MUMBAI: UTV has been the only Indian studio, to have its films screened as official selections at many prestigious international film festivals, in 2009-2010, with Dev.D and Delhi 6 screening at the Venice Film Festival, followed by What’s Your Raashee at the Toronto Film festival, Aamir Khan Production’s Peepli Live at Sundance and Berlin Film Festival, Udaan which is competing in the Un Certain Regard, Official Selection section of the Cannes Film Festival.
Harishchandrachi Factory which was India’s official entry for the 82nd Academy Awards and Dev D, will now be screened at prominent film festivals in South Asian and European countries.
Anurag Kashyap’s Dev D starring Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin and Mahie Gill, has been selected at Puchon Film Festival at Korea and will also be screened at CPX Festival Denmark. Dev D was screened at the Osaka Asian Film Festival, Dev D has been a favorite on the film festival circuit, with screenings at the Venice International Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Belgrade International Film Festival, Tiburon International Film Festival (in March), Palm Springs International Film Festival, and Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece.
The Phuket Film Festival, starting 4 June, 2010, will open with the screening of Harishchandrachi Factory. It will also be screened at the Krakow Film Festival in Poland, from l 19 to 21 April, 2010. Having traveled to the Cinema Mundi International Film Festival in Czechoslovakia, Los Angeles for the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Floating Film Festival in the US, Asian International Film Festival at New York and to the Indian Panorama section at the International Film Festival of India in Goa; Harishchandrachi Factory is now looking at entertaining the Polish and Thailand film buffs.
Harishchandrachi Factory’s writer – director Paresh Mokashi says, “I am really happy that we are making this effort, to take Phalke’s adventure to international audiences. For the first time, film buffs in Poland, Thailand and other countries, will have an opportunity to see the story of how the biggest film industry began.”
UTV international syndication and distribution vice president Amrita Pandey says, “International Film Festivals, are a great way for our movies to find and reach new audience and open new markets for our movies. We are honored to be collaborating with filmmakers, whose movies are being appreciated in so many countries”