NFDC’s Film Bazaar opens in Goa; sees increased attendance

    GOA: The fourth edition of Film Bazaar India 2010 of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) was inaugurated in Goa today on the sidelines of IFFI, 2010.
    Film Bazaar has grown and gained wide popularity since its inception in 2007. This year, the attendance at the Bazaar in terms of Indian and foreign delegates, has significantly increased from the previous years. Last year, over 350 delegates from 22 countries had attended Film Bazaar.
    The annual film market is designed to address the current needs of filmmakers and focuses on creating business opportunities for production studios and independent producers and filmmakers. The idea behind Film Bazaar is to provide a proficient stage for prospective buyers and sellers of film rights from India and abroad. The four-day Film Bazaar India’ 10 will be held from 23 – 26 November at Goa Marriott Resort.
    This year for the first time that the Film Bazaar will organize industry screenings for filmmakers to showcase their films to potential producers, distributors, agents, buyers and representatives of international film festivals. The screening facility will have multiple screens of 12-seater theatres and will be have Digital and 3D compatible projection to portray their work in its complete essence. This will also help the international buyers to make informed and quick decisions on the various projects they are interested in. The theatres have been set-up in collaboration with UFO Moviez.
    With an aim to continue the age old tradition of improving trade relations between the SAARC nations, NFDC has invited projects from these countries this year. The objective behind this is to present a window for filmmakers from these countries to various buyers and sellers from all around the world. For the very first time film projects from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be part of Film Bazaar 2010. 
    NFDC managing director Nina Lath Gupta said, “In our endeavour to promote and encourage good cinema, we strive to offer something new and provide a platform to share knowledge beneficial to film makers. This year for the first time we have participants from SAARC countries. We are more than happy to have filmmakers from the SAARC nations participate in Film Bazaar and use this platform to interact with filmmakers from across the world. Over the years Film Bazaar has grown and gained popularity within the domestic and international film market. We hope more people from the film industry participate in this networking event to enhance their knowledge.” 
    The other highlights at the Bazaar this time include Masterclass with acclaimed Turkish – German filmmaker Fatih Akin (introduction by Anurag Kashyap) and also a Screenwriters Lab where a two part screenwriters’ workshop for writing and selling original Indian screenplays will be held. The Co-production Market will offer selected filmmakers the opportunity to present their feature film projects to co-producers, bankers, sales agents, and other potential financiers from India and abroad. 
    On the other hand, The Prime Exchange will initiate market exchange between India and Europe in the field of film and TV production. The Bazaar will also see Work in Progress Lab, which is held for feature films at a rough cut stage, whose makers are seeking feedback from experienced film professionals to better understand how their work will be received by the international market and maximize the potential of these in film festivals and international markets.
    In the Knowledge Series, NFDC presents case studies and presentations by industry experts. Leading Indian & international producers, distributors, buyers attending this year’s Film Bazaar include prominent international buyers and sales agents such as 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). 
    Festival Directors & representatives from the leading international film festivals like Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival & Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles will interact with the attendees of Film Bazaar.