Archive for August 5, 2013

NFDC Screenwriter's Lab

NFDC has announced the list of finalists for NFDC-TIFF Screenwriters Lab which will be held during the Toronto International Film Festival, 2013.

Here are the six finalists  for NFDC Screenwriter’s Lab 2013.

1. Chingari (The Spark) by Rajesh Jhala

2. Dainik (The Daily) by Nikhil Mahajan 

3. Kaalapani (Dark Waters) by Bela Negi

4. Maa Bhagwatiya IIT Coaching  (Mother Goddess IIT Coaching) by Varun Grover

5. My Brother the Salesman and I by Shanker Raman

6. T se Taj M se Mahal (T for Taj M for Mahal) by Ashish Srivastav

Yay! Especially for Varun Grover. Those of you who regularly follow our blog, must be aware that he is one of our regular writers. Some of us have read the script and it’s a terrific one. Hopefully it will get made soon.

All the best to to all the finalists.


If you have been attending the Mumbai Film Festival in the last few years, you must have realised that it has emerged as the premier fest in the country. At least in terms of the cinema it manages to get every year. If not, you must. Do a quick search on our blog to know more about the previous editions of the fest. The registration for this year’s fest has just opened and has some early bird incentives. Details below.

(from official release)

Showcasing the best films of international and Indian cinema, the 15th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival is officially open for delegate and media registrations. Held from the 17th to 24th October 2013, the festival will showcase a stellar lineup of over 200 films from about 60 countries.

The registration process can be made online on the film festival’s website here. The delegates registering online will subsequently receive a confirmation through e mail.

– This year the Festival has made arrangements for sms and e-mail alerts about delegate card pickups, on-line seat reservation system for screenings during the festival and important festival communication for registered delegates.

– EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS for various categories of delegates are as under:

  1. Students – Rs. 600/-
  2. Film industry associations & Film Societies – Rs. 750
  3. General Delegates – Rs. 1150

– Early Bird Registrations will close at 1900 hrs on 1ST October, 2013.

– Media registration can also be done online by visiting the Mumbai Film Festival site here.

– If you have a problem with on-line registration please contact

– The registration form can be downloaded and later submitted along with fees at the Mumbai Film Festival office till 1st October, 2013, between 11 am to 6 pm at the following address:

Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI),
49/50, Maruti Chambers, 5th Floor,
Fun Republic Lane, Off Veera Desai Extn. Road,
Andheri (W), Mumbai – 400 053, India.

– Delegates must carry their college ID card, film industry card or film society membership cards for verification at the time of catalogue fee payment/collection of delegate cards.

– The 15th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival will be held at National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point and Metro Cinema as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri (West) as the satellite venue.