Archive for January 20, 2011

Mumbai Mantra, the film division of Mahindra Group, seems to be in a defunct state currently.  But it seems there is a genuine attempt to reinvent the division now and so they have tied up with the Sundance Film Institue.

It all sounds good but am bit skeptical about it. Earlier Mahindra tried to do the same here,  started a screenwriters lab and selected 12 scripts for mentoring.  Anjum rajabali, Sriram Raghavan and Anurag Kashyap were mentoring the scripts and one of us was part of the lab. They spent money on script development but didn’t venture out to shoot a single feature from the 12 final scripts. Well, the good thing is , they have returned the scripts to the writers now, and without any conditions attached or exercising any buy-back option. Hopefully this time it will work out in a better way. Read on for more deatils…

WHAT : The collaboration will see the establishment of the Mumbai Mantra|Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab which shall become an annual event in India, and the Sundance Institute|Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award will be awarded annually at the Sundance Film Festival. Sundance Screenwriters Lab has been mentoring scripts since last few years and many landmark films have come out of the lab.

HOW : Four filmmakers from around the world will receive a grant, attendance at the Sundance Film Festival for industry meetings, mentoring from Institute staff and creative advisors, participation in a Feature Film Program Lab, and year-round support. This initiative will extend over a three-year period, benefiting 12 awardees. Beginning in 2012, one out of the four directors will be an Indian.

WHEN : Recipients of the 2011 Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Film Making Award will be announced January 25.

And there is more. From 2012, the inaugural Mumbai Mantra|Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab will provide an opportunity for six-to-eight filmmakers from India to develop their works under the guidance of accomplished Creative Advisors.

DATE : Hard copies of application materials must be post marked by June 1, 2011.

CRITERIA : 1. All Indian nationals as well as Indians, living overseas people of Indian origin and mixed Indian parentage are eligible to apply.

2. Only those who are working on their first or second feature film project shall be eligible. However, they may have worked on documentaries, shorts, advertising films in the past.

LANGUAGE : The screenplay can be for a film in any Indian language including English. However, the synopsis and the first 5 pages that you should send by June 1, 2011 must be translated in English.

Application Form: Click here for the official website of Mahindra’s Mumbai Mantra and you can download the application form from there.

he inaugural Mumbai Mantra|Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab will provide an opportunity for six-to-eight filmmakers from India to develop their works under the guidance of accomplished Creative Advisors in an environment that encourages storytelling at the highest level.