Panel Discussion : 4th Indic Film Utsav

Panel Discussion on the 4th Indic Film Utsav with the core members of Indica Pictures

Indic Film Utsav, the premier film festival focused on Indic films, has announced the dates for its 4th edition which will be held November 9-12, 2023. The festival is a competitive festival in multiple categories – features, documentaries, and short films. Core team members of Indic Pictures will join online to discuss the upcoming festival.

Unraveling the Genius of K Viswanath with Parthu Nemani

Block your calendar June 8th @ 730pm IST

Get ready for an exclusive online interview with the one and only Parthu Nemani. Join us as we explore the remarkable life and career of the iconic auteur, K Viswanath garu. Danji Thotapalli Co-founder and Chief Curator of Indica Pictures will discuss with Parthu Nemani, well known Telugu singer who had the unique opportunity to be the interviewer and anchor in Viswanadhamrutham the 15-episode TV-series on Viswanath garu that delves into the inspiration, and the moments that have shaped his films.

Do Register & watch the interview

Exploring the Cinematic Vision of K Viswanath with Vivek Athreya

Leading up to the K Viswanath Memorial Short Film Contest announced last month, we plan to conduct interviews with film personalities regarding K Viswanath garu and his style of filmmaking. In this first interview, Danji Thotapalli Co-founder and Chief Curator of Indica Pictures will discuss with Vivek Athreya, upcoming Telugu Director, regarding the impact of K Viswanath garu on filmmakers of today.

This is a Facebook LIVE event. Watch on Indica Pictures Facebook page.

Launch of Anveshana

INDICA and Dhi Artspace are proud to announce the launch of Anveshana, a Coffee Table Book produced under the auspices of Indica Culture Photography Grant 2021. Anveshana is focused on Vanavasi, Sancharavasi and Gramavasi Communities of India.

Anveshana is published under Indica’s Chitraayana platform. The vision of Chitraayana is to assemble a passionate and knowledgeable set of scholars and photographers, each one a storyteller and a Yaatri, to document and share India’s rich cultural heritage through a series of coffee table books.

Date – Jan 12th 2023
Timings – 5pm to 630pm
Location – Dhi Artspace 7-1-54/2/C, Sri Guru Krupa, Dharam Karan Road, Ameerpet, Hyderabad 500 016

Indica Pictures, a platform of Indica, nurtures filmmakers, photographers, and visual media professionals by providing research grants, hosting talks, workshops, courses, masterclasses and conducting the popular Indic Film Utsav. Indica Culture Photography Grant (ICPG) is focused on the emerging genre of Indian cultural photography (pilgrimages, handloom fabric/fashion, festivals, living traditions/rituals, indigenous people, food/cuisine and living art forms).

Dhi Artspace was envisioned as an incubator for young talents and a seamless space for dialogue on contemporary art that represents the emerging artists. An empirical centre for art-lovers and collectors, the gallery is committed to creating a discourse on art; with curated shows and a variety of workshops, exhibitions, talks, artist presentations, panel discussions and mentorship programmes that challenge the existing metric.

In June 2021, ICPG invited photographers to apply for the grant.
By September 2021, the ICPG 2021 Grantees consisting of Manish Lakhani, Sankar Sridhar, Sudip Maiti, Abdul Munaff, Isaac Gergan, Himadri Sharma (Late), Devika Sukumaran and Pubarun Basu were announced.
Financial grants totaling INR 5,00,000 were provided to the grantees.
The portfolios produced by the grantees were exclusively used to produce Anveshana, a coffee table book that is focused on Vanavasi, Sancharavasi and Gramavasi Communities of India.

Panel Discussion With Winning Filmmakers | Indic Film Utsav 2022

Indica Pictures is conducting a Facebook LIVE event on December 7th @ 830pm IST with the winning filmmakers from the recent Indic Film Utsav 2022. The 45 minute session is aimed at discussing the experiences of the 9 filmmakers regarding the idea-germination and challenges faced during the execution of their films.

The participants are as follows-

  • Bhaskhar Maurya – Muthayya – Best Feature Film – Jury Award
  • Kireet Khurana – The Invisible Visible – Best Documentary Film – Jury Award
  • Biju Das – A Lost Tune of Life – Best Short Film – Jury Award
  • Prataya Saha – Just Another Day – Best Women & Children Short Film – Jury Award
  • Krushna Joshi & Diksha Vasudev – Parijat – Best Women & Children Short Film – Jury Award Special Mention
  • Abhishek Bhatnagar – A Passenger in Love – Best Feature Film – Audience Choice Award
  • Rafeeq Ellias – If Memory Serves me Right – Best Documentary Film – Audience Choice Award
  • Himanshu Tomar – Guru Dutt ki koi Film – Best Short Film – Audience Choice Award
  • Vrushab Maitri – Maashi – Best Women & Children Short Film – Audience Choice Award

Danji Thotapalli – Chief Curator Indica Pictures, Nikita Hattangady – Head of Programming and Christian Frost – Head of Filmmaker Liaison will moderate the event.

Please take time to join us to watch this LIVE event at our Facebook page

Indic Film Utsav 2022

Indic Film Utsav is delighted to announce the 2022 slate of independent films. 50 films from 10 different languages that are mostly from India and all about India, have been lined-up for the viewing pleasure of audiences all over the world. As previously announced, Indic Film Utsav will be hosted on a highly secure DRM-enabled OTT platform. Films will be available starting from November 10th through to 13th. There is no Admission Fees for the entire event.

***Slate of Films ***

Project Title Filmmaker Language
Opening Film
Sakuntalam Dushyanth Sridhar Sanskrit
Closing Film
Bhagavadajjukam Yadu Vijayakrishnan Sanskrit

Documentary Films

Aruna Vasudev – Mother of Asian Cinema Supriya Suri English
B B Lal – Doyen of Indian Archaeology Dr. Ramadevi Sekhar, Ebenezer Annadoss English
Sajubai Gavit Ajit Deshmukh Marathi
I Rise Borun Thokchom Manipuri
If Memory Serves Me Right Rafeeq Ellias English
Indian Museum Kolkata Saibal Ray English
Noishobder Kobita (An ode to quietude) Asok Kumar Chattopadhyay Bengali
Pabung Syam Haobam Paban Manipuri
The Invisible Visible Kireet Khurana Marathi, English
Third Manash Dutta Bengali
Wanted Thakur Garima Rana Hindi

Feature Films

Geometry Box Sainath Ponna Telugu
Giraki Kavita Datir, Amit Sonawane Marathi
Korangi Nunchi (Who will marry Thomas) Jayadev K Telugu
Lailaa Manju Kamya Nair Marathi
Macha Do Bawandar Macha Do Punit Kumar Hindi
Muthayya Bhaskhar Maurya Telugu
New Material Craig Freimond English
Panisokori (In the Swirls) Arindam Barooah Assamese
Punorbason Jishnudeep Barman Bengali
Say it Thrice Kautuk Saksena Hindi, English
The Passenger in Love (World Premiere) Abhishek Bhatnagar English

Short Films

A Cup of Monsoon Peenakee Singh, Sisir Kumar Sahu Odiya
A Lost Tune Of Life Biju Das Assamese
AC 1995 Sai Vanapalli Telugu
An Indian Samurai Abhilash S Malayalam
Bhangadwadi Jeetu Mhatre Marathi
Erolnungdagi (From the Depth) Rakesh Moirangthem Manipuri
Guru Dutt ki koi Film Himanshu Tomar Hindi
Jal Jungle Jameen Debanjan Majhi Hindi
Lahore Bhojanalay Ishaan Chugh Hindi
Mummyji Namaste Ashish Nehra Hindi
Munghyar Nilesh Ambedkar Marathi
Nauha Pratham Khurana Hindi
Nimbu Mirchi Avani Singhal Hindi, English
Silver Threads Golden Hands Shubham Singh Hindi, English
Sri Aurobindo-Beginning of Spiritual Journey (150th Birth Anniversary) Suraj Kumar Hindi-English
Tohfa Bharat Gupta Hindi
Tune of Life Akash Manohar Fuke Silent

Women & Children Short Films

Ahilyabai Holkar (Animation) Akshay Joshi Hindi
Jilabichi Gosht (A Sweet Story) Sandeep Jadhav Marathi
Just Another day Prataya Saha Hindi
Maashi Vrushab Maitri Bengali
Malala weeps “Corona Go” Saleem T Perimbalam Malayalam
Meri Cycle Ajay Sanjay Nalband Hindi
Parijat Krushna Joshi, Diksha Vasudev Marathi
Radha (Animation) Bimal Poddar Bengali
Rajasaur Sreejith Nair English
Sakhaldand (The Shackles) Suraj Dalvi Marathi
Unsaid (Avaak) Pankaj Khanchandani Hindi