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Vinod Ganatra receive the ‘Nelson Mandela Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his contribution to films

Vinod Ganatra has become the first Indian to receive the prestigious ‘Nelson Mandela Lifetime Achievement Award’ from South Africa for his contribution to films. He was honored with the award at the 7th Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival for his contributions to children’s cinema.

Ganatra has won 36 national and international awards, including the ‘Janakinath Gaur Award’ from Doordarshan for his children’s program ‘Baingan Raja.’ He is the only Indian filmmaker to receive the ‘Liv Ullmann Peace Prize’ in Chicago for his Gujarati film ‘Harun-Arun.’

Ganatra has served on the jury of over 100 national, regional, and international film festivals in the past three decades. He has edited and directed more than 400 documentaries and newsreels. He has produced 25 multilingual television programs for children and youth.

Q: Who is the first Indian to receive the prestigious ‘Nelson Mandela Lifetime Achievement Award’ from South Africa for his contribution to films?

a) Satyajit Ray
b) Vinod Ganatra
c) Mira Nair
d) Shyam Benegal

Ans : b) Vinod Ganatra
He was honored with the award at the 7th Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival for his contributions to children’s cinema.

Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) on 15 June 2024

The 18th edition of the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) was inaugurated in Mumbai with a grand opening ceremony on 15 June 2024.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting L Murugan, and film celebrities Randeep Hooda, Madhur Bhandarkar, Sonali Kulkarni, and Divya Dutta attended the inauguration.

The FTII student short film “Sunflowers were the first ones to know,” which won the La Cinef Award at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, was screened at the opening ceremony.

The V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award for 2024 was presented to Subbiah Nallamuthu, an award-winning wildlife filmmaker.

MIFF 2024 will screen a total of 314 films from 59 countries in 61 languages. The festival will feature 8 world premieres, 5 international premieres, 18 Asia premieres, and 21 India premieres. For the first time, a documentary Film Bazaar is being organized this year.

A record 1,018 films were submitted for the competition sections, with 102 films selected by three Selection Committees of eminent film experts for the International and National competition sections.

MIFF screenings are being held not only in Mumbai but also in Delhi (Sirifort Auditorium), Chennai (Tagore Film Centre), Pune (NFAI auditorium), and Kolkata (SRFTI Auditorium).

Q: Which cities, apart from Mumbai, are hosting MIFF screenings this year?

A) Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur
B) Delhi, Chennai, Pune, and Kolkata
C) Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, and Chennai
D) Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, and Ahmedabad

Ans : B) Delhi, Chennai, Pune, and Kolkata
The 18th edition of the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) was inaugurated in Mumbai on 15 June 2024.

Q: Who received the V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award for 2024?

A) Madhur Bhandarkar
B) Randeep Hooda
C) Subbiah Nallamuthu
D) Divya Dutta

Ans : C) Subbiah Nallamuthu
Subbiah Nallamuthu, is an award-winning wildlife filmmaker.

18th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) from June 15 to 21, 2024.

The 18th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) will be held in Mumbai from June 15 to 21, 2024.

  • Screenings will also take place in Delhi, Chennai, Pune, and Kolkata.
  • 314 films from 59 countries will be showcased.
  • Special theme: India in Amrit Kaal.
  • 17 films from Japan, Russia, Belarus, Iran, Italy, Vietnam, and Mali will be featured.
  • There will be 8 world premieres, 6 international premieres, 17 Asia premieres, and 15 India premieres.
  • Special curated packages include award-winning films from the Oscars and Berlinale.
  • The opening film will be “Billy and Molly, an Otter Love Story”.
  • MIFF has received corporate collaborations from over 20 brands for the first time.

Q: Which film will be the opening film of the 18th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF)?

A) “The Journey of a Lifetime”
B) “Tales of the Heart”
C) “Billy and Molly, an Otter Love Story”
D) “Echoes of the Past”

Ans : C) “Billy and Molly, an Otter Love Story”

Payal Kapadia’s “All We Imagine As Light” wins Grand Prix Award at Cannes Film Festival 2024

Filmmaker Payal Kapadia became the first Indian filmmaker to win the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival 2024. Kapadia’s film “All We Imagine as Light” won the Grand Prix, the second-most prestigious prize after the Palme d’Or, which was awarded to American director Sean Baker for “Anora”.

  1. All We Imagine as Light” was screened is the first Indian film in 30 years, and the first ever by an Indian female director, to be showcased in the main competition at Cannes.
  2. “All We Imagine as Light” is Kapadia’s first feature film and an Indo-French production, telling the story of a nurse named Prabha who receives an unexpected gift from her estranged husband, causing disruption in her life.
  3. Other Indian films previously selected for the Cannes competition section include works by Chetan Anand, V Shantaram, Raj Kapoor, Satyajit Ray, MS Sathyu, and Mrinal Sen. “Neecha Nagar” is the only Indian film to have won a Palme d’Or.

Q: Who became the first Indian filmmaker to win the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival?

A) Mira Nair
B) Payal Kapadia
C) Anurag Kashyap
D) Satyajit Ray

Answer: B) Payal Kapadia

Q: For which film did Payal Kapadia win the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival?

A) A Night of Knowing Nothing
B) The Lunchbox
C) All We Imagine as Light
D) Masaan

Answer: C) All We Imagine as Light

Anasuya Sengupta become the first Indian to win the Best Actress Award at the Cannes film Festival

Actor Anasuya Sengupta become the first Indian to win the Best Actress Award at the 77th Cannes film Festival in France on 26 May 2024. She bagged the award for her captivating performance in ‘The Shameless’, written and directed by the Bulgarian filmmaker Constantin Bojanov, in the Un Certain Regard section of the 77th edition of the festival.

MCQs

Q: Who became the first Indian to win the Best Actress Award at the 77th Cannes Film Festival?

A) Priyanka Chopra
B) Deepika Padukone
C) Anasuya Sengupta
D) Alia Bhatt

Answer: C) Anasuya Sengupta

Q: For which film did Anasuya Sengupta win the Best Actress Award at the 77th Cannes Film Festival?

A) The Beautiful
B) The Shameless
C) The Fearless
D) The Graceful

Answer: B) The Shameless

” Sunflowers were the first ones to know”, won the La Cinef Award at for Best Short at the 77th Cannes Film Festival

“SUNFLOWERS WERE THE FIRST ONES TO KNOW,” directed by Chidanand Naik, won the Cannes’ La Cinef Award for Best Short at the 77th Cannes Film Festival. The award was announced on May 23, 2024, and Naik received it at the festival.

  1. Collaborative Effort: The film is a collaborative project by students from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII): Naik (Direction), Suraj Thakur (Cinematography), Manoj V (Editing), and Abhishek Kadam (Sound).
  2. Film Storyline: The short film narrates the story of an elderly woman who steals the village’s rooster, causing chaos, and leading to her family’s exile due to a prophecy.
  3. About La Cinef: La Cinef is a section of the Cannes Film Festival that encourages new talents and recognizes films from film schools globally.
  4. Selection and Competition: Naik’s film was one of 18 shorts selected from 2,263 submissions by 555 film schools worldwide.

Q: Which prestigious award did “SUNFLOWERS WERE THE FIRST ONES TO KNOW” win at the 77th Cannes Film Festival?

A) Palme d’Or
B) La Cinef Award for Best Short
C) Best Director Award
D) Jury Prize

Ans : B) La Cinef Award for Best Short

Shyam Benegal’s film ‘Manthan’ to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival

Director Shyam Benegal’s film ‘Manthan,’ inspired by the milk cooperative movement of Verghese Kurien, will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival on 18 May 2024.

  • The 1976 film, restored in 4K, is the only Indian film to be featured in the Cannes Classic section this year.
  • The restoration was carried out by the Film Heritage Foundation, led by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.
  • The premiere will be attended by actor Naseeruddin Shah, family members of the late actress Smita Patil, the film’s producers, and Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.

Q: Which director’s film ‘Manthan’ is set to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival on 18 May 2024?

A) Satyajit Ray
B) Shyam Benegal
C) Rajkumar Hirani
D) Mira Nair

Answer: B) Shyam Benegal

Q: What is the theme of the film ‘Manthan’?

A) Indian independence movement
B) Milk cooperative movement
C) Industrial revolution
D) Space exploration

Answer: B) Milk cooperative movement

Ramcharitmanas, Panchatantra, and Sahṛdayāloka-Locana included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Asia-Pacific Regional Register

UNESCO Recognition: The Ramcharitmanas, Panchatantra, and Sahṛdayāloka-Locana have been included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Asia-Pacific Regional Register, affirming India’s rich literary and cultural heritage.

Significance: This recognition by UNESCO is a source of pride for India and emphasizes the importance of preserving diverse narratives and artistic expressions globally.

Literary Impact: These works, authored by Goswami Tulsidas, Pandit Vishnu Sharma, and Acharya Anandvardhan respectively, have deeply influenced Indian literature and culture, shaping moral values and artistic expressions.

Timelessness: The timeless nature of these literary masterpieces transcends geographical and temporal boundaries, leaving a lasting impact on readers and artists worldwide.

Role of IGNCA: The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts played a crucial role in securing this recognition during the 10th meeting of the Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific in Ulaanbaatar.

Q: Which organization included the Ramcharitmanas, Panchatantra, and Sahṛdayāloka-Locana in its Memory of the World Asia-Pacific Regional Register?

a) UNICEF
b) UNESCO
c) WHO
d) World Bank

Ans : b) UNESCO

Q: Who authored the Ramcharitmanas?

a) Acharya Anandvardhan
b) Goswami Tulsidas
c) Pandit Vishnu Sharma
d) Ramesh Chandra Gaur

Ans : b) Goswami Tulsidas

Cannes Film Festival from May 14 to May 25, 2024

The 77th Cannes Film Festival, an esteemed international film festival, is held annually in Cannes, France.

  1. Dates and Venue: Scheduled from May 14 to May 25, 2024, the festival will take place at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes, a renowned gathering spot for filmmakers, celebrities, and industry insiders.
  2. Opening Film: “The Second Act,” a French comedy directed by Quentin Dupieux, marks the festival’s opening.
  3. Indian Participation: India is actively participating in the 12-day event, with representatives from the Government of India, State Governments, and the film industry. This year, India will host a Bharat Parv at the Cannes Film Festival for the first time.

Q: Where does the Cannes Film Festival take place annually?

a) Paris
b) Cannes
c) London
d) New York

Ans : b) Cannes

Baba Kedarnath Dham portals reopen on May 10, 2024

Baba Kedarnath Dham portals reopening on May 10, 2024, after six months closure during winter.

  • Devotees gathering at Sonprayag and Gaurikund, last halt before Kedarnath.
  • Pilgrims booking rides on horses/mules or trekking on foot to reach the shrine.
  • Lord Kedarnath’s Panchmukhi Doli arrived at Gaurikund after stopovers at Guptkashi and Ukhimath.
  • Char Dham Yatra starting on May 10 with opening of Gangotri, Yamunotri, and Kedarnath shrines.
  • Badrinath Dham portals to open on May 12.
  • Char Dham Yatra significant for Hindus, taking place from April-May to October-November.

Q: Which of the following shrines are part of the Char Dham Yatra mentioned in the passage?

a) Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath
b) Rameswaram, Dwarka, Puri, and Kedarnath
c) Tirupati, Vaishno Devi, Shirdi, and Kedarnath
d) Mahabalipuram, Amarnath, Somnath, and Badrinath

Ans : a) Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath

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