I n its 8th edition, Film Bazaar, the platform exclusively created to encourage collaboration between the international and South Asian film fraternity, will introduce new segments – Film Offices, Investor Pitch, Romance Screenwriters’ Lab, two Work-in-Progress (WIP) Labs and two new sections in the Viewing Room – this year.
Film offices will have State/Country Tourism Boards and Country Film Commissions with a dedicated office at Film Bazaar, which will allow them to introduce and pitch their respective Tourism Board/Film Commission to attending delegates of the film fraternity. In addition, the organising team of Film bazaar will set up one on one meeting for the Tourism Board/Film Commission officials with Indian as well as International Producers.
Investor Pitch entails two sessions. The first session will be on pitching scripts in the romance genre that have been mentored by Habib Faisal and Girish Joshi. The second session will be for pitching films that are looking for completion funds and are restricted to films from Film Bazaar Recommends of Viewing Room only.
Romance Screenwriters’ Lab, the first ever, is being introduced by NFDC in association with Harlequin and will focus on developing scripts based on romance and women-centric plots. The Lab will be held in three stages and participants will be mentored by three eminent Indian film personalities. In the last stage participants will be given the opportunity to pitch the projects to prospective producers.
For the first time, this year, there will be two Work-in-Progress (WIP) Labs: WIP Fiction and first WIP Documentary. In each Lab, selected projects in their rough-cut stage will be presented to a panel of international film experts for their feedback. The newly introduced WIP Documentary Lab will only consider creative feature-length documentaries in the rough cut stage which are aimed at a theatrical release.
This year, two new sections are being introduced in the Viewing Room: ‘World Cinema’ and ‘Available for Remake’. The ‘World Cinema’ category comprises of foreign-language films that have won acclaim at major international film festivals and are looking at distribution and sales in South Asia. The ‘Available for Remake’ category consists of Indian and foreign-language films that are available for remake in Indian languages.
The other sections at Film bazaar include Co-Production Market, 32 potential projects relating to South Asian stories available for Co-productions, Screenwriters’ Lab, Six original scripts mentored by International mentors, ready to get into production, NFDC Knowledge Series, Industry conversations and Panel Discussions by renowned film industry experts on current trends, skills and techniques in the global film scenario, Industry Screenings, Digital theatres for trade screenings of films for investors, buyers and festival programmers, Exhibition Stands, Stalls at the market venue to showcase products and hold meetings with other delegates and Producers’ Lab. Producers’ Lab focuses on honing skill sets of Indian independent producers and will help them interact and collaborate with their International counterparts. (Registration Open. For Details Contact firstname.lastname@example.org)