Neelasha Barthel film topic of Indo-German script development workshop

MUMBAI: Marry Me and Family, directed by Neelesha Barthel, has been selected for presentation at the intensive three-day, Indo-German script development workshop.

The screenplay, in its third draft, had received script development support by the German Federal Film Board in the past and German Broadcaster ZDF was signed in as a co-production partner for the feature film debut of writer-director Barthel.

The workshop will be held from 11 to the 13 October, in association with Life Entertainment, Germany and India 2011-2012- Infinite Opportunities, Primehouse, dffb, HFF and SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte.

The workshop will bring together some of the best script writers, directors and teachers from India and Germany that include Dani Levy (Go for Zucker, My Führer) and will discuss with Indian writers and directors like Sooni Taraporevala (Salaam Bombay!, The Namesake) and Anjum Rajabali (Raajneeti) about International cross-over influences in Indian and German Films.

Bejoy Nambiar, Megha Ramaswamy, Anusha Rizvi and Akshat Verma, writers and directors of Shaitan, Peepli Live and Delhi Belly, will talk about their visions for new cinema in India while the Heads of screenwriting academies at dffb, Berlin and HFF, Babelsberg, Jochen Brunow and Torsten Schulz (Boxhagener Platz) will talk with Indian writers and directors about "How do stories learn to travel” and
“From Literature to Big Screen".

Georg Heinzen (Gran Paradiso) will travel Beyond Heroes Journey and Dr. Claudia Gladzijewski will do script-constellations on Indo-German co-productions like the invited Marry Me & Family. Additionally a seminar titled Legal Framework on Indo-German co-productions will be held by Indian Lawyer Dina Dattani and German Lawyer Andreas Peschel-Mehner.

With participation open to screenwriters, directors and producers with at least one film to their credit and film students enrolled in scriptwriting or direction, the workshop will focus on all aspects of storytelling and script development for India and Europe.

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