Indo-German script development workshop at Mumbai Film Festival

Mumbai: The 13th Mumbai Film Festival will host an Indo-German script development workshop for screen-writers, directors, producers and film students willing to explore the opportunities in Intercultural storytelling and globally accepted story development between Germany and India.

Scheduled to be held from 11 – 13 October, 2011, the workshop will include discussions by global and Indian speakers including director Dani Levy, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Anjum Rajabali, Sooni Taraporevala, Thorsten Schulz and Rajat Kapoor.

With discussions on topics scheduled including: The secret about stories crossing borders, International influences in national film storytelling and The power of film characters shown in practical “Script Constellation” exercises; the workshop will be open to script writers, directors, producers and film students on a first come first serve basis.

“Any writer, director and producer who have at least one film to his credit can apply for the workshop. Film direction and script writing students from the Film Institutes like FTII in India can also attend the workshop. We have the privilege of welcoming Dani Levy, Thorsten Schulz, Jochen Brunow who will share the platform with Ashutosh Gowarikar amongst others, we believe that this is a huge step forward.” said 13th Mumbai Film Festival director S.Narayanan.

An Indo-German Project has been invited to be presented during the workshop as a case study in how collaboration between Indian and German writers and directors might work. The final date to send in a project is scheduled for 26 September, 2011 (www.primexchange.eu). With a workshop fee of Rs 3000 for the three days, applications to participate at the workshop are open till 04 October, 2011.

Designed as being a series of workshops aimed at developing Indo-German projects, the first workshop will be held at the 13th Mumbai film festival 2011 followed by one at the Berlin film festival 2012 and the 14th Mumbai film festival 2012 to further develop prospective projects. The workshop will assist screenwriters and producers in getting a better understanding about the Indian, respectively the European way of storytelling.

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