Archive for April 17, 2010

First the teaser was out and now, here are the posters.

Lot of our friends and readers have been asking us about the NFDC Screenwriters Lab 2010, so here it is. One of us was part of the Lab last year and it was quite enriching experience. Now am more confused and have more questions to answers. BTW, did i tell that Locarno is gorgeous! So, if you are a screenwriter and want to apply for the Lab, read on.

What : NFDC is organising Screenwriters Lab 2010 for promising script writers. The 2-part workshop is designed to prepare screenwriters’ with original Indian stories for working with the international filmmaking market place. It aims at improving a completed screenplay in its final stages and to increase the international marketability of the same.

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 7th – 9th August, 2010 where participants will get first-hand experience of the workings of the international film community and get to train with their screenplay mentors.

The 2nd session will be at Film Bazaar, Goa from 23th – 26th November 2010 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 17th May, 2010.

About Binger Filmlab: Binger Filmlab is 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. In this first 10-year trajectory Binger has discovered its natural allies in this work of supporting the brightest emerging talents; the Sundance institute and its Labs in the US, The Nipkow programme residencies in Berlin, Paris’ Cinefondation (Cannes Film Festival) residence and now with NFDC’s Film Bazaar in India.

Binger believes in challenging the film-makers to look at the many choices available and recognise the wide array of possibilities which are inherent in their stories and lie within the vision for their film.

About Film Bazaar: National Film Development Corporation’s international co-production and sales market is held over 4 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. Its partners include Primehouse, Europa Cinemas, AFI Projects, CineMart, Locarno International Film Festival, the Hubert Bals Fund and the Binger Filmlab of the Netherlands

All the best! Happy writing!

After lot of psycho-blabbering, Shekhar Kapoor finally making headlines for the right reasons. First, he made it to the Cannes Feature Film Jury and now the news is that Oscar winning actor Chritoph Waltz might be one of the leads of his long-in-the-making-magnum-opus Paani. Wow! This is what Shekhar Kapoor tweeted recently –

Christoph Waltz, who won the Oscar for his brilliant performance in Inglorious Bastards is very likely 1 of lead parts in Paani

And talking of Christoph Waltz, have you seen this brillant hump video featuring him. If not, do watch it!

Moving from SK to SRK. The news doing the rounds was that Shah Rukh Khan has patched up with Vidhu Vinod Chopra and will soon will be starring in VVC’s next production titled Ferrari Ki Sawaari.  To be directed by Rajesh Mapuskar, the script of the film has been ready for quite sometime. But recently Shah Rukh Khan denied the news on twitter. He tweeted…

have not been asked for ferari ki sawaari/mukesh mills havent shot there for a while/business decision only based on passion/

Yes, SRK’s tweets are always like MCQ’s, rather Answers. One tweet, multiple answer. So, focus only on the first answer – have not been asked for ferari ki sawaari.

And the third casting news is about Amitabh Bachchan & Mohanlal. Lots have been said about these two acting giants coming together in a film to be directed by Captain Ravi. But to spoil the part a  bit, it seems Bachchan’s role in the film is only guest appearace. Seems Bachchan is  Teen Patti’s Ben Kingsley this time. This is what Amitabh Bachchan blogged recently…

Its a small guest appearance and I had agreed. They had come over to officially sign me on and make payments etc.. Ha..!! Payments ? Fees ? Remuneration ? For a guest appearance of 3 days ? With MohanLal who has always had my greatest admiration ? No way !! I don’t charge money for such acts. And told them so.

I shall just gloat in the honor that I shall derive by working in a Malayalam film and that too with the exceptional MohanLal !! Respectfully declined their offer, gave them some home made tea, shook hands, embraced and saw them off. It will probably be shot in Ooty, the picturesque and quaint hill station in the beautiful Nilgiri Range of mountains down south.