The International Uranium Film Festival 2013

Uranium Film FestivalCurated by two Brazilian film makers, this widely travelled international film festival, explores the entire nuclear life cycle — from the mining of uranium to disposal of radioactive wastes. Choosing from more than 50 documentaries and animation films, the Chennai chapter brings to viewers 20 films over a two-day period. The festival is geared towards engendering a more informed debate on these issues. Read more about the films here.


WHAT: Festival of international documentaries, short films and animation films covering uranium mining, nuclear research, weapons, and power plants and nuclear waste. Discussions led by feature filmmakers and prominent intellectuals.

WHEN: Film Fest on February 5-6, 2013. 9.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Workshop on documentary film-making led by Alphonse Roy and R. Revathi on 7 February (9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.)

WHERE: Asian College of Journalism 2nd Main Road, Taramani (Near Indira Nagar MRTS, Behind MS Swaminathan Research Foundation)

Organised by: Chennai Solidarity Group for Koodankulam Struggle & Poovulagin Nanbargal

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13th Madurai Film Festival, 2011

13th Madurai International Documentary & Short Film Festival 2011 is jointly organized by MARUPAKKAM and Media Research Centre, Department of Philosophy, Madura College, Madurai. It will happen on the 7th, 8th, and 9th of December 2011.

For the Sarat Chandran Memorial Award for south India short films and documentaries, they have posted a call for entries. The films should talk about people’s struggles and human rights issues. Films on south India, films by south Indians anywhere, films about south Indians where ever they live are all accepted. Short films should be less than 45 minutes, and there is no restriction on duration for documentaries.

First prize is Rs. 25,000 and the second prize is Rs. 10,000; both short films and documentaries will be judged together and awards are presented to the two best films.

An entry fee of Rs. 500 is to be sent as a demand draft along with the entry form, 2 DVD copies and publicity material in both hard and soft copy formats. Last date to send entries: November 1, 2011. The final selected list of films will be announced on December 1, 2011.

Read more about the festival at their blog.

MARUPAKKAM is a media activist group that makes independent films and organizes film screenings, film festivals, and workshops. 

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Cut.In Students’ Film Festival 2011

Cut.In Students’ Film Festival is organized by Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. The fourth edition of this festival will be held as a part of Resonance at the institute on the 21st and 22nd of December 2011.

Entries are invited for the following categories:

a) Documentary (under 45 min)

b) Short fiction (under 45 min)

c) Public Service Message (Under 2 min)

There is no entry fee and any number of entries are allowed by a filmmaker for each section, but it has to be submitted with separate entry forms. Read more about submission guidelines in their blog. Submission deadline is October 31st, 2011.

The festival will feature works by graduate/postgraduate/diploma students all over the country and other interested international students selected by a panel of judges. Two prizes will be given in each category. The prize consists of a trophy and a citation.

In addition there are prizes for Best Cinematography, Editing and Sound Design.

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The Nigah Queerfest ’11: Call for entries

Nigah is a queer collective that works on issues of gender and sexuality. Apart from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, they understand queer to be any identity, politics or process that challenges dominant norms. Based in Delhi, they try to create inclusive and safe queer spaces using media, training and conversations.

The Nigah Queerfest ’11 asks: How do we think about our bodies in relation to our genders or sexualities? How do we create and challenge ideals and norms around the body? Where do we house pleasure and pain in our bodies? What are the ways in which we can and have pooled together our bodies and used them to transform ourselves into a Body Politic, a political movement that is involved in creating social and cultural change?

The Nigah Queerfest ’11 invites you to contribute to the annual theme: Body Politics. Send them photos, collages, illustrations, drawings, or any other kind of visual work that you can email by October 31st, 2011. Read more

If you are an independent queer and/or feminist filmmaker and wish to enter your film into the Nigah Queerfest ’11, please send it to them through the entry form. As an entirely community-funded festival, they focus their limited resources on making the festival fully accessible to as many people as possible. Therefore, they will not be able to pay any screening fees to any of the participating filmmakers. Last date of submission is October 15, 2011.