Day 2 @ NFDC Film Bazaar - The Future Of Indian Cinema is Bright And Its Here!

By Aditya Savnal. Posted on November 23, 2015

The 2nd day at NFDC Film Bazaar was yet another day of diverse activities that ranged from investor pitches  by filmmakers, to sessions with filmmakers & industry professionals, to heads of the tourism development boards of various states pitching their states, to panels that spoke about the evolution of digital platforms and the scope and viability of children's films.

The day kicked off with the Film in India session, where Rohan Sippy and Sanjay Bhokare spoke about how Maharashtra has been a hub for films and filmmaking. Heralded as the birthplace of the world's largest film industry, Maharashtra has always provided distinctive opportunities for filmmakers across the country. Bhokare and Sippy spoke about how the various incentives and facilities provided by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Board to filmmakers wanting to shoot their films in the state of Maharashtra.

Later in the day, filmmaker Anurag Basu and Sanjay Singh of Chhatisgarh Tourism spoke about the various shooting incentives provided by the state to filmmakers.

The day also saw a pitching session by the projects in WIP lab, moderated by Deepti DCunha. The list included Rahul Dahiya's G - A Wanton Heart, Amit Rai's I Pad, Munish Bharadwaj's Moh Maya Money and Karma Takapa, Heer Ganjawala, Abhishek Varma's Mor Mann Ke Bharam among others.

The day also saw several acclaimed filmmakers including Ramesh Sippy, Sudhir Mishra, Prakash Jha and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra among others talk about the Film Facilitation Offices set up by the Union Goverment which through the 'Single Window Clearance' system aims to reduce the bureaucracy involved in obtaining official permissions for shooting films in India.  The Film Facilitation Offices (FFO) will be housed in the NFDC offices. You can click here to read our detailed post on it. Another panel later in the day, saw a discussion on the fast evolving digital space and how filmmakers and content creators can leverage it to monetise their content. The panel was hosted by author and media specialist Vanita Kohli and saw Nikhil Taneja - Development head of Y Films, Vaibhav Vishal - Chief Creative Officer of Eros Now and filmmaker Rohan Sippy partake in it. The panel members spoke about how the success of viral content creators like The Viral Fever and All India Bakchod has inspired them and several other players to explore the digital space. Rohan Sippy admitted that the digital space has opened the floodgates for content creators who earlier didn't have many platforms to explore the space, while Vaibhav Vishal spoke about how an entity like Eros Now is experimenting in this space since they believe in its potential and are willing to promote and distribute interesting content online.


During the day we also managed to chat with several noted filmmakers at the Film Bazaar including Shoojit Sircar and Prakash Jha. While Sircar spoke about the emerging breed of new independent filmmakers, Jha spoke about why the bazaar is an important place since it gives filmmakers an opportunity to meet potential investors and kickstart their filmmaking careers.


The last session of the day saw filmmaker Kabir Khan engage in a conversation with film critic Rajeev Masand about his transition from making documentary films to making mainstream money spinners like Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan.  Kabir Khan started his filmmaking journey by making documentaries including the one on Kabul which helped him to write his debut feature film Kabul Express. During the conversation he spoke about the threatening situations under which he and his crew shot the film, where they received death threats while making the film. He was quite frank in admitting that making a debut with Yashraj Films helped him make a safe secure transition to making feature films.  In the course of the conversation, he candidly admitted to making a shift to making mainstream films since documentary films lack commercial viability in India. He also spoke about he strives to strike a balance between narrating humane stories that have strong political undertones and make a strong statement.


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