NFDC's Film Bazaar focusses on co-production collaborations

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Panaji, Nov 24 (UNI) NFDC's Film Bazaar got underway here today as part of the 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) with a special focus on co-production collaborations to give a boost to upcoming independent filmmakers.

About 250 delegates from India and abroad are participating in the three day Bazaar (Market) with NFDC productions/co-productions, Indian Panorama films and participants from the Screenwriters Bloc organised by the NFDC in Goa.

The co-production market aims to offer selected directors/producers the opportunity to present their feature film projects (in all languages and at any stage of production) to co-producers, bankers, funds, sales agents, distributors, television stations and other potential financiers from India and abroad.

The objective is to promote the ''Cinemas of India'' and a maximum of 14 projects have been specially selected for the same for the 2007 edition of the market.

NFDC will set up meetings between the presenters of these selected projects and the industry delegates.

The projects are in all phases of pre-production, semi-finished, undergoing or post-production stage. It can be in all stages of production, from script to rough cut from all over India. It will be presented to all Film Bazaar participants, both from India and abroad, with a view to exploring co-production and/or sales opportunities.

The following projects (at any stage of production -- pre-production to rough-cut stage) drawn from all over India will be presented to all -- Shadkala Govinda Marar - Sivan, Veerappan Attanhasa - AMR Ramesh, Prothom Maa (Kali Journey Back to Africa) - Ashim Ghosh, The Blue Baby - Neerav Ghosh, Aryaman - Gaurav Jain, Ocean of an Old Man - Rajesh Shera, Constance - Charudutt Acharya, Sunshine Stars - Priya Belliappa, Shor - Raja Nidimoru and Krishna DK, BBD-Benoy Badal Dennis - Anjan Dutt, Last Days of Ropang - Shyamal Kumar Karmakar, Poona Company - Sunandan and Yogesh Walis, As the River Flows - Bidyut Kotoky and Happy Go Lucky - Ruchika Oberoi.

Apart from facilitating interactions between producers, directors, distributors and international agents, a 'Film Conclave - The Business of Film' saw deliberations on script development, international distribution of Indian cinema, distribution of foreign (non-hollywood) films in the Indian market.

''The Business of Film - the Journey begins here'' focussed on script development in which the mentors of the screenwriters bloc initiative organised by the NFDC participated.

Writer-directors from different parts of the country like Danis Tanovic, director of Oscar winner No Man's Land from Bosnia, Olivia Hertreed (Girl with a Pearl Earring) - UK, Bernd Lichtenberg (Goodbye Lenin) - Germany, Anjum Rajabali - India, Ashwini Malik - India spoke about their experiences of interacting with budding scriptwriters from different parts of the country and the passion they shared for cinema.

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur shared his insights on script writing where he said he preferred scripts which had huge space for interpretations by the director. ''Scripts should always have room for improvements even if the film is in the process of being shot,'' he felt.

Mr Kapur and script writer Anjum Rajabali said key drivers of a film project were a competant director and a well written, engaging script.

To a question on what makes a good script, they said there was no standard parameters to identify a good script and it depended on individual tastes. Mr Kapur lamented that sometimes a script is judged by market forces and hence sometimes there is no inherent creativity.

Noted filmmaker Mani Ratnam, the guest mentor at the Screenwriters' bloc, who was also present on the occasion lamented that screenwriters are not encouraged in India.

He said he was overwhelmed to see young script writers trying to hone their skills at the 'screenwriters' bloc' with eminent writer-directors from different parts of the world. Only if screen writing was recognised and developed effectively, cinema can take the next level in India, he added.

The eight scripts at the Screenwriters Bloc were analysed in detail through the workshop and focus on various aspects of the projects such as structure, characters, plot development, and dialogue were taken into consideration. The scriptwriters discussed their scripts in depth with the team of mentors collectively and on a one-to-one basis, Mr Rajabali said.


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