‘Film Bazaar’ to have participation from SAARC countries

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2010, 12:08 PM IST

Mumbai: National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), which organises the Film Bazaar at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), has invited projects from the SAARC countries at this year`s edition.

"The objective behind this is to present a window for film makers from these countries to various buyers and sellers from all around the world. For the very first time film projects from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be part of Film Bazaar 2010," an NFDC statement issued here said.

This year for the first time, Film Bazaar will organise industry screenings for film makers to show case their films to potential producers, distributors, agents, buyers and representatives of international film festivals.

The state-of-the-art screening facility will have multiple screens of 12-seater theatres and will be have Digital and 3D compatible projection to portray their work in its complete essence, the release said.

This will also help the international buyers to make informed and quick decisions on the various projects they are interested in. These theatres have been set-up in collaboration with UFO Moviez, the statement added.

This will be the 4th year NFDC will be conducting the Film Bazaar alongside the International Film Festival of India. Last year, over 350 delegates from 22 countries had attended Film Bazaar.

This year, the Bazaar will host Screenwriters Lab – a two-part screenwriters` workshop for writing and selling original Indian screenplays.

The Co-production Market aims to offer selected filmmakers the opportunity to present their feature film projects to co-producers, bankers, sales agents, and other potential financiers from India and abroad, the release said.

The main aim of `Primeexchange` is to initiate market exchange between India and Europe in the field of Film and TV Production.

`Work in Progress Lab` is held for feature films at a rough cut stage, whose makers are seeking feedback from experienced film professionals to better understand how their work will be received by the international market and maximise the potential of these in film festivals and international markets, it said.

NFDC Knowledge Series will present case studies and presentations by industry experts about a particular topic or sector concerning various aspects of film making. This year Turkish-German Film maker, Fatih Akin will conduct a Masterclass with an introduction by Anurag Kashyap.

Prominent international buyers and sales agents like Farabi Foundation (Iran), Cinetic Rights Management (USA), Fortissimo Films (UK), The Yellow Affair (Finland), Rapid Eye Movies (Germany), Wide Management (France), Railto, (Netherland), Hanway Films (UK) and Wild Bunch (France) will be attending the market with sales and production interest.

Festival Directors and representatives from the leading international film festivals have also their confirmed participation, the statement added.

PTI