Lewas return in triumph

first_imgThe queens of the East Asia Pacific (EAP) region-the Pacific MMI Lewas returned to the country this afternoon to a warm reception from family, friends and supporters.The Lewas gathered outside the terminal and sang their victory song to the crowd of people who had gathered to welcome back the newly ranked number one team in the EAP.Lewas coach Kunemo Amini said that she was extremely proud of the girls who had achieved their main goal of being number one again.“We trained hard and played hard. We deserve it, we’ve been waiting for it for four years and we finally got what we wanted. Thank you to all our sponsors, our family and friends and the country for their support,” said Amini.Amini said there was still room for improvement and that the team would be working on enhancing their fitness levels as well as improving their technique in fielding and batting. She said this would help them prepare for the upcoming world cup qualifiers.From the EAP women’s trophy in Japan, a total of six Lewas players were named in the EAP team named by tournament directors. This was the most number of players out of all the competing teams.last_img read more

Over $500M spent annually to maintain DHB

first_imgCrew members of the DHB conducting maintenance works on a section of the structure on Friday morningOver $500 million is spent annually to maintain the 41-year-old Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB), which is nestled across the Demerara River from Peter’s Hall, East Bank Demerara, to Schoonord, West Bank Demerara.In a recent interview with this publication, General Manager of the 1.25 miles (2.01 km) long floating structure, Rawlston Adams explained that this figure is usually deducted from the Bridge’s toll revenue.The far too frequent and costly maintenance works are triggered by the fact that the Bridge was only intended to service commuters for about 10 years, however, it is still being used.Only on Friday Junior Communities Minister, Annette Ferguson, who once functioned as Minister within the Infrastructure Ministry, told the media that works are frequently conducted to maintain the Bridge.According to her, since the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government took office, three new pontoons were installed while 77 existing ones were rehabilitated.Along with the pontoons, the Bridge itself is usually maintained almost on a daily basis, occasionally at various spots simultaneously. The maintenance crew of the Bridge would usually be required to conduct welding works, which results in traffic build-up across the Bridge.Strangely, those works are done during peak hours, commonly when persons are rushing to work or school in the mornings.Due to the maintenance crew working on one section of the two-lane bridge, traffic is usually diverted to the other lane, which means that vehicles in their rightful lane would have to wait until the path is clear again.Many drivers have complained to Guyana Times of the traffic build-up on the Bridge during these hours. They argued that maintenance works should be conducted at “less busy” hours to allow the traffic to flow as it should.With the Bridge slowly self-destructing, plans are afoot to have a new bridge built across the Demerara River to better facilitate the flow of traffic.The new bridge would be built to accommodate four lanes of traffic in the future. Already, however, controversy surrounds the new proposed structure as Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson has been accused of sole-sourcing the feasibility contract into the bridge.In fact, a probe was conducted by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) into the awarding of a sole-sourced contract for a feasibility study into the construction of the new Demerara River bridge.The contract in question was awarded to Dutch company LievenseCSO for a feasibility study into the new bridge.The Opposition had requested that the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) investigate the award of the $148 million sole-sourced contract.The PPC had flagged Minister Patterson for requesting from Cabinet that the contract be sole-sourced instead of being processed through the Procurement Board as the law says should be done.The PPC completed its investigation into the award of the contract for a feasibility study on a new Demerara River bridge and handed its report over on August 7, 2018. The report noted that several companies had bid for the project to do the feasibility study and design for the new Demerara River bridge and 12 companies had been shortlisted.The report added that only two of the 12 companies had made proposals. As such, the bidding process was annulled. It added that on November 12, 2016, the Tender Administration Board approved the move for the project to be re-tendered. The project was not re-tendered; instead, Dutch company LievenseCSO was engaged by the Public Infrastructure Ministry to do the work. (Davina Ramdass)DHB General Manager Rawlston Adamslast_img read more

Otichilo assures Vihiga United commitment

first_img0Shares0000Charles Okwemba celebrates with teammates after scoring one of the two Vihiga United goals in a GOtv Shield Quarter final clash against defending champions Tusker FC on August 20, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 6- After weeks of uncertainty, Vihiga Governor Wilbur Otichilo has assured his commitment to continue the sponsorship for National Super League (NSL) leaders Vihiga United that was initiated by his predecessor Moses Akaranga.Speaking to Capital Sport, Vihiga United assistant coach Francis Xavier disclosed that the new county boss pledged to throw his support behind the team after having a succesfull meeting on Wednesday last week. “We can now focus on the game because we just got a backing from the new Governor who was elected in August. The Governor promised to continue sponsoring the team even in a bigger way. With this, I see things like improved remuneration which I think is a major motivation. For now we are looking on how we can continue our good run and possible promotion to the Kenyan Primer League (KPL) next season,’’ Xavier revealed.Vihiga United head coach Edward manoah during a past match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaVihiga are at the summit of the NSL table with 50 points having played 22 games and are touted to be favorites to win the second tier league and earn promotion to KPL, an inspiration to Xavier who says they are not leaving anything to chance.The assistant coach has urged his charged to remain focused on the remaining NSL games but admitted they have started scouting on players to add to the squad.“The race is tight but we have our mind fixed on the NSL for now and secure a promotion but definitely we will have to improve our squad because when you go up it gets tough and we might be looking here and there to see how we will strengthen the squad by bringing two or three players on board,” the former AFC Leopards Team Manager said.Vihiga United XI posing for a photo before facing Kibera Black All Stars in a National Super League match on Wednesday, 19th April, 2017 at Nairobi’s Camp Toyoyo Gounds.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaVihiga are scheduled to take on 12th placed Modern Coast away at the Mbaraki Sports Club on Wednesday afternoon as they edge closer to promotion.The club came close to play in the KPL this season despite finishing sixth last year after Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa ‘promoted’ them alongside KCB FC after Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka failed to comply with the club licensing.However, Muhoroni and Sofapaka were reinstated back to the KPL by the Sports Dispute Tribunal ending Vihiga’s dream that season.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Donegal students ‘draw’ praise in All-Ireland art competition

first_imgTwo Donegal students have been presented with top awards in this year’s 63rd Texaco Children’s Art Competition.Ruby O’Reilly Duff (13), from Loreto Community School Milford, Milford. who won a Special Merit Award in the competition. Ruby is pictured above, and presenting her with the award is James Twohig, Director Ireland Operations of Valero.Another Donegal winner, who also received a Special Merit Award at a ceremony held in Dublin recently, was Kellie McClafferty (16), from Royal & Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe. Kelly was unable to attend the prize-giving ceremony. The two talented teens were among the 126 overall winners who received prizes at the national awards ceremony.Lucy Deegan, a 17-year-old student from Luggacurren, Co. Laois was the overall winner with her piece, entitled ‘Tom – Summer’.Donegal students ‘draw’ praise in All-Ireland art competition was last modified: May 26th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardsTexaco Children’s Art Competitionlast_img read more

JUDGE SAID HE FOUND IT HARD TO BELIEVE €1,500 OF DRUGS WAS FOR PERSONAL USE

first_imgTwo Donegal brothers have been found guilty after being caught by Gardai with more than €1,500 of drugs in a car in Letterkenny.Wayne and John Paul McLaughlin appeared at Letterkenny District Court after a probation report was compiled on both men.The men had been arrested by detectives with the drugs in the Hawthorn Heights area of the town. The brothers, from Bray Cottage, Magherahan, Raphoe appeared in court accompanied by a young woman.Evidence of the arrests under the Criminal Law and Misuse of Drugs Act was given by local detectives Stephen McGonagle and Paul Harte on a previous occasion.Judge Paul Kelly reviewed the reports in court today.He said he found it difficult to accept that €1,500 worth of cannabis was for personal use.Judge Kelly said that John Paul McLaughlin had no previous convictions, had pleaded guilty at an early stage and was co-operative with Gardai.He found McLaughlin guilty of Section £ of the Drugs Act and fined him €250 and also sentenced him to 120 hours community service under Section 15 of the Drugs Act.Judge Kelly said Wayne McLaughlin had a history of previous offences but not drugs-related although disturbing nonetheless, he said.He found him guilty of Section 3 of the Drugs Act and ordered him to do 60 hours community service and another 100 hours community service for a Section 15 offence. He also fined him €250.Judge Kelly warned that if either men came before him on drugs offence in future, he would not be as lenient.JUDGE SAID HE FOUND IT HARD TO BELIEVE €1,500 OF DRUGS WAS FOR PERSONAL USE was last modified: March 20th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cannabisdrugsJOhn Paul McLaughlinRaphoeWayne McLaughlinlast_img read more

Police looking for missing man

first_imgRESEDA — Police sought the public’s help today in locating a 51-year-old man who suffers from memory loss and seizures. James Douglas Brill, 50, was last seen at 10 a.m., leaving the Northridge Care Center at 7836 Reseda Blvd., police said. Medical personnel at the center are concerned because Brill is on medication for seizures. He was due to take his medication at 1 p.m., which is why police consider him ”critical missing.” Brill is described as white, 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, with brown hair, blue eyes and a scar on the left side of his head. He was last seen wearing a white button-down shirt with an illustration of a light-blue bear on the left side of the shirt, blue jeans, and black sneakers or shoes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department at (818) 756-8283. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Double delight for South Fork

first_imgThe Cubs capped a memorable week for South Fork sports on Friday, claiming the school’s second North Coast Section title in just four days.On Tuesday, the South Fork girls defeated Geyserville 22-5 in the Division-VI softball championship, and on Friday the boys followed suit by knocking off San Francisco Waldorf 4-1 in Miranda for the Division-VI baseball crown.Senior Scott Coffelt was instrumental in the win, pitching a gem for the victory on the mound and setting the tone early on offense …last_img read more

Upcoming Film Festival Deadlines (Summer 2015)

first_img  Late Deadline  07/11/2015  $100.00 USD Take a look at the top upcoming film festival deadlines slated for the second quarter of 2015, and get a leg up on when and where to make your submissions.Top Image Courtesy of Leeds International Film Festival.Many of us here at PremiumBeat are filmmakers and videographers, and we occasionally send our work off to film festivals to reach a wider audience. Is this something that you’re interested in doing as well? If so, we’ve got just what you need. After this latest rush of film festival submissions, we felt that we should present our readers with a list of the top film festival deadlines for each quarter of the year.Words of WisdomBefore we get started, we do want to impart some wisdom to our readers, and it has to do with the all-mighty dollar. We all know that being a filmmaker or videographer can be an expensive career choice, and film festivals just add to that cost. Most festivals average around $50 per submission, which really adds up if you’re submitting to several at once. But you really need to be aware of hidden costs if your film is selected to play at one of these festivals.Many film festivals do not accept Vimeo links or DVD copies for final screening. Rather they require HDCAM (High-Definition Video Digital Recording), DCP (Digital Cinema Package) and even 35mm prints — and the transfer rates for each of these is not cheap. Luckily, each festival will inform you of their desired final screening media options as you make your submission. Remember to budget for all of these costs.Image from Tribeca Film FestivalUpcoming Film Festival DeadlinesAs we are currently already in the second quarter of the year, we’ve missed a few deadlines that passed at the end of May, such as Toronto International Film Festival, New York City Independent Film Festival and American Documentary Film Festival.Please read each official festival mission statement below. There are specifics about each one that may fit perfectly (or not so perfectly) with your project.   Earlybird Deadline  05/01/2015  $60.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  04/03/2015  $35.00 USD Music Video, Animation, Web Series & Film Trailer   Late Deadline  08/31/2015  $90.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  04/03/2015  $65.00 USD   Regular Deadline  06/19/2015  $45.00 USD Narrative, Documentary, Animation & Experimental Short   Late Deadline  07/03/2015  $58.00 USD   Extended Deadline  08/15/2015  $150.00 USD   Late Deadline  06/22/2015  $80.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  05/10/2015  $40.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  04/20/2015  $50.00 USD   Late Deadline  07/11/2015  $60.00 USD   Late Deadline  07/11/2015  $60.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  01/15/2015  $45.00 USD   Regular Deadline  04/03/2015  $45.00 USD   Regular Deadline  04/03/2015  $35.00 USD   Regular Deadline  07/31/2015  $30.00 USD SlamdanceStarted in 1995 by a group of writer/director/producers, Slamdance continues to be organized and programmed by active filmmakers. Now in its twenty-second year as a festival that runs simultaneously with the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, Slamdance has established a unique reputation for premiering independent films by first-time directors working with limited budgets.Narrative & Documentary Feature   Late Deadline  06/01/2015  $60.00 USD   Regular Deadline  09/18/2015  $35.00 USD   Regular Deadline  06/19/2015  $75.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  04/24/2015  $52.00 USD Narrative, Documentary, Animated & Student Short   Late Deadline  08/31/2015  $35.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  07/25/2015  $40.00 USD   Extended Deadline  08/15/2015  $150.00 USD   Late Deadline  06/22/2015  $155.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline 04/24/2015  $56.00 USD   Late Deadline  07/10/2015  $75.00 USD   Regular Deadline  07/24/2015  $75.00 USD   Regular Deadline  07/24/2015  $55.00 USD All Shorts   Late Deadline  10/08/2015  $60.00 USD Short Subjects (Under 40 mins)   Earlybird Deadline  05/10/2015  $35.00 USD Ottawa International Film FestivalOIFF was founded in 2009 and an annual not-for-profit festival that takes place every October. They pride themselves on being regarded as a highly unbiased festival and platform for filmmakers who are seeking to expand their careers to a larger audience. OIFF’s mission is to help develop and promote independent filmmakers and artists that “create outside of the box.”Narrative & Documentary Feature   Regular Deadline  09/18/2015  $15.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  07/25/2015  $50.00 USD   *WAB Extended Deadline  11/20/2015  $70.00 USD   Regular Deadline  05/15/2015  $45.00 USD   Late Deadline  05/08/2015  $60.00 USD   Late Deadline  05/08/2015  $50.00 USD Narrative, Documentary & Animated Short   Late Deadline  08/31/2015  $50.00 USD   Extended Deadline  08/15/2015  $150.00 USD Nashville Film FestivalFounded in 1969 as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration, Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) is one of the longest-running film festivals in the country and one of the most acclaimed festivals in the South. Hosted in Music City, USA, NaFF attracts enthusiastic film lovers from all across the country and has been praised by film-goers and filmmakers alike for its unique combination of big city festival atmosphere and laid back Southern hospitality. With over 290 films from 48 countries, a screenplay competition, web-series competition, innovative industry panels, live music showcases, and parties almost every night, the 2015 NaFF drew over 43,000 attendees and sold out nearly 50 films and events.Narrative & Documentary Feature Competition   Regular Deadline  09/30/2015  $60.00 USD Raindance Film FestivalRaindance showcases features and shorts by filmmakers from around the world to an audience of film fans and filmmakers, executives, buyers and journalists. Along with screenings, there are seminars, workshops, gigs and parties to allow everyone the chance to share our passion for independent cinema. It is also an Oscar and BAFTA qualifying festival, as well as being closely associated with the BIFAs.Narrative & Documentary Feature   Extended Deadline  10/15/2015  $70.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  05/01/2015  $68.00 USD   Late Deadline  07/06/2015  $195.00 USD   Regular Deadline  09/18/2015  $45.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  04/20/2015  $85.00 USD Narrative, Documentary, College & High School Short   Earlybird Deadline  05/10/2015  $50.00 USD Los Angeles International Short Film FestivalLos Angeles International Short Film Festival (LA Shorts Fest) ranks among the most prestigious international short film festivals in the world. The festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.Narrative, Documentary & Animated Shorts   Extended Deadline  07/31/2015  $82.00 USD   *WAB Extended Deadline  06/15/2015  $55.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  06/20/2015  $15.00 USD   Final Deadline  07/15/2015  $65.00 USD Narrative, Documentary & Animated Long Shorts Narrative, Documentary & Animated Short   Regular Deadline  10/16/2015  $45.00 USD   *WAB Final Extended Deadline  07/15/2015  $60.00 USD   *WAB Extended Deadline  07/17/2015  $80.00 USD   Late Deadline  07/06/2015  $145.00 USD   Regular Deadline  07/31/2015  $45.00 USD   Regular Deadline  05/20/2015  $60.00 USD   Regular Deadline  09/04/2015  $50.00 USD Chicago International Film FestivalAcross countries, languages and classes, film has the power to provide us with a release, an escape, a window into new worlds and new possibilities. In 2014, we presented 125 feature films, including 20 feature-length documentaries, and 50 short subject films from more than 55 countries. Many of these films participated in competitive sections, where the highest honor is the Gold Hugo – a standard of excellence in the world of film and a true symbol of discovery.Narrative Feature   Late Deadline  11/30/2015  $20.00 USD   Extended Deadline  06/26/2015  $75.00 USD   Regular Deadline  09/30/2015  $45.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  05/10/2015  $70.00 USD   Regular Deadline  05/18/2015  $55.00 USD   Extended Deadline  10/15/2015  $110.00 USD Narrative Short, Documentary Short & Music Video Want more content on how to gear up for a film festival run? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.How to Avoid Film Festival Rejection10 Tips for Submitting to Film FestivalsThe Filmmaker’s Guide to Indie Festivals & OrganizationsHave you had success with any of these festivals in the past? Are there any festivals we didn’t cover that we should have? Sound off in the comments below.   Regular Deadline  06/19/2015  $95.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  08/14/2015  $50.00 USD   Regular Deadline  09/30/2015  $30.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  02/20/2015  $25.00 USD   Regular Deadline  06/05/2015  $58.00 USD Competition Shorts Austin Film FestivalKnown as “The Writer’s Festival” since its inception 22 years ago, Austin Film Festival celebrates films built on strong storytelling. AFF recognizes the importance of the creator at the core of filmmaking and screens the highest caliber narrative, documentary and animated films — all of which demonstrate the power of a well-told story. Narrative, Documentary, Dark Matters & Comedy Vanguard Feature New Orleans Film FestivalCelebrating its 26th anniversary this year, the Oscar®-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival has firmly established itself on the regional film fest circuit as one of the most reputable in the country. It was named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in their 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 editions, and it was also named by Premium Beat as one of the “Fifteen Fests You Should Enter.” Born in a city known for its eclecticism and artistic vibrance, NOFF seeks out bold and passionate storytellers. With top-notch programming in one of the world’s most cinematic cities, NOFF serves up a dose of Southern hospitality that’s hard to beat.Narrative & Documentary Feature   Earlybird Deadline  03/06/2015  $40.00 USD   Regular Deadline  05/15/2015  $50.00 USD   Late Deadline  06/05/2015  $65.00 USD   Late Deadline  06/05/2015  $55.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  04/20/2015  $40.00 USD   Regular Deadline  06/10/2015  $50.00 USD Narrative & Documentary Short Competition   Regular Deadline  09/04/2015  $80.00 USD   *WAB Extended Deadline  07/17/2015  $65.00 USD   Extended Deadline  06/26/2015  $70.00 USD   Regular Deadline  06/10/2015  $80.00 USD   Late Deadline  11/30/2015  $30.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  07/31/2015  $35.00 USD   Extended Deadline  07/31/2015  $78.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  06/20/2015  $35.00 USD Screenplay Competition Documentary Feature   Earlybird Deadline  05/01/2015  $38.00 USD FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film FestivalThe Festival is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for artistic interaction and exchange among independent filmmakers, directors, producers and the film-going public. It’s mission is to discover the new voices of independent film.*Without-A-Box DeadlinesAll Animation, Video Games, Feature & Short Film Entries   Earlybird Deadline  05/01/2015  $23.00 USD   Regular Deadline  06/10/2015  $50.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  01/15/2015  $40.00 USD Louis Le Prince International Short Film Competition, Best British Short, World Animation Award, Dance Short Film Competition & Fanomenon International Competition   Regular Deadline  05/17/2015  $40.00 USD   Late Deadline  10/08/2015  $100.00 USD   Extended Deadline  01/08/2015  $40.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  06/20/2015  $25.00 USD   Regular Deadline  07/31/2015  $80.00 USD   Late Deadline  11/30/2015  $60.00 USD Yorkshire Short Film Competition, Music Video & Dead Short Competition   Late Deadline  10/23/2015  $45.00 USD Leeds International Film FestivalLIFF is a portal for audiences to discover the real world of film that exists beyond the limitations of mainstream film exhibition. LIFF primarily supports the work of outstanding, fresh new talent in fiction and documentary filmmaking (in both features and shorts) and in world genre cinema – and work from existing talent that has not received deserved exposure in the UK.Narrative & Documentary Feature   Earlybird Deadline  02/20/2015  $35.00 USD   Extended Deadline  01/08/2015  $85.00 USD   Regular Deadline  06/05/2015  $62.00 USD   Late Deadline  10/23/2015  $55.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  07/31/2015  $50.00 USD CinequestA vanguard organization set in the Silicon Valley, Cinequest’s uniqueness and impact result from being ahead of the curve in the powerful integration of creativity and technology. Cinequest fuses the world of the filmed arts with that of Silicon Valley’s innovation to empower youth, artists and innovators to create and connect – driving transformations and a better tomorrow. Cinequest does this through Cinequest Film Festival and Picture The Possibilities by Cinequest.*Without-A-Box DeadlinesNarrative & Documentary Feature   Regular Deadline  09/30/2015  $20.00 USD DOC NYCDOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, is an annual event based in New York at the West Village’s IFC Center, Chelsea’s SVA Theatre and Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas. Voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world”, the eight-day fest showcases new achievements in documentary film along with panels and conversations. DOC NYC seeks to make connections that happen “only in New York.”*Without-A-Box DeadlinesCompetition Features   Late Deadline  11/30/2015  $75.00 USD   Late Deadline  07/11/2015  $75.00 USD   Regular Deadline  06/10/2015  $60.00 USD   Late Deadline  06/01/2015  $50.00 USD   Late Deadline  11/13/2015  $65.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  03/06/2015  $30.00 USD   Extended Deadline  01/08/2015  $70.00 USD Screenplay Competition ($250 Cash Prize)   Earlybird Deadline  07/31/2015  $10.00 USD   *WAB Extended Deadline  11/20/2015  $85.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  04/03/2015  $85.00 USD   Extended Deadline  01/08/2015  $30.00 USD   Regular Deadline  05/17/2015  $50.00 USD Teleplay Competition ($250 Cash Prize)   Late Deadline  11/13/2015  $55.00 USD Music Video, Experimental, Puppetry & Pilot Episodes   Late Deadline  07/03/2015  $72.00 USD Narrative & Documentary Short AFI FestAFI FEST presents a survey of the year’s most significant films each fall. Featuring international work from emerging filmmakers, global showcases of films from the great masters and red-carpet gala premieres, AFI FEST brings world cinema to the heart of Hollywood. The audience at AFI FEST has grown to over 75,000 attendees with media impressions in excess of 7 billion worldwide.Narrative & Documentary Feature   Regular Deadline  10/16/2015  $55.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  07/31/2015  $20.00 USD   Late Deadline  10/23/2015  $15.00 USD Atlanta Film FestivalKnown as “The Writer’s Festival” since its inception 22 years ago, Austin Film Festival celebrates films built on strong storytelling. AFF recognizes the importance of the creator at the core of filmmaking and screens the highest caliber narrative, documentary and animated films — all of which demonstrate the power of a well-told story.Narrative & Documentary Feature   Earlybird Deadline  08/14/2015  $40.00 USD   Late Deadline  07/06/2015  $65.00 USD   *WAB Extended Deadline  06/15/2015  $75.00 USD   Regular Deadline  05/18/2015  $110.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  05/10/2015  $40.00 USDlast_img read more

‘Let’s hope Devdas sets the box office on fire’

first_imgThe Big Picture”Devdas was made for Rs 50 crore, Lagaan for Rs 25 crore and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham for Rs 40 crore. Does a poor country like India need such dear dreams?”-SHEILA KUMAR, on e-mail Old as GoldAudiences and critics alike are eagerly awaiting the release of Devdas, for,The Big Picture”Devdas was made for Rs 50 crore, Lagaan for Rs 25 crore and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham for Rs 40 crore. Does a poor country like India need such dear dreams?”-SHEILA KUMAR, on e-mail Old as GoldAudiences and critics alike are eagerly awaiting the release of Devdas, for its success will mark the arrival of period films and of cinema based on literary works (“Devdas: Bollywood’s Biggest Gamble”, May 20). Let’s hope Devdas sets the box office on fire.-STUTI SINGH, on e-mail Indian cinema may be getting international attention at the Oscars and at Cannes but it is undeniable that there is still a lot of room for improvement. Devdas and Lagaan are only occasional releases that make it big on the global scene. Out of around 800 films released every year in India, only a handful are competent in terms of technical expertise, directorial excellence, depth of characterisation and quality of script. However,  Lagaan and Devdas prove that Indian cinema is slowly but surely unleashing itself from the drab world of mainstream commercial movies and coming of age on the global arena.-SAIRAM SANATH KUMAR, on e-mail It is sad that in a country with a population of more than 100 crore-and where half the people are illiterate and live below the poverty line-a film on an alcoholic megalomaniac has been made for a whopping Rs 50 crore. The media is calling it an artist’s pursuit of perfection, a laudable attempt to create a magnum opus. It is hard to believe what message a mothballed, 85-year-old story could pass on to today’s highly materialistic generation. And who is going to be the beneficiary even if the gamble pays? The underprivileged and uneducated people of India?-G. SWAMINATHAN, Chennai It is surprising that Bollywood can afford to produce a movie on such a vague theme with a budget of Rs 50 crore. With the country passing through a terrible time on each front, the huge amount could surely have been invested in a better cause.-RAKESH BAHUGUNA, on e-mail Earlier your magazine used to provide an in-depth study of important issues on subjects of national interest. Now such articles are few, sprinkled between film gossip and the lifestyles of the rich and the privileged. I really wonder who is interested in knowing about the weight of Madhuri Dixit’s ghaghra and how much money has been spent on the extravaganza.-UDAY M. LELE, on e-mail It is sad to note that Bollywood filmmakers have had to fall back on a story that has been filmed eight times already in an attempt to produce a hit at the box office. They would have done well to have invested Rs 50 crore in a novel plot rather than present old wine in a new bottle-and a very costly bottle at that. I doubt if Devdas will prove to be the “elixir of life” for the sinking Bollywood industry.-BLESSON GREGORY, on e-mail Chief WorryYou rightly point out that K.P.S. Gill has a Herculean task ahead of him (“What can Gill Do?”, May 20). Will he be able to bring peace to Gujarat as he did in Punjab? My apprehensions are that as security adviser to the Gujarat Government he won’t get the wholehearted support of Chief Minister Narendra Modi who has been unable to control the communal violence. As it is, Gill has already got an initial jolt-the denial of the services of Punjab Police personnel.-ONKAR CHOPRA, Delhi Cynical StanceYour editorial was shockingly malicious and unnecessarily biased, targeting K.P.S. Gill instead of focusing on Gujarat (“Gill in Gandhinagar”, May 20). This kind of misrepresentation by sections of the media and power-hungry leaders is largely responsible for the continuing carnage in Gujarat. Do you know how much Gill did to maintain order during the worst days of the All Assam Students’ Union movement in Assam? You should have at least given him credit for having brought peace in Punjab.-B.K. BHATTACHARYA, on e-mail Future TenseI agree that the pressure on students during board exams is a serious problem (“Board Games”, May 20). But then how does a college having 25 seats for a course decide which “25” it should admit when it gets 400 applications, all having the grade “A” ? The solution is to broadbase the examination system by having continuous evaluation so that one exam does not become a matter of life or death. Marks can still be awarded but only in a continuous manner. One should not play with a time-tested system without completely solving some of the problems.-DR B. PURNIAH, on e-mail Students study hard for class XII board exams to get good marks which will guarantee them admission into a reputed college. What they don’t realise is that most good colleges and universities admit students on the basis of entrance exams. Your survey of the top 10 engineering colleges itself reported that eight of the top 10 institutions conduct entrance exams for selecting students. Similar is the case in the fields of medicine, law, etc. So why this two-pronged approach-boards and entrance exams-making life difficult for the students? The Government must direct all colleges to admit students on the basis of entrance exams. Colleges can group together to form a university that will conduct a single entrance test for all colleges under it and thereafter do away with the boards. The use of schools then? Preparing the students for entrance exams.-SUDHANSHU MALHOTRA, on e-mail Has anyone in our revered cbse looked at the course content for the social sciences paper for the Class X? It consists of history, geography, civics and economics, with a weightage of 40 per cent for the first two, 20 per cent for civics and 10 per cent for economics. But the syllabus for each is as vast as for the other. It must rank as the most confusing exam in the world.-AJAYA CHAND, on e-mail Throttling TalentMohun bagan is indeed in a sorry state of affairs (“Club in Confusion”, May 13). Behind all the talent it possesses lies the selfish interests of some administrators and industrialists. This is why sports in India is more about politics than talent. No wonder the Indian football team cannot find a place in the top 100 in the world.-ARYA C., on e-mail  Facts FirstTavleen singh is spreading canards against the Income-Tax Department just because her accountant asked for certain details for filing her annual returns (“Paying for Honesty”, May 20).Let the readers know that there is no expenditure tax in India and her auditor does not need those details for filing her tax return-provided she had maintained the details of her income. She is wrong in writing that every Indian tax payer is being subjected to this inquisition. Only 2 per cent of the tax returns are subjected to scrutiny.Singh has shown her prejudice and ignorance by saying that tax inspectors are the most corrupt officials in India. As an insider who worked for 25 years in a managerial position, let me tell her that the Income-Tax Department contains as many good officials as any other cross-section of Indian society. S. SENDAMARAI KANNAN, Commissioner of Income Tax, Hyderabad Singh has the pulse of the honest income-tax-paying middle class fully at heart. The practice and policy with regard to income tax in India lack direction and political will. Instead of finding a better way to ensure efficiency, the authorities want to harass the middle class by limitless forms and formalities. V.B.N. RAM, on e-mail advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more