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Ten Marathi blockbusters at 10th edtion of NFDC Film Bazaar


The  Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari aka Film City, Mumbai, is taking 10 Marathi films (Sairat, Natsamrat, Half Ticket, Double Seat, Halal, Katyar Kaljat Ghusali, Bernie, Saha Gun, Daagdi Chaawl and Koti) to the 10th edition of NFDC Film Bazaar which is held on the sidelines of the International Film Festival in Goa.

This is the second time that Film City is collaborating with Film Bazaar which is scheduled for November 20 to 24, 2016. First held in 2007, Film Bazaar has witnessed an increased South Asian and international participation with every edition. The 2015 market saw an attendance of 1102 delegates from 38 countries.

The ten Marathi Films will be screened in the Industry Screenings and the Viewing Room sections of the Bazaar. The producers of the ten Marathi Films will also take part in the Producers’ Lab. In addition to this, Film City will also set up a Film Office at the Film Bazaar 2016 which is focused on discovering, supporting and showcasing South Asian content and talent in the realm of film-making, production and distribution.

Laxmikant Deshmukh, MD, Filmcity Mumbai takes note of the fact that Marathi films are also watched by people who don’t speak Marathi. “The reach of Marathi cinema is increasing day by day. Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari aims to facilitate complete growth of the Marathi film industry. NFDC’s Film Bazaar is a perfect platform to get these films noticed by national and international producers.”

Film City will also be showcasing a variety of shoot locations at the Bazaar this year. Introduced by NFDC in 2014, the Film Office is a section of Film Bazaar where one-on-one meetings are scheduled by the Film Bazaar team for the Tourism Boards/Film Commission officials with Indian as well as International Producers/Filmmakers attending the Bazaar.

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The Producers’ Lab in which Marathi producers will participate was set up at Film Bazaar in 2013 to provide skill sets to aspiring Producers and to keep them abreast of the technologies and best practices available to fully exploit the potential of a film.

 Industry screenings are held in three digital theatres equipped with optimized screens and hi-end sound system.

The section gives producers an opportunity to showcase their films to the attending Buyers, Sales Agents and Festival Directors/ Programmers. ‘The Viewing Room’ introduced in 2011 at the Bazaar, presents films that seek finishing funds, world sales, distribution partners and festivals.