Venice International Film Festival to select Indian films for screening

MUMBAI: The 66th Venice International Film Festival, which is slated to be held from 2 – 12 September, 2009, is looking at Indian films to be screened at the festival.

Venice Film Festival director Marco Muller and Indian Cinema programmer Cecilia Cossio will be in India from 24 March to 8 April for the preview and selection of films for the film festival.

The screening of the films will be held at the NFDC Preview Theatre in Mumbai.

To be eligible for entry, a film should have been produced during the 12 months preceding the festival and should be offered as world premieres (only in special cases, derogation to the regulations will be possible – limited to films not having been released elsewhere than their country of origin).

Interested producers/world-sales and international distributors/directors can send the 35 mm. prints or Digi Beta tapes of the films (English-subtitled) proposed to the VFF selections to National Film Development Corporation Ltd., Discovery of India Bldg., 6th Floor, Nehru Centre, Dr. A. B. Road, Worli, Mumbai.

A press-kit or documentation, including synopsis, cast and crew and other info about the film’s content and the filmmaker’s vision should also be joined to the print or tape.