NFDC Film Bazaar Adds New Segments: Open Pitches, Knowledge Series & Film Tourism Workshop For The First Time!

By Aditi Patwardhan. Posted on November 17, 2015

Film Bazaar, a full-fledged film market organized by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) is all set to be held from 20th to 24th November in Goa. In its 9th edition this year, Film Bazaar is a converging point for buyers and sellers of film rights and is aimed at facilitating sales of world cinema in the South Asian region and the promotion of Indian Cinema in the international domain, says the official website of Film Bazaar.

This year they have introduced new segments in their program like the Film Tourism Workshop and Symposium, Children’s Screenwriters’ Lab and Open Pitches, all of which will add a distinct flavour to this years' Film Bazaar.

Film Tourism Workshops

As part of NFDC’s objective to promote India as a destination for shooting films and giving an impetus to both the film and tourism sectors of India, Film Bazaar will conduct a Film Tourism Workshop from 18th November to 20th November. The workshop aims at exposing key government functionaries handling the area of work to the dynamics of promoting their regions as a filming destination. The sessions will be conducted by International and Indian advisers covering various aspects of Film Tourism. Tourism departments from the states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh will be participating in this workshop.

The Film Tourism Symposium, presented by the Ministry of Tourism in association with the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and the National Film Development Corporation, will present a road map guiding the direction for positioning India as an attractive destination for filming internationally.

NFDC Knowledge Series

As part of the NFDC Knowledge Series at the Film Bazaar, renowned filmmakers like Anurag Basu, Shoojit Sircar, Rohan Sippy and Prakash Jha will share their experiences of filming in various states of India.

There are also going to be interview sessions with renowned musician A R Rahman, filmmakers Kabir Khan and Vikas Bahl as a part of the Knowledge Series. Sessions on Children’s Films and New Markets, Google-YouTube, Crowdfunding Campaigns and New Voices in Independent Cinema: Pushing Boundaries are also a part of the lineup.

Investor Pitch

This year, the Investor Pitch will consist of three pitching sessions that would provide investors a platform to connect with film projects from different genres and in various stages of completion. The 3 Investor Pitches will include 19 Co-Production Market projects selected across genres with a special focus on South Asian stories from across the globe, 16 Screenwriters' Lab scripts with focus on Romance and Children's stories (projects mentored by National and International industry experts - Marcel Beaulieu, Alfredo Covelli, Urmi Juvekar, Rasmus Horskjaer, Tamara Bos, Mieke de Jong, Habib Faisal, Sharat Katariya and Girish Joshi) and 18 Film Bazaar Recommends from the Viewing Room curated by Deepti D'Cunha.

The First Children's Screenwriters' Lab

Another first at Film Bazaar is the newly introduced Children’s Screenwriters’ Lab as a part of the Screenwriters’ Lab along with the Romance Screenwriters’ Lab introduced last year. This year, six projects are selected in each lab, these 18 screenwriters will be at the Bazaar this year and will get an opportunity to participate in an Investors Pitch and pitch their projects to the invited Indian and International buyers/producers/directors.

Apart from the new segments, the segments which have been appreciated in the previous editions like NFDC Producers' Lab and The Viewing Room will also be held at the Film Bazaar 2015. The Producers' Lab will have the highest number of participants so far, 37 participants from 5 different countries.

In the Viewing Room, 156 films in 29 different Indian languages will be presented in fiction and documentaries section this year. The Film Bazaar has recommended 32 film projects from the Viewing Room that include 22 features and 10 documentaries, which one can look forward to in 2016. Check the full list of NFDC recommended projects here.


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