Pakistan film events you should never miss in 2018

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Pakistan film events you should never miss in 2018


Pakistani film events

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Significant Film Awards festivals to Remember

by on May 26, 2018
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Movie awards

  • Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival

Country of origin: Argentina

Originated in: 1999

Name of the award: People’s choice award

  • Mar del Plata Film Festival

Country of origin: Argentina

Originated in: 1954

Name of the award: Golden Astor Award

  • Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival

Country of origin: Armenia

Originated in: 2004

Name of the award: Golden Apricot, Silver Apricot and Parajanov’s Thaler

  • Dhaka International Film Festival

Country of origin: Bangladesh

Originated in: 1992

Name of the award: Rainbow award

  • Flanders International Film Festival Ghent

Country of origin: Belgium

Originated in: 1974

Name of the award: World sound track award

  • Sarajevo Film Festival

Country of origin: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Originated in: 1995

Name of the award: Heart of Sarajevo

  • Panafrican Film and Television festival

Country of origin: Burkina Faso

Originated in: 1969

Name of the award: FSPACO awards

  • Montreal World Film Festival which is one of the most significant film awards festivals.

Country of origin: Canada

Originated in: 1977

Name of the award: Grand Prix des Amériques

  • Toronto International Film Festival

Country of origin: Canada

Originated in: 1976

Name of the award: People’s choice award

  • Motovun Film Festival

Country of origin: Croatia

Originated in: 1999

Name of the award: Propeller of Motovun

  • Zagrebdox

Country of origin: Croatia

Originated in: 2005

Name of the award: Big Stamp, Little Stamp

  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Country of origin: Czech Republic

Originated in: 1946

Name of the award: Crystal Globe

  • Cairo International Film Festival

Country of origin: Egypt

Originated in: 1976

Name of the award: Golden pyramid

  • Cannes Film Festival

Country of origin: France

Originated in: 1946

Name of the award: Best Picture

  • Berlin International Film Festival

Country of origin: Germany

Originated in: 1951

Name of the award: Golden Bear, Silver Bear

  • International Thessaloniki Film Festival

Country of origin: Greece

Originated in: 1960

Name of the award: Golden Alexander

  • Hungarian Film and TV Awards

Country of origin: Hungary

  • International Film Festival of India

Country of origin: India

Originated in: 1952

Name of the award: Golden Peacock

  • International Film Festival of Kerala

Country of origin: India

Originated in: 1996

Name of the award: Golden Crow Pheasant

  • Mumbai International Film Festival

Country of origin: India

Originated in: 1990

Name of the award: Golden conch

  • Fajr International Film Festival

Country of origin: Iran

Originated in: 1982

Name of the award: Golden Tablet

  • Venice International Film Festival which is one of the most significant film awards festivals.

Country of origin: Italy

Originated in: 1932

Name of the award: Golden Lion, Coppa Volpi

  • International Film Festival Marrakech

Country of origin: Morocco

Originated in: 2001

Name of the award: Golden Star

  • Netherlands Film Festival

Country of origin: Netherlands

Originated in: 1981

Name of the award: Golden calf

  • Norwegian International Film festival

Country of origin: Norway

Originated in: 1973

Name of the award: Amanda

  • Tromso International Film festival

Country of origin: Norway

Originated in: 1991

Name of the award: Audience Award

  • Kara Film Festival

Country of origin: Pakistan

Originated in: 2001

  • International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE

Country of origin: Poland

Originated in: 1993

Name of the award: Golden Frogs

  • Fantasporto

Country of origin: Portugal

Originated in: 1981

Name of the award: Grande Prémio Fantasporto

  • Cinemanila International Film Festival

Country of origin: Philippines

Originated in: 1993

Name of the award: Golden Frogs

  • Cinemalaya International Film Festival

Country of origin: Philippines

Originated in: 2005

  • Metro Manila Film Festival

Country of origin: Philippines

Originated in: 1975

  • Moscow International Film Festival

Country of origin: Russia

Originated in: 1935

Name of the award: Statue of Saint George Slaying the Dragon

  • San Sebastian International Film Festival

Country of origin: Spain

Originated in: 1953

Name of the award: Golden shell

  • Ciudad de Santander International Sport Film Festival

Country of origin: Spain

  • Goteborg Film Festival

Country of origin: Sweden

Originated in: 1979

  • Name of the award: Göteborg Film Festival Nordic Film Award, The FilmDragon, The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award
  • Stockholm International Film Fetival

Country of origin: Sweden

Originated in: 1990

Name of the award: Bronze Horse

  • Locarno International Film Festival

Country of origin: Switzerland

Originated in: 1946

Name of the award: Golden Leopard, Silver Leopard, Bronze Leopard

  • Adana International Film Festival

Country of origin: Turkey

Originated in: 2006

Name of the award: Golden Boll

  • Ankara Flying Broom Women Film Festival

Country of origin: Turkey

Originated in: 1996

Name of the award: Fipresci Award

  • Antalya Film Festival

Country of origin: Turkey

Originated in: 1963

Name of the award: Golden Orange

  • Istanbul Animation Film Festival

Country of origin: Turkey

Originated in: 2003

  • Istanbul International Film Festival

Country of origin: Turkey

Originated in: 1982

Name of the award: Golden Tulip

  • London Film Festival

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Originated in: 1953

Name of the award: The Sutherland Trophy

  • Dinard Festival of British Cinema

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Name of the award: Golden Hitchcock

  • Chicago International Film festival

Country of origin: United States

Originated in: 1964

Name of the award: Gold Hugo, Silver Hugo

  • Sundance Film Festival

Country of origin: United States

Originated in: 1978

Name of the award: Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award

  • Hawaii International Film Festival

Country of origin: United States

Originated in: 1981

Name of the award: Golden Maile

  • Seattle International Film Festival

Country of origin: United States

Originated in: 1976

Name of the award: Golden Space Needle

  • Slamdance Film Festival

Country of origin: United States

Originated in: 1995

In some of these important film awards festivals certain awards are offered to outstanding films actors, actresses, musicians and directors etc. The following are some of the most important ones.

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Best known as BAFTA British Academy of Film and Television Arts is a British based charity that is dedicated to the cause of supporting, developing and promoting the art form of motion pictures. They offer nine different award ceremonies to pick and make awards to people involved in the industry.

The nine awards are the

  • EEE British Academy Film awards
  • British Academy Games Awards
  • British Academy Television Craft Awards
  • British Academy Children’s Award
  • British Academy Cymru Awards
  • British Scotland Awards
  • BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards
  • The Britannia Awards

These award ceremonies are some of the most significant film awards festivals held in the United Kingdom.

Academy awards

Academy awards which are better known as The Oscars are offered annually by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of the US. The first edition of these awards was held on 16th May 1929 and the audience present on this occasion was just 270 people.

The awards are given to people in the film industry for their excellence in achievements in relation to cinema.  This awards ceremony is so popular among viewers that its telecast has been viewed by 57.25 million viewers in 1969. It was the 70th awards ceremony held in that year.

Voting to choose the winners in different fields is done by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The number of members eligible for voting in 2012 was 5783.

Golden Globe Award

Organized by Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Golden Globe award is also one of the most significant film awards festivals. The awards are offered to excellence in films and television industries. Presently, the association has 93 members. Started in 1961, the 72nd edition of the Golden Globe awards ceremony was held on 11th January this year.

In this awards ceremony the best motion pictures on the category of drama and musical or comedy are offered awards. The best director for both categories and the best director overall are also honored. In addition to them the best actor, best actress, the best supporting actor and the best supporting actress for both categories are awarded honors. There are also awards for the best the screen play, the best original score, the best original song, the best foreign language film and the best animated feature film. In addition to these awards made for the film industry both local and foreign, there are awards offered for the television industry as well. With all these awards are being offered to both films and TV industries Golden Globe becomes one of the most significant film awards festivals.

In case you look at the audiences that watch the telecast of Golden Globe awards ceremony you will be convinced that it is one of the most significant film awards festivals for the simple reason that only Oscar awards and Grammy awards are able to draw more viewers than it does.

Doctor Zhivago is one of the films that have won all the awards it has been nominated for and also it is one of the films that have won five Golden Globe awards. However, there are many other films that have made outstanding achievements in this award ceremony which is one of the most significant film awards festivals.

2017 Film Festivals

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Film Festivals of 2015

by on February 13, 2016
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The year of 2015 has brought many celebrations and festivals for the people across the globe. From religious to music festivals, billions of people celebrated them in the world. The celebrities of film world also celebrate their festival. Different events are organized at distinctive places for the celebrations of local cinema industry. Few of them are mentioned below:

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Significant Critics’ Awards

by on April 16, 2015
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Critics awards, film festivals

Critics are the back bone for ensuring work quality in various fields and film industry is no exception. Several critics are attached to various film hubs and in various countries working for the betterment of industry and they scrutinize the work and announce Significant Critics’ Awards for good jobs done. Several organizations and associations arrange these Significant Critics’ Awards with specific terms and conditions while following set criteria. Interestingly some Significant Critics’ Awards have been famous with their nick names or names which are not really official. Example is that “Hollywood’s Academy Awards” are usually called “Oscar”. In certain cases awards are named after the organization or forum arranging the award. These are however in three major categories namely:

  1. Critics’ Awards are periodically announced by a group of critics.
  2. Festival Awards are from amongst the films shown in a specific film festival.
  3. Industry Awards are given to selected professionals who contributed significantly to some branch of industry.
  1. The “International Federation of Film Critics” is abbreviated as FIPRESCI because of its French name “Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique”. This is a critics’ association of national organizations of film critics as well as journalists. It is a global set up for the development and promotion of film cultures and for looking after the interests of film as a profession. This Significant Critics’ Awards were first initiated in 1930 from Belgium and expanded worldwide to fifty countries by now. Various famous film festivals and the films shown therein are the selection base for this forum like “Cannes Film Festival” or very popular “Venice Film Festival”. The selected films need to be innovatively made. There are minimum 15 Significant Critics’ Awards given out so far to various personalities from film industry.  Interestingly the award recipients, sometimes do not  agree to decision regarding the Industry Awards as Robert Bresson did this in Cannes Film Festival in1974 having differed with the decision that he deserved some other award category. That is of course, part of the selection process as well as individual choices within a human nature.
  2. “The Argentine Academy of Cinematography Arts and Sciences” gives out its Significant Critics’ Awards for recognizing outstanding film makers from Argentina. These Industry Awards are known as “Premios Sur” presented each year by the Academy to various industry workers including technicians, producers, directors and actors etc. The Academy comprises of 220 voting members for the films released in Argentine.
  3. Formed in 1996 for Significant Critics’ Awards, AFCA began as the Melbourne Film Critics’ Forum, expanding to a national organization in 2004. In the same year, AFCA became an Australian representative of the International Federation of Film Critics(FIPRESCI), which comprises the national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world. FIPRESCI has members in more than 50 countries worldwide. AFCA helped to establish the first FIPRESCI jury at the Adelaide Film Festival.

4.      Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA) is a group of famous professional critics in Australia comprising film journalists, film reviewers etc providing deliberations, discussions, technical analysis and discussing various aspects of word cinema. This is the Significant Critics’ Awards forum that focuses on mainstream cinema and independent cinema to take care of various films that were challenging. The forum started in 2008 taking 2007 films into consideration like The Best Australian Film, Best film from overseas and then addressing documentary which includes even the films not yet released.

  1. Bangladesh government sponsors film Significant Critics’ Awards known as “National Film Awards” which is the premium film award ceremony in Bangladesh. Bangladesh got independence in 1971 and these Significant Critics’ Awards were initiated in 1975. Industry Awards are given each year through a government selected panel. These are around 24 award categories that include best actor, best producer, best playback singer, best child artist and even best makeup etc.
  2. The Belgian Film Critics Association is the name of Belgian film critics organization usually known as UCC for the French name “Union de la Critique de Cinéma”. The association for Significant Critics’ Awards was founded in 1950s and the members are newspaper reviewers, weeklies and various magazines. The festival or event is held in December for the past one year activity. Selection is done through polls by academicians, students, filmmakers and others having significant knowledge about films. Most important Significant Critics’ Awards are given to “film that contributed the most to the enrichment and influence ofcinema” known as “Grand Prix”. There are few sub-categories too for honoring working people in different areas of film industry.
  3. The famous Indian Significant Critics’ Awards named IIFA Awards (known as International Indian Film Academy Awards) were initiated in year 2000 at the majestic place in UK “The Millennium Dome”. This ceremony continues in various important locations to prove worth of the award and its global recognition. It started with one night event to now three day celebration that also includes various events and activities related to Indian Film Industry. These Significant Critics’ Awards are now globally awaited and recognized awards presented each year to grant recognition to technical as well as artistic excellence in Indian film industry professionals. The forum finalizes awards for the films released in previous year. To add an innovation IIFA added unusual categories in 2009 like Director of the Decade, Star of the Decade (Male/Female) Music of the Decade and Movie of the Decade. These Significant Critics’ Awards are a kind of reminder of achievements and like revisiting history.

There are several like 30 other award giving forms in India too but IIFA is the most prestigious and just international. Other forums are either regional or specific to certain aspects and do not cover such a large spectrum.

  1. TFCA stands for “Toronto Film Critics Association” is the Toronto based organization comprising film reviewers and publications. Since 1999, TFCA is member famous FIPRESCI that allows giving of Significant Critics’ Awards. A large number of broadcasters and journalists who keep critiquing and commenting on films are also part of it. These members are from significant electronic and print hubs in Toronto. They manage juried festivals throughout the world – Venice to Berlin and from Cannes to Toronto. TFCA started its working to present /announce awards since 1998. TFCA first meeting was held in 1997 and the awards announced are fat and pompous respected globally, like they give away $100,000 to the director of a film from Canada. TFCA is not the only awarding forum, there are others like VFCC (Vancouver Film Critics Circle), Genie Award and CFA (Canadian Film Awards) too who have their own respect and recognition in film industry.
  1. Pakistan though does not has a global prominent presence in film industry but the industry is always struggling for survival against neighboring film giant India. Among the Significant Critics’ Awards, Pakistan has Lux Style Awards, Nigar Awards, Bolan Academy Awards, National Film Award and now recently announced ARY Film Awards. TheLux Style Awards are presented annually since year 2002 addressing the “style” of film industry in Pakistan. These are around 30 awards and address Pakistani film, television, fashion and sometimes theater industry too. There is a committee of experts and polls from public that makes decision for the award winning. This is one of the local premier and respected award and known as “Pakistani Oscar” too.  Pakistan film industry is very much prone to imported film content mainly from India of which dialect is very much close to Urdu and now lately from Turkey after dubbing for local market. Turkish dramas are quite welcomed in Pakistan bring in in new style and trend as well as challenge for the industry where Significant Critics’ Awards are applicable.
  2. Russia though remained behind an iron curtain for a long time but has a glaring history in film industry as well as Significant Critics’ Awards. MIFF is “Moscow International Film Festival” is another film festival since 1935 but it takes place regularly since 1959 on alternate years till 1995 and later on till now it is held each year. MIFF top prize depicts a statue in shape of Saint Georgewhile attacking a dragon with reference to “Coat of Arms of Moscow”. Lately since year 2000 Nikita Sergeyevich Mikhalkov who is a famous Russian actor, filmmaker and Head of Cinematographers’ Union has been president of MIFF. Since 2012 the film director from Brazil is heading the jury for Significant Critics’ Awards. His name is Hector Babenco.  Usual member of this jury are famous film directors, critics from various countries.
  3. Film industry remains incomplete without Hollywood that has history as well as the trend setting role in film industry and the Significant Critics’ Awards. AFI or “The American Film Institute” is an organization for education in film industry aimed for filmmakers. American President Lyndon B. Johnson founded it through a presidential mandate in 1965 announced from The White House, Rose Garden. Purpose was to establish and organization at national level for preserving film heritage legacy, its education and to develop next generation of film makers as well as honoring the work of film industry as a whole and grant of Significant Critics’ Awards. AFI honors the beautiful heritage of the moving picture arts. Public membership and private funding support AFI. It constitutes film industry leaders like academic communities, leaders from the film, stalwarts from entertainment and film business tycoons. AFI has also established a wonderful training program to support filmmakers named as “Center for Advanced Film Studies”. The institute also created repertory film exhibition platform at a famous place known as “The Kennedy Center” in the early years for Performing Artsand then a Feature Films Catalogue  which a research source for American films and its history. Later AFI moved to film hub in Hollywood in 1981 and that really worked for the support and wellbeing of American film industry and now grants Significant Critics’ Awards for excellence in film industry.

There are several different factors to motivate workers, contributors and individuals who work for an industry. These are financial, power, achievement, advancement and the ability to contribute, etc.  People who feel good are surer of their abilities and their contribution to a specific area and make them satisfied and happy for what they do. These Significant Critics’ Awards also bring forth the importance of good workers, sponsors and contributors of the industry. This also brings better opportunities within the industrial sector and makes it more popular among masses.

Film Industry awards

by on April 16, 2015
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Film industry, awards

People usually dislike criticism but expert consider this as a positive and healthy activity as it takes one to correct path by pointing out errors and omissions. It also helps in improving quality of work too. Critics are therefore, back bone for ensuring work quality and make progress by doing “better next time”. Those who listened to critics have reached stars and enjoying peak of profession collecting film industry awards. These critics mainly, and other professionals formed various forum for appreciating quality work in film industry too. They review the films with keen interest and with a professional eye. These forums have become popular by becoming authority in film industry too. Their awards are prestigious and give strength and recognition to recipients. They developed certain standards and levels for achieving awards and those standards need to be met religiously without a slip.

There is a large list from various countries and organizations that arrange review of film industry on various levels and then announce awards as per certain criteria for each award. Recognition of good work is done by giving away an award through their work recognition. There are nick names for awards too and surprisingly those nick names are more known and have more popularity.

These Film Industry Awards are of three categories. One is announced by critics who vote on film work on annual basis. Others are festival awards which are given to the best of the film presented during the festival and lastly the industry awards given to all who contribute for betterment if film industry, given to all field workers and directors. This may include cameramen, lighting boys and recordists too. It is basically recognition of good work to boost film industry. Every person, from writer to composer and from stage designer to sound recordist is a team to work in harmony and make the task a success. Here are few of the famous Film Industry awards.

  1. Among the famous film industry awards, NSFC stands for “The National Society of Film Critics” is an organization formed by film critics for American films. This forum is most prestigious organization and is known for their authority and respect in American film industry. There is a large number of critics, as much as 60, associated with NSFC who are regular contributors to newspapers, TV Channels, periodicals and magazines round the year. They are the people whose comments are considered as authority in film industry and respected as such. The forum was found back in 1966 (New York City) by a group of critics of that time. The annual awards given by NSFC are known for its prestige and approved by film critics of USA. The NSFC is also representative for America for “International Federation of Film Critics” that comprises the forum for all national organizations comprising professional film critics together with the film journalists from all around the world. Interestingly FIPRESCI has worldwide memberships in 50+

NSFC announces awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting, Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Non-Fiction Film

2.      About The National Board of Review (NBR) is an old set up in USA for Film Industry Awards, started working more than a century ago and focused its efforts for supporting local and foreign film from art as well as entertainment point of view. This is a non-profit set up honors any distinctive artist in film industry and recognizes excellence of work in films to support freedom of expression depicted in film and responsible for Film Industry Awards. NBR main activities include supporting comments on all areas and angles of any film, patronage of educational films and caring for the film students and learners. NBR has also been helping and involved in philanthropic commitments to support film schools, students and Children Aid Society etc.

  1. IIFA Awards (International Indian Film Academy Awards), the famous event in India for Film Industry Awards started in 2000 at the beautiful place in England called “The Millennium Dome”. The venue shifted to various places internationally ensuring easy access to participants and invitees. This shifting of venue granted the event a global recognition and prestige. It used to be one-night event at the starting point but now stretched as three full days’ event. The celebrations also include numerous activities concerned with Indian film industry. Now the recognition is such that film industry people eagerly wait for the event. The event is now an authority on Indian film because of recognition of awards has become famous. The awards recognize excellence of various aspects in Indian film industry. A well respected forum finalizes previous year released and un-released films. Not only the annual release, the forum also considers working on basis of full decade like Male Star of the Decade, Female Star of the Decade, Director of the Decade, Music of the Decade or Movie of the Decade. These awards show a long affiliation and commitment with film industry and remind the audience about the immediate past too. Perhaps the forum will also consider life achievement awards for legends in different industry sectors.

India has become film industry hub and that is why the industry has more than 25 other awards announced by different forums in India. Some are global, some being national and some being regional but each has its own recognition.

  1. BAFTA is “The British Academy of Film and Television Arts”, is a self-governing charity to support, promote and develop the art practices of the moving image – that includes video games, film and television together with granting Film Industry Awards. In addition to its annual awards ceremonies, BAFTA has an international, year-round program for film industry development and coaching new entrants by conducting workshops and lectures so the talent could directly have access to expertise. BAFTA also started “the British Film Academy” in 1947 for this purpose. In 1953, the academy started another venture named ”The Guild of Television Producers and Directors” to recognize the talent by giving This was merged with “Society of Film and Television Arts” in 1958 under the royal patron-ship at Buckingham Palace. This further advanced and British Academy of Film and Television Arts(BAFTA) was officially opened in 1976 at famous Piccadilly, London for its work on Film Industry Awards.
  2. The most recognizable UK film trophies are bronze masks presented at its annual ceremonies for arts, TV Craft, Film, television, Video Games etc. that an American named Mitzi Cunliffe designed for the event. This is known as symbol of excellence globally. Later in 1955 the mask took other shapes depicting concept of the theatrical tragicomic mask with more complex design with certain modifications. Now BAFTA ward, including the bronze mask Film Industry Awards are presented to recognize excellence of work in film industry.
  3. The French film industry has a typical system for recognizing excellence in various areas of film making. Traditionally French film is criticized and reviewed by various forums namely César Awards, Lumières Award, Prix Jean Vigo, Prix Lumière, Prix Romy Schneider, Prix Suzanne Bianchetti and famous René Clair Award. Out of these The César Award is designated as the highest value film honor national film award of the country; delivered since 1976 in the Nuit des César ceremony. There is are 12 categories of filmmaking professionals having support from the French Ministry of Culture. Each February, the event is formally telecasted from Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Victoires de la Musique for music and Molière Award is also given for theatre. Comparing these with American Academy Award, it is the mere French equivalent. The first “Night of Caesar”, another name for César Awards started in 1976, Jean Gabin being the chairman. Étoile de cristal (fr) was awarded from 1955 till 1975 and that was later replaced by The César Awards. The period from 1934 to 1986 had been great as one prominent films used to get the Grand prix du cinéma français (fr). Another award was initiated in 1950s, named the Victoire du cinéma français (fr), Film Industry Awards given in each June. This was however discontinued in 1964 as it lacked enthusiasm. The César Awards started as 13 awards and now these are twenty two awards dedicated to nine subcategories. Besides the main ceremony, there is a sister ceremony named the Prix Daniel Toscan du Plantier (fr) that carries some additional Film Industry Awards for recognizing the new comers who show talent.
  4. Germany has a long history in film industry but just three Film Industry Awards granting events. These are Berlin International Film Festival followed by Golden Bear (best picture) and then Silver Bear (jury grand prize, director, actor and actress). The Berlin International Film Festival translated in German as “Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin”, is known as “The Berlinale”. The Berlinale is among the world’s prominent film festivals and among the most respected and awaited media events. It started in Berlin in 1951 but since  1978 it is held annually attracting sale of around 0.3 million tickets sold and half million people attending the event. This makes this event and event with largest public attendance festival where around 400 films are viewed divided in various sections. Not all but just around 20 of them reach the status of Silver and golden Bears. In parallel 20,000 professionals attend the satellite events from over 130 countries. There are more than 4,000 journalists who are responsible to expose the event to 110 countries. Red carpet is made available to all movie stars, celebrities and high-profile feature film premieres. The Film Industry Awards event, no doubt has attained global media attention, cosmopolitan character integrating art; commerce and glamour in one go.

These multiple events are a source of motivating good work and bring the doers at red carpet and recognize good work and top performance to surface. Film industry related people keep waiting for the events to make their place and exhibit the best of work done by them. The events are a source of strength and togetherness of film industry where best of the best can meet and seek public opinion what they have done in such events for Film Industry Awards.

Audience Awards from Different Countries

by on April 16, 2015
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Audience awards

The following is a list of audience awards presented to appreciate the efforts of most popular performers in the fields such as movies, television and music etc.

  • Constellation awards

Started in 2007 constellation awards have been offered to best works on science fiction and achievements made during the previous year. Nominees are selected by Canadian public and the winners are also chosen by them. Awards are given to male and female performers under different categories such as television, film and mini-series. In each category a number of awards are being presented to the best performers.

  • Meryl Prothom Alo Awards

This is a set of awards presented for excellence in the film industry in Bangladesh. The first awards ceremony has been held in 1998 and the event continues up to date. There are two nomination processes out of which one is done through the audiences and the other through a jury. There are 10 awards that are being chosen through each process. All award ceremonies held so far have been held in the same venue of Bangabandhu International Conference center.

  • Filmfare Awards

This is an award ceremony conducted by Times Group of India in order to appreciate the best performances in both artistic and technical fields of Hindi language films produced in India. Started as a kind of audience awards it was named as Clare’s awards at the time of its introduction in 1954. Though this annual event had a number of hiccups due to various reasons it is being held every year up to date. There are merit awards, critic’s awards, technical awards and special awards presented to various distinguished people in the industry every year. The winners are chosen by popular vote of readers of “Filmfare” a magazine dedicated to films.

The first show was held on 21st March 1954 and the number of winners chosen was five. Bimal Roy was among these five and the award was offered for his being the director of the film “Do Bigha Sameen”. Gregory Peck, the famous Hollywood star has been invited to attend this ceremony but he failed to appear on time due to a flight delay.

Awards ceremony for the year 2014 was held in the city of Mumbai and there were 31 awards. The venue was Yash Raj Studios. Best film, best director, best actor and best actress are some of the awards presented.

  • Filmfare Awards South

Similar to the Filmfare Awards given to people who excel in the Hindi cinema, Film Fare South awards are offered in order to honor those who show excellence in South Indian cinema.  Awards are presented on the same lines as the Filmfare Awards with the only difference that they are given to Tamil cinema, Telingu cinema, Malayalam cinema and Kannada cinema. Initially it was the Tamil and Thelingu film industries that were in recognition when the award ceremony was launched in 1954. However, Malayalam Cinema was included in 1967 and finally, kannada Cinema made its first appearance in 1970. Chennai and Hyderabad are the two main cities where this award ceremony was held. When it comes to cinema awards, best film, best director, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best music director, best lyricist, best male playback singer and the best female playback singer are the awards presented last year.

  • Vijay Awards

Conducted by the Tamil TV channel of STAR Vijay, this award ceremony has been conducted annually from 2006. It honors artists who have performed outstandingly during the previous year. There are also some audience awards that are being decided by the vote of audiences. In its first edition, though the viewers were asked to nominate their choices it was not necessary to focus on a particular time period. They were asked to send their nominations considering the all time performances of their favorite artists. However, this system was subjected to change with effect from 2008 and the voters need to focus on the performances of their favorite artists during the previous year at present. However, the majority of choices are made by a jury and only a few are decided by popular vote.

  • Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards

This is an award ceremony conducted under the patronage of Multichoice which is a popular digital satellite TV channel. The award ceremony is held in the Nigerian capital of Lagos. The winners are chosen by popular vote. This annual event was inaugurated in 2013 and its first edition was televised live to 50 countries.

  • Lux Style Awards

This is a Pakistani award ceremony held annually from 2002 in order to felicitate those who have shown excellence in the field of entertainment in Pakistan. The winners are chosen by a panel of experts as well as popular vote. The number of awards presented is around 30. This is the oldest awards ceremony that felicitates movies, television and fashion industries in Pakistan. Pakistanis treat this as the Oscars of Pakistan. At the time of its inauguration this ceremony was a one night event. However, presently it has expanded to an event that spans three days. During these three days various events related to Pakistani film industry are staged.

  • Polish Academy Audience Awards

This is an award presented to the best Polish Movie produced during the previous year. It is also among the many audience awards offered to artists who have shown excellence in their fields chosen by their audiences. Its inaugural ceremony has been conducted in 1999. It chooses the best polish film produced during the preceding year and the best artists. However, for the year 2004 the award has not been presented.

  • Empire Awards

Being a British ceremony to felicitate outstanding performers in the film industry the winners are chosen based on British film industry as well as the global film industry. These awards are presented by Empire, a British film magazine and the first edition was conducted in 1996. This is also among the many audience awards where winners are being chosen by the readers of the magazine. In this awards ceremony retired artists also are honored. There are honorary awards as well.

  • National Movie Awards

Started in 2007, National Movie Awards is another British ceremony conducted to appreciate those who have shown excellence in British Television. The event is conducted by ITV and the winners are found by popular vote. Awards are given to TV shows of different categories such as comedies, adventures, animations, family and performance.

  • Soft and Hard Adult Film and Television Awards

SHAFTA is a series of awards presented to the best phonographic movies in the UK. It is dubbed the Oscar offered in UK for phonographic films. The first of the ceremonies was held in the year 2010. It is Television X that organized the first award ceremony held in 2010.

  • Independent Lens Audience Awards

Those who watch the series “Independent Lens” are offered an opportunity to vote for the best episode broadcasted in a season. An award is presented to the winning episode by the broadcaster Independent Lens. The series started in 1999 and each fall 10 episodes are broadcasted. 2014 – 2015 season is the 13th season for this popular television series. The award has been presented on popular vote from 2003.

  • Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

On a Saturday in March or April every year viewers of Nickelodeon cable channel are able to view this awards ceremony. It felicitates the artists who have made the best contribution to Film, television and music during the previous year. The winners are voted in by the audiences of the TV channel. Usually, the awards ceremony is held in California. It has been shown in different venues during the past few years. Normal airtime it occupies is 90 minutes.

  • Teen Choice Awards

Aired by Fox Network Teen Choice Awards is also one of the many audience awards.  The voting is done by the audiences over the internet or through ballot forms published in magazines. The voters are teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19. The awards are presented for the best achievements made during the previous year on Movies, television, music, sports, fashion and many more. These awards offered for the first time in 1999 is still continuing and in 2014 there were allegations that the votes were rigged. However, the show will continue to this year with its many awards.

  • People’s Choice Awards

Being an American show, People’s Choice Awards is yet another one of Audience awards. It is offered to work with regard to popular culture. The voters here are members of general public. It was in 1975 when the first show was aired. Presently, the show is sponsored by Proctor and Gamble. In order to allow people to vote, the organizers of this show used Gallup Polls. However, presently voting through the internet has gained popularity.  Awards are presented on several categories such as movies, television, music and special. On each category a number of different awards are offered.

Film Festivals

by on January 30, 2014
in Film Festivals

Film FestivalsA film festival is said to be a systematized, protracted demonstration of films in movie theaters or broadcast venues, typically in solitary vicinity. The films that are shown might be of current epoch and, reliant upon the emphasis of the single festival, can comprise international releases as well as the films which are produced by the coordinator’s local film industry. Occasionally there is a emphasis on a particular film-maker or category or story. Some of film festivals focus on short films.  Film festivals are archetypally yearly events. The worth mentioning film festival in the worldwide is the Cannes Film Festival. Other significant and prominent film festivals comprise that take place Venice and Berlin. Read more..

Film Festivals of South America

film festivals in south america

The film festivals are manifestations of healthy cultural activities that occur in one region. The movies teach us many lessons that cannot be learned otherwise. Like a story of a novel, the movie does have a storyline or a script on which it is based. The movies are showcased in cinemas for public viewership or can be accessed via CDs at home. However, sometimes film festivals are arranged that take out the best of movies and showcase them to public. Each country or region has a peculiar style of organizing their famous film festivals. We will briefly mention here some South American film festivals along with brief descriptions of each.

Argentina celebrates its Cordoba International Festival that includes all sorts of animation movies in the event. It is really a great experience being a part of this event with interesting animation movies showcased all the way. There is another film festival of Argentina that is named International Film School Festival. It only receives short movies with a length of hardly fifteen minutes or so. Similarly, Brazil has International Fantastic Film Festival with certain bizarre and humorous movies.

In addition to the events mentioned above, here are some more interesting festivals as well. These events include Columbia’s Cartagina International film festival and International Image festival. Also, the other movie events of interest are Uruguay’s Winter Film Festival, International Film School and Children’s film festival. You can take part in any of these events to make your day!

Film Festivals of September

september film festivals

Toronto International Film Festival

In the month of September, get set for a couple of classic film festivals. Among the best movie festivals, here is Toronto International Film Festival. The festival is considered the most reputed one and second to Cannes film festival. Hosts of famous Hollywood celebrities make their way in Toronto International Film Festival. The timings are convenient for many people to attend the festival. Also, the audiences are highly enthusiastic about visiting this film festival.

New York Film Festival

New York Film Festival is another film festival of its kind featuring great movies. It is a good platform for representing world-class movies. It is competitive in nature because around 28 feature and 12 short movies are given a chance to include in New York Film Festival. Only best movies are included in this festival with no categorical division. The festival is really a good event to have fun with your loved ones.

Jackson Hole Wild Life Film Festival

This festival, recognized as the best film festival of wild life and nature, is going to be held this September. The movies and documentaries made on animal life and nature are selected for display. Over 500 movies are added in the film festival. Among these movies, the best ones are chosen and given rewards. There is another film competition involved with it known as Forests for People. You can submit your short films concerning nature in this festival. So get ready to see your work submitted in the movie festival if movie-making is your passion.

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