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Tasveer Unveils the First-Ever South-Asian Film Summit in North-America



SEATTLE /PRNewswire/ — Get ready for an unmissable cultural phenomenon as the first-ever Tasveer Film Summit takes center stage from October 11th to 12th, 2023, in Greater Seattle Area, Washington. This momentous gathering will build a focused environment for emerging filmmakers and film executives to forge unique networking opportunities and creative relationships. It will be a one-of-a-kind convergence of diasporic filmmakers, producers, industry executives, distributors, creatives, and film professionals from all over the world.

18th Tasveer Festival takes place in Greater Seattle Area, WA from October 11 to 22, 2023. The Tasveer Festival will kick-off with a one-of-a-kind Film Summit followed by Tasveer South Asian Film Festival.

By creating avenues and opportunities for diasporic filmmakers to get their stories in the global limelight, Tasveer will challenge the glaring disparities in Asian representation, which according to the Hollywood Diversity Report of 2022, is under 4%. With numerous panels, industry-mixers, networking events, and multiple-pitch sessions this summit is set to bring forth reformation, knowledge and momentum in the film industry.

“We are thrilled to present the first-ever Tasveer South Asian Film Summit to shine a spotlight on the immense talent, creativity, and cultural diversity within the South Asian Diaspora film industry. We believe that through these cinematic journeys, we can bridge gaps, foster understanding, and empower voices that have long been underrepresented.” says Rita Meher, Executive Director of Tasveer.

Apoorva Bakshi (Awedacious Originals) and Neeraj Churi (Lotus Visual) have joined the Advisory Board and are thrilled about the possibilities the market will open for South Asian filmmakers who are keen to tell diaspora stories. Netflix, Marginal Media, Cinetic Media are few confirmed attendees. This will be a major boost for the South Asian filmmaking community

Early Bird passes for the Tasveer Festival are now available, offering exclusive access to a captivating lineup of films, panel discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities. Secure your pass today at https://tasveerfestival.org/tasveer-film-summit/

About Tasveer: Tasveer is a 21-year-old nonprofit film organization dedicated to promoting South Asian films, arts, and culture in the United States. With a vision to foster dialogue and create platforms for South Asian voices, Tasveer has been instrumental in showcasing diverse stories that captivate audiences and promote cultural exchange.

For further information, please contact Olympia Bhatt at olympia@tasveer.org.

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RBC’s 16th Year as TIFF Partner: Celebrating Film and Emerging Talent

RBC, Toronto International Film Festival, 16th year, major partner, film, emerging talent, arts community



RBC, a long-standing supporter of the arts and film community, has announced its 16th year as the official bank partner of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). This partnership showcases RBC’s commitment to nurturing emerging talent and celebrating the arts community. With programming designed to enhance the festival experience for film fans and RBC clients, RBC aims to bring impactful stories to the big screen while supporting the arts and fostering Canadian talent.

The RBC Red Carpet Gallery returns as one of the most coveted spots for star gazing in David Pecaut Square (215 King Street West, Toronto) (CNW Group/RBC)

RBC House will host several events for emerging and established filmmakers and talents. Located at Petros82 in Toronto’s Entertainment District, RBC House will offer guests signature GREY GOOSE® Vodka cocktails and a martini cocktail bar. The programming at RBC House includes exciting events such as RBCxMusic Night, featuring a performance by DJ Diesel (also known as Shaquille O’Neal). This event aims to amplify and connect music fans to emerging artist PRIMO, who will open for DJ Diesel.

Additionally, the Los Angeles Times Studio presented by RBC will return to RBC House, providing a platform for directors and international stars for video interviews and photography. This year, the collaboration with the L.A. Times includes “Los Angeles Times Talks @ TIFF,” featuring an in-person conversation with director George C. Wolfe. The panel will discuss the historical drama “Rustin,” a film about civil rights icon and LGBTQ pioneer Bayard Rustin.

Furthermore, RBC will host The Black Academy Legacy Kick-Off Party, a celebration that highlights the contributions of Black artists and creators in the film industry. This event emphasizes RBC’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity in the arts.

Through its partnership with TIFF, RBC continues to champion the arts, support emerging talent, and provide a platform for diverse voices and unique perspectives. By bringing together the worlds of film, music, and conversation, RBC reinforces its dedication to fostering cultural vibrancy and community engagement.

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Edifier Honored at the VGP 2023 SUMMER Awards



RICHMOND, BC /PRNewswire/ — The innovative and world-leading audio brand Edifier continues its tradition of manufacturing high quality, innovative, audio products. As recognition, it announces that it has taken six awards at the prestigious Visual Grand Prix (VGP) Summer Awards 2023 in Japan. The Edifier QD35, MR4, WH950NB, W820NB Plus have been awarded the highest honour of a VGP 2023 SUMMER Gold Award whilst the G5000, G5BT CAT were recognized in the VGP 2023 SUMMER Award Winner category.

Edifier QD35, MR4, WH950NB, W820NB Plus, G5000, G5BT CAT, the brand’s VGP 2023 SUMMER award-winning products.

The Japanese VGP Awards are well known as the “Oscar in the Audio Industry”. They are the largest, most authoritative audio-visual awards in Asia. It is held on an annual-basis by Ongen Publishing Co. Ltd., one of the most prominent publishing companies in Japan with an expertise in audio/visual related devices and state-of-art technologies. Launched in 1987, the awards bring together respected reviews from dozens of countries, all to offer an authoritative reference guide for ordinary consumers looking to make informed purchases. The VGPs are often recognized as the highest authority award in Asia’s audio-visual industry and mark a significant recognition for Edifier’s ground-breaking work in the industry.

“We are once again extremely honored to have won 6 awards in the VGP 2023 SUMMER Awards”, stated Stanley Wen, Edifier’s CTO. “Edifier strives to deliver outstanding sound experiences – our aim is to combine the highest audio quality with affordability. These awards are recognition that Edifier’s core values coupled with the expertise of its technical and manufacturing teams reaffirms the company’s determination to be amongst the leaders in the audio-visual industry.”

The Edifier QD35 was one of the Gold award winners. The QD35 is an all-in-one music system certified to both “Hi-Res Audio” and “Hi-Res Audio Wireless. It has support for LDAC and features stunning ‘Lumia Art’ effects making it a show-off speaker that is very popular with home gamers who want to add pulsating lighting effects to enhance their gaming experiences.

Another VGP Summer gold award winner was the MR4 Powered Studio Monitor. With the 1-inch silk dome tweeter and 4-inch diaphragm woofers, the MR4 delivers pure, accurate sound – perfect for those who want a pair of studio speakers for content creation or for those users who simply want to enjoy top quality audio.

The WH950NB wireless noise-cancelling over ear headphones feature “Hi-Res Audio” and “Hi-Res Audio Wireless” Certification plus LDAC Codec and advanced 4-Mic ENC for the best voice and audio clarity. The WH950NBs are equipped with intelligent active noise cancellation algorithms that remove surrounding noise. Users can choose between ambient sound or wind reduction in different scenarios to create the ideal listening environment.

The final award winner in the Gold award category was the W820NB Plus. The W820NB Plus is again certified with Hi-Res Audio and Hi-Res Audio Wireless and provides a high-frequency bandwidth of up to 40kHz. With up to 49 hours of non-stop playtime, users can enjoy music with enhanced details, a wider sound field and richer emotional depth for that rounded listening experience.

Recognized in the 2023 SUMMER award category were the Edifier G5000 gaming speakers and the G5BT CAT Hi-Res certified gaming headset.  With their acoustic configuration, the G5000 2.0 Hi-Res speakers can achieve 24bit/192kHz, providing realistic and impressive sound that delivers powerful bass and clear trebles for that immersive gaming experience. The G5BT CAT headset is equipped with PixArt Bluetooth 5.2 and a low-latency game chipset, providing the ultimate mobile gaming audio.

The VGP awards recognize excellence and honour products that make a difference to the industry through state-of-the-art technology and design. Edifier continues to develop and grow its product ranges. The company has registered international trademarks in more than 80 countries and regions, and has a global-based workforce with distribution partners and resellers worldwide.

About Edifier:

Edifier specializes in premium sound systems that showcase technological innovation and design elegance, delivering outstanding audio experiences through a wide range of headphones, speakers, and music systems, for personal entertainment and professional excellence. Established in May 1996 in Beijing, Edifier is the brainchild of a small group of enterprising music lovers. Over the past 25 years, Edifier has been guided by the principle “passion for sound,” which helped the brand emerge as a world-class designer and manufacturer of award-winning sound systems. Today, Edifier serves audio lovers worldwide through its distributors in over 70 countries, with operations in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions.

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Animation at the NYC Independent Film Festival




A film that delivers light-hearted insight and hope for anyone who has ever pondered the mysteries of life and death.”

— Ron Noble, animation filmmaker

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, May 16, 2023/EINPresswire.com/ — At the 15th edition of the NYC Independent Film Festival in New York animation films are one categorie that always gained a lot of positive response. Two highlights of the package of two dozens animation films are: ‘THE HOLIDAY MAKER’ and ‘THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCHRODINGER’S CAT’.

‘THE HOLIDAY MAKER’ by English filmmaker Harry Mead is about a young woman, named Emily, who can’t financially afford to travel on her dream holiday, but decides to build a miniature model wonderland of her dream destinations. The film is a combination of 2D and stop motion animation.

English filmmaker Harry Mead graduated from the Arts University Bournemouth in Animation Production BA. Originally a stop motion animator he found out he had entered a very competitive sector to find any available positions. Therefore, he decided to switch to a 2d animator. He took the pandemic period as an opportunity to make his first animated film: ‘THE HOLIDAY MAKER’.

‘THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCHRODINGER’S CAT: A QUANTUM TALE OF LOVE AND ENTANGLEMENT’ by American filmmaker Ron Noble. Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger, one of the founders of quantum mechanics, posed this famous question: If you put a cat in a sealed box with a device that has a 50% chance of killing the cat in the next hour, what will be the state of the cat when that time is up? Noble lets the cat quests for his heritage, his identity, and his creator. For anyone who has ever pondered the mysteries of life and death, this film offers light-hearted insight and hope.

Film director Ron Noble has made international award-winning animated shorts, to feature film segments, several lines of children’s books, and even walk-around mascots for Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort.

The NYC Independent Film Festival in New York focuses on independent filmmakers who do not have the support of major film companies, but often have to write, produce, finance and make their own film projects individually. To support those makers, the NYC Independent Film Festival is the platform to present their films for a week – from 4 to 11 June 2023 at the Producer’s Club in New York, West 44th and 9th.

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