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~ 3 days, over 100 films and ‘reels’ of fun & festivity, the
1st Ahmedabad International Film Festival is here!! ~
~ Official Deadline for competitive categories is 20th May, 2009
Ahmedabad, Thursday, April 23, 2009: The first edition of the Ahmedabad International Film Festival 2009, today announced the call for entries for Independent Feature Films, Fictional/ Live Action Short Films and Documentary Films. Submission forms are available online at the official Festival website http://www.aifilmfest.com. The Festival, organized by FulMarxx Integrated Filmed Entertainment Company in collaboration with Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival) and Tampere Film Festival, Finland, will be held on June 26-28 2009.
For the first time, Ahmedabad will play host to a never before experience of a unique film festival where 100+ independent films will be showcased. The festival will provide a platform for all those who can transform their creativity and vision into cinema. Also, in the backdrop of a rich cultural heritage of Gujarat, the festival provides an interactive platform for exchange and enriching of ideas
Speaking on the occasion Shiladitya Bora, Founder CEO, FulMarxx Integrated Filmed Entertainment Company, said “We are overwhelmed to be officially associated with Berlin International Film Festival and are humbled by their strong belief in Ahmedabad International Film Festival in its very first year. The vision is to facilitate dialogue between cultures and nations through cinema, making the Ahmedabad International Film Festival a melting pot of global ideas and ideologies, at the same time providing a platform to showcase India and international talent in storytelling. The Competition Section is a huge opportunity for upcoming filmmakers to showcase their work to a global audience. We urge filmmakers and writers to enter their works as early as possible this year so that we can keep up with the incredible response we’ve been so fortunate to experience.”
The festival, is not only just about remarkable films, it’s a wholesome package of sheer entertainment and fun. The festival schedule this year is packed with a special focus on children’s films and the revival of the Gujarati Film Industry. The festival will also assist in raising awareness on the AIDS issue with a special category under we care HIV+. Guests, jury members and film folks will have ample time to relax and soak into the unique culture of Ahmedabad with a specially designed Heritage Walk and the launch of a coffee table book on Ahmedabad.
For more information please be in touch with Ahmedabad International Film Festival announcements and news updates on www.aifilmfest.com
Shiladitya Bora, founder, FulMarxx was invited to be a part of one of the sessions – ‘Hottest Startups in India’, of the 8th International Forum held at Ahmedabad on 17th and 18th December 2008.
The participants were first generation entrepreneurs within the age group of 23-30 years of age.
To a jam-packed auditorium which included eminent people like Sergio Arzeni, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development, OECD, Paris, Anna Heim, Founder, Cresco-East and Madi Sharma, MD, Original Eastern Foods, Nottingham, Shila talked about his journey – From Assam, to Ahmedabad, to the Los Angeles, to Mumbai and back to Ahmedabad! He also explained his Business Idea, why the idea and the hurdles he faced to set up FulMarxx.
Ms. Madi Sharma was mighty impressed with his story and congratulated him time and again.
The audience especially loved his ‘Tina Ambani’ incident and Shila received a standing ovation from them.
Today’s (09/01/09) Ahmedabad Times takes a look at the ‘super achievers’ of Gujarat and talks about FulMarxx founder Shiladitya Bora!
Our very own CEO talks about FulMarxx and also about the movie he is co-producing with Onir and Sanjay Suri.
Shila, everyone at FulMarxx is delighted to see you featured again in a leading daily – Congrats and Good Luck from all of us!
FulMarxx Founder Shiladitya Bora to deliver guest lectures at IIM Ahmedabad alongwith top Bollywood honchos.
(Originally published in The Times of India Ahmedabad edition on october 6, 2008)
Maverick politician Lalu Prasad told them about turning around The Railways. Former president APJ Abdul Kalam ignited minds here. And, for all you know Aamir Khan could be next, talking about what made ‘Tare Zameen Par’ touch so many hearts. Or even queen of K-soaps Ekta Kapoor, waxing eloquent on the boob-tube industry.
Beginning this December, IIM-A students of the flagship post-graduate diploma programme will be offered an elective course on ‘Introduction to Contemporary Film Industry’. Top Bollywood honchos like Karan Johar, Ronnie Screwvala, Om Puri, Ram Gopal Varma, Mahesh Bhatt and others have been approached to share nitty-gritties of the industry with students.
Sixty five second-year students have already shown interest in the course. “With the entry of heavyweights like Adlabs, UTV and Eros International, film business in India is getting increasingly professional. This has created a need for professional managers,” says IIM-A professor Tejas Desai, who has designed the course. Perhaps the first such course in a B-school, it will cover production, economics and marketing in the film industry. “From film financing to branding, students will learn about creative and business models of the industry,” adds Desai.
IIM-A is hoping some big and upcoming names from the industry will be visiting faculty for them. Even independent film-makers like Shiladitya Bora and Ankur Singh have been approached. Among others approached by the institute are chairman & CEO of Eros International Kishore Lulla, actor Kamal Hassan, directors Apoorva Lakhia and Madhur Bhandarkar, head of theatre operations at Adlabs Puja Shetty and Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
FulMarxx nominated for the prestigious TATA NEN India’s Hottest Start-Up Award : Vote for us : sms HOT 336 to 56767
Our one year old start-up venture ‘FulMarxx’ which played a significant role in bringing Gujarat and especially Ahmedabad to the world cine-map has been nominated for the coveted TATA NEN India’s Hottest Start-ups Awards. The first ever ‘Public Choice Awards’ to recognize India’s new wave of growth, the TATA NEN Hottest Startups is an online contest where people can nominate companies & vote for them on internet & through SMS.
The Awards are a unique collaboration between the Tata Group, India’s most respected business conglomerate and National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), the largest representatives of new & future entrepreneurs in India. The Awards aim to showcase and recognize high potential young companies in India, with the goal to attract visibility for over 800 entrepreneurs & their ventures in India, and engage over 5,00,000 people.
FulMarxx is a unique, thought-of-but-never-ventured-into concept, the first ever Integrated Filmed Entertainment Company that explores a lot of disciplines like motion pictures, entertainment marketing, short films and film festivals with robust worldwide distribution capabilities. Just as how Larry Page and Sergey Brin became ‘Google-struck’ at Stanford, a bunch of young ones were ‘FulMarxx-struck’ at MICA. Defying the paranoia, shattering the myths and taking uncharted avenues, the team believed in itself and with total conviction and unbridled passion jumped into creating a phenomenon. The first ever and one of its kind, exclusive short film festival of India went international spanning over 18 countries. The financial growth has been healthy (0 to more than 7.9million in a year) and the people behind it only strive to better it. FulMarxx believes that the youth symbolizes the talent trove and hence has the entire team comprising of fresh designers to high flying lawyers recruited from institutes of repute. FulMarxx is not only creating dreams, but living them.
Winners of TATA NEN Hottest Startups will receive a potent combination of publicity and business support, designed to spur their growth to the next level.
Business training, mentoring and incubation support of upto Rs. 50 lakhs by IIM-A and CIIE ; Incubation opportunity to a befitting venture by IIM-B and NSRCEL; Admission to Microsoft’s StartUp Accelerator Program for at least one winner and all shortlisted startups will get admission to TiE Mumbai’s nurturing program.
Lending support in the cause are Helion Ventures, Seedfund and Wadhwani Foundation. In addition, all the established entrepreneurial, academic and corporate communities including, Microsoft, IIM-Bangalore, IIM-Ahmedabad, Open Coffee Club chapters, Mumbai Angels, Indian Angel Network, Venture Woods, Proto.in, Kickstart and TiE are partnering in the initiative.