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Sunrise – Arunoday selected in Locarno Open Doors 2011

Partho Sen-Gupta in Locarno Film Festival 2011Great news this morning! On the Locarno Film Festival Website – Press Release saying-
“From over 200 projects submitted, in 18 different languages, from 30 regions in India, these are the 12 finalists which will participate in Open Doors, the Festival del film Locarno’s co-production lab.”
Sunrise (Arunoday) was one of them.

This is a great boost to the project that I have crowd-funding since the last 2 months. We have reached $11, 325 with 98 funders contributing from $10 to $1000. I do have some higher perks but no one has come forward to claim them. We had a someone who queried about a very high sum but she then disappeared.I don’t know what happened. But I keep my fingers crossed and hope we’ll reach our goal and make this film. Have a look Sunrise-Indiegogo Crowdfunding
We had some great press to with giving the project a big mention –

“They include “Sunrise,” a planned followup from Partho Sen-Gupta to his apocalyptic debut “Let The Wind Blow,” which screened in Berlin in 2004…”

Film Business Asia too giving me a good mention and running an oversized picture of me LOL . There was also Hollywood Reporter and Dear cinema reporting on it. No Indian press picked up the news. I guess Auteur cinema is not their cup of tea. There are no dancing girls and Stars in these films.

But I was impressed by the selection. It’ll be tough to pick up the €35, 000 top prize. But it will be fun to go to Locarno in August. The last time I was there was in 1997 when I had a film in the ‘Leopards of tomorrow’ short film competition.

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