NFDC Film Bazaar

From: Aliya Curmally <aliya.curmally@>

Hey Folks,

Just a reminder on NFDC Film Bazaar where entries are now open for
Co-production Market for Documentaries and Feature Films, as well as
for the Screenwriters’ Lab.

To decode some of the regulations:

– Coproduction Market participation requires Producers to be present.
– Travel and accommodation, registration for the event to be
self-financed by selected producers
– Being selected places your project in a special focus via a market
guide that’s published ahead of time and distributed to all the buyers
and producers attending the market.

– Screenwriters’ who are selected to be mentored by folks who write on
international feature film projects as well as by Indian
– Bingers is an Amsterdam based filmmaking lab of considerable repute,
and with a pretty unique way of immersing candidates in a
constructively creative environment.
– All selected screenplays will automatically have NFDC production
support attached to them for the future.
– Screenwriters’ are hosted by the event and are provided travel to
Goa from within India.

Thanks, do pass along to anyone who’d be interested.



National Film Development Corporation, the Central Agency established to
encourage the Cinemas of India, returns for the second year with its
trade event “Film Bazaar” from November 26th to 29th 2008 at Marriott
Resort, J.W. Marriott, Goa.
Over these 4 days Film Bazaar will host the following:
I) International Co-Production Market: (26th November – 29th November
2008) The Film Bazaar Co-production Market invites submissions for
feature films and documentaries that are that are Indian centric and
which will be seeking a global platform for international audiences.

Selected projects are featured in an exclusive program guide and will
have the opportunity to seek collaboration in the realm of distribution
and production with potential international and Indian partners.

15 feature film projects, and in the newly introduced documentary
section, 10 documentary projects will be presented at the market to
buyers, producers, distributors from industry leaders  from across the

II) Screenwriters’ Lab: (November 26th– November 30th, 2008.)
The Screenwriters’ Lab will run concurrent to the Film Bazaar. In search
for authentic Indian voices that are internationally appealing, this
year the lab will be conducted by renowned guest mentors and will be
held in association with Binger Filmlab, an Amsterdam based
International Feature Film Development Centre.
A select pool of Indian screenwriters will be individually mentored in
the development of  feature film screenplays by renowned guest mentors.

Last year Film Bazaar had amongst others, mentors such as National Award
Winners Mani Ratnam and Shahji Karun, Academy Award winning director
Danis Tanovic (No Man’s Land) and screenwriters Olivia Hetreed (Girl
with a Pearl Earring) and Bernd Lichtenberg (Goodbye Lenin).

The recently completed NFDC and NDTV Imagine co-production The White
Elephant directed by Aijaz Khan and written by Ayeesha Menon was a
screenplay successfully developed at Binger FilmLab and presented by
NFDC at the market last year.

Applications are open for the “Film Bazaar Co-production Market: Feature
Films & Documentaries” & “Film Bazaar Screenwriters’ Lab” till August
25th, 2008.

III) Work-In Progress Workshop – A special knowledge sharing workshop
will be conducted as a part of Film Bazaar for five pre-selected films
at rough cut stage. Each film will be mentored by 4-5 advisors drawn
from India and abroad. Terms & Regulations for this workshop will be
announced in August 2008.

III) Film Conclave & Business lounge: (26th November – 29th November 2008)
NFDC will organize The Film & Business Conclave on global industry
developments in association with leading trade publication Screen
International and will comprise of keynote address, seminars, and panel
discussions. Delegates can also avail of pitching sessions, master
classes & screenings in this conclave.
The Business Lounge aims at providing an interactive platform between
prospective buyers and sellers of all film rights from India and abroad.
Last year in Film Bazaar 40 international industry delegates from over
18 countries including industry stalwarts like Fortissimo Films, Pandora
Films, Back – Up Films and Arclight Films and 298 other Indian producers
Ms Nina Gupta, Managing Director, NFDC on this occasion said “Film
Bazaar every year aims at promoting cinema which reflects the diversity
of India and which aims to tell unseen and unheard stories of
contemporary India with a view to taking these stories to International
With a vibrant congregation from all over the globe bringing filmmaking
and distribution expertise to India, Film Bazaar is a global learning
and networking business opportunity for production studios and
independent producers who seek an international market for Indian stories”.
For More Information & Application Material please visit:
www.nfdcindia. com/filmbazaar


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