses for the filmmakers.

Best wishes!

Amudhan R.P.
Festival Director
Madurai Film Festival


marupakkammadurai@gmail.com