A Gooseberry in her Palm, Aandavan Kattalai, Bow Bow, Kakka Muttai, kirumi, Kutrame Thandanai, Lakshmi, Maya, Merku Thodarchi Malai, Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu, Oru Naal Koothu, Prakasan, Sigai, Sila Samayangalil, Thondimuthalum Drikshaksh, To Let, Unlock
Prior to the establishment of VFC, Dilani Rabindran represented several South Indian films independently, securing festival successfor films such as Kirumi (Virus)Kuttrame Thandanai (Crime is Punishment), and other Indian films as a trusted programming associate for several world festivals. In early 2016, Dilani moved to Chennai to lay the foundation for VFC, during which time she consulted on the script & edit of director Manikandan’s third film Aandavan Kattalai (God’s Orders). Since establishing the company, Dilani has had the chance to work with many other well established film directors, as well as new talents, and helped take films such as Sigai (Blossom) and Sila Samayangalil (Sometimes) around the world. She has also assisted new production outfits like Chennai’s Moment Entertainment establish their company vision and strategy, as well as burgeoning Canadian-Tamil directors refine their scripts and investor presentations.
On April 13 2018 the VFC represented To Let directed by R. Chezhiyan won the 65th Indian National Award for Best Tamil Film! The poignant drama will next screen at the first International Innovative Film Festival of Bangalore on April 16.
A GOOSEBERRY IN HER PALM
VFC is very proud to announce its representation of a brand new short film from promising young director, Arikara Sudhan, which will have its international premiere at the 2018 New York Indian Film Festival! Ullangai Nellikkani also known as "A Gooseberry in her palm" is a haunting tale of a quietly observant librarian who strikes up a conversation with a student who appears in need of a kind ear to listen to her romantic woes.
VFC is very happy to announce our representation of the Malayalam independent film PRAKASAN directed by Bash Mohammed. Prakasan will have its European premiere on the opening night of the Toulouse Indian Film Festival on April 11 in France, where it will compete for the Audience Award. It gives us great joy to be associated with this heartwarming film about a tribal youth from the interiors of Kerala who tries to adjust to life in the big city of Kochi.
MERKU THODARCHI MALAI
8 festival selections & still going strong!! We are proud to announce that Merku Thodarchi Malai directed by Lenin Bharathi will have it's European premiere at the Toulouse Indian Film Festival on April 13! The Vijay Sethupathi produced film will be competing for the Audience Award and Jury Prize at this prestigious French showcase!
Pushkar & Gayatri Join VFC
We celebrated our 1 year anniversary with the announcement that esteemed filmmakers Pushkar & Gayatri will be joining the VFC Advisory Board. The co-writers & directors & 2017's blockbuster hit Vikram Vedha will assist the firm in its efforts to share South Indian cinema with the world and support the work of emerging filmmakers.
VFC is proud to announce our association with the film To Let directed by ace cinematographer & writer Chezhiyan Ra and edited by legend Sreekar Prasad, which won the Best Indian Film award at the 2017 Kolkata International Film Festival. The drama had its world premiere on November 14 at KIFF, where it received a standing ovation!
Director Nirmalan Nadarajah and assistant director Jay Bala at the Canadian premiere of Unlock at the 21st Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.
VFC is proud to represent Lakshmi an extraordinary short film directed by Sarjun KM raked in over a dozen laurels across the world over 2016 & 2017, which was released to wide acclaim online on Nov 1 2017 by Gautham Menon's Ondraaga Entertainment.
The film also earned a Best Actress award for Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli (Noida International Film Festival) and a Special Mention award (Mumbai International Short Film Festival).
Unlock has been selected yet again! The powerful piece which premiered in Singapore & the United Kingdom in September will be heading to Canada this November for it North American premiere, as part of 21st Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival's PULSE short film programme for youth. Director Nirmalan Nadarajahwill be in attendance for the screening on November 15 at 1 pm
Maya directed by newcomer Ani Sasi & starring Ashok Selvan and Priya Anand won the BEST SHORT FILM (FICTION) at the fest on October 1, 2017.
Lead actor Ashok Selvan and director Ani Sasi pose on the red carpet at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival, where their film Maya won the Best Short award.
Merku Thodarchi Malai
Merku Thodarchi Malai ("Western Ghats") was the only Tamil feature to partake in the Chicago South Asian Film Festival in October 2017.
VFC is proud to represent the bold short "UNLOCK" from debutante director Nirmalan Nadarajah, of Sri Lanka and France. This poignant short that symbolically discusses the impact of western relief organizations on the war torn nation of Sri Lanka will be playing at the Singapore South Asian International Film Festival and Bolton Film Festival in the UK this September.
Singapore South Asian Intl Film Festival
VFC is representing 2 Tamil features - Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu ("One Goat's Mercy Petition") and Merku Thodarchi Malai ("Western Ghats") at the inaugural Singapore South Asian International Film Festival, along with the brand new short film Unlock. The festival runs from Sept 1-9. This will be the Singapore premiere of OKKM & MTM, and the World Premiere for Unlock.
Tamil children's film Bow Bow took home 3 awards from the Love International Film Festival in Beverly Hills, California on July 22, 2017. The heartwarming flick won Best Foreign Film, Best Youth Actor for the film's lead (Master Ahaan) and Best Director for Pradeep Kilikar.
We're so proud of all the VFC represented films that took home wins at the Behindwoods Gold Medal Awards in Chennai on June 11, 2017. Congratulations to Aandavan Kattalai writers (& VFC Advisors) Manikandan, Anucharan & Arul Chezhiyan for their win for BEST SCREENPLAY, Pooja Devariya for CRITICS CHOICE BEST ACTOR FEMALE for Kutrame Thandanai, Aandavan Kattalai & Iraivi, Nivetha Pethuraj for BEST DEBUT FEMALE for Oru Naal Koothu & Moorthy for BEST ART DIRECTION for Aandavan Kattalai. (Pictured here are Manikandan, Arul Chezhiyan and Anucharan)
Merku Thodarchi Malai
Director Lenin Bharathi (centre) along with VFC MD Dilani Rabindran during the Q&A session for his debut film Merku Thodarchi Malai following its international premiere at the 2017 New York Indian Film Festival on May 5.
Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu
(L to R) Eros International executives Sagar Sadhwani & Siddhi Pujara, actor Vidaarth and New York Indian Film Festival Artistic Director Aseem Chhabra during the Q&A session after the world premiere of Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu on May 6 2017.
Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu
Actor Vidhaarth on the red carpet at the 2017 New York International Film Festival. His latest film Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu had its World Premiere in New York on May 6 2017.
Bow Bow directed by the talented Pradeep Kilikar will have its international premiere at the Love International Film Festival in Los Angeles this July. It has been nominated for 8 awards! 1) Best Foreign Film - Bow Bow 2) Best Director - Pradeep Kilikar 3) Best Screenplay - Pradeep Kilikar 4) Best Cinematography - Arun Prasath 5) Best Score - Dennis Vallaban, Muthamil, Marc D Muse 6) Best Youth Actor - Master Ahaan 7) Best Supporting Actor - Shrujai 8) Best Supporting actress - Tejaswi
Oru Naal Koothu
VFC is extremely happy to be taking Nelson Venkatesan’s debut film Oru Naal Koothu ("All for a Day") to the 2017 Garden City International Film Festival in Bengaluru on April 6
Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu
Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu ("One Goat's Mercy Petition") will be having its World Premiere at the esteemed New York Indian Film Festival this May. The film, directed by newcomer Suresh Sangaiah, will play on the closing weekend of NYIFF.
Merku Thodarchi Malai
Vijay Sethupathi produced Merku Thodarchi Malai ("Western Ghats") will be having its International premiere at the 17th annual New York Indian Film Festival. Directed by Lenin Bharathi the film has already won an award for cinematography and the KW Joseph Award for Best Film at the 2017 International Film Festival of Thrissur.
VFC Takes 3 Films to New York
VFC has secured 3 official selections at the 17th annual New York Indian Film Festival. The firm is proud to have creatively consulted on Tamil feature films Merku Thodarchi Malai, Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu, and Sigai, which have been produced by Vijay Sethupathi Productions, Eros International and Divine Studios, respectively
Sigai ("Blossom") directed by newcomer Jagadeesan Subu premiered at the All Lights India International Film Festival in Hyderabad in September 2016 and will be having its International Premiere in May 2017 at the New York Indian Film Festival.
Sila Samayangalil ("Sometimes"), directed by legendary pan-Indian filmmaker Priyadarshan, will be having its LA Premiere in April 2017 at the International Film Festival of Los Angeles. The drama on HIV/AIDS awareness has screened at 7 international festivals thus far and won several awards.
Oru Naal Koothu
VFC is proud to represent Oru Naal Koothu ("All for a Day"), directed by Nelson Venkatesan, which was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Los Angeles CineFest competition. The film was one of only 14 finalists to compete for a chance to be chosen Best Film of the 2017 edition.
Sila Samayangalil's lead actor Ashok Selvan was in attendance at the 2017 Jaipur International Film Festival in January 2017, to participate in opening ceremonies and a dialogue following the film. Sila Samayangalil won 3 awards at the festival.
Sila Samayangalil ("Sometimes") took home 3 awards at the 9th annual Jaipur International Film Festival - the GREEN ROSE Award for Best Film with a Global Message, YELLOW ROSE award for Best Upcoming Release and the overall BEST FILM from the Asian Continent award
VFC is thrilled to represent the beautiful Tamil children's film Bow Bow by debutant Pradeep Kilikar which had its World Premiere at the 2017 Children's International Film Festival of Bangladesh, in January 2017.
Sila Samayangalil, Uriyadi, Iraivi
VFC had 3 films play at the 14th annual Chennai International Film Festival, from Jan 5-14 2017. The 3 of the 12 films chosen for the Tamil film competition section this year represented by VFC include Iraivi ("Goddess"), Sila Samayangalil ("Sometimes") and Uriyadi ("Break the Rules").
Director Jagadeesan Subu and lead actor Kathir pose on the red carpet at the 2016 All Lights India International Film Festival in Hyderabad before the world premiere of their film Sigai ("Blossom"). Director Jagadeesan was also nominated for the Best Debut Director award at the festival.
Director Anucharan and VFC MD Dilani Rabindran on stage at the Toronto Reel Asian film festival in November 2016. Kirumi ("Virus") was the first Tamil film to ever be chosen to play at Reel Asian - Canada's largest showcase of Asian cinema.
Kaaka Muttai ("The Crow's Egg") was the first Tamil film to be screened at the prestigious Madras Club in 10 years. Director Manikandan and VFC MD Dilani Rabindran spoke after the screening which took place in the summer of 2016.
Kaaka Muttai ("The Crow's Egg") travelled to more than a dozen world film festivals after premiering in Toronto in 2014. It then went on to win 2 Indian National Awards in 2015 for Best Children's Film and Best Child Artists.
Director Manikandan's third feature film Aandavan Kattalai ("God's Orders") released worldwide in September 2016 to immense box office and critical success. VFC MD Dilani Rabindran consulted on the film's script and editing process, and provided the subtitling for the film.
Kutrame Thandanai ("Crime is Punishment") had its world premiere at the 2015 Mumbai International Film Festival. It then went on to play in Kerala, Delhi, New York, London, Pittsburgh and Punjab.
Kirumi ("Virus") had its international premiere at the 19th Reel Asian Film Festival in Toronto, Canada in November 2015. It then went on to play in Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York. It also won the Best Feature Film award at the 2015 Chennai International Film Festival.
Director Anucharan receives the award for Best Feature Film at the 2015 Chennai International FIlm Festival for Kirumi ("Virus") .
Actress Pooja Devariya poses on the red carpet at the New York Indian Film Festival for the International premiere of Kutrame Thandanai (:Crime is Punishment") in May 2016.
Director M. Manikandan receiving the NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) award at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2015 for Kaaka Muttai (“The Crow's Egg”).