NEW DELHI: The Film Bazaar that will be held to coincide with the International Film Festival of India has extended the date for receiving projects for co-productions by another fortnight to 15 September.
This year’s Bazaar will feature a Romance Screenwriters’ Lab with six scripts in the romance genre mentored by leading Indian filmmakers and writers.
A new feature at the Bazaar this year is Film Offices for various states of the country for their film promotion and tourism boards, and film commissions for them to introduce their delegates to the visiting delegates, said National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) managing director Neena Lath Gupta.
In addition, the Bazaar will have networking events where discussions are held informally, Work-in-Progress Labs for films that are in rough-cut stage, NFDC Knowledge Series Lectures by renowned film personalities, and a branding opportunity for those getting themselves associated with the Bazaar which gets delegates from all over the globe.
Other sections include exhibition stalls for showcasing products and meetings with other delegates, Screenwriters’ Lab which will also have six scripts; and a Producers’ Lab for producers to learn the facets of production from leading Indian and international producers.
Aspiring film delegates include buyers and exhibitors, those looking for co-production opportunities, heads or representatives of International Film Festivals, film producers, and members of film distribution bodies.
The Film Bazaar has listed a large number of co-productions that have helped young filmmakers make a name for themselves in the international market, including Lunch Box by Ritesh Batra, Titli by Kanu Behl, Ship of Theseus by Anand Gandhi, Television by Mostofa Farooki, The Girl in Yellow Boots by Anurag Kashyap, Miss Lovely by Ashim Ahluwalia, Shanghai by Dibakar Banerjee; Monsoon Shootout by Amit Kumar, Karma by Prasanna Jayakody, Mumbai cha Raja by Manjeet Singh, and Paltadacho Munis by Laxmikant Shetgaonkar which have all won awards overseas and in India.
The Bazaar will be held from 20 to 24 November at the Marriott Resort in Panaji. The Festival itself is being held from 20 to 30 November.