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NFDC Film Bazaar calls for entries




NFDC Film Bazaar 2016 has issued a Call for Entries for its 10th Co-Production Market from filmmakers with compelling stories seeking co-production, financial and artistic support. The Co-production Market, which is one of the main segments of the NFDC Film Bazaar, will be held between 20 – 24 November, 2016 on the sidelines of the International Film Festival in Goa.

NFDC will accept applications with late fee until July 25, 2016. The final selection will be announced in September.

Last year, 384 meetings were scheduled for 19 projects over four days of the market where filmmakers get to pitch their film to the Indian and international film community that attends Film Bazaar with a focus on fiction features. Some 20 remarkable South Asian stories will be selected this year. The project can be from any country dealing with a South Asian theme, must have a producer and director attached with 25% of the finance in place. Additionally, the project must have scope for international co-production, distribution and sales.

NFDC’s Film Bazaar Co Production Market is partnering with Independent Filmmaker Project, USA. Through this collaboration, one project from each segment is selected for presentation in both markets. Open Pitch, a unique platform, was created last year to increase the visibility of projects. During the Open Pitch, selected participants have a chance to present projects including mood books, trailers or any other visual reference.

Nineteen projects were selected to participate in the Co-production Market 2015, including films such as Bombay Rose directed by Gitanjali Rao, Manto directed by Nandita Das, Agra directed by Kanu Behl, Pirates by directed Ritesh Raj More and produced by Ritesh Batra, A Goat’s Life directed by Fahad Mustafa (of Katiyabaaz fame),Newton directed by Amit V Masurkar (of Sulemani Keeda fame) and Memories and My Mother directed by Aditya Vikram Sengupta (of Labour of Love fame)

Past success stories include Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court, Aushim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely, Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni’s Deool and Highway, Mostofa Farooki’s Television. The aim of the Co-Production Market, when it started in 2007, was to provide a platform to Indian producers to find suitable international co-producers for their projects in the form of financial assistance, location support or post-production facilities.