between The London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Lee Valley Regional
Park and Raindance - the UK's largest independent film organisation
- Raindance East 2003 is showcasing over 20 features and 40 shorts
from world-class filmmakers, as well as a hosting talks, special
events, workshops and parties. Indian Cinema screenings include
Rahul Bose's 'Mr & Mrs Iyer' and Asoka Handgama's 'Flying with
was established in 1992 by independent filmmakers seeking to provide
information and advice on independent filmmaking to the then struggling
British Independent Film Community. The Raindance East Film Festival
is the latest addition to the excellent services for the industry
that have been established over the past 12 years. It is the UK's
biggest independent film festival, increasing in popularity year
on year- total attendance has grown from 1,378 in 1993 to 15,953
this year's festival, audiences will have the unique opportunity
to see mind-blowing movies from Asia and East Africa alongside the
best of local East London features and shorts, as well as officially
selected cutting edge international films.
festival kicks off with Mr and Mrs Iyer, a moving film which tells
the story of Raja (Rahul Bose) a Muslim photographer and Meenakshi
Iyer (Konkoka Sensharma), a traditional Brahmin wife who are forced
to journey together to Calcutta. When the bus is stopped by Hindus
out for revenge on Muslims, the two form a remarkable and unbreakable
bond. Mr & Mrs Iyer will be screened on March 21st (7.00pm)
at The Genesis Cinema, Mile End road, Stepney, London E1 4AQ (Tel:
0207 780 2000).
with One Wing', Asoka Handagama's tale of a male construction worker
who is exposed as a female to male transvestite has been dubbed
the must-see Asian film of the year. When Manju (Anoma Janadari)
has an accident at work and loses consciousness he is rushed to
the nearest clinic, which also doubles up as the local abortion
centre. There the doctor makes a startling discovery about the young
the ethically challenged doctor (Wilson Jayasiri) develops an unhealthy
obsession with Manju - one that eventually leads him to expose his
secret and triggers a spiral of events which force the mechanic
to reveal his true identity not only to his young wife but also
to his macho, homophobic co-workers. 'Flying with One Wing' will
be screened on March 25th (6.45pm) at The Stratford Circus, Theatre
Square, London E15 1BX (Tel: 0208 279 1000).
East builds on the overwhelming success of two pilot film festivals
that ran in 2001 and we know that this year will be even better,"
comments Raindance Director Elliot Grove. "It's a fantastic
opportunity to promote cross-cultural exchange by screening both
east London films and the best of world cinema in one of the most
culturally diverse areas in London."
East End is a hotbed for new filmmaking talent", comments Director
in Residence Jeremy Wooding. "This is a wonderful opportunity
to promote it. The festival will at the same time increase the diversity
of films available to local audiences."
Patron is Nitin
Sawhney - one of Britain's most unique and gifted musicians.
His album Beyond Skin (1999) won the South Bank Show Award and was
nominated for a Mercury Music Award. He picked up last year's EMMA
Award 2002 in the World Music category for his album Prophesy.
INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS
British Independent Film Awards was founded by Raindance in 1998
with the full support of the British Film Industry to pay tribute
to achievement, celebrate newcomers and promote British talent and
filmmaking. Thankfully Britain's making enough great independent
films to warrant these awards and to make the Awards the success
that they are. The
fifth annual British Independent Film Award were announced on 30
October 2002 and winners included:
British Independent Film - Sweet Sixteen
Director - Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday)
Actor - James Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday)
Actress - Samantha Morton (Morvern Callar)
Promising Newcomer - Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen)
Foreign Film (English Language) - Lantana
Foreign Film (Foreign Language) - Monsoon
sponsorship, PR and marketing consultant Ardi Kolah has been nominated
for two prestigious Hollis Sponsorship Awards 2003 for his work
on the British Independent Film Awards 2002. An Indian Parsee, Ardi
Kolah is Director of Media Reach Consulting a dedicated ethnic marketing
consultancy. He is a Director of the Institute of Public Relations
(IPR), Chairman of Membership for the IPR and a Board Member of
the European Sponsorship Consultants Association.
has over 14 years experience in the industry and is author of best
selling 'Essential Law for Marketers', a book recommended by the
CIM. He is also a lecturer and work shop presenter to marketers.
British Independent Film Awards, sponsored by Glasgow based financial
services advisors, Park Caledonia, have been short listed for an
award in the First Time and Low Budget Categories. The Hollis Sponsorship
Awards have attracted a record number of entries from the sponsorship
industry this year, according to the organisers.
Hollis Sponsorship Awards will be presented by BBC Radio 4's sports
presenter Garry Richardson at the Café Royal, London on Tuesday
1 April 2003.
here The Institute
of Public Relations and The
European Sponsorship Consultants Association websites. Click
here for the Media
Reach Consulting website.
Raindance East film festival runs from 21 - 27 March 2003.
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