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NFDC Film Bazaar Day 1: A Melting Pot of Film Cultures and Conversations

NFDC Film Bazaar Day 1: A Melting Pot of Film Cultures and Conversations

by The Daily Eye Team November 22 2014, 8:02 pm Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins, 37 secs

~ Day 1 brings new shades to the film bazaar with newer sections ~

~ International film community interacts at India’s sought-after Film Bazaar by NFDC~

Goa, Friday, November 21 2014: National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) is back for the eight year, with a bigger avatar of its flagship event, ‘Film Bazaar’. Film Bazaar bridges the gap between the international and South Asian film fraternity through discovering, supporting and showcasing Indian and international content, in the realm of filmmaking, production and distribution and enables exchange of ideas and signing of contracts.

The Knowledge Series opened with ‘Remakes – Creative & Financial Viability’, a panel discussion among film and media luminaries – Nyay Bhushan, India Correspondent – Hollywood Reporter, Deborah Benattar, MD, La Fabrique Films, Amar Butala COO, Salman Khan Ventures – India, Ameet Naik, Managing Partner, Naik Naik & Co and acclaimed director-producer Ramesh Sippy, who shared insights on the inherent creativity it demands to attempt a film remake and its financial and legal feasibility.

This was followed by a session on ‘Navigating Co Productions’ where international panelists Patrick Frater, Asia Bureau Chief Variety and Michael Henrichs, Producer, Die Gesellschaft DGS – Berlin, along with film makers Ritesh Batra, Sabiha Sumer and Mostafa Farooqi discussed the intricacies of identifying and seizing co-production opportunities.

The afternoon sessions began with ‘Investor Pitch – Romance Screenwriters’ Lab Projects’ with NFDC – India Head of Development, Marten Rabarts. NFDC’s Knowledge series on analysis of the cinemas of India, region wise began with a session on Bangla cinema. An engaging conversation among leading minds from India and Korea unfolded between Liz Shackleton, Asia Editor – Screen, International, Ph.D Daniel H. Byun, Commissioner, Korean Film Council, Mr. Yi Jongho, CEO, TPS Company, producer – director Anurag Basu and Parth Arora, Head of Production, Fox Studios – India on ‘Shooting a Film in Korea’.

Film Bazaar has curated the Producer’s Lab section with an aim to offer independent Indian producers a chance to hone their skills to better interact and collaborate with their international counterparts. The lab on Day 1 had a variety of experiences in store for producers and film companies when producer Karsten Stöter’s shared his views on the ‘Role of a Producer’.

Viola Fügen, Co-Productions, The Match Factory during her session on ‘Working with International Co-Productions’ emphasised on finer nuances of international co-productions. Screen writer Urmi Juvekar shared a pertinent perspective on ‘Development – Working with Writers and Directors’ in conversation with Marten Rabarts. The Producer’s Lab drew to a close today with a session on ‘The Trouble with Youngsters’ with Ashish Patil, Business & Creative Head and VP: Youth Films, Brand Partnerships and Talent Management at Yash Raj Films.

With a view to addressing other areas of the film business, some new sections such as Film Offices, Romance Screenwriters Lab, Investor Pitch, WIP Documentary Lab etc have been added that NFDC is focussing on this year.
The Viewing room this year also includes the ‘World Cinema’, a section that has brought an array of internationally acclaimed foreign films looking at distribution and sales in South Asia, while the ‘Available for Remake’ segment as the name suggests is showcasing Indian and foreign films that are available for modern-day remakes.

Some upcoming productions presented in the Co-Production market include Mira Nair’s film ‘Three and a Half’, ‘Interpreter Of Maladies’ directed by Amitav Kaul based on an award winning book by the same name and a mystery drama titled ‘Judgement’ by Pakistan’s acclaimed director Sabiha Sumar.

According to Nina Lath Gupta – Managing Director, NFDC India, “Film Bazaar is NFDC’s flagship initiative and it has been our aim to create a one-stop destination for the entire film fraternity that will help to germinate and grow ground-breaking content and co-production opportunities. This year, we are committed to address a variety of stakeholders involved in the film business.”

The networking lunch today was hosted by the Chattisgarh Tourism Board and the networking cocktails by Essel Vision Productions at the Marriott Resort, Goa.

Gulzar Saab, Manoj Bajpai, Anupam Kher and many more were present today at the Film Bazaar 2014.


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