NFDC’s Film Bazaar India – 10 concludes with a promising note

MUMBAI: National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), concluded Film Bazaar India – 10.

Director of Deool (Temple) Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni, won the Hubert Bals Award and a cash prize of Rs 5000 euros to develop his script and begin the pre-production. This award is given to one of the promising directors from the official selection of Film Bazaar co-production projects.

CineMart, has selected four young producers – Guneet Manga for the film Urban Moon, Ritesh J Batra for the film Story of Ram, Rajesh Shera for Echoes, Priya Sreedharan for Shanghai to attend and train them at the Rotterdam Lab.

This year international buyers and sales agents like Farabi Foundation (Iran), Cinetic Rights Management (USA), Fortissimo Films (UK), The Yellow Affair (Finland), Rapid Eye Movies (Germany), Wide Management (France), Railto, (Netherland), Hanway Films (UK) and Wild Bunch (France) have participated at the market with sales and production interest.

Some of the highlights of the Film Bazaar were: Co-Production Market, Exhibitors Pavilion, Industry Screenings, Screenwriters Lab, Work-in-Progress, Prime Exchange and Knowledge Series

The  19 projects officially presented at the co-production market got an opportunity to pitch their projects and interact with various co-producers, festivals organisers / directors and sales agents from all across Europe, USA and Asia. One of the major highlights of this camp was the films from the SAARC countries.

Blue chip media/entertainment brands like Pixion, UFO Movies, Children’s Film Society of India, Real Image, Toonz Animation, Ray Image 3D, Famous Studio, K.K.Films, S.Kumar including BSNL, Karnataka Tourism, Andhra Pradesh Tourism exhibited their products at the Exhibitors’ Pavilion. Farabi Cinema Foundation from Iran, Moscow Business Square and Joint International Inc from Taiwan brought in a global flavor to the exhibition.

Approximately over 30 titles were shown at the Market/Industry screenings, which were set up in collaboration with UFO. Debutant director,producer Parvin Dabbas said, “The market screening is a great platform for first time filmmakers like me, who could get valuable and precise feedback for my film Sahi Dhande Galat Bande from Marco Mueller director of the Venice Film Festival, Europe’s leading film critic Derek Malcolm and veteran producer Olivia Stewart. It certainly gave me a global perspective and will surely help me hone my creative skills better .”

At the Screenwriters Lab, the writers of the five selected scripts D End (Shlok Sharma), Shab (Onir), Lovely Insane (Vasan Bala), Untitled – Seema’s Story (Madhvi Purohit), Four Colors (Bikas Mishra), were taken through a series of mentoring and training by the mentors/advisors, Marten Rabarts, Ido Abram, Olivia Stewarts and Philippa Campbell.

“The experience of the Work In Progress seminar has been a very rewarding one. In three days we have been offered direct access to some of the most provocative new films that will come out in the first seasons of next year. The interaction with filmmakers and producers has provided us with a real opportunity for dialogue and exchange with some of the key creative people of this country. I am very grateful to Nina for making this happen,”  said Venice International Film Festivals director Marco Muller.

At Prime Exchange, consultation was given by the experts in every aspect of the process of film making like script consultation by Phil Parker, distribution by Sunil Doshi, marketing by Dina Dattani and Frank Stehling etc.

At the NFDC Knowledge Series 2010, the session on Pitching and Packaging Film Production Projects was conducted by EYE Institute director of Communications Ido Abram and Binger Film Lab artistic director Marten Rabarts .

While the session on Navigating Film Festivals, was conducted by Venice International Film Festivals director Marco Mueller. Actor-producer Sanjay Suri’s session on Raising Independent Finance was described by most filmmakers as a session that gave them hope. Suri said, “I sincerely hope I was able to inspire some filmmakers to go out there and realize their dream of translating their script into a wonderful film!”

Director Raju Hirani and writer Abhijat Joshi’s shared anecdotes of writing and directing films  the session on homemade recipes for Indian Scripts.

The last session of Knowledge Series, The Masterclass with Fatih Akin was followed by a screening of his latest film Soul Kitchen at INOX.

Director Anurag Kashyap said, “The Film Bazaar, in entirety was very inspiring. The co-production market, industry screenings, stalls, everyone, everywhere was just talking cinema. It was enriching and infectious.”

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