India Chapter of the International Federation of Film Critics
Ashok Rane Won the Third National Award for Best Writing on Cinema
Ashok Rane, A Member of the Executive Committee of Fipresci-India, has been honoured with the “Special Mention” in the “Award for Best Book on Cinema” category in “Best Writing on Cinema” section of the “67th National Film Awards of India, 2019” for his book “Cinema Pahnara Manus” (The Man Who Watches Cinema in Marathi language). The Award was declared on 22 Mar in New Delhi. Previously he won “Laxmibai Tilak Puraskar”, the Highest State Award for Literature of Maharashtra Govt. for this book which described his journey with cinema, literature and theatre and how he played various roles as film society activist, critic, researcher, teacher of cinema, script writer, documentary maker, member of jury, festival director etc. This is the third National Film Award of Ashok Rane in “Best Writing on Cinema” section. Earlier he got this Award in 1996 for his first book “Cinemachi Chittarkatha” (The Story of Cinema, Marathi) and then again in 2003 as the Best Film Critic.
Awards of the 25th IFFK-2021
25th International Film Festival Kerala (IFFK), opened on 10 Feb in Trivandrum concluded at Palakkad on 5 Mar with the award ceremony. FIPRESCI International Critics’ Award for the Best Malayalam film was given to “Android Kunjappan Version 5.25” by Ratheesh Balakrishanan Poduval and the same Award for the Best film in International competition was given to “In Between Dying” (Azerbaijan-Mexico-USA) by Hilal Baydarov. Paulo Portugal (Portugal), Nada Azhari Gillon (France) and Shubhra Gupta (India) were in the FIPRESCI Jury. KR Mohanan Endowment Award conferred by the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI) Kerala Region was given to the Marathi film “Sthalpuran: Chronicle of Space” by Akshay Indikar. Girish Kasaravalli, Rwita Dutta and Aseem Chhabra were in the FFSI Jury. “Sthalpuran” premiered at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in Feb 2020 where it was nominated for the Crystal Bear Award in Generation Kplus section also bagged the NETPAC Award in 25th IFFK.
Fipresci-India Seminar at 25th IFFK 2021
After a long break of one year due to pandemic, Fipresci-India organized its seminar physically on 13 Feb 2021 at the 25th International Film Festival of Kerala. The seminar was held at Tagore Theatre Trivandrum on ‘Politics of the Government: Intervention in OTT Platforms’. Namrata Joshi, Rwita Dutta, Lalit Rao and Suparna Sharma were in the panel of speakers. Festival Director Bina Paul Venugopal moderated the same. The Seminar was organised in collaboration with FFSI-Keralam and Kerala State Chalachitra Academy.
Publication Of 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).
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.
4th Seminar on Film Criticism at IFFK 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.
3rd Seminar on Film Criticism at IFFI 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.
Discussion on ‘Documentaries to Forefront: Role of the Critics’
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.
Fipresci Jury in BIFFES-2019
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.
Fipresci-India Critics Jury in SASFF-2019
This is the first time Fipresci-India 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 conferChidananda Dasgupta Critics’ Award for the Best Short Fiction and P K Nair Critics’ Award for the Best Documentary with Cash, Trophy and Citation. Siraj Syed, Meena Karnik and S Viswanath were nominated by Fipresci-India (Link: http://www.sasff.online/jury/). Following Awards were decided by them:
P K Nair Critics’ Award for the Best Documentary (Cash, Trophy and Citation): Displacement and Resilience (India, 60M) by Chandita Mukherjee (Citation: Homeless and country-less, refugees pay the price for wars and purges. The film takes us deep into their psyche and focuses on the humanitarian work being done for their rehabilitation!)
Chidananda Dasgupta Critics’ Award for the Best Short Fiction (Cash, Trophy and Citation): The Stitch (India, 8M) by Asiya Zahoor. (Citation: A trivial incident in the life of a Kashmiri school-girl is used as a metaphor for the predicament Kashmiris find themselves in. Brilliantly understated, the film uses the short film format judiciously!)