Intl scriptwriters to teach their skills at IFFI

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New Delhi, Nov 16: Celebrated scriptwriters Danis Tanovic, Bernd Lichtenberg and Olivia Hetreed will participate in a Script Development Workshop during the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) beginning at Goa from November 23.

Tanovic wrote as well as directed No Man's Land, while Bernd Lichtenberg's credits include Goodbye Lenin! and Olivia Hetreed scripted Girl With A Pearl Earring.

The three European writers will join India's Shaji Karun (Nishad), Anjum Rajabali (Legend of Bhagat Singh) and Ashwini Malik (Clever And Lonely) as mentors at the six-day workshop.

In addition, writer-director Mani Ratnam (Guru) will participate as a guest mentor and hold a master class.

Participating projects include English-language scripts such as Pubali Chaudhuri's Happy Ever After, along with scripts in Hindi and other Indian languages.

The Workshop is being organised by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC). The Corporation will also organise a Film Bazaar from November 24 to 26 alongside the festival.

The Film Bazaar provides an interactive platform to prospective buyers and sellers of film rights from India and abroad.

The international participants, among others, for the Film Bazaar are, Global Film Initiative, Back Up Films, Onoma International, Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation, Shanghai Film Group, China Film Co-production, Arclight Films Malaysian Broadcasting Corporation, Astra and Miriam Arab of Cannes Market.

Sales agents and financiers including Fortissimo Films and Paris based Memento Films, and Germany's Pandora are set to attend the three-day event.

As part of the Film Bazaar, 15 pre-selected projects drawn from all over India will be presented to the participants. These projects are at different stages of development.


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