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The National Film Development Corporation officially announces Call for Entries for the 11th Year of Filmbazaar Co-Production Market.

The Co-Production Market presents a list of curated projects to the national and international film professionals attending Film Bazaar.

– The Market kicks off with Open Pitch where participants present their projects through Video Pitches to an audience of investors, producers and financiers.

– The four days of the market are earmarked for one on one meetings specially scheduled for each project.

Over the years, the dedicated team has honed its skills for matching projects with the right delegates. Dedicated online and print catalogues consisting of all project details are available for Film Bazaar attendees interested in Co-Production Market projects. The market also conducts an orientation session to familiarize participants to Open Pitch as well as the working of the Co-Production Market and Film Bazaar.

– Full length fiction feature projects with South Asian themes are invited to apply.

– The Early Bird Deadline for submissions is July 5th, 2017.

– The Regular Deadline is August 7th 2017.

– The Extended Deadline is August 21st 2017.

– The Market will be held between 20 – 24th November, 2017 at Film Bazaar, Goa.

– Click www.filmbazaarindia.com for Application Forms and more details

– For further queries, write to: coproduction@filmbazaarindia.com

CPM Projects Over the Years:

 

Lipstick Under My Burkha (CPM 2013),  Newton, Amit Masurkar (CPM 2015), Mantra, Nicholas Khargaonkar, Song of the Scorpions (Anup Singh CPM 2013), Beyond the Known World (Pan Nalin, CPM 2012), Lady of the Lake, Manto, Court, Chauthi Koot, Titli, Liar’s Dice, Arunoday, Highway,Television, Chauranga, Qissa, LSD, Paltadacho Munis, That girl with Yellow Boots, Anurag Kashyap Deool, Karma, Shanghai, Miss Lovely, Mumbai Cha Raja, As the River Flows, Shor in the City, 28.

– Some of the people who have attended the Co Production Market at Film Bazaar are Chedomir Kolar [ Producer No Man’s Land], Mustofa Sarwar Farooki [Director Television], Michael Werner [Fortissimo Films ], Chris Paton [San Sebastian Film Festival], Christian Jeune [Cannes Film Festival], Kristen Niehuus [Medien Board, Berlin-Brandenburg] Remi Burah [Arte France Cinema], Anurag Kashyap, Madhu Mantena, Manish Mundhra, Sooni Taraporewala, Sabiha Sumar [Director Khamosh Pani], Guneet Monga, Nandita Das, Govind Nihalani, Shyam Benegal, Pablo Bertolini [Venice Film Festival], Charles Tesson [Cemaine de la Crtique Cannes Film Festival], Aviva Silver [NEA cinema, Belgium], Anup Singh [Director Quissa],Catherine Dussart [Producer Chautih Koot France], Ramesh Sippy, Kabir Khan, Sheeladitya Bora, Marco Muller, [Beijing Film Festival], Benjamin Illos [Director’s Fortnight, Cannes]

 

NFDC Screenwriter's Lab

The 10th edition of NFDC Film Bazaar will run from November 20th to 24th 2016. It’s  a development bazaar created exclusively to encourage collaboration between the international and South Asian film fraternity. The Bazaar is focused on discovering, supporting and showcasing South Asian content and talent, in the realm of filmmaking, production and distribution.

 – The Film Bazaar Recommends (FBR) 32 films out of 164-feature length films (131 fiction features and 33 documentaries) submitted to the Viewing Room this year.

– It includes 5 feature length documentaries and 27 fiction features in 14 languages (including Hindi, English, Malayalam, Arabic, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Nepali, Sinhalese, Tamil, Assamese, Dari, Pahadi and Japanese).

– This year Viewing Room has received films in 6 rare language films (including 3 rare language FBR Films) in Film Bazaar. The 6 rare languages are The Gold-Laden Sheep & The Sacred Mountain in Pahadi, The Bioscopewala in Dari, Sonar Baran Pakhi in Rajbangshi, Dongar Dei Paribi Naahin in Kui, Kho Ki Pa Lu in Chokri, and River Song in Shertukpen. There is also a silent film, The East Wind submitted to the Viewing Room.

– The 32 FBR filmmakers will pitch their trailers at the ‘Investor’s Pitch’ held on 22nd and 23rd November.

– The films submitted in Viewing Room are either just completed or still in progress, to be completed in 2017. Almost a 100 films presented at the Viewing Room are awaiting a world premiere and 60 are still in progress. Many of these films are looking for world sales agents, film festivals, buyers and distributors and also gap financing through co-producers and investors.

 

Viewing Room (VR) – 202 films in 19 different languages 

– 202 films in 19 different languages are presented in the Viewing Room reflecting the exciting diversity of South Asia as a cinema-producing region. In 2015, a total of 156 films were presented in the ‘Viewing Room’.

– 202 films in VR include 164-feature length films (131 fiction features and 33 documentaries) and 38 short films.

– The film bazaar is also giving a platform to a record number of over a 100 debut directors, thus is the largest showcase of fresh budding directorial talent from South Asia.

– There are also 38 short films, with duration under 60 minutes, which are available to watch in the Viewing Room.

– Out of the 32 FBR films, 4 films are also selected in the WIP Lab. These are Nimmo by Rahul Shanklya, Once Again by KanwalSethi, The Bioscopewala by Deb Medhekar and The Gold-Laden Sheep & the Sacred Mountain by RidhamJanve

– The FBR films are as following:

FICTION FILMS

1) Nimmo by Rahul Shanklya

Language- Hindi (Also in WIP Lab)

2) Once Again by Kanwal Sethi

Language- Hindi (Also in WIP Lab)

3) The Bioscopewala by Deb Medhekar

Language- Hindi/Bengali/English/Dari (Also in WIP Lab)

  4) The Gold-Laden Sheep & the Sacred Mountain by Ridham Janve

Language- Pahadi (Also in WIP Lab)

5) Izahaq-Smoke on the Altar by Charles Kollannoor Chakkunny  (Malayalam,Arabic)

6) Lathe Joshi by Mangesh Joshi (Marathi)

7) Mehsampur by Kabir Chowdhry  (Punjabi, Hindi, English)

 8) Newton by Amit V Masurkar (Hindi)

9) Ottayaal Paatha(The Narrow Path) by Santosh Babusenan, Satish Babusenan (Malayalam)

10) Ralang Road by Karma Takapa  (Nepali)

11) Rukh (Unknown Faces) by Atanu Mukherjee (Hindi)

12) Sahaj Paather Gappo (Colours of Innocence) by Manas Mukul Pal (Bengali)

13) Sexy Durga by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan (Malayalam)

14) Sonar Baran Pakhi (The Golden Wing) by Bobby SarmaBaruah (Rajbanshi)

 15) The Color of Loss or Blue by Aakash Bhatia (English)

 16) Village Rockstars by Rima Das (Assamese)

 17) Walking With The Wind by Praveen Morchhale (Hindi, English, Japanese)

18) Whithered Leaf by Duminda Sanjeewa (Sri Lanka) (Sinhalese)

19) Rathu Samanala Sihinayak (A Red Butterfly Dream) by Priyantha Kaluarachchi

(Sri Lanka) (Sinhala)

20) Bhasmasur by NishilSheth (Hindi)

21) Kadvi Hawa (Dark Wind) by Nilamadhab Panda  (Hindi)

22) Lapachhapi (Hide and Seek) by Vishal Furia (Marathi)

23) Idgah by PiyushPanjuani  (Hindi)

24) Matir Projar Deshe (Kingdom of Clay Subjectsby Imtiaz (Bijon) Ahmed (Bangladesh-Bengali)

25) Revelations by Vijay Jayapal (Tamil, English)

26) Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon (Taking The Horse to Eat Jalebis) by AnamikaHaksar (Hindi)

DOCUMENTARIES

27) A Dream Document by Rupak Das (Hindi)

28) Buddhagram by Kabir Mehta (English)

29) Remembering Kurdi by Saumyananda Sahi (English)

30) The Karma Killings by Ram Devineni and Tushar Prakash (Hindi, English)

31) Wayfare to the Night by Rinku Kalsy  (English)

32) Limitless by Vrinda Samartha  (English)

NFDC Screenwriter's LabFilm Bazaar, 2016 has announced its official selection of projects for its main segment, the Co-Production Market. The event will be held between 20 – 24 November in Goa. This year, 18 projects have been selected to participate in the Market.

The Co-Production Market will kickstart with Open Pitch where selected filmmakers will pitch their projects to a curated audience of national and international producers, financiers and sales agents.

The selected projects for 2016 are:

  • Apodartho (A Foolish Man) | Bengali | Bangladesh 


Director: Abu Shahed Emon’s debut feature Jalal’s Story travelled to more than twenty international film festivals. In 2015, the film was nominated as Bangladesh’s entry for Best Foreign-Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. A Foolish Man is his second feature.

Producer: Mostafa Sarwar Farooki, Chabial

Founded by Mostafa Sarwar Farooki, Chabial is a production house which has produced the fiction features Television (2012) and Ant Story (2013), both of which have travelled to several prestigious in- ternational film festivals and won awards. At present, Chabial is producing No Land’s Man which won the Motion Picture Association-Asia Pacific Screen Awards Academy Film Fund 2014 and the Most Promising Project Award at Film Bazaar 2014.

  • Bhosle | Hindi | India
 

Director: Devashish Makhija is a Mumbai-based filmmaker who has written Bhoomi (directed by Avik Mukherjee), Doga (directed by Anurag Kashyap) and Oonga (directed by himself). Also to his credit are several acclaimed short films like Rahim Murge Pe Mat Ro, El’ayichi, Agli Baar, Absent and Taandav.

Producer: Piiyush Singh, Muvizz.com

Piiyush Singh is an investor and consultant for Muvizz.com – a globally funded online video streaming portal for Indie cinema. Before venturing out on his own, Piiyush worked as a managing partner with companies like Friends Media Group and Rudra Enterprises.

  • Calorie | English | Canada, India


Director: Eisha Marjara is a Canadian filmmaker whose provocative docudrama Desperately Seeking Helen received the Critic’s Choice Award at the Locarno Film Festival and the Jury Prize at the München

Dokumentarfilm Festival in 2000. Eisha first drew attention with The Incredible Shrinking Woman in 1994, which she wrote, shot and directed. She is currently in production on her first feature, Venus.

Producer: Joe Balass, Compass Productions inc.

Joe Balass has produced and directed a number of award-winning films like Baghdad Twist (2007), JOY! (2012) and The Length of the Alphabet (2013), which screened at festivals around the world. In 2014, both the Toronto Jewish Film Festival and the Cinémathèque québécoise honoured him with a retrospective.

  • Dastaan-e-Awaargi | Hindi | India


Director: Ankit Kothari has worked as a graphic designer, script supervisor, researcher and assistant director on the critically acclaimed films Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Love Sex aur Dhokha and Shanghai. His script Dastaan-E- Awaargi was part of the NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab in 2015.

Producer: Priya Sreedharan, Open Air Films

Priya’s first film as an executive producer was Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, released in 2008. Her second film Love Sex aur Dhokha was the first commercially successful, breakthrough digital film in India. She was also a producer of Shanghai, released in 2012. Her fourth film, tentatively titled Three Storeys is ready for release in early 2017.

  • Ink | Bengali, Hindi | India


Director: Pratim Gupta’s debut film, Paanch Adhyay (Afterglow) premiered at the South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF), New York and won the New Voice in Indian Cinema at MAMI. Ink was part of the Mumbai Mantra Sundance Screenwriters Lab 2013. Pratim’s work also includes the experimental film X: Past is Present (SAIFF 2014 & IFFK) and Shaheb Bibi Golaam (New York International Film Festival 2016 premiere).

Producer: Firdausul Hasan, Friends Communication

Friends Communication, formed in 2012, has produced films like Take One, Abby Sen and Natoker Moto (2015) which was part of the International Competition section at the International Film Festival of India. In 2013, they produced Rupkatha Noy which starred Soumitra Chatterjee and Radhika Apte.

  • Insha’allah | Malayalam, Hindi | India


Director: Geetu Mohandas’ first feature Liar’s Dice (Sundance Film Festival 2014) received the Hubert Bals Fund for development and won six major international awards, and two National Awards in India. It was also India’s official submission for the Best Foreign Film for the 87th Academy Awards. Geetu’s earlier work includes the short film Are You Listening? which premiered at International Film Festival of Rotterdam (IFFR) 2010.

Producer: Ajay G. Rai & Alan McAlex, JAR Pictures

In 2011, Ajay set up Jar Pictures in partnership with Alan McAlex. From the critically acclaimed Liar’s Dice to the mainstream Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, the company’s filmography boasts of a variety of genres. In 2014, Jar Pictures production Killa won the Crystal Bear at Berlinale and a National Award in India. Their latest release, The New Classmate, premiered at the BFI London Film Festival.

  • Jhyalincha (Season of Dragonflies) | Nepali | Nepal


Director: Abinash Bikram Shah is a filmmaker based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Abinash’s short films have traveled to film festivals worldwide including Berlin, Venice and Busan, winning a host of awards. An alumnus of Asian Film Academy 2008 and Berlinale Talent Campus 2010, Abinash works as the Pro- gramming Director at Ekadeshma International Short Film Festival.

Producer: Ram Krishna Pokharel, Icefall Productions

Over the past several years Ram has developed and produced shorts and feature films like L’ascension, Nomber One, Everest – Summit of the Gods that have appeared in many national and international film festivals. He is currently working on Jhyalincha (Season of Dragonflies).

  • Joseph Ki Macha (Joseph’s Son) | Manipuri | India


Director: Haobam Paban Kumar is a Manipuri filmmaker whose debut fiction feature Loktak Lairambee (Lady of the Lake) was selected for world premiere at Busan International Film Festival 2016. The film was part of the Film Bazaar Work-in-Progress Lab 2015. Paban’s documentary Floating Life was nominated for the Leipziger Ring award at the 58th DOK Leipzig 2015. His films have screened in various festivals and have won awards including the FIPRESCI prize at Mumbai International Film Festival 2006.

Producer: Oli Pictures

Oli Pictures was established in the summer of 2005 in Imphal, Manipur. The company has notable productions to its credit namely – Kangla, Orchids and Manipur, A Cry in the Dark, Mr. India among others. Oli Pictures’ latest production is the fiction feature film, Loktak Lairambee (Lady of the Lake).

  • Kabuliwala (Man From Kabul) | Animation | Hindi | India


Director: Soumitra Ranade, an alumnus of Sir J.J.School of Arts and Film and Television Institute of India, has written, directed and produced children’s feature films Jajantaram Mamantaram and Goopi Gawaiyaa Bagha Bajaiyaa, animated TV serials Karadi Tales and Bandbudh Aur Budbak. Soumitra’s latest live-action feature Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? is slated for release soon. He is the Founder/ Chairman of Paperboat Design Studios Pvt. Ltd. and also the Co-founder/ Chairman of School of DAAF (Design Art Animation Film).

Producer: Sunil Doshi, Handmade Films

Sunil Doshi has worked in production, acquisition and distribution of different kinds of films and pro- gramming of the Indian films at various film festivals. Handmade Films has previously produced San- tosh Sivan’s Navarasa (Nine Emotions), Rajat Kapoor’s Mixed Doubles, Sagar Ballary’s Bheja Fry, Rupali Guha’s Aamras, Bela Negi’s Daayen ya Baayen, Jaideep Varma’s Hulla, Jaybarto Chatterji’s Love Songs, Maneej Premnath’s The Waiting Room and Sharat Katariya’s 10ml Love. Handmade Films is current- ly involved in the post-production of Bioscopwala, a live action feature-film based on Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Kabuliwala’.

  • Nonajoler Kabbo (The Salt in Our Waters) | Bengali | Bangladesh


Director: Rezwan Shahriar Sumit’s docudrama City Life was selected at Berlinale Talents 2008. His shorts have traveled to Copenhagen International Children’s Film Festival, among other festivals in the US. His films have been acquired by MUBI, VPRO for worldwide distribution. Rezwan attended the Graduate Film Program of NYU Tisch School of the Arts as a Tisch Fellow.

Producer: Gigi Dement, Laboratory NYC

Gigi has produced several award-winning films, including God of Love (winner of the 2011 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short), Bastards of Young, and the critically acclaimed film Babygirl that pre- miered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2012.

  • Punyakoti | Animation | Sanskrit | India


Director: Ravi Shankar has been a multimedia and animation pioneer in India since he directed the first interactive CD-ROM in India in 1995. He is an HR professional and works in Infosys as a Senior HR Solutions Designer. Ravi has over 20 years of experience in directing and managing large pro- grammes/productions.

Producer: Sindhu SK, Puppetica Media

Sindhu SK managed the largest crowd-funding campaign in India through a platform last year and was instrumental in the success of the campaign. She has previously worked with her husband Ravi on several creative projects.

  • Ram Ji Ka Ghoda (The Dragonfly) | Hindi | India


Director: An alumnus of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Bishnu Dev Halder’s documentary, Bagher Bachcha, won the National Film Award in 2007. It was also the Opening Film of International Film Festival of India 2007. Selected for Talent Campus India in 2007, Bishnu was awarded the UK Environment Film Fellowship in 2010. Bishnu’s debut film, I Was Born in Delhi, was nominated at the prestigious IDFA in 2011.

Producer: Courtyard Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

Courtyard Entertainment’s award-winning body of work comprises of feature-length projects that have been co-produced in partnership with Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, Japan Broadcasting Corporation and NHK among others. Apart from ethnographic, educational and promo- tional films, the company has also produced I Was Born In Delhi, English For All, Blocks of Green and The Diary Of A Refugee.

  • The Biryani Seller | Bengali | India


Directors: Rajdeep Paul and Sarmishtha Maiti are National Film Award winning filmmakers and alumni of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute. They have worked with Doordarshan, PSBT and Ministry of External Affairs, India, and PBS, US. Their debut fiction feature script The Biryani Seller was part of the Mumbai Mantra Cinerise Screenwriters Lab. The duo’s short fictions include 3 on a Bed, The Woman and the Man, Itvar. Their documentary At the Crossroads, Nondon Bagchi Life and Living won a National Award.

Producer: Mahesh Mathai, Highlight Films

Mahesh Mathai founded Highlight Films in 1987 which became one of the most successful advertis- ing commercial companies in India. In 2000, he made the acclaimed feature film, Bhopal Express that opened the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival and won seven International Awards. In 2005, Mahesh directed the British film, Broken Thread. Highlight Films’ has also produced Mystic India in 2005, Outsourced in 2006, Aapa Akka and Manali Cream 2009 among others.

  • The Cineaste | Persian | China, Netherlands


Director: Aboozar Amini’s graduation film Kabul Tehran Kabul (2010) won the Wildcard Award of the Dutch Film Fund. His film Angelus Novus (2015) premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and won various awards worldwide. His latest film Where is Kurdistan (2016) was commis- sioned by IFFR. His Afghan origin plays an important role in his work.

Producer: Jia Zhao, Silk Road Film Salon

Jia Zhao is the founder/producer at Muyi Film (cultural/artistic documentary) and Silk Road Film Salon. Her recent works include projects with Frank Scheffer (The Perception, IFFR 2016, KNF award; Inner Landscape Holland Festival 2015), Yan Ting Yuen (Mr Hu and the Temple, in competition at IDFA 2015 and at NFF 2016), Aboozar Amini (Where is Kurdistan? IFFR 2016; Angelus Novus, IFFR 2015), Yang Yang (Steel Rose, 2016) and Laetitia Schoofs (Unbinding Feet).

  • The Sunshine | Tamil | India


Director: Leena Manimekalai is a Tamil poet and filmmaker who has made films like My Mirror is the Door, Goddesses, Sengadal (The Dead Sea) and White Van. Stories about Eco-feminism, Dalit women lives, plight of refugees and fishermen in the Palk Strait, and enforced disappearances in the back- ground of Tamil ethnic cleansing in Sri Lanka form the core of her work.

Producer: SR Prabhu, Dream Warrior Pictures

Dream Warrior Pictures (DWP) was co-founded by SR Prakash Babu and SR Prabhu in 2010. Saguni, their debut film, was a successful Tamil feature starring Karthi Sivakumar. As partner and co-producer at Studiogreen from 2006 to 2015, Prakash Babu and Prabhu have successfully produced 14 Tamil feature films. Recently, they produced the fiction feature Maya, which went on to become one of the most successful commercial releases in 2015.

  • The Umesh Chronicles | English, Hindi | India, Sweden


Director: Pooja Kaul’s short films Rasikan Re (O Lover of Life) 2003, Winter Trail 2002, Notes For a Film 2000, Sheher: Lucknow 1997 have been screened and awarded at festivals worldwide. Her current pro- ject The Umesh Chronicles received the Hubert Bals Fund for script and project development.

Producer: Charlotte Most, Mostfilm AB

Charlotte Most set up her company Mostfilm in 2000. Attending EAVE 2010, established Charlotte as a producer in Europe. Her films have been screened at various festivals and venues throughout the world. Her productions have been acquired by Swedish National Television (SVT). Her Filmography (2012-2016) includes – Eggg, Swoon and The Girl King among others.

  • Tribhanga (Three Curve Bent) | English, Marathi | India


Director: Renuka Shahane has been an Indian actress for the last 29 years. She won the Best Director award for her debut directorial Marathi film Rita at the Star Screen Awards 2010 and the best screenplay award for Marathi films at the 8th Pune International Film Festival. Tribhanga was part of the Mumbai Mantra Sundance Screenwriter’s workshop in 2013.

Producer: Padachinnha Production

Renuka Shahane started Padachinnha Production in September 2015. Two Marathi short films – Saath- van (Mementos) & Aathvan (Memory) have been produced under this banner. Saathvan was officially selected for the Trinity International Film Festival in Detroit this year.

  • Wapsi (The Return) | Hindi | India


Director: Asad Hussain was one of the writers on Bajrangi Bhaijaan. He has also co-written Children of War, a film about Bangladesh’s war for independence. Asad has collaborated with internationally acclaimed directors Siddiq Barmak (Afghanistan) and Murali Nair (India). He has been awarded the prestigious MacDowell Fellowship for his writing. His screenplay, Wapsi was part of the NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab 2015.

Producer: Abbas Khan, Paandan Pictures

Paandan Pictures has been co-founded by Asad Hussain and Abbas Khan. Abbas has worked on Indian and international films, TVCs and Studio Projects since 2008. He has collaborated with directors like Ashim Ahluwalia, Murali Nair, Rob Cohen, Paula Van Der Oest and Sharat Katariya.

– Film Bazaar is a platform exclusively created to encourage collaboration between the international and South Asian film fraternities. The market aims at facilitating the sales of world cinema in the region. The 2015 market saw an attendance of 1102 delegates from 38 countries with a country delegation from Canada.

– The 10th Edition of Film Bazaar will be held from 20-24 November 2016 at the Marriott Resort in Goa, India.

NFDC Screenwriter's Lab

NFDC Film Bazaar 2016 is calling for entries for the Viewing Room and the Work-in-Progress (WIP) Lab.

– Film Bazaar will be held from November 20-24, 2016 at the Goa Marriott Resort alongside the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2016.

– The Early Bird Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2016, which will offer a discount on the submission fees. The regular deadline is September 30th 2016.

WIP Lab

– Submissions are invited for the two WIP Labs – WIP Fiction and WIP Documentary.

– In each WIP Lab, up to five projects in their rough-cut stage will be selected to be presented to a panel of international film experts for their feedback.

– The WIP Documentary Lab will only consider creative feature length documentaries in the rough cut stage which are aimed at a theatrical release.

– Feature-length films of any genre in the rough-cut stage are invited to apply to the WIP lab.

Viewing Room

The Viewing Room will present films seeking finishing funds, world sales, distribution partners and film festivals to investors, world sales agents and film festival programmers attending the film bazaar. Here, films are viewed on individual computer terminals in private booths via a specially designed software which allows the users to contact the director or producer of the film via email.

– Films of all genres and lengths in rough or final cut are invited to apply to the Viewing Room.

– Feature length films in the rough cut are eligible to apply to both WIP lab and Viewing Room.

– Short films can also be submitted to the Viewing Room.

– For application form and other details, click here.

– The films that were a part of the previous Work-in-Progress Labs at Film Bazaar have had their world premieres at leading international film festivals and some have even gone on to enjoy a successful theatrical run. These include Raam Reddy’s Thithi, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Nil Battey Sannata, Kanu Behl’s Titli, Avinash Arun’s Killa, Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely, Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus, Ajay Bahl’s BA Pass.

 

writingNFDC India has selected six projects for the 10th Edition of NFDC Film Bazaar Screenwriters’ Lab.

The Screenwriters’ Lab is part of NFDC Labs’ ongoing initiative to develop original voices and stories from India. The selected participants work with mentors to explore their stories in one-on-one as well as group sessions and master classes. Aimed at domestic as well as international markets, the projects will be pitched to producers and investors in a specially designed session during Film Bazaar 2016. Like the last two years, this edition of the lab will continue its collaboration with Sarajevo International Film Festival.

– The selected projects include scripts in various regional languages, a Tamil script, Heart and Soul; two Malayalam scripts – Spirogyra and The Ward; a Bengali script, The Gift; a Punjabi script, Unresolved; and Hindi script, Time To Go.

Details of the scripts and writers –

1.  Heart and Soul (Tamil)

Hari Hara Sudhan is a Direction & Screenwriting student of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute. Before joining film school, Hari trained under Balu Mahendra in Chennai.

2.  Spirogyra (Malayalam)

Abhilash Vijayan is an emerging filmmaker whose short film Dwand (The Dual) and short documentary That Elephant From the Bridge have won several national and international awards, apart from travelling to several international festivals. Abhilash holds a post-graduate Diploma in Direction and Screenplay Writing from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

3.  The Gift (Bengali)

Tamal Sen studied Direction and Screenplay writing from the Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata. His graduation film, Still Voices won the Special Prize at the 58th Columbus International Film & Video Festival USA, and won an Honourable Mention at the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival 2010, among many others.

4.  The Ward (Malayalam)

Kris Rajan has worked as an editor on two-time academy award nominee John Sayles’ latest feature, Go For Sisters. His short films have screened at numerous international film festivals. Kris has been a researcher, writer, and editor on numerous commissioned and independent feature documentaries. He studied Film Directing at New York University’s Film program, where he was awarded the sole “Technisphere Award” for outstanding creative achievement.

5.  Time To Go (Hindi)

Mansi Jain is a writer – director who has recently co-written and associate directed Moh Maya Money, a crime drama. Her short film Lunch Lady was in official selection at many major film festivals. 42nd and Bombay, her short film screenplay, was awarded the prestigious $10,000 grant by Panavision at Columbia University Film Festival 2015. Mansi has also assisted Rajat Kapoor on Ankhon Dekhi (Before My Eyes, 2013). Currently she is a thesis year MFA screenwriting-directing candidate at Columbia University.

6.  Unresolved (Punjabi)

Vikram Singh is a writer – director who has recently written and director a comedy feature for children.He has worked with India’s largest advertising agencies, producing and directing commercials for some of India’s biggest brands. In 2001 Vikram moved to Mumbai and joined UTV in their ADs division as a director of commercials and corporate videos. Since then he has written several scripts on spec.

The mentors of the script labs are…

  1. Antoine Le Bos

Antoine Le Bos is a French screenwriter and script-consultant, with more than 25 feature scripts delivered under contract as a writer or co-writer, and the experience of over a hundred feature projects followed as a consultant. He has worked as a consultant for the Moulin d’Andé (CECI, France), tutoring their 2005, 2006 and 2007 rewriting sessions, as well as European Short Pitch 2007 to 2010 sessions, and taught screenwriting at Brest University. He won the Gan Foundation Prize as a writer in 2005 for a feature film project called La Vague Noire.

Antoine has been a tutor and consultant for Script&Pitch Workshops and Torino Film Lab since 2007, as well as for Interchange in 2009, 2010, 2011. In 2007, Antoine Le Bos became Artistic Director of Le Groupe Ouest, European centre for film creation in Brittany (France), and recently co-created the Cross-Channel Film Lab between France and Great Britain.

2. Urmi Juvekar

Urmi Juvekar was actively involved in theatre since her early years. She then moved on to working in a television production house to make non-fiction programmes while writing her first feature film, Darmiyaan, which released in 1998. Since then, she has written seven films including Oye Lucky, Lucky Oyeand I AM – both winners of the National Award for Best Film – and has made three documentaries, of which Shillong Chamber Choir and the Little Home School was shown in IDFA, Amsterdam in 2008.

After working as a creative producer with the critically acclaimed and commercially successful film, Love, Sex Aur Dhokha, Urmi adapted the famous Greek novel Z by Vassilis Vassilikos for her next film, Shanghai. Her latest film is Detective Byomkesh Bakshi. An alumnus of the Binger Film Lab, Urmi has also been involved with NFDC since 2011 as a consultant for Film Bazaar and script labs.

3. Romain Compingt

Romain Compingt is the youngest graduate of CEEA – the Conservatoire Européen d’écriture Audiovisuelle, where he is now a teacher. Populaire(directed by Régis Roinsard), his first feature film as screenwriter, has been released worldwide and has been nominated for five César awards.

Romain has co-written Divines, directed by Houda Benyamina, which won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes Film Festival 2016. Known for bringing sensibility to a wide range of characters and for his strength in structure, Romain has also worked as a script doctor in the film La Fille De Brest, by Emmanuelle Bercot, which is set for release at the end of 2016.

 

NFDC Screenwriter's Lab

NFDC Film Bazaar 2016 officially announces Call for Entries for the 10th Co-Production Market from filmmakers with compelling South Asian stories seeking co-production, financial and artistic support.

Date : The applications will be accepted from May 23 until July 11, and with late fee until July 25, 2016. The final selection would be announced in September 2016.

The Co-production Market, which is one of the main segments of the NFDC Film Bazaar, is held between 20 – 24 November in Goa.

Selection : 20 remarkable South Asian stories will be selected this year. Projects get to pitch their film to the Indian and international film community that attends Film Bazaar with a focus on fiction features.

The pre-requisite of submission states that the project can be from any country dealing with a South Asian theme, must have a producer and director attached with 25% of the finance in place. In addition to the above the project must have scope for international co-production, distribution and sales.

Film Bazaar : Open Pitch, a unique platform, was created last year to increase the visibility of projects. During the Open Pitch, selected participants have a chance to present projects including mood books, trailers or any other visual reference.

Last year 384 meetings were scheduled for 19 projects over four days of the market. The duration of each meeting was 20 minutes. The CPM team provided individual support and set up meetings based on requests received from delegates and the availability of the two parties. (Pre-FB and during FB).

Nineteen projects were selected to participate in the Co-production Market 2015, including films such as Bombay Rose directed by Gitanjali Rao, Manto directed by Nandita Das, Agra directed by Kanu Behl, Pirates by directed Ritesh Raj More and produced by Ritesh Batra, A Goat’s Life directed by Fahad Mustafa (of Katiyabaaz fame),Newton directed by Amit V Masurkar (of Sulemani Keeda fame) and produced by Manish Mundra, Drishyam Films, Memories and My Mother (Bengali) directed by Aditya Vikram Sengupta (Labour of Love fame)

Past success stories: A few notable films that were represented at the Co-Production Market over the years are Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court, Aushim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely, Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni’s Deool and Highway, Mostofa Farooki’s Television.

NFDC Film Bazaar 2015 has announces the final selected projects for its main segment – the Co-production Market which will be held between 20 – 24 November in Goa.

– This year, 19 projects have been selected to participate in the Market, including one invited project from IFP (Independent  Filmmaker Project).

– The Market has gained added leverage in 2015 with the introduction of Open Pitch where selected filmmakers will be pitching their projects to a curated audience of national and international producers, financiers and sales agents.

The selected projects for 2015 are:

  •  Bombay Rose (Hindi)

Directed by Gitanjali Rao (her short animation film Printed Rainbow won three prizes for the best short film in Cannes Critic’s Week 2006 and was short-listed for the Oscars in 2008) and produced by Clara Mahieu, Les Films D’ici

  • Pirates (Hindi)

Directed by Raj Rishi More (An associate and assistant director on films like  The Lunchbox) Pirates, his first feature, was part of Sundance ScreenWriters’ Lab, India 2015 and produced by Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra’s Poetic License Motion Pictures. It is his maiden production.

  • Newton (Hindi)

Directed by Amit V Masurkar (of Sulemani Keeda fame) and produced by Manish Mundhra, Drishyam Films

  • Manto (Urdu/Hindi)

Directed by Nandita Das and produced by Chhoti Production Company

  • Agra (Hindi)

Directed by Kanu Behl (writer director of Titli)  and produced by UFO Films

  • A Goat’s Life (Malayalam, Hindi, Arabic)

Directed by  Fahad Mustafa (of Katiyabaaz fame) and produced by Globalistan Films

  • Unread Pages (Assamese, English)

Directed and produced by Jahnu Barua, a twelve time National Award winner filmmaker as well as a Padma Bhushan recipient.

  • Aasai Mugam (Tamil)

Direced by Arun Karthick and produced by  Prabhu Ramasamy, Dream Warrior Pictures

  • Bhavarth (Konkani, Portuguese)

Directed by Laxmikant Shetgaonkar and produced by Entertainment network of Goa (ENG)

  • Children of the Sun (Sinhala)

Directed and produced by Prasanna Vithanage, a Sri Lankan filmmaker whose film,Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka With (You Without You) is the first Sri Lankan film to have commercially released in India.

  • Dhaar (Hindi, English)

Directed and produced by Salil Jason Fernandez

  • Meeting the Sumdees (English, Urdu)

Directed by Michael McNamara and produced by Markham Street Films

  • Memories and My Mother (Bengali)

Directed by Aditya Vikram Sengupta (his debut film Labour of Love premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2014 where it won the FEDEORA award for Best Debut Film) and produced by Vikram Mohinta, Jonaki Bhattacharya – For Films

  • Nigudha Manushyaru (Kannada)

Directed by M S Prakash Babu (His directorial debut, Attihannu mattu Kanaja (Fig Fruit and The Wasps) is co-produced by NFDC) and produced by Bayalu Chitra Productions

  • Sandhya (Marathi, Hindi)

Directed by Mukti Krishnan and produced by 7Seas Films, Ravi Kambhoj

  • The Poacher (Hindi, Bengali, English)

Directed by Suman Ghosh (his first feature film Footsteps won two National Awards)and produced by Colin Burrows, Beautiful Bay Entertainment

  • The Sweet Requeim (Tibetan)

Directed by Ritu Sarin (her debut feature Dreaming Lhasa  premiered at Toronto International Film Festival) and produced by White Crane Films

  • Unromantic Woman (English, Hindi)

Directed by Joan Carr-Wiggin, a former economist who specializes in woman-centric films and produced by David Gordian, Paragraph Pictures Inc.

– A few notable films that were represented at the Co-Production Market over the years are Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court, Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus, Aushim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely, Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni’s Deool and Highway and Mostofa Farooki’s Television.

About Film Bazaar

– Film Bazaar in its 9th edition is exclusively created to encourage collaboration between the international and South Asian film fraternities. The market aims at facilitating the sales of world cinema in the region. The 2014 market saw an attendance of 1042 delegates from 38 countries with country delegations from Canada, South Korea and Poland.

– Film Bazaar will be held from 20-24 November 2015 at Goa Marriott Resort in Goa (India).

– FilmBazaar Co-Production Market Team can be reached at – coproduction@filmbazaarindia. com