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Sukhpreet Kahlon believes there is a treasure trove of films waiting to be discovered and brought to the fore in India. She gave up her love for teaching English literature to pursue film research. She has worked with prominent film festivals and likes to keep her finger on the pulse of the growing independent cinema movement. At Cinestaan.com, she writes on cinema and various film personalities. She also makes sure she never misses a Diljit Dosanjh film.
We need a connection between filmmakers and critics: Sanal Sasidharan at KNIFF 2018
At a Coffee Chat session, filmmakers discussed the state of film criticism in India and thought through modes of exhibition wherein independent filmmakers could reach out to a wider audience.
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A beacon and an inspiration: Filmmaker Sangeeta Datta on Rituparno Ghosh's legacy
Bird Of Dusk, filmmaker Sangeeta Datta's tribute to Rituparno Ghosh opened the Kazhcha-NIV Indie Film Festival. Datta speaks about hitherto unknown aspects of Ghosh's personality and his formidable legacy.
KNIFF is kind of an anarchy that includes everything: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
The second edition of a unique film festival, Kazhcha-Niv Indie Film Fest, is being held in Trivandrum from 7-10 December. Sanal, one of the founders and organisers of the festival speaks on the focus of the festival as well as its future.
IFFI 2018 has been a disaster as it is run by cinema illiterates: Veteran film aficionado Abhijit Ghosh Dastidar
A regular at film festivals in the country, he has been attending the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), or the Filmotsav as it was called in those days, since 1982.
I want conservation stories to reach the masses: The Firefox Guardian director Gunjan Menon
The Firefox Guardian was screened at the recently concluded Woodpecker International Film Festival. The filmmaker talks about her fascination with the lesser known animal and her motivation as a wildlife filmmaker.
You never know whose eyes are on you: Anandana Kapur on her film about women detectives
On the sidelines of the 6th Woodpecker International Film Festival, Kapur speaks about her documentary that looks at women detectives and their lives in a refreshingly nuanced way.
Unless you can make a frog look sexy, nobody is interested: Akanksha Sood Singh
On the second day of the Woodpecker International Film Festival 2018, National award-winning filmmaker Akanksha Sood Singh discussed key elements of wildlife filmmaking in her masterclass.
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10 must-watch international films at the Woodpecker festival
The films range from wildlife documentaries to stories of the human spirit.
I think I am a gangster at heart: Vishal Bhardwaj at Film Bazaar 2018
The filmmaker speaks about his journey in cinema and what defines his choices in a conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir.
Want Vaikhari to trigger a new journey for people: Lubdhak Chatterjee
The documentary will be screened today (23 November) at the 6th Woodpecker International Film Festival in Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi.
Ten must-watch Indian films at the Woodpecker festival 2018
The festival this year has a strong focus on contemporary issues of global migration and displacement as well as on films with woman protagonists.
India continues to disappoint me: Filmmaker Rajaditya Banerjee on how globalization has left the marginalized behind
Rajaditya Banerjee, whose Death Certificate was screened at KIFF 2018, talks passionately about his reasons for making the film and explains why he is critical of a developmental model that means progress for a few.
Australian films are not well represented in India: Film curator Mitu Bhowmick Lange at KIFF
On the sidelines of the Kolkata film festival, Mitu Bhowmick Lange discusses the selection of Australian films for the festival and ways in which the two countries can strengthen cultural bonds.
I want to work with people who enrich my craft, experiences: Filmmaker Sanjoy Nag on Yours Truly
The filmmaker talks about his inspirations for the story and the choice of casting Soni Razdan in his film.
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Bollywood had a big impression on me: Australian film editor Jill Bilcock on her brush with Hindi films
The renowned film editor was at the Kolkata International Film Festival as part of the celebration of Australian cinema.
Picked this subject to preserve the culture and folk elements: Filmmaker Bobby Sarma Baruah on Mishing
Baruah, whose latest film Mishing was screened at the Kolkata International Film Festival, talks about the reasons she was drawn to the unusual story of a small community in Arunachal Pradesh.
Kanthan The Lover Of Colour's asset is the social worker Daya Bai: Writer Pramod Koovery
Filmmaker Shareef Easa's directorial debut Kanthan The Lover Of Colour was screened at the Kolkata International Film Festival.
Wanted to make a film on the theme of fragmentation: Ratheesh Ravindran on Pixelia
The first-time filmmaker spoke about what it means for him to have his debut film screened at the 24th Kolkata International Film Festival.
Support us to make movies in little known languages: Actor Dinesh at KIFF
An unusual section titled Unheard India, at the Kolkata International Film Festival, brings remote parts of the country in focus, keeping little known dialects of India alive.
Cinema for me is a kind of discovery, says filmmaker Shaji N Karun
Shaji N Karun talks about his latest film Olu (She), a fantasy that brings together various themes.