By Arun Fulara. Posted on July 20, 2016
NFDC India has entered into a collaboration with The Cinekid for Professionals programme, for its Children’s Screenwriters’ Lab. Cinekid is the largest international film, television and new media festival for children aged 4 to 14 and is globally recognized as the multimedia player with maximum coverage of the primary target population.
On the occasion Nina Lath Gupta, the MD of NFDC, said, "As a development body, NFDC has always tried to provide support in areas where there isn’t any available. Today, there is urgent need to develop Children’s films in our market that is starved of original Indian content for younger audiences. Elsewhere in the world, especially in the Netherlands, world class children’s content is already paving the way for the future of the industry. Having partnered with Binger Film Lab and Cinemart in previous years, NFDC Labs is proud to collaborate with Cinekid and Dutch Culture and continue its strong associations with the Dutch film industry. Through this collaboration with Cinekid, NFDC Labs hopes to expose Indian writers to the wide range of possibilities inherent in children’s content. The idea is to have more filmmakers explore this genre in India and create content that is reminiscent of what they liked to watch as children, and not what they think children like to watch."
The six projects selected for the 2nd edition of the Children’s Screenwriters’ Lab have been announced, which include Chuskit (Hindi, Ladaki), Malli (Tamil), The Girl and Autorickshaw (Marathi), Little Thomas and the Miracle of Life (Hindi, English), Beej (Hindi) and Krikus(Hindi).
The three international mentors for Children’s Screenwriters’ Lab 2016 are Tijs van Marle (his film, Accused was a runner up for the Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards 2014), Jolein Laarman (co-writer of the award-winning film Kauwboy) and Sytske Kok (directed the internationally acclaimed short The Chinese Wall and the TV film Impasse and wrote TV film Tunnel Vision)