THIRD ARREST IN INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL CAMCORD SYNDICATE OPERATION
On May 5, law enforcement officials in Surat in the state of Gujarat, with assistance from the Motion Picture Distributors Association, India (MPDA), and the Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber Of Commerce (APFCC), carried out a successful enforcement operation that resulted in the arrest of a man in Surat who was allegedly responsible for distributing large quantities of camcorded films across the globe on a massive scale.
THE MPDA-APFCC PARTNERSHIP TARGETING MAJOR CAMCORDING SYNDICATES RESULTS IN TWO ARRESTS
On April 29, law enforcement officials in Indore, with assistance from the Motion Picture Distributors Association, India (MPDA) and the Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber Of Commerce (APFCC), carried out a successful enforcement operation that resulted in the arrest of two members of a major criminal camcording syndicate based in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
MOTION PICTURE DIST. ASSOCIATION (INDIA) JOINS SCREEN COMMUNITY IN CELEBRATION OF WORLD IP DAY
The Motion Picture Dist. Association (MPDA) will join the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) -‐ IP Rights division, reputed law firm Anand & Anand, U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai, and the American Center, New Delhi, to celebrate World IP Day (April 26) and raise awareness on how protecting IP rights helps promote creativity and innovation in the motion picture industry and supports a viable environment for the next generation of creative filmmakers.
GLOBAL BEST PRACTICE IN FOCUS FOR LA INDIA FILM COUNCIL AT
MUMBAI: The LA India Film Council looks set to share global best practice on the topics of co-‐productions, tax incentives, building talent skills in media and entertainment and encouraging knowledge exchange as a session co-‐partner at the Federation Of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) FRAMES 2013.
Set up in 2010 by a Joint Declaration between the City of Los Angeles and the Indian Film Industry, the Council has made significant progress forging partnerships between key stake holders in the U.S. and India media and entertainment industries.
The Council will support key panel discussions at FICCI FRAMES 2013, to be held from March 12-‐ 14, 2013 at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, Powai. These include ‘Indian Studio Infrastructure – Are We Ready For The Next Century?’, `Skills in M & E – The Next Big Leap Towards Creating Greater Talent’, `Single Window Clearance: Making India Easier For Filmmakers’, and key policy roundtables.
MPA SUPPORTS NEW FEATURE FILM PROJECTS IN ASIA PACIFIC AT ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS
On 23 November, script development grants totalling US$100,000 were awarded to four filmmakers from the Asia Pacific region tonight at the 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The grants are offered through the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, an initiative of the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and APSA, which for the last three years has provided support for new quality feature film projects developed by some of the regions most respected filmmakers. One of the inaugural grants assisted Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhardi to complete his feature drama A Separation, which went on to win numerous awards including Best Film at the 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Best Foreign Film at this year’s Academy Awards. This year, 82 feature film projects were received for review by a distinguished selection panel that included AndrewPike (Chair), Australian producer Melanie Coombs (Mary and Max) and Hong Kong director Alex Law.
The four successful filmmakers were:
Mohammad Rasoulof, from the Islamic Republic of Iran, for his project Amnesia. Rasoulof received the award for Best Director for his film Goodbye in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2011.
Suha Arraf, from Israel, for her project It All Started with a Poster. Arraf was nominated for Best Screenwriter for her film Lemon Tree at the European Film Awards.
Zeynep Özbatur Atakan, from Turkey, for her project No Tears. Atakan produced the multi-award winning film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, which won the APSA Jury Grand Prize in 2011.
Kath Shelper, from Australia, for her project The Guardians. Shelper’s film Samson & Delilah won the Camera d’Or for Best First Feature at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009 and Best FeatureFilm at the APSAs in 2009.
MPA LAUNCHES WEB APP TO HELP PREVENT ILLEGAL CAMCORDING IN CINEMAS ACROSS ASIA PACIFIC
On 12 December, the Motion Picture Association (MPA) Asia Pacific launched the latest application designed to prevent illegal camcording in movie theatres. Make A Difference (MAD4) includes a multi-lingual interactive web application compatible with iOS and Android smart phones and tablets. The new web application is designed to educate cinema staff about the impact that illegal camcording has on the exhibition industry and what cinema staff can do about it.
The MAD4 web application is a multi-language platform created for use across the Asia Pacific region. The application automatically detects the user’s current location and redirects the user to their local country site and language. The MAD4 web application has an online reporting platform that provides an easier, immediate and more streamlined way of reporting incidents of camcording. Staff can easily enter information about the camcording incident on their iPhone, iPad or Android device, and submit it directly to their local MPA affiliated office for follow up and further investigation.
TROPFEST FOUNDER JOHN POLSON RECEIVES 2012 MPA AWARD FOR COPYRIGHT EDUCATION AT CINEASIA
On 13 December, Australian John Polson, award-winning director, actor and founder of the world’s largest short film festival Tropfest, was awarded the Asia Pacific Copyright Educator (ACE) Award at CineAsia. The award acknowledges Polson’s work raising awareness about the value of screen content, and the need to provide a strong copyright framework for filmmakers,
not least those at the beginning of their creative careers. Past recipients of the A.C.E. Award include Malaysian film producer and recording artist Norman Halim (2011) Australian actor RoyBilling (2010), Hong Kong producer Raymond Wong (2009), Thai producer and director Jareuk Kaljareuk (2008), and New Zealand actor Temuera Morrison (2007).
LA‐INDIA CONNECT’ SHORT FILM COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA, GOA
Goa: On November 21, the LA India Film Council announced the winners of the ‘LA-India Connect’ online short film competition at the 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa. The competition aimed to encourage emerging filmmakers in India and Los Angeles and was judged by a jury of high‐profile film
industry representatives from Los Angeles and India. The winners of the competition, Piyush Shah from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and Manish Sharma from the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) won USD 1,000 each for their films ‘Loops’ and ‘Kharratey’. Chirag Mehra from the Asian School of Media Studies (ASMS) won the ‘Most Popular Film Award’ for his film ‘The Blind Date’.
‘Government of India joins Screen Communities to Address Content Theft at Source’
MPDA(India) launches Hindi version of Make A Difference 3’ video for cinema staff to prevent camcording in cinemas
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s Intellectual Property Rights (FICCI –IPR) division in association with the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and supported by Motion Picture Dist. Association (MPDA-‐India) organized a roundtable to discuss ‘Content Theft at Source’ to address the significant increase of camcording incidents in cinemas across India.
FINANCIAL & CULTURAL ADVANTAGES OF CO-PRODUCTIONS (PANEL DISCUSSION BY LA INDIA FILM COUNCIL AT CINEMASCAPES, MAMI)
From (L-R) Ravi Kottarakara (Producer, Vice President of Film Federation of India), Bobby Bedi (Producer), Uday Singh-MD, MPDA(India), Ramesh Sippy (Producer and Director), Manoj Srivastava (CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa Government), Dileep Singh Rathore (Line Producer of several Hollywood Films) and Ravi Gupta (CEO, Mukta Arts).
From (L-R) : Ravi Kottarakara (Producer, Vice President of Film Federation of India), Manoj Srivastava (CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa Government), Bobby Bedi (Producer), Uday Singh (MD, MPDA India), Ramesh Sippy (Director and Producer), Dileep Singh Rathore (Line Producer of several Hollywood Films) and Ravi Gupta (CEO, Mukta Arts).
LA INDIA FILM COUNCIL EMPHASISES THE NEED FOR CONTENT PROTECTION AMIDST NEW MEDIA PLATFORMS
From (L-R) Paul Jackson (Chief Engineer, NDS), Uday Singh (Managing Director, MPDA India), Ankan Biswas (Chairman, Digital Broadcast Council), Isa Seow (Managing Director, CCP), Krishnan Rajagopalan (Head of Technology, Group Digital Life) and Raghav Anand(Segment Champion Digital Media, Ernst & Young).
‘LA-INDIA CONNECT’ SHORT FILM COMPETITION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 31, 2012
The LA India Film Council (a Joint Declaration between the City of Los Angeles and the Indian Film Industry),
has extended the deadline for film submissions from 14th August, 2012 to 31st August, 2012.
LOS ANGELES INDIA FILM COUNCIL ANNOUNCES ‘LA-INDIA CONNECT’ ONLINE SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Singapore/ Mumbai July 2, 2012: On July 2, the LA India Film Council announced a unique online short film competition to encourage creativity and ideas from film students in India and Los Angeles.
“LA: India Connect” will provide an opportunity to students to showcase their imagination, vision and story-telling ability by making a short film based on the ‘Hollywood – Bollywood’ theme.Participants will be judged on their ability to create a film that bypasses geographical boundaries and appeals to audiences everywhere. Films must be no more than ten minutes duration.
MOTION PICTURE DIST. ASSOCIATION (INDIA) CELEBRATES WORLD IP DAY WITH INDIAN FILM AND CREATIVE COMMUNITIES
Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad April 26, 2012: In commemoration of World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, the Motion Picture Dist. Association (MPDA) joined Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) - IP Rights division, U.S. Consulate General Mumbai, Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce and the American Center, New Delhi to raise awareness about intellectual property and increase understanding of how protecting IP rights helps promote creativity and innovation across the country.
THE TELUGU FILM INDUSTRY AND THE MOTION PICTURE DISTRIBUTORS ASSOCIATION (INDIA) JOIN HANDS TO PROMOTE CONTENT PROTECTION
HYDERABAD, March 23, 2012 – An initiative to address the growing menace of content theft was jointly announced today between the Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce (APFCC) and the Motion Picture Dist. Association (India) Pvt. Ltd. (MPDA) in the presence of Mike Robinson - Executive Vice President, Content Protection and Chief of Operations - Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
MPAA CHAIRMAN AND CEO CHRIS DODD JOINS LA INDIA FILM COUNCIL GOVERNORS TO ANNOUNCE 2012 PROGRAM
MUMBAI, March 14, 2012 - Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), participated in a special event of the LA India Film Council during the 2012 FICCI FRAMES Convention at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Center Hotel in Mumbai, India today.
MPAA CHAIRMAN CALLS FOR GREATER PARTNERSHIPS AND ALLIANCES BETWEEN U.S. AND INDIAN FILM COMMUNITIES
MUMBAI, March 14, 2012 - Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) delivered the keynote address at India’s 2012 FICCI FRAMES today, addressing an audience of Indian government officials, film and entertainment industry leaders and key media at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Center Hotel in Mumbai, India.
Senator Christopher Dodd , CEO and Chairman MPAA delivers keynote address at 2012 FICCI FRAMES.
MUMBAI, March 5 , 2012- Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) will be visiting India to deliver the inaugural keynote address at India’s 2012 FICCI FRAMES which will be held from 14 – 16 March