Thursday, September 1, 2011



The India Chapter of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television will be holding the 8th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival on March 5,6 and 7, 2012 in partnership with the India International Centre and Sangat South Asia.

The event will showcase the works of Asian women film makers in a range of genres – short fiction, documentary, animation, experimental, community videos and television reportage. The director could be living in any part of the world but should be of Asian origin.

Approximately 40 films will be selected. Though not mandatory, we prefer to screen films made in the last two years so that the selection reflects contemporary concerns and fresh energies.

Selections from previous editions of the festival have traveled to various Indian cities - Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pondicherry, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram. A package was also screened at Birds Eye View Film Festival 2011, London. Another one is to be presented at the 4th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, 2011.

The theme of the Festival in 2012 is MEDIATION, MOVEMENTS AND MEMORIES. The selection of films will explore issues and ideas shaping Asian identities and experiences, offering new perspectives on the contemporary world. Apart from the general program, there will be three curated sections focusing on women directors from

* Hong Kong

* Japan

* Turkey

The IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival is held every year around International Women's Day and is proving to be an increasingly popular event in the city's calendar. Members of the India Chapter volunteer their time and resources to put this annual festival together. We believe in the wealth of talent and potential that Asian women bring to film and wish to educate audiences about the diversity in documentaries and short films.

We take this opportunity to invite you to participate in the event. There is no entry fee.

The deadline for entries is October 30, 2011. Results will be declared by December 15, 2011.

We look forward with great pleasure to receiving your films.

For Entry Form and inquiries write to:

Jai Chandiram, Festival Director,

Reena Mohan, Festival Co-Director,


Festival of Emerging Cinemas: A Report

The Festival of Emerging Cinemas was held at India Habitat Centre, Delhi from August 8 to 12, 2011. A report on the festival is available here.

Festival of Emerging Cinemas: Schedule

Festival of Emerging Cinemas

Connecting Indias

August 8-12, 2011, 7 pm onwards

Venue: Gulmohar, Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Monday, 8 August

BAHA (Sadri/Nagpuri, 112 min, 2009)

Dir: Shriprakash

A young tribal man’s dream of becoming a singer against the backdrop of the Jharkhand music industry

Tuesday, 9 August

MALEGAON KE SHOLAY (Hindi, 150 min, 1999)

Dir: Shaikh Nasir

An innovative and delightful reworking of the Bollywood classic ‘Sholay’

Wednesday, 10 August

Presentation on MUSIC VIDEOS OF UTTARAKHAND by Journalist/Musician Himanshu Joshi

THE LAMENT OF NIYAMRAJA (Kondh, 13 min, 2007)

Dir: Suryashankar Dash

The song of a mountain that is sold to a mining company by the government, sung by a bard of the Dongaria Kondh adivasi community who consider the mountain sacred

GADI LOHARDAGA MAIL (Nagpuri, 27 min, 2006)

Dir: Meghnath & Biju Toppo

A musical journey intertwining the pathos of the peoples’ struggle for survival and the end of a narrow gauge train between Ranchi and Lohardaga

SONA GAHI PINJARA (Kurukh, 20 min, 2011)

Dir: Biju Toppo

A musical short fiction film about how people from tribal communities are unable to attend their festivals back home because the official set up does not recognise them

Thursday, 11 August

TOKSKAL (Ladhaki, 80 min, 2004)

Dir: Jigmet Omachik

A historical costume drama based on a traditional Ladhaki tale exploring truth and love

Friday, 12 August

THE SUN IS STILL NOT SETTING (Manipuri, 27 min, 2010)

Dir: Suvas Elangbam

A poignant film that captures the simplicity and gentleness in the life of a little girl living with her grandfather in the backdrop of strife torn Imphal

BRIEF COMPANION IN A CAPITAL CITY (Manipuri/Hindi/Assamese/English, 65 min, 2009)

Dir: Dorendra Waribam

A deeply personal exploration of the city of Delhi through the eyes of an ‘outsider’