Shimla film fest to begin with Divya Dutta as celebrity guest –

Shimla, Aug 18, 2022- The eighth edition of the International Film Festival of Shimla will be held from August 26-28 at Gaiety Theatre in Himachal Pradesh capital with Bollywood actress Divya Dutta as the celebrity guest, it was announced on Thursday.

Festival Director Pushp Raj Thakur said the screening of Divya Dutta’s transgender-based film Sheer Korma at the film festival will be presided over by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

This time, 81 films will be screened at the International Film Festival of Shimla. Twenty-seven films in the international category, 34 Indian films, 4 Himachali films and 15 national award winning films will be screened in the three-day festival.

This time, films from 17 countries including Canada, the US, Spain, Iran, Brazil, Iceland, Mexico, Australia, Greece, Russia — will be screened. These include documentary, animation feature and short films.

Gujarati feature film ’21 M U Tiffin’ directed by Vijay Giri Baba, Hindi feature film ‘Alpha Beta Gama’ directed by Shankar Sri Kumar, Kannada feature film ‘Dolu’ directed by Sagar Puranik, Hindi feature film ‘At Down Toofan Mail’ directed by Aakriti Singh, Marathi film ‘Funeral’ directed by Rajendra Dubey, Telugu film ‘Natyam’ directed by Revanth Kumar Kurukunda, Kannada film ‘Neeli Hakkia’ directed by Ganesh Hegde, Hindi documentary ‘Jugalbandi’ directed by Chetan Bhakuni, Marathi documentary ‘Marble of the Jungle’ directed by Sohil Vaidya, Manipuri director Haubam Pawan Kumar’s documentary ‘Pabung Shyam’, Garhwali film ‘Sanpat’ directed by Rahul Rawat, Odia documentary ‘Backstage’ directed by Lipika Singh Derai, Hindi documentary ‘Naakara’ directed by Anant Mahadevan, Gujarati documentary ‘The Spell of Purple’ directed by Prachi Barjania and Assamese documentary ‘Veerangana’ directed by Kishore Kalita will be showcased.

Fifty film directors from across the country and abroad will participate in the festival. They will also be interacting with audience at the British-era Gaiety Theatre, where Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling and legendary actors Prithviraj Kapoor and Balraj Sahni once performed.

This time, a film exhibition is also being organised by the National Film Archives of India of Pune at the festival. Various work related to the films will also be put on display in the exhibition.  (Agency)Divya Dutta Black hotDivya Dutta Black hot

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Israel wins its first BAFTA award for a student film

The short narrative/animation film “Girl No. 60427” has become the first Israeli film ever to win a prize in the Yugo BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Student Awards, an annual event celebrating the works of the next generation of talented and innovative storytellers from around the globe.

In a ceremony held in Los Angeles, the “Best Live Action Film” award was presented to “Girl No. 60427” writer/director Shulamit Lifshitz, a graduate of Ma’aleh School of Television, Film & the Arts in Jerusalem, and animator Uriel Berkowitz.

The film, which combines live action cinematography and animation, is based in Tel Aviv in 1998, when a girl finds her grandmother’s secret notebook from the Holocaust.

The story was inspired by the director’s relationship with her real grandmother, a Holocaust survivor who wrote a journal about her experiences during the war years.

This year’s shortlisted 82 projects were selected from a record-breaking 715 submissions from 134 schools in 36 countries, including Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Other Israeli films on the shortlist were “Ordinary” by Gil Fermon of the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School; “Once Upon a Dream” by Ron Shalev and Guy Shefa of the Steve Tisch School of Film & TV at Tel Aviv University; and “The Sleep” by Matan Botzer and Shanti Stieglitz of the Steve Tisch School.

The BAFTA judges said, “Girl No. 60427” is “a deep and emotional film, which brings to extraordinary artistic expression the experiences of the third generation of Holocaust survivors.”

This article was first published by Israel21c.

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Global media is ensuring that RRR makes a grand entry at the Oscars

The Indian entertainment industry is going through a churning phase. The audience has shown the Bollywood cabals their rightful place. Content driven cinema is finally getting their due recognition. Irrespective of language/region/genre, quality content is rocking at the box office. The prime example of this churning is that ‘star’ driven ‘Lal Singh Chaddha’ has tanked miserably. Contrary to that, Telugu movie ‘Karthikeya 2’ is witnessing exponential growth courtesy of its approach and the content delivery. Amid all of this, RRR is coming out as the flag bearer of this change. There is a high possibility that it might script history on the global stage.

Global success of RRR

After ruling the heart of Indian audiences, RRR is becoming a global phenomenon. It shattered the record for the highest opening day grosser by an Indian film. It made a business of around Rs 240 crores worldwide on its first day. Overall, the movie earned around Rs 1100 crores at the global box office.

Later, it became a smashing hit at OTT platform. In May, the Hindi version of the movie was released on Netflix. It soon landed in the top 10 most-watched titles over the platform. This created a strong buzz in the global media. They are going gaga over the film and heaping praises. Some of them are claiming that RRR is a strong contender to lift next year’s Oscars in multiple categories.

Global media goes Gaga for RRR

Recently, a popular American media company, Variety, released their prediction list for Oscars 2023. It claimed that RRR checks all the boxes needed for an Oscar worthy movie. It has named popular Indian actor Jr. NTR as a probable contender in the Best Actor category. Along with it, the media company strongly feels that RRR can get several nominations in the Oscars.

#TheVariety has listed Jr NTR as one of the contestants for The Oscars 2023. Alongside Rajamouli listed in the best director and RRR listed in best movie list. #RRRMovie @ssrajamouli @tarak9999 @RRRMovie #Oscars2023

— Appayya Ramarao (@AppayyaRamarao) August 15, 2022

It has given a list of categories in which it feels that RRR will give a tough fight to other films. It predicted that the film can win more than one final nomination. It is important to note that only five movies from around the globe make it to the final list. It has predicted that RRR can get a final nomination in 2023 Academy Awards aka Oscars in following categories – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best original screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay.

India’s chances at the Oscar

Evidently, Lagaan in 2001 was the last Indian movie that made it to the final nomination list. Till now, only three Indian movies have got this opportunity. Other than Lagaan, it was Mother India in 1957 and Salaam Bombay! in 1988. Last year, India’s official submission “Pebbles” failed to make into the list of films recognized for international feature. This year was the 20th straight year when an Indian movie didn’t make it to the final nomination list. Hence, it will be a huge feat if RRR indeed gets to the final list ending 21 years of drought.

There is a strong push to send Telugu language for Oscars this year. There is a high chance that it can make it to the final nominations in the International film category.

It is important that India and producers of RRR provide financial capital for movies’ campaigns for the Oscar nomination. In December, a shortlist of 15 international features will be announced till then India has to lobby for the movie strongly to end this streak.

However, media buzz claims that Indian Film Fraternity may send The Kashmir Files as the official nomination from India. Even after that, RRR can still make it to the list.

The publication said “Even if India doesn’t select it (RRR), it can still be submitted in all other general categories, including best picture and director”.

Other Global Nominations for RRR

Apart from Variety, the Saturn Awards revealed nominations for their 50th-anniversary edition. RRR has got multiple nominations for this American Award. The winners of the award will be announced on 25th of October in a live-stream. The award is presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

Additionally, RRR became the first Indian film to get nominated at Hollywood Critics Association Awards. It left behind popular Hollywood movies like Top Gun: Maverick, The Batman & Elvis among others to secure the second spot in the list. The nominations at Hollywood Critics Association Awards include Best Action/Adventure Film, Best Direction & Best International Film.

SS Rajamouli directed magnus opus RRR has become a phenomenon in itself. Five months have passed since its release yet it is only seeing a meteoric rise. If this prediction of Variety and other global media comes true, RRR might script history at the Oscars and other global awards. This will set a great template that without compromising on the Indianness, a movie can become a massive success.

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Music Biz Members Jaxsta Inks Data Sharing Agreement With DistroKid – Music Business Association

The world’s largest database of official music credits, Jaxsta has inked a data sharing agreement with leading indie music distributor, DistroKid. Per the terms of this partnership, DistroKid will now provide Jaxsta with over 2 million music credits from its database of more than 15 million global artists. DistroKid artists will now be able to… Read More

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Nearly 50 Years Later, Academy Awards Issues Apology For “Unjustified Abuse”

After nearly 50 years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued an official apology to Sacheen Littlefeather following the 1973 Academy Awards.

Native American Sacheen Littlefeather speaks at the 45th Academy Awards. On behalf of Marlon Brando, she refused the Best Actor award he was awarded for his role in Godfather. Brando refused the award because of the treatment by the Americans of the American Indian.Credit: ABC

Littlefeather, at Marlon Brando’s request, did not accept his Best Actor award for The Godfather (1972) and, instead, gave an impassioned 60-second speech regarding the stereotypes surrounding Native Americans in film and television.

Per an official release, the Academy shared:

She also brought attention to the 1973 Wounded Knee protest in South Dakota. This moment resulted in her being professionally boycotted, personally attacked and harassed, and discriminated against for the last 50 years.

Littlefeather’s speech is highlighted in the museum’s Academy Awards History gallery, and she was interviewed this spring by Jacqueline Stewart, Director and President of the Academy Museum, for the Academy Museum Podcast episode “Marlon Brando Cannot Accept this Very Generous Award” about the 1973 Oscars®, the Academy’s A.frame article, and a Visual History as part of the Academy’s Oral History Projects (to be released in September 2022). In June, Littlefeather was presented with a statement of apology, signed by former Academy President David Rubin.

The apology, in part, reads, “you made a powerful statement that continues to remind us of the necessity of respect and the importance of human dignity. The abuse you endured because of this statement was unwarranted and unjustified.”

Littlefeather has accepted the Academy’s remorse, saying:

“Regarding the Academy’s apology to me, we Indians are very patient people—it’s only been 50 years! We need to keep our sense of humor about this at all times. It’s our method of survival. I never thought I’d live to see the day for this program to take place, featuring such wonderful Native performers and Bird Runningwater, a television and film producer who also guided the Sundance Institute’s commitment to Indigenous filmmakers for twenty years through the Institute’s Labs and Sundance Film Festival. This is a dream come true. It is profoundly heartening to see how much has changed since I did not accept the Academy Award 50 years ago. I am so proud of each and every person who will appear on stage.”

You can watch Littlefeather’s entire 1973 speech below:

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be hosting an “An Evening with Sacheen Littlefeather, a very special program of conversation, reflection, healing, and celebration with Sacheen Littlefeather (Apache/Yaqui/AZ) on September 17, 2022.”

The Godfather films are distributed by Paramount Pictures. Brando died on July 1, 2004, and did not live to see Littlefeather receive an apology.

What are your thoughts on the Academy apologizing to Sacheen Littlefeather after all these years?

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The Golden Globes Will Make Its Return to Television in 2023

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After a year on the sidelines from a television broadcast deal, the Golden Globes will be making a return thanks to a new broadcast partner for 2023.

NBC has swooped in for the rights to next year’s awards ceremony, following the organizers Hollywood Foreign Press Association receiving heat for a multitude of controversies in 2021 that led NBC to not air the 2022 ceremony. These controversies included a lack of Black members of the HFPA, alleged unethical conduct, and alleged financial shenanigans.

But things have cooled off for the HPFA, as The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that a return under NBC is happening with the broadcaster already looking to pen in a date for ceremony. Traditionally held on a Sunday night in January, 2023’s is aiming for a Tuesday Jan. 10 ceremony, with it looking to avoid clashes with Critics Choice Awards and the NFL season.

NBC returning to the HPFA is a result of reforms in how the association is run, as gifts for judges were banned, more Black members joined, and it wielded the remorseless scythe on a few members. 2022’s ceremony saw nearly no notable attendees as the outrage swirled in Hollywood, but with a broadcast back there’ll surely be returns of big names.

The awards season triggers debate every year on the merit of industry awards, as well as diversity (or lack thereof) in nominees and winners. It’s interesting to note that its competitors like the Academy Awards gave minority voices a bigger say and more wins in 2022, and the Golden Globes also made waves with Michaela Jaé Rodriguez becoming the first trans actress to win an award.

Should it all go to plan for the HPFA, the 2023 awards ceremony will air Jan. 10.

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Music Biz Member UMG Signs DJ Afrojack And His Label For Europe’s New Dance & Electronic Music Hub – Music Business Association

Universal Music Group has announced a new collaborative partnership with Virgin Records Germany, in the signing of DJ Afrojack and his label, Wall Recordings. The new alliance will launch a Dance and Electronic hub in the European region, aimed to support and amplify independent Electronic artists and labels. The first single under the partnership, “Day… Read More

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New Cranberries book launched this week

A NEW book charting the career of iconic Limerick band, The Cranberries, has been launched this week. Spanish publishing and on-line music concern, ‘Don’t Let The Music Die’, is behind the publication of  ‘Lealtad: The Story of The Cranberries in the Newspapers.’ This is the first limited edition offering in the company’s new collection. The […]

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