Archive for May 15, 2009

filmwritingWhat : NFDC is organising Screenwriters Lab 2009 for promising script writers. The 2-part workshop aims to prepare screenwriters for working and selling original Indian screenplays in International film market.

This is done  in association with Binger Filmlab, the Locarno International Film Festival and the Entertainment Society of Goa.

Workshop : The 1st Session will be held during the Locarno International Film Festival, Locarno, Switzerland from 8th – 12th August, 2009.

The 2nd session will be at Film Bazaar, Goa from 24th – 26th November 2009 is where participants will apply their training and pitch their revised screenplays to participants at the film market.

Who : The workshop will be conducted by Marten Rabarts, Artistic Director, Binger Filmlab alongwith other guest mentors.

Eligibility : To participate in the workshop the participants need to submit entry form along with screenplay in classic format, Log-line, one page synopsis along with screenwriters’ CV in English. A letter of intent and a DVD of previous work (if existing).

Applications : The applications are available online at  or email for the application form.

Last Date : The application must be sent to NFDC before June 10, 2009.

Binger Filmlab : Its an Amsterdam based international feature-film development centre. Binger opened its doors in 1996 as a post academic training for film professionals and has matured into a challenging and unique film lab with intensive five month programmes that focus on the development of projects and the individual talents that create them.

 About Film Bazaar: National Film Development Corporation’s international co-production and sales market is held over 3 days in November alongside the International Film Festival of India in Goa.

 Projects at all stages of development and production are eligible to apply for the co-production meetings.

Other activities include the companies’ marketplace, the Work-in-Progress lab for rough cuts, the Screenwriters’ Lab, and a Business Conclave. International partnerships include an award for the most promising project presented by the Hubert Bals Fund and Primexchange, an international training programme for producers.

For more details, click here –

The official website of the much awaited Hrithik Roshan starrer Kites have been launched. Here is the web address – . Though the website is not completely functional yet but it has an introduction about the film and few new pics.  

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Kites is directed by Anurag Basu, produced by Rakesh Roshan and stars Hrithik Roshan alongwith Barabara Mori and Kangana Ranaut. Music is by Rajesh Roshan.

First came out a really sad still from the film Love Aaj Kal. It was difficult to tell who looked more bored in the pic – Saif Ali Khan or Deepika Padukone. The link to the pic is here. But thank god for small mercies. Now there is more to discuss and dissect. Two posters of the film are out. And these are not as dull as the pic but still, well, have a look.


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Our conclusion – It seems Imtiaz Ali has again boarded the train. Its again a travelogue or road movie or whatever you want to call it. Thats what it looks like from the poster. This should complete his road triology with Socha Na Tha and Jab We Met.

The first poster has some character but nothing fresh about it. Second one looks straight out of Salaam Namaste. We know, we are reading too much into the posters. But when Imtiaz is considered as one of the directors to look out for, atleast his film should not have such unispiring posters. Or is it recession at creativity shop too. And when the expectations are so high, you should not fuck around with such shoddy ones. Not even the posters. Imtiaz, can we please have something better ? We are waiting and hoping for better.

For some inspiration, do check out the posters of Dev D. Who said you need shitload of money for everything!