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Circular No. 16/20 dt. 28 June 2020
Sub: FipresciIndia Webinar Session-I

Dear Colleagues,
 
As informed earlier, FipresciIndia Webinar Session-I has successfully been hosted today evening from 6.00 PM to 7.37 PM (total 97 minutes) where exactly 226 participants joined directly and many others watched the live broadcast. Thanks to G P Ramachandran, Madhu Eravankara, Manoj Barpujari, Namrata Joshi, Shubhra Gupta and Vidyashankar for sparing their valuable time for the session. 

Members who have missed the session may now watch it according to their convenience at the following link of the YouTube Channel of FipresciIndia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ6B8pivErA&t=6s  

Regards
Premendra
Secretary
FipresciIndia

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Circular No. 15/20 dt. 28 June 2020
Sub: E-CineIndia April-June 2020 Issue
 
 
Dear Colleagues,
 
We just have published the April-June 2020 Issue of E-CineIndia which you may access @ http://www.fipresciindia.online/e-cineindia-april-june-2020/ 

Index of the issue is given below for your ready reference.

Any observation/ suggestion will be highly appreciated.

Best Regards
Premendra Mazumder
Secretary, FIPRESCIIndia 
 
E-CineIndia
ISSN: 2582-2500

April-June 2020
 
INDEX
 
Satyajit Ray Centenary Tribute
  • Ujjal Chakraborty- Satyajit Ray: Understanding Him through the Films He Abandoned
Article
  • Martin Botha- Vilians or Victims: LGBTIQ Characters in Post-Apartheid Cinema
  • Someswar Bhowmik- Girish Karnad: The Suave Showman
  • Rwita Dutta- Memorabilia City and Romance: Rendezvous with Basu Chatterji Films
  • Debjani Halder- Deconstruction of Motherhood in Indian Parallel Cinema
  • Dipsikha Bhagawati- Belles Letters in Filmdom: T. S. Eliot Murder in the Cathedral
  • Labanya Dey- Cinema: The Dialectic of Reality and Fiction with the World of Abbas Kiarostami  
  • Bitopan Borborah- A Cinema Prayer and Tarkovsky’s Idea of Cinema
  • Sayantan Dutta- Voice of History, Voice of Past: Certain Tendencies of the Soundtracks of Ritwik Ghatak’s Films
  • Mausumi Bhattacharyya- Growth of OTT in India: The Covid Factor
  • Manoj Barpujari- Effects of Pandemic and Cinema 
  • Amit Tyagi- The Legacy of Prabhat Studios   
  • Meghachandra Kongbam- Cinema and Manipuri Literature
  • Madhu Eravankara- Wither Film Culture
  • Ranjita Biswas- Phillip Noyce: Director of Many Moods
  • Parthajit Baruah-The Socio-Political Dynamics of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s Films: An Exploration
  • Lassaad Dkhili- 30 Years and A Revolution: Two or three things about Tunisian Cinema
  • Philip Cheah- Cinema of Singapore 2019
  • Chang Seok Yong- Panoramic Reflection on Korean Cinema in 2019
  • Daniel Domínguez- New Documentary Filmmakers in Panama Define Music as a Vehicle of Heritage and Identity
Essay
  • Monia Acciari- From Trash to Shelves
  • Ananya Adhikary- Grants and Labs Where We Stand
  • Diganta Dey- Ray’s Film Two: An Overview
  • J Geetha- My Praxis
 
Review
  • Premchand-The Run and Rise of Kalyani and J.Geetha 
  • Utpal Datta- Ahaa Re: Love, Loneliness and Protest
  • S Viswanath- Gantumoote: Fallaciousness of the (Fe)Male Gaze
 
Tribute
  • Aijaz Gul- A Tribute to Iconic Sabiha Khanum
  • Ankan Rajkumar- Irrfan Khan A Journey in Bollywood and Beyond
Interview
  • Premendra Mazumder- In Conversation with Aruna Vasudev
 
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Circular No. 14/20 dt. 24 June 2020
Sub: Webinar Session-I

 
Dear Colleagues,
 
EC has decided to organize a series of Webinars on various aspects of cinema. Here is the schedule of the 1st session.
FipresciIndia Webinar Session-I  
Date: 28th June Sunday 6.00 PM to 7.00 PM  
Topic: Present Crisis of the Film Industry and the Role of Government.
 
Speakers: Madhu Eravankara, Manoj Barpujari, Namrata Joshi, Shubhra Gupta, Vidyashankar N.
Moderator: G P Ramachandran.
 
Please share the above Link among your friends/ acquaintances/ students/ film enthusiasts through social media. A poster is also attached for the same purpose.
Details of the next sessions will be communicated as soon as the EC decides in due time.
 
Regards,
Premendra Mazumder
Secretary, FipresciIndia
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Circular No. 13/20 dt. 28 April 2020
Sub: Grand-Prix 2019: Voting Procedure
 

Dear Colleagues,

We have received some queries on the modus operandi of the voting procedure for the FipresciIndia Grand-Prix for the Best Indian Feature Film of 2019. Here are the clarifications:
Step:1
All members were requested to suggest the titles of the films of their choice released in theaters or premiered in festivals anywhere in the world between 1 Jan 2019 and 31 Dec 2019. All suggestions were taken into account and the directors were contacted to send the preview links with passwords for evaluation by our members in confidence. Most of them obliged. Accordingly 39 films were enlisted with preview links and passwords.
Step:2
Every member nominated 10 titles (max) and on the basis of the maximum number of nominations received, 20 films were short listed by the EC after scrutinizing all the nominations thoroughly.
Step:3
Every member is nominating 05 titles (max) strictly on the preferential basis which will be checked and marked by the EC as per following formula decided by the EC:
1st preference= 5 marks
2nd preference= 4 marks 
3rd preference= 3 marks 
4th preference= 2 marks 
5th preference= 1 mark
The film which gets maximum marks will be declared as the winner. 
 
EC will take decision after scrutinizing all nominations being sent by the members. 
 
Members, who have not yet sent their final nominations, are requested to comply ASAP.
 
Best Regards
Premendra Mazumder
Secretary, FIPRESCIIndia 
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Circular No. 12/20 dt. 16 April 2020
Sub: Grand-Prix 2019: Final Round of Voting

Dear Colleagues,

Thanks for your all out support . 

The EC has carefully checked all nominations and finalized following 20 films, on the basis of maximum number of nominations received, for the final round of voting (please see the list below in alphabetic order). 
Kindly select 05 films out of the following list, strictly on preferential basis. 
Please note that you may select maximum 05 films according to your personal preference and there is no minimum limit. 
Please send your preferences directly to the undersigned (without marking copies to others) by 30th April 2020.

Best Regards
Premendra Mazumder
Secretary, FIPRESCI-India 

FILMS SELECTED FOR THE FINAL ROUND OF VOTING

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Film

01

Aamis/ Ravening (Assamese) by: Bhaskar Hazarika.

02

Aanandi Gopal (Marathi) by: Sameer Vidwans.

03

Aani Maani (Hindi) by: Fahim Irshaad.

04

Aise Hee/ Just Like That (Hindi) by: Kislay Gonzalvez.

05

Article 15 (Hindi) by: Anubhav Sinha.

06

Binisutoy/ Without Strings (Bengali) by: Atanu Ghosh.

07

Biriyani/ Flavours of Flesh (Malayalam) by: Sajin Babu.

08

Bombay Rose (Bambaiyya) by: Gitanjali Rao.

09

Chola (Malayalam) by: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan.

10

Eeb Allay Ooo! (Hindi) by: Prateek Vats.

11

Gamak Ghar (Maithili) by: Achal Mishra.

12

Ghawre Bairey Aaj/ The Home and The World Today (Bengali) by: Aparna Sen.

13

Hellaro (Gujrati) by: Abhishek Shah.

14

Iewduh/ Market (Khasi) by: Pradip Kurbah.

15

Jallikattu (Malayalam) by: Lijo Jose Pellissery.

16

Kumbalangi Nights (Malayalam) by: Madhu C. Narayanan.

17

Maadathy/ An Unfairy Tale (Tamil) by: Leena Manimekalai.

18

Run Kalyani (Malayalam) by: Geetha J.

19

Super Deluxe (Tamil) by: Thiagarajan Kumararaja.

20

Veyilmarangal/ Trees Under the Sun (Malayalam) by: Bijukumar Damodaran.

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Circular No. 11/20 dt. 09 April 2020
Sub: E-CineIndia Jan-Mar 2020 Issue

Dear Colleagues,

We just have published the Jan-Mar 2020 Issue of E-CineIndia @ http://www.fipresci-india.online/e-cine-india/

You may get the issue directly @ http://www.fipresci-india.online/ecineindia-jan-mar-2020/ 

Index of the issue is given below for your ready reference.

Any observation/ suggestion will be highly appreciated.

Best Regards
Premendra Mazumder
Secretary, FIPRESCI-India 

E-CineIndia (Jan-Mar 2020)
ISSN. 2582-2500

INDEX

Article

  • Martin P. Botha> A Link with Africa: Oral Storytelling in post-apartheid cinema
  • Debjani Halder> The Desire of Unconscious: Depiction of Dream Sequence in Indian Parallel Cinema (1950s to 1980s)
  • MK Raghavendra> The Paucity of ‘Science Fiction’ in Indian Cinema
  • Indranil Bhattacharya> Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao
  • Meghachandra Kongbam> Aribam Syam Sharma: A Genius of Indian Cinema
  • Nandana Bose> Bong Joon-ho, Cinephilia and Post-1990s: New Korean Cinema
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Memoir

  • Italo Spinelli> Bernardo Bertolucci

FIPRESCI-Jury Report

  • Madhu Eravankara> Dhaka International Film Festival 2020
  • S. R. Ashok Kumar> Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

Film Review

  • Aijazz Gul> Pakistani Films of 2019
  • Ruben Peralta Rigaud>Joker:The New Face of Millennial Anarchy
  • Anuradha Kunda>Sweater:The New Woman in Bengali Cinema
  • Latika Padgaonkar>Market: A New Day Dawns
  • Pradip Biswas>The Red Phallus:A Metaphorical Film
  • Rekha Deshpande>Kastoori-The Musk:A Hard hitting Documentation

Book Review

  • Siladitya Sen> Opening the Door to Newer Understandings

Festival Review

  • Pinky Brahma Choudhury> Documentary Films from Northeast India in Yamagata International Film Festival
  • S Viswanath> Fascinating Films in 50th International Film Festival of India
  • Manoj Barpujari> Gaining Strength to Strength: An Overview of 18th Dhaka International Film Festival
  • Roopa Barua> 1st Busan International Animal Rights Film Festival

Essay

  • Sudhir Nandgaonkar> Fifty Years of Indian Parallel Cinema
  • Deyali Mukherjee> Challenges in Independent Filmmaking
  • Utpal Datta> Fifty Golden Years of Dr. Bezbaruah
  • Ananya Adhikary> North Bengal in Cinema
  • Diganta Dey> Film Tourism in India

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Circular No. 10/20 dt. 19 Feb 2020
Sub: Felicitation & Seminar at BIFFES 2020

Dear Colleagues,

As per decision of the GB Meeting held on 24 Nov. 2019 in Goa, Fipresci-India will felicitate its former Presidents Ms. Aruna Vasudev, Mr. Sudhir Nandgaonkar and Mr. H N Narahari Rao during the 12th Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES) for their memorable contributions to the organization. 
Mr. N Vidyashankar, the Artistic Director of  BIFFES, has kindly agreed to host the program (please see below).
This is for your kind information.

Best Regards
Premendra
Secretary

Fipresci-India 

Felicitation Program and Seminar in BIFFES 2020
Date & Time: 2nd March Monday 4 PM to 5PM
Venue: Screen-III, Orion, Bengaluru
Felicitation of: Ms. Aruna Vaudev, Mr. Sudhir Nandgaonkar and Mr. H N Narahari Rao.
Seminar: Role of the Film Critics for Promotion of Film Festivals.

Speakers:  

Ms. Aruna Vaudev (Founder Director, Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema Delhi)
Mr. Sudhir Nandgaonkar  (Founder Director, Third Eye Asian Film Festival Mumbai)
Mr. H N Narahari Rao  (Founder Director, Bangalore International Film Festival)
Mr. N Vidyashankar (Artistic Director, Bangalore International Film Festival)
Mr. Ashok Rane (Director, Aurangabad International Film Festival)

Chair: 

Mr. V K Joseph, President Fipresci-India

Admission:

  • All Fipresci Members attending the Festival in different capacities.
  • All Jury Members and other Dignitaries attending the Festival.
  • Press & Media Representatives covering the Festival. 
  • Interested Delegates attending the Festival (as per availability of seats).

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Circular No. 9/20 dt. 18 Feb 2020
Sub: Fipresci-India Jury in 15th International Film Festival of Thrissur

Dear Colleagues,

Fipresci-India National Critics Jury is being installed in the 15th International Film Festival of Thrissur to be held from 6 to 12 March 2020 at Thrissur, Kerala. As this is the first time we are installing the jury in this festival, as per request of the festival authorities, the EC has composed the jury with Madhu Eravankara, Prem Chand and Premendra Mazumder. The jury will judge one best film for the ‘Fipresci-India Critics Jury Award’ from the 11 Indian feature films contesting in different sections of the festival.

This is for your kind information.

Best Regards
Premendra Mazumder
Secretary, Fipresci-India

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Circular No.8/20 dt. 13 Feb 2020
Sub: Fipresci-India Jury Award in 7th Aurangabad International Film Festival

Dear Members,

The Fipresci-India Jury, composed with V K Joseph as Chairman and Rekha Deshpande and Namrata Joshi as Members, has conferred the Fipresci-India Jury Award to MAADATHY: AN UNFAIRY TALE  (Tamil, 2019, 90M) directed by Leena Manimekalai and the Special Jury Mention to KASTOORI: THE MUSK (Marathi & Hindi, 2019, 100M) directed by Vinod Kamble in the 7th Aurangabad International Film Festival (5-9 February 2020). The certificates of awards (images attached) were handed over to the recipients in the very colorful closing ceremony of the festival held on 9 Feb. 2020 at Aurangabad.

This is for your kind information.

Best Regards
Premendra Mazumder
Secretary, Fipresci-India

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Circular No.7/20 dt. 7 Feb 2020
Sub: Nominations for Fipresci-India Grand Prix 2019

Dear Members,

Here is the list of 39 Indian feature films in alphabetic order nominated for the final round of selection for Fipresci-India Grand-Prix 2019. This list has been prepared on the basis of recommendations by our members who responded with their suggestions and assistance. 
Please enjoy the films and kindly send your Top-10 nominations (not mandatorily from this list) in confidence on the basis of your preferences by 29 Feb 2020. 
If any of your choice is out of the list, please send the preview link or print source for sharing with others immediately. 
Looking forward to your kind cooperation.

Best Regards
Premendra Mazumder
Secretary, Fipresci-India

Nominations for Fipresci-India Grand Prix 

For the Best Indian Feature Film of 2019

  • A Day A Night (Malayalam) by: Prathap Joseph.
  • Aadhaar (Hindi) by: Suman Ghosh.
  • Aamis/ Ravening (Assamese) by: Bhaskar Hazarika.
  • Aanandi Gopal (Marathi) by: Sameer Vidwans.
  • Aani Maani (Hindi) by: Fahim Irshaad.
  • Ahaa Re/ The Two Lovers (Bengali) by: Ranjan Ghosh.
  • Aise Hee/ Just Like That (Hindi) by: Kislay Gonzalvez.
  • Article 15 (Hindi) by: Anubhav Sinha.
  • Axone (Hindi/English) by: Nicholas Kharkongor.
  • Binisutoy/ Without Strings (Bengali) by: Atanu Ghosh.
  • Biriyani/ Flavours of Flesh (Malayalam) by: Sajin Babu.
  • Bombay Rose (Bambaiyya) by: Gitanjali Rao.
  • Chola (Malayalam) by: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan.
  • Eeb Allay Ooo! (Hindi) by: Prateek Vats.
  • Gamak Ghar (Maithili) by: Achal Mishra.
  • Ghawre Bairey Aaj/ The Home and The World Today (Bengali) by: Aparna Sen.
  • Gully Boy (Hindi) by: Zoya Akhtar.
  • Hellaro (Gujrati) by: Abhishek Shah.
  • Iewduh/ Market (Khasi) by: Pradip Kurbah.
  • Ishque/ Not a Love Story (Malayalam) by: Anu Manohar.
  • Jallikattu (Malayalam) by: Lijo Jose Pellissery.
  • Jonaki Porua/ Fireflies (Assamese) by: Prakash Deka aka.
  • Kenjira (Paniya) by: Manoj Kana.
  • Kumbalangi Nights (Malayalam) by: Madhu C. Narayanan.
  • Maadathy/ An Unfairy Tale (Tamil) by: Leena Manimekalai.
  • Nimtoh/ Invitation (Nepali) by: Saurav Rai.
  • Pandam Amada/ In Pursuit Of (Manipuri) by: Oinam Gautam.
  • Parcel (Bengali) by: Indrasis Acharya.
  • Ranj/ Slow Burn (Punjabi, Hindi & Haryanvi) by: Sunit Sinha.
  • Robibaar/ On A Sunday (Bengali) by: Atanu Ghosh.
  • Run Kalyani (Malayalam) by: Geetha J.
  • Silencer (Malayalam) by: Priyanandanan.
  • Stand Up (Malayalam) by: Vidhu Vincent.
  • Sunetra / The Pretty Eyed Girl (Malayalam) by: Satish Babusenan & Santosh Babusenan.
  • Super Deluxe (Tamil) by: Thiagarajan Kumararaja.
  • The Lift Boy (Hindi) by: Jonathan Prince Augustin.
  • Uyare/ Rise (Malayalam) by: Manu Ashokan.
  • Veyilmarangal/ Trees Under the Sun (Malayalam) by: Bijukumar Damodaran.
  • Vrithakrithiyulla Chathuram/ A Minor Inconvenience (Malayalam) by: Krishand. 

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Circular No. 6/20 dt. 3 Feb 2020
Sub: Seminar on Film Criticism in Aurangabad

Dear Members,

As per our proposal, the authorities of 7th Aurangabad International Film Festival has kindly agreed to host the Fipresci-India Seminar on Film Criticism on 9th Feb. 2020 Sunday 11.00AM at Vinoba Bhawe Hall, Aurangabad in collaboration with the MGM College of Journalism and Mass Communication on the Topic ‘Writing on Cinema & Film Criticism’. V K Jospeh, Rekha Deshpande, Namrata Joshi, Sachin Chatte, Ashok Rane and the undersigned, who are attending the festival on different capacities, will take part in the seminar. 
This is for your information. 
Premendra Mazumder
Secretary, Fipresci-India

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Circular No. 5/20 dt. 03 Feb 2020
Sub: Restoration of the Ancestral Houses of Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen

Dear Members,

As all of you are the professional film critics working in different media houses as regular columnists or as freelancers, we would like to bring the following press release to your kind notice for giving the issue its due importance through your columns whenever and wherever possible.
If it is published somewhere, please mail the link of the soft copy or an image of the hard copy to the undersigned for doing the needful.

Best Regards
Premendra Mazumder
Secretary, Fipresci-India 

PRESS RELEASE

Kolkata, 31 January 2020

Demand for Restoration of the Ancestral Houses of Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen

Federation of Film Societies of India, the apex body of the huge film societies network of the country (founded by Satyajit Ray in 1959) in its Central Executive Committee Meeting held on 30 January 2020 in Kolkata, has decided to initiate an international campaign for restoration of the ancestral houses of the great masters Satyajit Ray, RitwikGhatak and Mrinal Sen.
Satyajit Ray’s ancestral house is at Mashua, Katiyadi, Kishoreganj which is about 115 KM North-East from Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. This property is now in a dilapidated condition (photo attached). Film activists of Dhaka has appealed to the Govt. through the District Administration for immediate renovation and preservation of this house. No action has yet been taken in this regard.
Ritwik Ghatak’s ancestral house at Rajshahi (photo attached) is about 245 KM North West from Dhaka. Ghatak spent his childhood and young age at Rajshahi and studied in Rajshahi College. Ghatak family had to leave East Pakistan from this house in 1948. The river Padma in Rajshahi was his most favorite. The property was leased out in 1987-88 by the Military Government of Md. Ershad to a private Homeopathic college who demolished most of the old structures to build up a very bad shaped college building. Presently they have demolished another room of Ghatak’s ancestors to make a bicycle garage. Entire film and cultural community of Rajshahi and Dhaka came on street to protest against that misdeed. Human chains were formed in Rajshahi, Dhaka and Toronto in the last week of December (photo attached) to register the protest where many important filmmakers, film scholars, college and university teachers, students, activists took part. Eminent film personalities of Bangladesh like Tanvir Mokammel, Morshedul Islam, Nasiruddin Yusuf Bacchu, Shameem Akhtar and many others protested on street and signed the petition to Government not only to save Ghatak’s ancestral house but also to save other two ancestral houses of Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen.
Mrinal Sen’s ancestral house at Jhiltuli, Faridpur is about 130 KM West from Dhaka (photo attached). The house is now under the disposal of a private owner. Most of the property has been demolished to build up new construction. Still the original house is there which could be renovated and preserved. Film activists of Dhaka are demanding for the same but there is no reaction from Govt.
Federation of Film Societies India has decided to take up the issue to the international level so that the Bangladesh Government gives due importance to preserve all these three properties owned by the ancestors of the great Masters like Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen for historical purpose. The issue will be brought to the notice of the Ministry of Culture Government of India, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage and UNESCO for doing the needful at their concerned level. 
Premendra Mazumder, Vice President of the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI) and the Asia Pacific Secretary of the International Federation of Film Societies (IFFS) has been entrusted with the responsibilities to take up the issue at the international forum of IFFS for supporting the demand of FFSI.   

Amitava Ghosh
General Secretary
Federation of Film Societies of India
Central Office
C-7 Bharat Bhavan 2nd Floor
3 Chittranjan Avenue, Kolkata 700072

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Circular No 4/20 dt. 02 Feb 2020 Sub: Letter from the FIPRESCI President

Dear Members,

I am forwarding the mail from Isabelle Danel, President of the FIPRESCI which is self explanatory. For your ready reference, I am highlighting the main contentions of the letter of the President:

Fipresci should not be treated as a travel agency.
Membership fee is mandatory.
National Section is responsible for the jury proposed by them in every respect.
A letter of motivation is important to justify the jury application.
Jury application should be sent only when the applicant is confirmed to go and stay for the entire period irrespective of the fact when the jury confirmation is received. 
Jury report should be sent immediately after the festival is over.
This is now obligatory to the EC to abide by the aforesaid directives.

Looking forward to your kind cooperation.

Best Regards
Premendra Mazumder
Secretary, Fipresci-India

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Klaus Eder <info@fipresci.org>
Date: Fri, Jan 31, 2020 at 6:32 PM
Subject: Letter from the President
To: <pmfilm@gmail.com>

To the national sections of FIPRESCI
Isabelle Danel, President of FIPRESCI, addresses the members with New Year wishes.

Dear Members, dear Friends,

I send you my best wishes for 2020.
Let’s hope that journalism and cinema criticism will survive these difficult times and remain strong and bright and useful, against all odds.
I also want to remind you of our duties as FIPRESCI members.
FIPRESCI is not a travel agency, Taking part in juries at international festivals gives us a place where we raise the flag for us and our work. If we don’t defend this place nobody will do it on our behalf, and festivals will stop to invite us.
Membership fees are mandatory.
National associations are responsible for the critics they propose for our juries. Send always a letter of motivation (fancying the country or the city is not enough) and be as respectful to others as you’d want others to be to you.
Apply for a jury only when you are sure to attend the whole festival, even if the confirmation of participation arrives sometimes long after applying.
Send your text in English for our website as soon as the festival ends. It needs to be language-edited by our team of native speakers and copy-edited before finding its way to the FIPRESCI Web Site.
FIPRESCI is a wonderful association. It functions because of the good will of all of us. Together we can keep it alive.

Thank you.

Isabelle Danel
President of the FIPRESCI       

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Circular No 3/20 dt. 08 January 2020 Reg. Fipresci-India Grand Prix for the Best Indian Feature Film of 2019 

Dear Colleagues,

The EC has decided to introduce ‘Fipresci-India Grand Prix for the Best Indian Feature Film of the Year’. All valid members, including the honorary members, are eligible to vote for the same. In the first round, each member may nominate maximum 10 Indian feature films of any language, released anywhere or screened in any festival in 2019. On receipt of the nominations within due date, the EC will short list the Top-10 films on the basis of the highest number of votes obtained them. In the second round, each member may nominate maximum three films out of these Top-10 shortlisted films. If any member has not watched any of the film(s) of these Top-10, the EC will try to get the secured preview link on demand. After the voting for second round is over, the EC will declare the winner on the basis of maximum number of votes received. A specially designed memento with a citation will be handed over in any next festival where the director of the winning film or her/his representative is available. 
For the ‘Fipresci-India Grand Prix for the Best Indian Feature Film of 2019′, all members, including the honorary members, are requested to send their first round nominations (maximum 10 Indian feature films of any language released anywhere or screened in any festival in 2019) positively by 31 January 2020.
Please feel free to ask for any further information you may need in this respect.
Best Regards
Premendra Mazumder
Secretary, Fipresci-India
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Circular No 2/20 dt. 06 January 2020 Reg. Annual Report of Activities for 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Following is the Annual Report of Activities of Fipresci-India from 1 Jan to 31 Dec of 2019.

Please feel free to detect if there is any error or omission. 

Your valued suggestion/ advice will be highly appreciated.

Best Regards

Premendra Mazumder

Secretary, Fipresci-India

ANNUAL REPORT OF ACTIVITIES FOR 2019

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES
1st Seminar on Film Criticism at BIFFES Bangalore:

The 1st International Seminar on Film Criticism was held on 25 Feb 2019 at the 11th Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES, 21-28 Feb 2019)  on the Topic: ‘Film Criticism and New Media’. The Seminar was participated by Ms. Aruna Vasudev, Mr. Girish Kasaravalli, Mr. Narahari Rao, Mr. N Vidyashankar, Mr. Nachum Mochiach, Mr. Kaj Van Zoolen, Mr. Ashok Rane and Mr. Siraj Syed. The Seminar was chaired by Mr. V K Joseph.

2nd Seminar on Film Criticism at IDSFFK Trivandrum:

The 2nd Seminar on Film Criticism was held on 24 June 2019 from 3 PM to 5 PM at the Kairali Theater Complex, Thiruvanthapuram on the Topic: ‘Documentaries to Forefront: Role of the Critics’ during the 12th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK, 21-26 June 2019) hosted by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy. Ms. Bina Paul, Artistic Director of the Festival inaugurated the Seminar. Mr. Amrit Gangar, Mr. C S Venkiteswaran, Ms. Priya Thuvassery, Ms. Namrata Joshi, Mr. Premendra Mazumder, Mr. GP Ramchandran and Mr. H Shaji participated in the discussion.  The Seminar was chaired by Mr. V K Joseph.

3rd Seminar on Film Criticism atIFFI Goa:

The 3rd Seminar on Film Criticism was held on 24 Nov 2019 from 4 PM to 5 PM at the Black Box Auditorium, Kala Academy, Panaji, Goa during the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI, 20-28 Nov 2019) on the Topic: ‘Film Criticism in India: An Introspection’. The Seminar was organized in collaboration with the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. Mr. Ashok Rane, Mr. Madhu Eravankara, Mr. M K Raghavendra, Mr. N Vidyashankar, Ms. Meenakshi Shedde and Ms. Meena Karnik took part in the discussion moderated by Mr. G P Ramachandran. The Seminar was chaired by Mr. V K Joseph.   

4th Seminar on Film Criticism atIFFK Trivandrum:

The 4th Seminar on Film Criticism was held on 10 Dec 2019 at the ‘Open Forum’ of FFSI during the 24th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK, 6-13 Dec 2019) on the Topic: ‘Film Criticism in the New Age’. Ms. Etami Borjan, Mr. Nachum Mochiach, Mr. Madhu Eravankara and Ms. Sadia Khalid Reeti took part in the discussion moderated by Mr. Siladitya Sen. The Seminar was chaired by Mr. V K Joseph.

Mentoring Workshop at Calicut University:

A three-days Mentoring Workshop on Film Criticism was organised from 16 to 18 Dec 2019 at the Calicut University in collaboration with the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy and Vaikom Muhammad Basheer Chair of Calicut University. Dr. Etami Borjan, Professor of the Film Studies of Zagreb University inaugurated the Workshop. Mr. V K Joseph, Mr. M K Raghavendra, Mr. Madhu Eravankara, Mr. N Vidyashankar, Mr. G P Ramachandran, Ms. Etami Borjan, Ms. Anu Pappachan, Mr. Prem Chand, Mr. I Sahnmughadas, Mr. P K Rajasekharan and Mr. Premendra Mazumder conducted the sessions attended by 40+ film enthusiasts, students and scholars. Dr. V Anil Kumar, Vice Chancellor of the Malayalam University also in charge of the office of the VC of Calicut University handed over the certificates to the participants in the valedictory session.    

PUBLICATIONS

Quarterly Web Magazine ‘E-CineIndia’:

Following Four Issues of the Quarterly Web Magazine “E-CineIndia” were published in 2019:

Jan-Mar issue published on 14 April 2019 with 08 contributions. 

April-June issue published on 29 June 2019 with 16 contributions. 

July-Sept issue published on 30 Sept 2019 with 20 contributions. 

Oct-Dec issue published on 26 Dec 2019 with 14 contributions.

“E-CineIndia” got Registered with the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) provided by the National Science Library, ISSN National Centre, India with ISSN Regn. No. 2582-2500. 

“E-CineIndia” is accessible free of charge at the link: http://www.fipresci-india.online/e-cine-india/

Annual Printed Journal ‘CINE-INDIA’:

First issue (Nov 2019) of CINE-INDIA, the printed journal of Fipresci-India, was published on 24 Nov 2019 at the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Goa. This 96 Pgs. publication contains 18 contributions from the members. It’s a priced publication with a cover price of 200 INR (5 USD) per copy available on demand (with additional courier charge).

ORGANIZATIONAL ACTIVITIES

SecondFIPRESCI(International) Jury in India:

After Kerala, the second FIPRESCI (International) Jury was installed in the Bengaluru International Film Festival from its 11th edition held from 21 to 28 Feb 2019. The jury was composed with Mr. Kaj Van Zoelen from The Netherlands, Mr. Nachum Mochiach from Israel and Mr. Siraj Syed from India.

Fipresci-India (National) Jury:

The First Fipresci-India National Jury was installed in the 2nd South Asian Short Film Festival organised by the Federation of Film Societies of India in Kolkata from 18 to 31 March 2019 to confer the ‘Chidananda Dasgupta Critics’ Award’ for the Best Short Fiction and the ‘P K Nair Critics’ Award’ for the Best Documentary with Cash, Trophy and Citation. This Fipresci-India National Jury was composed with three members: 1. Mr. Siraj Syed, 2. Ms. Meena Karnik and 3. Mr. S Viswanath.

Official Website ofFipresci-India:

The Official Website of Fipresci-India http://www.fipresci-india.online/  was launched on 14 April 2019. The website is updated regularly with all relevant reports and circulars.

Meetings:

Executive Committee Meeting (ECM) and Annual General Meeting (AGM) were held at the Conference Hall of Hotel Manoshanti, Panaji, Goa on 24 Nov 2019 at 11 AM and 12 Noon respectively followed by complementary lunch for the members at the same hotel.

Felicitation:

Mr. Anil Grover, former Secretary of Fipresci-India passed away on 12 Sept 2019. He was felicitated posthumous with a memento and citation. His son received the same. 

Achievements of the Members:

Mr. S R Ashok Kumar was conferred with the ‘Kalaimamani Award’ (Highest State Honor for Art & Culture)  for excellence in journalism by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu.

Mr. V K Joseph was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his Contributions to Cinema by the Jaffna International Cinema Festival Sri Lanka in Sept 2019. 

Mr. Premendra Mazumder was elected as the Secretary Asia Pacific Region of the International Federation of Film Societies in Nov 2019.

JURY ASSIGNMENTS

In 2019 following members were selected by HO for the international jury assignments:

Ms. Rekha Deshpande (Dhaka 10-18 Jan 2019) Served.

Mr. Siraj Syed (Bangalore 21-28 Feb 2019) Served.

Ms. Meena Karnik (Ankara 23-30 May 2019) Served.

Ms. Rekha Deshpande (Toronto 5-15 Sept 2019) Failed due to accident.

Mr. Prem Chand (Busan 3-12 Oct 2019) Served.

Mr. Ashok Kumar (Taipei 8-24 Nov 2019) Served. 

Mr. Siladitya Sen (Kerala 6-13 Dec 2019) Served.

Besides above, Mr. N. Vidyashankar was also selected and served in St. Petersburg Colloquium (11-13 Nov 2019).

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Circular No 1/20 dt. 05 January 2020 Reg. Fipresci-India National Jury in AIFF 2020 

Dear Colleagues,
 
We are happy to inform you that as committed by Sri Ashok Rane in the AGM in Goa on 24 Nov. 2019, the Fipresci-India National Jury is going to be installed in the 7th Aurangabad International Film Festival (AIFF: 5-9 February 2020). Accordingly, as per discussion with the festival authorities and considering their budget and logistic support, the EC has constituted the following Jury for AIFF 2020:
1. Sri V K Joseph (Chairman)
2. Sm Rekha Deshpande (Member)
3. Sm Namrata Joshi (Member)
The Jury will judge the Best Debut Feature Film for the Fipresci-India Jury Award.
 
Thanks to Sri Ashok Rane, Director of the Aurangabad International Film Festival, for his initiative and support.
 
Best Regards
Premendra Mazumder
Secretary, Fipresci-India 
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Circular dt. 26 December 2019 Reg. E-CineIndia (Oct-Dec 2019)

Dear Colleagues,

Oct-Dec 2019 issue of “E-CineIndia” (ISSN:2582-2500) is now available online. 

Please visit the link http://www.fipresci-india.online/e-cine-india/ and opine.

Kindly send your article/ film review/ festival report with relevant photographs for the next issue by 29 February 2020.

Regards

Premendra

Secretary

Fipresci-India

E-CineIndia (Oct-Dec 2019)

CONTENT

  1. Gautam Kaul: The First International Film Festival of India.
  2. Madhu Eravankara: Journey of the IFFI.
  3. Siraj Syed: Top Class or Over the Top.
  4. N Vidyashankar: An Experiment  in Methodology.
  5. Deb Kamal Ganguly: Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
  6. Pradip Biswas: About Endlessness, Andersson’s Dry Humour.
  7. Manoj Barpujari: Feminity in Recent Cinematic Frames.
  8. Meghachandra Kongbam: Rise of Arunachali Cinema.
  9. Ranjita Biswas: Trying Too Hard and Failing.
  10. Philip Cheah: Regional Cinema or Minority Culture Film.
  11. S Viswanath: Firebrand- A Pale, Placid Take on Female Empowerment.
  12. Aijaz Gul: Baaji- Real Life to Reel Life.
  13. Meena Karnik: A Moon for My Father.
  14. Siladitya Sen: The Master and the Actor.
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Circular dt. 24 December 2019 Reg.  Minutes of the AGM held on 24 Nov 2019 at Goa
 

Dear Colleagues,

Please go through the Minutes of the AGM held on 24 Nov. 2019 at Goa and kindly confirm receipt of the same. 

The text will be available at the ‘Members Area’ of our website http://www.fipresci-india.online/  by next week.

Best Regards

Premendra
Secretary
Fipresci-India

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Fipresci-India held on

24 November 2019 at Panaji, Goa

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Fipresci-India was held on 24 November 2019 Sunday 12.00 Noon at the Conference Hall of Hotel Manosanthi, Dada Vaidya Road, Panaji, Goa under the chairmanship of the President Sri V K Joseph.

Following Members were present:

  1. Sri V K Joseph (President)
  2. Sri Premendra Mazumder (Secretary)
  3. Sri G.P.Ramachandran (Treasurer)
  4. Sri Ashok Rane (EC Member)
  5. Sri Madhu Eravankara (EC Member)
  6. Sm. Rekha Deshpande (EC Member)
  7. Sri Siladitya Sen (EC Member)
  8. Sri M K Raghavendra (Member)
  9. Sri S Viswanath (Member)
  10. Sri Meghachandra Kongbam (Member)
  11. Sri Utpal Datta (Member)
  12. Sm. Meena Karnik (Member)
  13. Sri Narendra Bandabe (Member)
  14. Sri N Vidyashankar (Member)
  15. Sm. Meenakshi Shedde (Member)
  16. Sri Siraj Syed (Member)
  17. Sri Prem Chand (Member)
  18. Sri Bitopan Barbora (Member)
  19. Sm. Shubhra Gupta (Member)

Following issues were discussed in the AGM as per Agenda:

  1. Condolence:

The House observed one minute’s silence in the memories of the eminent personalities in the field of art and culture who expired in last one year.

  1. Note of Absence:

Sri Ashok Kumar, Sri Lalit Rao, Sm. Rwita Dutta, Sri Manoj Barpujari, Sm. Namrata Joshi, Sm. Latika Padgaonkar and Sri Pradip Biswas had registered their absence with prior notice.

  1. Confirmation of the Minutes of the Last Meeting:

Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting held on 24 November 2018 at Goa were confirmed unanimously.

  1. Action Taken Report:

Discussed with Agenda No.5 below.

  1. Annual Report of Activities:

Secretary submitted the Annual Report of Activities. After thorough discussion, the Report was approved by the House unanimously (please see the Report at Annexure-I appended below).

 

  1. Accounts, Budget and Finance:

After thorough discussion the House unanimously resolved the following decisions on financial issues:

(a): Admission Fee for the New Members: Rs.2,000/- (with immediate effect).

(b): Membership Subscription (Renewal of Membership): Rs.2,000/- (w.e.f. 01/01/2020)

(c): Jury Fee: Rs.2,500/- (w.e.f. 01/01/2020)

(d): Penal Charges for Late Payment of Subscription/Jury Fee: Rs.500/- per Year. (existing).

 

  1. Jury Policy and Other Organizational Issues:

After thorough discussion the House unanimously resolved the following Jury Policy:

(a): Only the candidate, who has no outstanding due can apply for a jury assignment.

(b): For jury assignment, priority should be given to:

(i) Who already has served in a national jury,

(ii) Who has subscribed for E-CineIndia at least twice in a year,

(iii) Who has served in the jury in a comparatively much earlier year,

(iv) Who has served in comparatively lesser number of jury assignments,

(v) Who has submitted the last jury report immediately after the assignment is over,

(vi) Who has applied earlier against a jury call,

(vii) Who is more senior as a member,

(viii) Maintenance of Gender Balance as per HO guidelines.

(c): Decision of EC for jury recommendation is final.

(d): Jury application should be submitted in the prescribed proforma to the Secretary with a copy to the President at least 10 days before the deadline mentioned in the jury circular.

(e): No member can apply for jury assignment directly to HO. Any such attempt causes rejection of the application ab initio.

(f): No member can negotiate with any festival authority directly for Fipresci Jury assignment. Any such action tantamount to disciplinary measure.

(g): Jury fees should be deposited within 31 December of the same year of jury service rendered. A late fine of Rs.500/- per year is chargeable in case the deadline is missed.

(h): Jury report should be submitted immediately after the jury duty is over. No further jury request will be entertained unless the jury report for the previous assignment is submitted.

(i): No member should apply for jury assignment before completion of one year of new membership or renewal of discontinued membership.

(j): No member can apply for a jury assignment while his/her previous application is pending for decision.

  1. Membership: Resignation/ Discontinuation/ Termination/ Admission/ Re-Admission:

(a): Resignations of Sm. Shoma Chatterjee and Sm. Indu Shrikent already accepted by the EC were approved.

(b): As suggested by the EC, the House decided to invite Sm. Aruna Vasudev, Sri Sudhir Nandgaonkar and Sri Narahari Rao as the Honorary Members. Also decided that they would be felicitated for their contributions in the organization. EC would decide about the felicitation.

(c): As per existing guidelines of FIPRESCI (no filmmaker could continue as the member) the Membership of Sri Utpal Dutta was terminated with immediate effect. Sri Utpal Dutta suggested that on the same ground the Membership of Sri Parthajit Barua should also be terminated. The House accepted the suggestion subject to verification of the clause under reference.

(d): As suggested by the EC the House approved New Membership to Sri Manu Chakraborty of Bangalore and Sri Sachin Chatte of Goa.

(e): The following Membership Policy was resolved by the House unanimously:

(i). EC may suggest maximum two candidates every year for consideration of the AGM for accepting as members. These candidates may be recommended by the EC directly from the competent film critics or from the applications received by the Secretary from the intending candidates. Decision of the AGM will be final.  Rs.2,000/- should be paid by a New Member as Admission Fee.

(ii). No filmmaker/ film professional is eligible for membership to avoid the ‘conflict of interest’.

(iii). If any existing member makes a fiction film, his/her membership will automatically be terminated.

(iv). Membership Subscription @ Rs.2,000/- per year for the next calendar year should be paid before the last day of the previous year. In case of failure to pay the Subscription within due date, a penalty of Rs.500/- per year should be paid along with the Subscription.

(v). In case of failure to pay the Subscription for two consecutive years, the Membership will automatically be suspended and while applying for renewal of the membership, the entire due including the penalty is to be cleared. For re-admission of the defaulting member, entire due is to be cleared including the penal charges. Such members can never apply as a new member.

(vi). Membership may be suspended for a particular period by the EC as a disciplinary measure in case of violation of the rules and regulations or defamation of the organization, but the membership could be terminated only by the decision of the AGM. 

(vii). Resignation submitted by any member may be accepted by the EC. Resignation, once accepted cannot be revoked, and the concerned member cannot be readmitted, unless the AGM approves with a specific decision to do so. Even in that case such admission should be treated as re-admission and the member must pay all the dues with penal charges for the period of discontinuation.

(viii). Former Presidents and Secretaries could be invited as the Honorary Members as per specific decision of the AGM. Such members need not pay any subscription. They will be invited for all meetings without having any voting right. They cannot apply for any jury assignment.

  1. Future Program:

As per notes submitted by the Secretary the House approved the following programs and authorised the EC to implement the same as far as possible:

(a): Installation of Fipresci Jury (international) and/or Fipresci-India Jury (national) in IFFI-Goa, MIFF, MAMI, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, Guwahati, Third Eye, IDSFFK, SiGNS, Aurangabad Film Festival and other regular Festivals.

(b): Members should take initiative to update the website with more information.

(c): Organizing the Orientation Programs, Seminars, Workshops, Film Appreciations Courses at different Film Festivals, Film Schools, Universities, Colleges, IIMs, IITs, Other Educational Institutions.

(d): Publication of the film journal CINE-INDIA (English, Annual) in print version and also publication of books on Film Criticism in India. 

(e): Uploading the web-journal E-CineIndia (Multilingual, Quarterly) in a regular manner.

(f): Organizing the Chidananda Dasgupta Memorial Lecture once in a year to commemorate the contribution of the founder president.

(g): Installation of Fipresci-India Best Film Awards- One in All-India basis and the Others in different major languages like Assamese, Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil,Telugu, Others… every calendar year through the opinion poll by our members.

(h): Registration of the Organization, procurement of PAN Card and Enrolment in the NITI Ayog Portal as mandated by the GOI.

  1. Adoption of the Constitution for Registration:

Draft Constitution which was circulated to all Members along with the Notice of the AGM was officially placed before the House for consideration and the House adopted the same unanimously with immediate effect (subject to any technical correction essentially needed for which Sri N Vidyashankar was entrusted with the charge to detect the same by 31 December 2019).

  1. Any Other Item with Permission of the Chair:

(a): Decided that the Inaugural Issue (Nov. 2019) of the printed journal CINE-INDIA would be published formally during the Fipresci Seminar on Film Criticism scheduled on the same day (24 Nov 2019) at IFFI Goa in Collaboration with DFF.

(b): Decided that like E-CineIndia, the print publication CINE-INDIA would also be registered.

(c): Decided that the following Editorial Board would be responsible for publications of E-CineIndia and CINE-INDIA: 1. Sri Premendra Mazumder (Editor), 2. Sri M K Raghavendra (Member), 3. Sri Madhu Eravankara (Member), 4. Sri Premchand (Member), 5. Sri Manoj Barpujari (Member), 6. Sm. Meena Karnik (Member) and 7. Sri N. Vidyashankar (Member).

(d): Decided that while the CINE-INDIA would be published only in English, the E-CineIndia should be multilingual where the contributors could sent their articles in any major Indian language provided an English translation or a summary in English of the same is attached for publication.

(e): Decided that the Editorial Board may constitute a Board of Advisors for the above publications with some eminent film personalities not necessarily from the members of the organization.  

Meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

Premendra Mazumder
Secretary, Fipresci-India
Goa, 24 November 2019

ANNEXURE-I

Report of Activities of Fipresci-India till 24 Nov 2019

Fipresci Jury Selections by HO in 2019:

  1. Sm. Rekha Deshpande (Dhaka 10-18 Jan 2019)
  2. Sri Siraj Syed (Bangalore 21-28 Feb 2019)
  3. Sm. Meena Karnik (Ankara 23-30 May 2019)
  4. Sm. Rekha Deshpande (Toronto 5-15 Sept 2019)
  5. Sri Premchand (Busan 3-12 Oct 2019)
  6. Sri Ashok Kumar (Taipei 8-24 Nov 2019)
  7. Sri Siladitya Sen (Kerala 6-13 Dec 2019)

(Besides above, Sri N. Vidyashankar participated St. Petersburg Colloquium in 11-13 Nov 2019).

New Fipresci Jury in India:

After Kerala, a new Fipresci-Jury was installed in the Bengaluru International Film Festival from its 11th edition held from 21 to 28 Feb 2019. The jury was composed with Mr. Kaj Van Zoelen from The Netherlands, Mr. Nachum Mochiach from Israel and Mr. Siraj Syed from India

Fipresci-India Jury:

Fipresci-India Critics’ Jury was installed in the 2nd South Asian Short Film Festival organised by the Federation of Film Societies of India at Nandan, Kolkata from 18 to 31 March to confer the ‘Chidananda Dasgupta Critics’ Award’ for the Best Short Fiction and the ‘P K Nair Critics’ Award’ for the Best Documentary with Cash, Trophy and Citation. The Fipresci-India Critics’ Jury was composed with the following three members: 1. Sri Siraj Syed, 2. Sm. Meena Karnik and 3. Sri S Viswanath.

Website:

Website of Fipresci-India http://www.fipresci-india.online/  was launched on 14 April 2019. The website is being updated regularly with all relevant reports and circulars.

E-CineIndia:

The first issue (Jan-Mar 2019) of the newly designed web-journal E-CineIndia was uploaded on 14 April 2019 with 08 contributions. Second issue (April-June 2019) uploaded on 29 June 2019 with 16 contributions. 3rd issue (July-Sept 2019) uploaded on 30 Sept 2019 with 20 contributions. 4th issue (Oct-Dec 2019) is under process and will be uploaded on 31 Dec 2019. E-CineIndia has got Registered with the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) provided by the National Science Library, ISSN National Centre, India with ISSN Regn. No. 2582-2500. E-CineIndia is accessible @ http://www.fipresci-india.online/e-cine-india/

CINE-INDIA

First issue (Nov 2019) of CINE-INDIA, the printed journal of Fipresci-India is being published on 24 Nov 2019 at Goa. This 96 Pgs. publication contains 18 contributions all from our members. It’s a priced publication with a cover price of 200 INR per copy.

International Seminar on Film Criticism:

First International Seminar on Film Criticism was held on 25 Feb at the 11th Bengaluru International Film Festival (21-28 Feb 2019). The seminar was participated by Sm. Aruna Vasudev, Sri Girish Kasaravalli, Sri Narahari Rao, Sri N Vidyashankar, Sri Nachum Mochiach, Sri Kaj Van Zoolen, Sri Ashok Rane and Sri Siraj Syed. Sri V K Joseph Chaired the seminar.

Second International Seminar on Film Criticism is proposed to be held during the 24th International Film Festival of Kerala (6-13 Dec 2019).

Discussion on Film Criticism:

A Discussion on Film Criticism was held on 24 June from 3 to 5PM at the Kairali Theater Complex, Thiruvanthapuram on the topic ‘Documentaries to Forefront: Role of the Critics’ during the 12th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK, 21-26 June 2019) hosted by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy. Sm. Bina Paul, Artistic Director of the Festival inaugurated the program. Sri Amrit Gangar, Sri C S Venkiteswaran, Sm. Priya Thuvassery, Sm. Namrata Joshi, Sri Premendra Mazumder, Sri GP Ramchandran and Sri H Shaji participated in the discussion. Sri V K Jospeh Chaired it.

FIPRESCI Seminar on Film Criticism at 50th IFF-Goa:

This is the first time Fipresci-India is holding a Seminar as an official event of the IFFI. Accordingly the ‘FIPRESCI Seminar on Film Criticism’ is being held on 24 November 2019 Sunday from 4 pm to 5 pm at the Black Box Auditorium, Kala Academy, Panaji, Goa in collaboration with the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of I&B, Govt. of India with the following participants: Sri V K Joseph (Chair), Sri Ashok Rane (Speaker), Sri Madhu Eravankara (Speaker), Sri M K Raghavendra (Speaker), Sri N Vidyashankar (Speaker), Sri Pradip Biswas (Speaker), Sm. Meenakshi Shedde (Speaker), Sri Meena Karnik (Speaker) and Sri G P Ramachandran (Moderator). Topic: Film Criticism in India- An Introspection.

Mentoring Workshop:

Fipresci-India is organizing a Mentoring Workshop on Film Criticism from 16 to 18 December 2019 at Calicut University Campus in collaboration with the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy and Vaikom Muhammad Basheer Chair of the Calicut University for 25-30 young film enthusiasts with a proper gender balance. Sri G P Ramachandran is monitoring the event.

Felicitation of Anil Grover

Mr. Anil Grover, former Secretary of Fipresci-India passed away on 12 September 20019. He was felicitated posthumous with a memento specially designed for him with a citation inscribed on it.

Achievements of the Members:

We are proud to record that the Government of Tamil Nadu has conferred their highest honor in art & culture, the ‘Kalaimamani Award’ to our colleague Mr. S.R. Ashok Kumar for excellence in journalism. The award is given every year by the Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram for excellence in the field of art, theater and literature. Fipresci-India Congratulates Mr. Ashok Kumar for getting this coveted award.

We are also proud to record that Sri V K Jospeh was felicitated with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the Cinema by the Jaffna International Cinema Festival at Sri Lanka in September 2019. Fipresci-India Congratulates Mr. V K Joseph for this coveted honor.

Premendra Mazumder
Secretary, Fipresci-India
Goa, 24 November 2019

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Circular dt. 01 November 2019: Reg. FIPRESCI Seminar on Film Criticism at IFFI-Goa

Dear Colleagues,
The EC would like to inform you that, after long persuasion, the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, has finally recognized Fipresci-India by giving official permission to hold the FIPRESCI SEMINAR ON FILM CRITICISM during the 50th International Film Festival of India (Goa, 20-28 Nov 2019) at one of the main venues of IFFI-Goa. Accordingly the 1st FIPRESCI SEMINAR ON FILM CRITICISM AT IFFI-GOA will be held as the official event of IFFI-2019 at the Black Box Auditorium, Kalakshetra, Panaji, Goa on 24 November 2019 Sunday from 4 pm to 5 pm. Panel of speakers will be communicated as soon as the EC finalizes the same.
All members attending IFFI are requested to participate and also to invite their friends and colleagues to take part in the seminar.
Looking forward to your kind cooperation.  
Best Regards
Premendra
 
Secretary
Fipresci-India
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Circular dt. 01 November 2019: Reg. CINE-INDIA: Print Publication

Dear Colleagues,
To make Fipresci-India much more visible and important to all reputed film festivals, academic institutions and concerned government departments, the EC has decided to publish our film journal in print format at least once in a year. As the electronic version is named as ‘E-CineIndia’, the print version will be named as ‘CINE-INDIA’. EC has decided that the first issue of ‘CINE-INDIA’ will come out on 24th November 2019 during the AGM at IFFI-Goa. Some selected articles from ‘E-CineIndia’ (published and publishable) will be there in this print version along with some new articles according to the availability of the quality contributions with priority to the members. No article already published in any other publication except ‘E-CineIndia’ will be accepted. Intending members may send their contributions by 7th November 2019. 
EC has also decided that ‘CINE-INDIA’ will be a priced publication and the members would be requested to extend their kind co-operation by procuring advertisements and sponsorship for the same. The request letter for the advertisement/ sponsorship will be sent to the members willing to extend their support for the purpose.
Looking forward to your kind cooperation.
Best Regards
Premendra
 
Secretary
Fipresci-India
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Circular dt. 01 November 2019: Reg. ISSN Registration for E-CineIndia
Dear Colleagues,
This is to inform you that our online journal ‘E-CineIndia’ has got Registered with the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) provided by the National Science Library, ISSN National Centre, India. Our ISSN Regn. No. is 2582-2500. 
Hope this will increase the intellectual value of our online journal available @ http://www.fipresci-india.online/e-cine-india/
Best Regards
Premendra
 
Secretary
Fipresci-India
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Circular dt. 11 October 2019 Reg. Annual General Meeting

 

Dear Colleagues,

The next Annual General Meeting of Fipresci-India will be held as per following schedule:
Date: 24th November 2019 Sunday
Venue: Conference Hall, Hotel Manoshanti, Goa.
Time: 12.00 Noon to 02.00 PM

AGENDA:

  1. Condolence
  2. Note of Absence
  3. Confirmation of the Minutes of the LastMeeting
  4. Action Taken Report
  5. Annual Report of Activities
  6. Accounts, Budget and Finance
  7. Jury Policy and Other Organizational Issues
  8. Membership: Resignation/ Discontinuation/ Termination/ Admission/ Re-Admission
  9. Future Program
  10. Adoption of the Constitution for Registration
  11. Any Other Item with Permission of the Chair

The AGM will be followed by Lunch from 02.00 PM at the Dining Hall of the same Hotel.

A List of Members and their dues attached with a request to pay the same ASAP*.

Regards
Premendra
Secretary
Fipresci-India

* Please Remit Your Dues to the Following Bank A/C with an Intimation by SMS or WhatsApp (9830140517) or by mail to pmfilm@gmail.com with Txn. Details:

Beneficiary: FIPRESCI INDIA
Account No. 0883101061603 (Savings A/C)
IFSC: CNRB0000819
Bank: Canara Bank. Branch: Trivandrum Cantonment Branch
Address: Canara Bank Building, M.G.Road, Spencer Junction, , Trivandrum.695 039. Ph. 0471-2325335.

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Circular dt. 04 October 2019 Reg. Mentoring Workshop at Calicut University

Dear Colleagues,
 
As a part of our program to organize Seminars/ Workshops/ Film Appreciation Courses for the Film-Critics/ Journalists/ Scholars/ Enthusiasts in different regions of the country in collaboration with the Government/ Festivals/ Universities/ Colleges/ Other Educational Institutions, we are continuously negotiating with the concerned authorities wherever we have got contacts. We just have succeeded to get the official consent from the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA) and Vaikom Muhammad Basheer Chair of the Calicut University (CU) for organizing a Three-Days Mentoring Workshop from 16th to 18th December 2019 at CU Campus, where we intend to enroll 25-30 young film enthusiasts with a proper gender balance.
As the workshop will be held immediately after the conclusion of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), we shall try to get some faculty members from the official guest list of IFFK to save the travel cost. As our President Mr. V K Joseph and Treasurer Mr. G P Ramachandran are associated with KSCA and IFFK, they will monitor the availability of such potential faculty members attending IFFK. We would also like to invite some veteran members of Fipresci-India available in and around Trivandrum/Calicut. We shall take care of their travel (from Trivandrum) and hospitality (food & stay) in CU Campus during the workshop.
The course module will be finalised in consultation with the Vaikom Muhammad Basheer Chair of CU very soon. Any suggestion in this respect will be well accepted.
 
Best Regards
Premendra
Secretary
Fipresci-India
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Circular dt. 01 October 2019 Reg. E-CineIndia (July-Sept 2019)

Dear Colleagues,

July-Sept 2019 issue of “E-CineIndia” is now available online @ http://www.fipresci-india.online/e-cine-india/ .

Looking forward to your opinion/ advice/ suggestion.

Please send your article/ film review/ festival report for the next issue by 31 Oct 2019.

Regards,
Premendra
Secretary
Fipresci-India

E-CineIndia (July-Sept 2019): Content

  1. Aijazz Gul* (Article) Pakistani Cinema: Past, Present and Future.
  2. Amrit Gangar** (Article) The Moon, Men, Movies and The Momentous.
  3. Anuradha Kunda** (Article) Sisterhood, Witches and Resistance: A Few Films.
  4. Bitopan Borborah* (Article) Natural Lighting in Cinema.
  5. Debayan Bhadury** (Article) Digital Era: An Opportunity for Independent Film Makers.
  6. Debjani Halder** (Article) Deconstruction of Men and Masculinities in the Post- Partition Alternative Indian Cinema.
  7. G P Ramachandran* (Film Review) Super Deluxe: Repossessions/ Re-positions in Tamil Cinema.
  8. John W Hood** (Article) Of Handkerchiefs, Pipes and Some Memorable Films: Remembering Mrinal Sen.
  9. M K Raghavendra* (Film Review) Kabir Singh as a Failed Romance.
  10. Manoj Barpujari* (Article) Assamese Cinema: Will the Wave Last Long?
  11. Meena Karnik* (Festival Review) International Film Festival of Kerala 2018.
  12. Meenakshi Shedde* (Film Review) Bombay Rose: Rich Animation Treasury.
  13. Meghachandra Kongbam* (Film Review) Ee. Maa. Yove: A Protest in the System.
  14. Oindrilla Hazra Pratapan** (Article) Bengali Cinema: Hurdles and Challenges.
  15. Pradip Biswas* (Film Review) Parasite:  A Mirror to  Korean Black Tale.
  16. Premendra Mazumder* (Interview) In Conversation with the Master Storyteller Atanu Ghosh.
  17. Ranjita Biswas* (Film Review) The Shepherdess of the Glaciers: Walking with the Shepherdess.
  18. Rita Datta* (Article) Multiple Sexualities, Multiple Identities, LGBT Community and Indian Cinema: An Interface.
  19. Sadia Khalid* (Festival Review) Global Youth Film Festival: How a Boutique Film Festival Brought the World to Mymensingh.
  20. Siladitya Sen* (Article) They too are Yearning for A Route to the Roots.

(*Fipresci Member/ **Guest Author)

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Circular dt. 13 July 2019 Reg. Supplementary Jury Call

Dear Colleagues,

Following Supplementary Jury Call for the Duhok International Film Festival, Iraq (9-16 Sept 2019) has just been issued. Though the deadline for submission to the national section is 16th July (as the main deadline is 26th July), but as this is a Late-Call, the intending members may submit their application till 18th July so that the EC may take decision in due time.

Please note that if there is more than one applicant, EC will take decision considering the following priority:

(i) Who has no outstanding due,
(ii) Who has contributed at least twice in a year in E-CineIndia,
(iii) Who has served in the jury in a comparatively much earlier year,

(iv) Who has served in comparatively lesser number of jury assignments,
(v) Who has submitted the last jury report in due time,

(vi) Who already has served in a national jury,
(vii) Who applies before 10 days of the final deadline. 

With Best Regards
Premendra

Secretary

Fipresci-India

Duhok (Iraq, Kurdistan Regional Government, International Film Festival, 9-16 September 2019). In its 7th edition, the Duhok International Film Festival does not only present a wide selection of international productions from all over the world, it also aims to spotlight Kurdish film in the world’s film landscape. It focuses both on new films from the four parts of Kurdistan (Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey), as well as on films from abroad including films made by Kurdish filmmakers who live in Diaspora. Our jury will be established for the second time and will focus on Kurdish Cinema, fiction films and documentaries – which is a peak into the various styles and visions of Kurdish cinema, highlighting the films of this year’s most talented Kurdish filmmakers as well as the work of established Kurdish directors. The festival covers air tickets and accommodation. Colleagues interested to attend the festival and serve on our jury are kindly asked to contact the General Secretary (via the national sections) by 26 July 2019. A particular interest in Kurdish Cinema is advisable. Language: fluent English

Circular dt.13 July 2019 Reg. Half Yearly Review (Jan-June 2019)
 
Dear Colleagues,
 
Please go through the Half Yearly Review of Activities of Fipresci-India for the period from 1st January to 30th June 2019 and kindly guide the undersigned with your prudent opinion/suggestion/advice for any further development. 
Looking forward to your kind cooperation.
 
With Best Regards
Premendra
Secretary
FipresciIndia
 
Half Yearly Review of Activities for the period from 01.01.2019 to 30.06.2019
 
Fipresci-Jury: 
1. Rekha Deshpande (Bangladesh 10-18 Jan) SELECTED
2. Madhu Eravankara (Rotterdam 23 Jan – 3 Feb) Rejected
3. Siraj Syed (Bangalore 21-28 Feb) SELECTED
4. S Viswanath (Hong Kong 18 Mar – 1 Apr) Rejected
5. V K Joseph (Moscow 18-25 Apr) Rejected
6. N Vidyashankar (Seattle 16 May – 9 Jun) Rejected
7. Meena Karnik (Ankara 23-30 May) SELECTED
8. S Viswanath (Karlovy Vary 28 Jun – 6 Jul) Rejected
Note: Out of eight festivals during the period under review, where our candidates were recommended by the national section, only three were finally selected by the head office.
 
New Fipresci-Jury in India:
After Kerala, a new Fipresci-Jury was installed in the Bengaluru International Film Festival from its 11th edition held from 21 to 28 Feb 2019. The jury was composed with Kaj Van Zoelen from The Netherlands, Nachum Mochiach from Israel and Siraj Syed from India
 
Fipresci-India-Jury:
Fipresci-India Critics’ Jury was installed in the 2nd South Asian Short Film Festival organised by the Federation of Film Societies of India at Nandan, Kolkata from 18 to 31 March to confer the ‘Chidananda Dasgupta Critics’ Award’ for the Best Short Fiction and the ‘P K Nair Critics’ Award’ for the Best Documentary with Cash, Trophy and Citation. The Fipresci-India Critics’ Jury was composed with the following three members:
1. Siraj Syed
2. Meena Karnik
3. S Viswanath
 
Website:
Website of FipresciIndia http://www.fipresciindia.online/ was launched on 14th April 2019. The website is being updated regularly with all relevant reports and circulars.
 
E-CineIndia: 
Jan-Mar 2019 issue of the web-journal E-CineIndia http://www.fipresciindia.online/e-cine-india/ has been published on 14th April 2019. April-June 2019 issue has also been published on 29th June 2019. CALL for contributions for the next issue is now open.
 
International Seminar on Film Criticism:
An International Seminar on Film Criticism was held on 25th Feb at the 11th Bengaluru International Film Festival. The seminar was participated by Aruna Vasudev, Girish Kasaravalli, Narahari Rao, N Vidyashankar, Nachum Mochiach, Kaj Van Zoolen, Ashok Rane and Siraj Syed. V K Joseph Chaired the seminar.
 
Discussion on Film Criticism:

Discussion on Film Criticism was held on 24th June from 3 to 5PM at the Kairali Theater Complex, Thiruvanthapuram on the topic ‘Documentaries to Forefront: Role of the Critics’ during the 12th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK, 21-26 June 2019) hosted by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy. Bina Paul, Artistic Director of the Festival inaugurated the program. Amrit Gangar, C S Venkiteswaran, Priya Thuvassery, Namrata Joshi, Premendra Mazumder, GP Ramchandran and H Shaji participated in the discussion. V K Jospeh Chaired it.

 
Achievement:  
We are proud to record that the Government of Tamil Nadu has conferred their highest honor in art & culture, the ‘Kalaimamani Award’ to our colleague Mr. S.R. Ashok Kumar for excellence in journalism. The award is given every year by the Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram for excellence in the field of art, theater and literature. Fipresci-India Congratulates Mr. Ashok Kumar for getting this coveted award.
 
Membership:
Following is the valid membership list as on date:
 
1. V K Joseph, 2. Premendra Mazumder, 3. G P Ramachandran, 4. Madhu Eravankara, 5. Ashok Rane, 6. Rekha Despande, 7. Siladitya Sen, 8. Rafique Baghdadi, 9. N Vidyashankar, 10. M K Raghavendra, 11. Bhaichand Patel, 12. Latika Padgaonkar, 13. Nirmal Dhar, 14. Manoj Barpujari, 15. Uma Da Cunha,16. Meenakshi Shedde, 17.Namrata Joshi, 18. Bitopan Borborah, 19. Pradip Biswas. 20. Prem Chand, 21. Rwita Dutta, 22. S Viswanathan, 23. Ashok Kumar, 24. Lalit Rao, 25. Meena Karnik, 26.Bharadwaj Rangan, 27. Narendra Bandabe, 28. Subhra Gupta, 29. Siraj Syed, 30. Utpal Dutta, 31. Amitava Nag, 32. Meghachandra Kongbam, 33. Parthajit Baruah, 34.Meenakshi Dutta, 35. Ranjita Biswas and 36. Aruna Vasudev.
 
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NB: Any Error or Omission is inadvertent and unintentional. Correction will be made on receipt of the valid detection.
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Circular dt. 10 July 2019 Reg. Online Poll for FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2019

Dear Colleague,

Please go through the following message received from the Head Office of FIPRESCI yesterday. 
Those who have not yet voted for the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2019, are requested to take part in the online poll before 15 July 2019.

Regards
Premendra
Secretary, Fipresci-India

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Klaus Eder <info@fipresci.org>
Date: Tue, Jul 9, 2019 at 5:10 PM
Subject: Vote for the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2019
To: <pmfilm@gmail.com>

Dear colleagues,

The deadline to nominate your favourite films for the Grand Prix is next Monday, July the 15th. Thank you very much to all the colleagues who have already taken part in the poll (and apologies for this reminder). If you have not submitted your nominations yet, please click here: 
https://s.surveyplanet.com/fggWPbnX3.

For more details, please refer to the message below.

Kind regards,
Pamela Biénzobas

PS: Please do not post or share this link with anyone outside of FIPRESCI. 

Dear colleagues,

It’s that moment of the year where we start looking back at the past twelve months in cinema, as we get ready to choose the film that will receive the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2019, to be presented during the opening ceremony of the 67th San Sebastian Film Festival, on September 20.

To choose the best film of the past year, all members of FIPRESCI are invited to participate in the online poll, in two phases.

Phase 1, nominations – All members of FIPRESCI may nominate any one, two or three feature-length film of any origin and nature, that had their world première no earlier than July 1st 2018. Please check the dates (for instance on IMDB) to make sure the film is eligible, and remember that what counts is the world première, not the release in a specific territory (therefore films from the Berlinale or Cannes 2018, for instance, are no longer eligible).

Nominations can be submitted starting now and until midnight (CET) on Monday, July 15. After that, it will be technically impossible to add any more nominations, as we will move on to Phase 2.

Click here to vote (https://s.surveyplanet.com/fggWPbnX3)

Phase 2, the vote – You will then be invited to choose one title from a shortlist that will come out of the first nominations phase, also via an online poll, to determine the winner of the Grand Prix 2019.

Please note that in both phases you will be requested to identify yourself. This is simply meant to make sure that the poll is only answered (and only once) by members of FIPRESCI. The names of the participants are also disclosed to FIPRESCI members at the end of the entire process. But who each one votes for will remain absolutely confidential, and only I will have access to that information.

Kind regards,
Pamela Biénzobas

PS: Please do not post or share this link with anyone outside of FIPRESCI.

Click here to vote (https://s.surveyplanet.com/fggWPbnX3)

Circular dt. 05 July 2019 Reg. Discussion on Film Criticism at Thiruvanthapuram 2019
 

Dear Colleague,

We are happy to inform you that the ‘Fipresci-India’ has successfully organised the Discussion on Film Criticism on 24 June 2019 Monday from 3PM to 5PM at the Kairali Theater Complex, Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala on the topic ‘Documentaries to Forefront: Role of the Critics’ during the 12th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK, 21-26 June 2019) hosted by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy. Please check the report at http://www.fipresci-india.online/reports/

Best Regards
Premendra
Secretary, Fipresci-India

Read the current issue of our web-journal E-CineIndia
http://www.fipresci-india.online/e-cine-india/

Circular dt. 29 June 2019 Reg. E-CineIndia (April-June 2019)

Dear Colleague,
We are happy to inform you that the April-June 2019 Issue of our web-journal “E-CineIndia” has been aired. You may get it at our websitehttp://www.fipresci-india.online/ or by clicking the link http://www.fipresci-india.online/e-cine-india/ directly.
Looking forward to your kind feedback.
Regards
Premendra
Secretary, FipresciIndia
 
+91-9830140517

Circular dt. 26 June 2019 Reg. Online Poll for FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2019

Dear Colleague,

Please go through the following message received from the Head Office of FIPRESCI. Please note that you are eligible to take part in this online poll for FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2019. Deadline 15 July 2019.

Regards
Premendra
Secretary, Fipresci-India

Dear colleagues,

It’s that moment of the year where we start looking back at the past twelve months in cinema, as we get ready to choose the film that will receive the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2019, to be presented during the opening ceremony of the 67th San Sebastian Film Festival, on September 20.

To choose the best film of the past year, all members of FIPRESCI are invited to participate in the online poll, in two phases.

Phase 1, nominations – All members of FIPRESCI may nominate any one, two or three feature-length film of any origin and nature, that had their world première no earlier than July 1st 2018. Please check the dates (for instance on IMDB) to make sure the film is eligible, and remember that what counts is the world première, not the release in a specific territory (therefore films from the Berlinale or Cannes 2018, for instance, are no longer eligible).

Nominations can be submitted starting now and until midnight (CET) on Monday, July 15. After that, it will be technically impossible to add any more nominations, as we will move on to Phase 2.

Click here to vote (https://s.surveyplanet.com/fggWPbnX3)

Phase 2, the vote – You will then be invited to choose one title from a shortlist that will come out of the first nominations phase, also via an online poll, to determine the winner of the Grand Prix 2019.

Please note that in both phases you will be requested to identify yourself. This is simply meant to make sure that the poll is only answered (and only once) by members of FIPRESCI. The names of the participants are also disclosed to FIPRESCI members at the end of the entire process. But who each one votes for will remain absolutely confidential, and only I will have access to that information.

Kind regards,

Pamela Biénzobas

PS: Please do not post or share this link with anyone outside of FIPRESCI.

Click here to vote (https://s.surveyplanet.com/fggWPbnX3)

Circular dt. 18 June 2019 Reg. Schedule of the Seminar on Film Criticism at Thiruvanthapuram

Here is the schedule of the Fipresci-India Seminar on Film Criticism at Thiruvanthapuram:
Date and Time: 24th June 2019 Monday 3PM to 5PM
Venue: Kairali Theatre Comple, Thiruvanthapuram
Occasion: 12th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK)
Host: Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA)
Topic: Documentaries to Forefront: Role of the Critics
Welcome Address: H Shaji, Deputy Director KSCA
Inauguration: Bina Paul, Artistic Director IDSFFK & Vice Chairperson KSCA
Introduction: Premendra Mazumder, Secretary Fipresci-India
Speakers: Amrit Gangar, C S Venkiteswaran, Namrata Joshi,  Priya Thuvassery, G P Ramchandran.
Chair: V K Joseph, President Fipresci-India
Those who are attending the Festival, are cordially invited to participate!
Sd/- Secretary

Circular dt. 8 June 2019 Reg. Seminar on Film Criticism at Thiruvanthapuram

This is to inform you that Fipresci-India is organizing its next Seminar on 24th June 2019 Monday 4-6PM in Thiruvanthapuram on the topic ‘Documentaries to Forefront: Role of the Critics’ at the 12th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK, 21-26 June 2019) hosted by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy. Details will be communicated soon.
Please note that the report of our previous Seminar held in Bangalore on 25th February 2019 is available online at http://www.fipresci-india.online/reports/ for your ready reference. 
Sd/- Secretary

Circular dt. 8 May 2019 Reg. Website & Social Media

As decided in our last AGM at Goa on 24 Nov 2018, we already have uploaded our official website at: http://www.fipresci-india.online/ . We also have published the ‘Jan-Mar 2019’ issue of our web-journal ‘E-CineIndia’ which is available at: http://www.fipresci-india.online/e-cine-india/ . Articles (not published earlier) either in English or in any major Indian language (preferably with English translation) are invited for the ‘Apr-Jun 2019’ issue to be published tentatively by 1st week of July 2019. In the mean time, to stay tuned with the updates, the Fipresci-India Group in Facebook has been activated at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1304192669745405/ . This is a ‘Closed Group’ initially for the Members of Fipresci as a smart-alternative to access the contents of the website instantly. If you are interested, you may join the Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1304192669745405/.
Sd/-Secretary

Circular dt. 6 May 2019 Reg. Jury Cicular 2/2019

Please find the Jury Circular 2/2019 at Fipresci International’s Website at http://fipresci.org/members-area/juries. Kindly note that the application strictly as per prescribed proforma should be reached to the undersigned at least ten days before the deadline notified in the circular for consideration of the EC. For example, if the deadline mentioned in the notification is February 20, 2019, the application as per prescribed proforma should reach to the undersigned by 10th February 2019 positively. Decision of the EC will be final.
Sd/-Secretary

Circular dt. 14 April 2019 Reg. Website & E-CineIndia

We are happy to inform you that the Website of Fipresci-India is now ready to access @http://www.fipresci-india.online/ .Also the Jan-Mar 2019 issue of E-CineIndia (multilingual) is accessible @ http://www.fipresci-india.online/e-cine-india/ .Please visit the site thoroughly and give your valued suggestions.As the previous editions of E-CineIndia are no longer available in the net, articles by the members already published there could not be restored to keep continuity. We are trying to collect the visual and textual contents of the previous activities to keep the long history of the organization on records. If any member can help us in this respect, we shall be highly obliged.

Sd/-Secretary

Circular dt. 4 April 2019 Reg. Activity Report 2019 

Activity Report (January to March 2019):
1. Rekha Deshpande served in the Fipresci Jury at the 17th Bangladesh International Film Festival held in Dhaka from 10 to 18 January. (Link: http://www.dhakafilmfestival.org/jury-2019/ )
2. 1st Fipresci Jury was installed in the 11th Bengaluru International Film Festival held from 21 to 28 February with Kaj Van Zoelen from The Netherlands, Nachum Mochiach from Israel and Siraj Syed from India as its members.
3. An International Seminar on Film Criticism was held on 25 February at the 11th Bengaluru International Film Festival with Nachum Mochiach (Israel),  Siraj Syed (India),  Kaj Van Zoolen (The Netherlands) and Ashok Rane (India) as the Speakers, V K Joseph as the President and Girish Kasaravalli, N Vidyashankar, Aruna Vasudev and Narahari Rao as the Guests of Honor.
4. A Critics’ Jury was installed in the 2nd South Asian Short Film Festival organised by the Federation of Film Societies of India (Eastern Region) at Nandan from 18 to 31 March to confer Chidananda Dasgupta Critics’ Award for the Best Short Fiction and P K Nair Critics’ Award for the Best Documentary with Cash, Trophy and Citation (Link: http://www.sasff.online/jury/)Sd/-Secretary

Circular dt. 5 March 2019 Reg. International Seminar on Film Criticism

We are happy to inform you that Fipresci-India has successfully conducted the ‘International Seminar on Film Criticism’ on 25th Feb. 2019 as per schedule at the 11th Bengaluru International Film Festival-BIFFES. Mr. Nachum Mochiach (Israel),  Mr. Siraj Syed (India), Mr.  Kaj Van Zoolen (The Netherlands) and Mr. Ashok Rane (India) delivered their paper/talk in the seminar. Eminent filmmaker Mr. Girish Kasaravalli, Artistic Director of BIFFES Mr. N Vidyashankar, Former Presidents of Fipresci-India Ms. Aruna Vasudev and Mr. Narahari Rao graced the occasion chaired by the President Mr. V K Jospeh.Sd/-Secretary

Circular dt. 17 February 2019 Reg. International Seminar on Film Criticism

Here is the final schedule of the ‘International Seminar on Film Criticism’ presented by ‘Fipresci-India’ at the 11th Bengaluru International Film Festival-BIFFES (21-28 February 2019) hosted by the ‘Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy’.Date & Time: 25 February 2019. Monday. 4.00PM.Venue: Screen-III. PVR Orion Mall. Bangalore (BIFFES).Topic: Film Criticism and New Media.Language: English.
Speakers: Mr. Kaj Van Zoolen (The Netherlands),  Mr. Nachum Mochiach (Israel),  Mr. Siraj Syed (India), Mr. Ashok Rane (India).
Special Guests: Mr. Girish Kasaravalli, Mr. N. Vidyashankar.
Chairman: Mr. V K Joseph (President, Fipresci-India)We request all national and international guests and delegates attending the festival to participate.Sd/-Secretary

Circular dt. 2 February 2019 Reg. Jury Cicular 1/2019

Please find the Jury Circular 1/2019 at Fipresci International’s Website at http://fipresci.org/members-area/juries. Kindly note that the application strictly as per prescribed proforma should be reached to the undersigned at least ten days before the deadline notified in the circular for consideration of the EC. For example, if the deadline mentioned in the notification is February 20, 2019, the application as per prescribed proforma should reach to the undersigned by 10th February 2019 positively. Decision of the EC will be final.
Sd/-Secretary

Circular dt. 29 January 2019 Reg. Organisation

This is for your information that as per decision of the GB Meeting held at Goa on 24th November 2018, the following EC has taken over the charge of Fipresci-India w.e.f. 1st January 2019:
1. V K Joseph – President
2. Premendra Mazumder – Secretary
3. G P Ramchandran – Treasurer
4. Madhu Eravankara – EC Member
5. Ashok Rane – EC Member
6. Rekha Deshpande – EC Member
7. Siladitya Sen – EC Member

As reported by the former Secretary the following members have paid their subscription for 2019 before 31st December 2018:

1. V K Joseph
2. Premendra Mazumder
3. G P Ramachandran
4. Madhu Eravankara
5. Ashok Rane
6. Rekha Despande
7. Siladitya Sen
8. Rafique Baghdadi
9. N Vidyashankar
10. M K Raghavendra
11. Bhaichand Patel
12. Latika Padgaonkar
13. Nirmal Dhar
14. Manoj Barpujari
15. Uma Da Cunha
16. Meenakshi Shedde
17. Namrata Joshi
18. Bitopan Borborah
19. Pradip Biswas
20. Premchand
21. Rwita Dutta
22. Subrahmanyam Viswanathan
23. Ashok Kumar
24. Lalit Rao
25. Meena Karnik
26. Bharadwaj Rangan
27. Narendra Bandabe
28. Subhra Gupta
29. Siraj Syed
30. Utpal Dutta
31. Amitav Nag
32. Meghachandra Kongbam
33. Parthajit Baruah

As reported by the former Secretary the following members have to pay their subscription @ Rs.1,500/-per year plus Rs.500/- late payment fees due w.e.f. 1st January 2019:

1. Meenakshi Dutta (2019)
2. Ranjita Biswas (2019)
3. Shoma Chatterjee (2019)
4. Aruna Vasudev (2017, 18 & 19)
5. Indu Shrikent (2017, 18 & 19)
6. Sriprakash Menon (2017, 18 & 19)
7. M C Rajanarayan (2017, 18 & 19)

Besides above, Meghachandra Kongbam has to pay the jury fees for serving in the Kerala IFF (Dec. 2018).

All the dues mentioned above may please be deposited to the following bank a/c of Fipresci-India with an intimation to the undersigned by mail (pmfilm@gmail.com) or by SMS or WhatsApp (+91-9830140517) or through a simple phone call for proper maintenance of the records:

A/c No.0883101061603
Fipresci- India
Canara Bank
Trivandrum Cantonment Branch

Intimation has not been received regarding any other members whose names are not mentioned above.
Sd/- Secretary

Circular dt. 31 December 2018 Reg. Minutes of the AGM

Please find the attached minutes of the Fipresci  AGM held on 24 November in Goa.The new office bearers are taking charge on 1st January 2019.Sd/- Secretary

Minutes of the FIPRESCI- India AGM held on 24 November 2018 at Goa

The Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) was held at 01.05 pm on 24 November 2018 at Hotel Manosanthi, Dada Vaidya Road, Panaji, Goa under the chairmanship of the President Sri Rafique Bagdadi.

The following members were present:

1.    Sri Rafique Bagdadi (President)

2.    Sri Madhu Eravankara (Secretary)

3.    Sri V.K.Joseph (Treasurer)

4.    Sri Vidyashankar.N (EC Member )

5.    Sri Premendra Mazumdar (EC Member)

6.    Sri Ashok Rane

7.    Smt Rekha Despande

8.    Sri Siladitya Sen

9.    Sri Siraj Syed

10. Sri G.P.Ramachandran,

11.  Sri Utpal Datta

12.  Sri S.Viswanath

13.  Smt Meena Karnik

14.  Sri Meghachandra Kongbam

15. Sri Premchand

Sri Narahari Rao expressed his desire to retire from the organisation and hence he informed that he wouldn’t be present. He sent his regds to AGM and expressed his thanks to all the members for supporting him throughout his FIPRESCI career. 

The following members expressed their inability to attend this year’s AGM

1.    Sri M. K.Raghavendra

2.    Sri Lalit Rao

3.    Smt Meenakshi Shedde

4.    Smt Shubra Gupta

5.    Sri Manoj Barpujari

6.    Smt Namrata Joshi

7.    Smt Lalita Padgaonkar

Various points in the agenda were discussed along with the recommendations of AEC

1.    Approval of the minutes of last AGM. Secretary presented the report of the last AGM. 

The following clarification on the report was made by the secretary. 

( i) Jury fee fixed  in the lat AGM was Rs. 4500. In the new circular from the Central Secretariat, it was stated that for members from developing countries Jury fee is  Euro 25.00. As India falls under this category, our jury fee is only Euro 25.00. Hence we fixed the jury fee as Rs 2250.00.

2.    Presentation of Annual Report and Adoption. Secretary presented the annual report. Sri Ashok Rane proposed the adoption and Sri S.Viswanath seconded

3.    Readmission. Re-admission of Sri Ashok Kumar, who was FIPRESCI – India member till2004.

Sri Ashok Kumar applied for re- membership and as per constitution an old member could get readmission by paying two years subscription. The EC recommendation for his admission has been approved by the AGM. 

4.    Establishment of FIPRESCI jury in Indian Festivals. We have made efforts in 2017 to establish at least a Fipresci- India jury in IFFI , Kolkota and Bengaluru festivals. But we couldn’t succeed for a jury neither in Goa nor in Kolkata. Because of our colleagues in Bengaluru, especially with the support of the Artistic Director Sri Vidyasankar, we could introduce a FIPRESCI- India jury in Bengaluru in Feb 2018. With the co-operation of both central secretariat and Bengaluru Chalana Chitra Academy we could establish a FIPRESCI-International jury in Feb 2019. The AGM proposed that efforts  should be made  to establish juries in IFFI, Kolkota, Mami, MIFF,Gauhati and Pune in 2019. 

5.    Participation in Juries.The AGM took serious note of AEC’s concern over the lesser participation of our members as juries in International film festivals in spite of the continuous representation and appeal from the National section. The EC’s suggestion to hold a meeting with Klaus Eder when he comes for Bengaluru film festival in Feb 2019 was approved.

6.    Annual accounts 206-18. Since there was unusual delay in transferring the account from Canara Bank , Bengaluru to Trivandrum, we couldn’t make any transactions till  August 2018. So the Secretary presented the accounts for the last two years together and it was passed. Sri Premchand  made the proposal and Smt Meena Karnik seconded it. 

7.    Application for New Membership. Secretary reported that there are two applicants for new membership, Sri Parthajit Baruah  and Bobby Sharma Baruah, both from Assam. Bio data of both the applicants were scrutinised by the EC. Since Bobby Sharma Baruah is a filmmaker the EC rejected her application. Sri Premendra Mazumdar suggested in EC that the membership of Sri Parthajit Baruah is to be finalised in consultation with the Fipresci members from Assam and AGM approved the suggestion and the secretary was entrusted to proceed accordingly.

8.    Increase in the subscription and Jury fee. There was discussion whether to increase subscription and jury fee or not. The EC’s suggestion that no increase in both the item is necessary now as we have sufficient funds at present. The proposal for non–increase was unanimously approved.

9.    Increase of the term of office bearers. President suggested that there could be an increase in the term of office bearers from 2 to 3 years. Secretary suggested quoting the precedence that any change could be brought out only in the next AGM with sufficient notice to amend the constitutional clause. The AGM approved the suggestion.

10. E- Cine India. E-cine India was published till the year 2017 under the Editorship of  Sri Narahari Rao. As he expressed his inability to continue with the publishing of the same, Secretary was entrusted to publish E- Cine India in the last AGM. As there was problem in the fund transfer, E- cine India could not be published in 2018.  The same was the problem to start the FIPRESCI website. The EC’s recommendation that it should be published from January 2019 onwards was approved by the AGM. EC also recommended that members can write in their own language, if not in English. It should be made mandatory that each member should contribute at least 2 articles to E-cine India and the EC should consider this aspect also when recommending jury position. EC’s recommendation was unanimously accepted.

11.  Attendance in AGM. It was decided in the last AGM that a member should attend the AGM at least once in two years in order to be recommended for jury position. This point was put to discussion. Sri Vidyasankar strongly argued that it is illegal.  Earlier Sri Nirmal Dhar also raised the objection through e-mail. After the heated discussion it was finally agreed that the decision of the last AGM should be cancelled.

12. Election of office bearers for the year 2019-20. Six nominations were received for the post of 5 EC members. Nominations of Madhu Eravankara, Premendra Mazumdar, V.K.Joseph, G.P.Ramachandran, Ashok Rane and Siladitya Sen found to be in order. EC recommended that Election procedures shall be discussed in the AGM and finalise the modus operandi as per the constitution. Secretary  read out the earlier minutes of the election process and it was decided to adopt the same process. According to the precedence, in order to avoid election, one person was asked to withdraw his nomination. Sri Siladitya Sen withdrew his nomination. AGM decided that the 5 EC members could hold the meeting after the AGM, elect the office bearers and then co-opt two more members to the EC making sure that one member should be Siladitya Sen.

13. Registration of the Organisation. EC strongly felt that the oraganisation should have registration and it should acquire Pan Card. Otherwise it will invite complications in future activities and transactions. This point was discussed with the permission of the chair and it was approved by the AGM.

14. FIPRESCI- India should make new initiatives in its activities. It was decided in the AGM that Fipresci should engage in various activities in association with organisations like FFSI and Educational Institutions. Fipresci members should participate in the Open Forums and Master classes organised in connection with the Film festivals.

15. Appeals and Announcements.  Sri Ashok Rane invited all Fipresci members to the forthcoming Aurangabad International Film Festival (9-14 Jan 2019) and he promised hospitality for all members as the Festival Director.

16. Honours and Publications.  AGM congratulated the Secretary Madhu Eravankara for getting the prestigious MAMI Award of 2 lakhs for Excellence in Writing on Cinema for the Book INDIAN CINEMA 100 YEARS 100 CINEMA, Siladitya Sen for publishing the book INTOLERANCE IN MAINSTREAM INDIAN CINEMA and  G.P Ramachandran for the book LOKACINEMA DIARY.

17.  Sri Syraj Syed raised the complaint that he has received the jury intimation for Kerala Festival very late and had problems in formatting the application and hence he lost the juryship. Secretary explained the situation of IFFK-2018 and its short notice for juries. He further reiterated that Siraj Syed’s late submission has nothing to do with his juryship. The EC has decided to drop him as Meena Karnik, the only lady member applied, was also from the same region.

 The AGM was adjourned at 2pm

New EC Meeting:

The new EC members namely Madhu Eravankara, V.K.Joseph, Premendra Mazumdar, Ashok Rane and G.P Ramachandran met at 2.05 pm for the election of office bearers. Ashok Rane proposed the name of V.K. Joseph as the new president and Premendra Mazumdar seconded it.  Premendra Mazumdar was proposed as the secretary by Ashok Rane and G.P.Ramachandran seconded it. G.P.Ramachandran was proposed as the treasurer.

The new EC co-opted 2 new EC members, namely Siladitya Sen and Rekha Deshpande.

The following are new members of EC for the term 2019-20:

1.    V.K.Joseph ( President)

2.    Premendra Mazumdar ( Secretary)

3.    G.P.Ramachandran ( Treasurer)

4.    Madhu Eravankara ( Member )

5.    Ashok Rane ( Member )

6.    Siladitya Sen ( Member )

7.    Rekha Deshpande ( Member )

25-12-2018

Madhu Eravankara
Secretary

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