Aamir Khan, with his wife filmmaker Kiran Rao, at the Berlin International Film Festival
(© picture-alliance / Sven Simon)
Mumbai, the „Heart of Bollywood“ is undisputably one of the most significant places in the South-East Asian region for films. Several studios and production houses are based in Mumbai. With films like “Stars on Earth”, “My Name is Khan” and the Oscar-winner “Slumdog Millionaire”, the Indian actors and directors are approaching the global audience with a renewed confidence. Bollywood is celebrating the discovery of this global audience, which values its body of work as an asset.
India is the 7th non-European Nation with which the Federal Republic of Germany has signed a film agreement in 2007 according to which, films will be jointly produced by German and Indian producers. The Indo-German prodctions can subsequently utilize the funding programmes made available to them in the film industry in both the countries.
Mira Nair receives German Award
Mira Nair, the India-born, New York based film director and producer will receive the German Film Award for Peace, "The Bridge 2013," for her latest movie, 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist,' starring Kate Hudson and Riz Ahmed in the lead roles. The film releases in India on May 17, 2013. The Prime Minister of Bavaria, the Bernhard Wicki Memorial Fund and the Umbrella Organization of the German Film Industry will be a part of the gala to be held on July 4, 2013 at the Cuvillies Theatre in Munich. The 55 year old Nair will be conferred with the award for outstanding film and direction.
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Indian Film Festival Stuttgart 2013
Filmbüro Baden-Württemberg e.V. invites entries upto April 15, 2013 for the Indian Film Festival Stuttgart to be held in the summer of 2013. The festival, which presents feature films, documentaries, children's and animated films of any length and format, will take place from July 17-21, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany. Winners are chosen through jury and audience choice awards from different categories like best feature film, best documentary and best short film. The Psychothriller "Kshay" won the German Star of India" for the best feature film in 2012. For further information, click below:
"Barbara" wins the Best International Feature Film at PIFF
The German film "Barbara" won the Government of Maharashtra's "Prabhat" Best International Feature Film in the World Cinema category at the 11th Pune International Film Festival held between 10th-17th January, 2013. The film, directed by Christian Petzold and produced by Florian Körner Von Gustorf and Michael Weber, won a cash prize of one million rupees.
The film, set in former East Germany, revolves around the protagonist Barbara, a doctor by profession, who wishes to emigrate to West Germany.
Best International Feature Film "Barbara" [pdf, 128.56k]
"Indian Expressionism" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
Indian Expressionism explores the fascinating Indo-German film connection - the Indian fantasies of early German cinema, Indo-German co-productions and the influence of German Expressionism on Indian cinema. The programme includes Joe May's The Indian Tomb/The Tiger of Eschnapur (1921), Fritz Lang's GOLLYWOOD film--German Bollywood masala (!) remake in 1959; Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel with Marlene Dietrich, V. Shantaram's Pinjra (Cage); and Kamal Amrohi's reincarnation love story Mahal in Hindi, shot by German cinematographer Josef Wirsching.
The event has been curated by Meenakshi Shedde, a Mumbai-based film curator. She is India Consultant to the Berlin and Dubai Film Festivals and has served as India/Asia Curator/Consultant to numerous festivals worldwide.
Film Festivals in Mumbai, Pune und Goa
The significance of the film industry is reflected in the international film festivals, which as a popular and prestigious forum, offer both indian films a platform as well as open the doors of international productions to the film enthusiasts of the sub-continent. Throughout the year, film festivals take place in Mumbai, Pune and Goa.
The Pune International Film Festival takes place in January. In 2012, the German Film, "Wer, wenn nicht wir" (If not us, who?) won the award for the best international film.
In February, Mumbai plays host to the Films Division of India's Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentaries, Short films and animations.
The glamorous Mumbai Film Festival is held each year in October and with its flair and prize money attracts thousands of guests from across the world to the city.
The International Film Festival of India, which began in 2004 in Goa, takes place every November and has become one of the most important film festival where the entire film fraternity comes together.