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Last call for Telluride Film Festival submissions!

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter

By Jay A. Fernandez

The Telluride Film Festival, which runs September 3-6 this year, is issuing a last call for film submissions.

The deadline is July 1 for any last shorts or student films that want a shot at a slot in the 37th annual fest. The feature film deadline is July 15.

Fest organizers point out that past first-time filmmakers that screened at Telluride include Terry Zwigoff, Richard Rodriguez, Doug Liman, Jon Favreau and Lodge Kerrigan.

The Air in Telluride

In Aseem Chhabra, Red Hot Carpets on September 23, 2009 at 12:17 AM

by Aseem Chhabra

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The summer is finally over, but for movie lovers it is sign of hope and excitement, since it is also the beginning of the fall film festival season. And heralding the season is the Telluride Film Festival — held each year over the Labor Day weekend. There are world and North American premieres before the films make it to bigger and flashier events in Toronto and New York, revivals of classics and even lost silent treasures. Last year the Telluride audience was the first in the world to see Slumdog Millionaire.

It is a spectacular setting to see films – the pristine San Juan mountain range in Colorado, a former mining town, where Butch Cassidy first robbed a bank and Tom Cruise makes a home. Cruise has never been spotted in the town during the festival, but there was enough star power at this year’s event – from Viggo Mortensen and the French legend Anouk Aimée (both honored at tributes to their careers), Nicolas Cage, directors Alexander Payne and Jason Reitman, and the radiant Helen Mirren.

Nicholas cage and Jason Reitman on a panel

Nicholas Cage and Jason Reitman on a panel

In the recent years Indian cinema and film personalities have received the rightfully deserved recognition at Telluride. Shyam Benegal and Om Puri have been saluted with tributes to their careers, and in 2001 Salman Rushdie was a guest programmer at the festival. And the festival has shown films ranging from The Namesake, Firaaq, and The Mystic Masseur to classics like .

This year the festival picked up veteran Bengali director Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s new film Window. A quiet, poetic film Window follows the journey of a young man who buys a new window for his rural high school only to find his good intentions ridiculed and rejected. The film has an ironic tone, but the supporting cast is uneven and somewhat theatrical and that defeats Dasgupta’s efforts.

Aseem Chhabra at the Telluride Film Festival

Aseem Chhabra at the Telluride Film Festival

There were two other films with the South Asian flavor. France’s Rachid Bouchareb has directed a heart-wrenching film — London River, a story of two strangers, a British mother and a French African father, searching for their children, lost in the aftermath of the 2005 London bombings, caused by immigrants of Pakistani origin. Brenda Blethyn is terrific in the role of a clueless mother who over the course of the film learns so much about her missing daughter’s life.

And finally we saw an oddly constructed, rambling Australian documentary The Miscreants of Taliwood, in which the filmmaker George Gittoes travels through the Taliban-controlled parts of Pakistan as he explores the regions so-called film industry. The actors he meets are crude performers and their films are very amateurish and uninteresting. The Miscreants of Taliwood is very disappointing and certainly not festival material.