The highlights of Film Bazaar 2015

The highlights of Film Bazaar 2015


Today:- The ninth edition of Film Bazaar by NFDC will be held from November 20-24 at Marriot, Goa.
Film Bazaar- An Overview
Film Bazaar is a hub of new wave of Independent cinema, which is also commercially viable.
Film Bazaar is a platform for a new kind of films (including regional films) which are getting international acclaim (premieres at the prestigious international film festivals like Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Venice) as well as a wide international release and also getting a commercial release in India.
Some of the examples are The Lunchbox, Court, Miss Lovely, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Titli, Ship of Theseus, BA Pass, Killa, Qissa, Thithi and many more that began their journey at the Film Bazaar.
Topmost Indian and Foreign Film Studios have picked up film that were at Bazaar- YRF picked Titli and Dum Laga Ke Haisa, UTV released Ship of Theseus, which was presented by Kiran Rao, UTV released The Lunchbox, which was presented by Karan Johar, Zee released Killa.
Most of these films were also commercially successful in India.
Interestingly, a lot of the above mentioned path-breaking films that have come out of the Film Bazaar are by debutant filmmakers.
(Below mentioned travel sessions and workshops will be held at the Bazaar for the same)
NFDC Film Bazaar – Film Tourism Workshop | Film Offices | Symposium | Knowledge Series
As part of NFDC’s objective to promote India as a destination for shooting films and thereby giving an impetus to both the film and tourism sectors of India, for the first time; Film Bazaar will conduct a Film Tourism Workshops, which will be held on November 18 to 20, 2015. The workshop aims at exposing key government functionaries handling the area of work to the dynamics of promoting their regions as a filming destination. The sessions will be conducted by International and Indian advisers covering various aspects of Film Tourism. Chhattisgarh Tourism, Madhya Pradesh Tourism, Gujarat Tourism and Andhra Pradesh Tourism will also be participating in this workshop.

The Film Offices were set up in 2014 with the aims to provide a platform to state governments to promote their locations to the Indian and International film fraternity through structured one-on-one meetings organized by NFDC between the attending state officials and all the producers and directors participating in the Film Bazaar. This year the following States will be participating; Chhattisgarh Tourism, Madhya Pradesh Tourism, Gujarat Tourism, Maharashtra – Film City, West Bengal Tourism, Tamil Nadu Tourism, Daman & Diu Tourism and Puducherry.

Presented by the Ministry of Tourism in association with the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and the National Film Development Corporation, the Film Tourism Symposium will give a road map to the Film Facilitation Office, which is to be housed in the NFDC, as to the direction to be taken in the near future to make the permission of filming in India easier and therefore position India as an attractive destination to the international film community. The Symposium, which will go a long way in capitalizing on the economic potential of film tourism in the country as a whole and shall include sessions with the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of I&B, Archeological Survey of India, Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Railways.
Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, the Hon’ble Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India will launch the logo of the Film Facilitation Office at the Film Bazaar, on November 21, 2015.

· Film Tourism Workshop
This workshop aims at exposing key government functionaries handling this area of work to the dynamics of promoting their regions as a filming destination. This workshop is from the 18-20 November, 2015, preceding the Film Bazaar which is at the Goa Marriott Resort.
The Sessions will be conducted from the 18th November, 3.00pm onwards by International and Indian advisers who will cover various topics relating to Film Tourism including marketing strategies, possible incentive packages that can be devised, infrastructure requirements, case studies on film projects that made a significant impact on the tourism sector and a cost-benefit analysis of film tourism. The Sessions will be complete on the 20th November at 1.00pm.
The confirmed State for the Workshop are:
1. Chhattisgarh Tourism
2. Madhya Pradesh Tourism
3. Gujarat Tourism
4. Andhra Pradesh Tourism

· Film Offices
The Film Offices were set up in 2014 with the aims to provide a platform to state governments to promote their locations to the Indian and International film fraternity through structured one-on-one meetings organized by NFDC between the attending state officials and all the producers and directors participating in the Film Bazaar.
These dialogues are aimed, on the one hand, at acquainting the film industry with the locations, incentives, rebates etc. offered by the state government, while on the other hand, they sensitize Tourism bodies on the needs of the film industry with a view to creating film-friendly environments in the long term and thereby giving an impetus to the tourism sector.
In addition with the one-on-one meeting, time is allocated for walk-in delegates that may not be able to commit time for a meeting. Offices at the Bazaar last year include M.P, Chattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Korea and we organized more than 110 meetings for the state tourism officials during the four days including meeting with celebrity filmmakers who attended the Bazaar like Karan Johar , Anurag Basu, Vishal Bhardwaj, Rohan Sippy, Anupam Kher, etc.
The offices will commence on the 21st November until the 24th November at Marriott, Goa
The confirmed Offices this year are:
1. Chhattisgarh Tourism
2. Madhya Pradesh Tourism
3. Gujarat Tourism
4. Maharashtra – Film City
5. West Bengal Tourism
6. Tamil Nadu Tourism
7. Daman & Diu Tourism
8. Puducherry
9. Incredible India

· Travel sessions at the NFDC Knowledge Series
As part of the NFDC Knowledge Series at the Film Bazaar, renowned filmmakers, trendsetters will share their experiences in Filming in the various states of India and how the State facilitated it for them. Few of them are Anurag Basu on Chhattisgarh, Shoojit Sircar on Gujarat, Rohan Sippy on Maharashtra, Prakash Jha on Madhya Pradesh, Karan Malhotra on Daman and Sujoy Ghosh on West Bengal.

Celebrities coming to NFDC Film Bazaar 2015
– A.R Rahman
– Rajkumar Hirani
– Prakash Jha
– Rakeyesh Omprakash Mehra
– Kabir Khan
– Shoojit Sircar
– Vikas Bahl
– Shyam Benegal
– Anurag Kashyap
– Anurag Basu
– Sudhir Mishra
– Ramesh Sippy
– Rohan Sippy

Important International and Indian buyers attending Film Bazaar 2015 (this is not a complete list)

– Remi Burah – Arte France (Biggest TV companies in Europe)
– Angel An – Samuel Goldwyn
– Nancy Gerstman – Zeitgeist Films (Distributors of Court)
– Nasreen Kabir – Hyphen Films
Festival Programmer
– Christian Jeune – Cannes Film Festival
– Paolo Bertolin- Venice International Film Festival
– Charles Tesson- Semaine De La Critique
– Sergio Fant- Festival del film Locarno
Distributors/Sales agents
– Michael Werner – Fortissimo
– Scott Veltri – Magnolia Pictures
– Anjay Nagpal – Focus Features
– Keiko Funato – Alpha Violet
– Marc Bachet – ASAP Films (The Lunchbox)
– Marc IMER – DOLCE VITA FILMS (Arunoday/ Sunrise)
– Benny Drechsel – Rohfilm (The Lunchbox)
Indian Studios
– PVR Pictures
– Eros International Media Ltd
– Zee Studios
– Excel Etertainment
– Dar Media Pvt. Ltd.
– Amazon
– Shree Venkatesh Films
– Essel Entertainment
– Drishyam Films
– Essel Entertainment
International government bodies attending the Film Bazaar
– Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation
– Film Commission Poland
– Ontario Media Development Corporation, Canada (OMDC)
– The Financing Forum for Kids Content, Denmark
– Medienboard, Germany


1. Co-production Market
Nineteen projects have been selected to participate in the Co production Market 2015, including one invited project from IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project). (Attached is the complete list of CPM projects)
· 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 produced by Manish Mundhra, Drishyam Films
Memories and My Mother (Bengali) directed by Aditya Vikram Sengupta(Labour of Love fame)
Past success stories: A few notable films that were represented at the Co-Production Market over the years are Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court, Aushim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely, Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni’s Deool and Highway, Mostofa Farooki’s Television

2. Work In Progress Labs
Film Bazaar announces the 11 projects under its Work in Progress (WIP) Labs, six in the WIP Lab Fiction and five in the WIP Lab Documentary. (Attached is the complete list of the projects along with the mentors)
WIP Fiction
· Shankar Raman’s Gurgaon
· Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha
· Amit Rai’s I Pad
· Miransha Naik’s Juje
· Haobam Pabam Kumar ‘s Nongmai
· Milind Dhaimade’s Tu Hai Mera Sunday
WIP Documentary
· Avani Rai’s Raghu Rai: An Unframed Portrait
· Alka Raghuram’s Burqa Boxer
· Rahul Jain’s Machines
· Smriti Mundhra and Sarita Khurana’s The Marriage Brokers
· Dinkar Rao’s Snake Dancers of the Thar-Romani Kalbeliya gypsy trail
Past success stories: Since the inception of the Work in Progress Lab, most of the films that have been through this lab have premiered at leading international films festivals while some have enjoyed a successful theatrical run. These include Kanu Behl’s Titli (Cannes Film Festival 2014), Shonali Bose’s Margarita, With A Straw (Toronto International Film Festival 2014) Avinash Arun’s Killa (Berlinale 2014), Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely (Cannes Film Festival 2012), Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus (Toronto International Film Festival, 2012), Sange Dorjee Thangdok’s Crossing Bridges, Gyan Correa’s The Good Road and Ajay Bahl’s BA Pass and more.
Thithi which won the best WIP at Film Bazaar 2014 premiered at Locarno Film Festival where it won two top awards. It bagged the Jury Grand Prize in the international competetion at recently held Jio MAMI in 2015

3. Film Bazaar Recommends – FBR
The Film Bazaar Recommends 31 film projects including 21 features and 10 documentaries that one can look forward to in 2016. The FBR projects include Q’s Ludo, Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha and Nilanjan Datta’s The Head Hunter among others.
4. Viewing Room
In 2014, a total of 111 Indian films were presented in the Viewing Room. Whereas this year, 156 films in 29 different Indian languages will be presented in fiction and documentaries section which is an indication of almost 50% increase in Indian films in the Viewing Room.
5. Screenwriters’ Lab – Three Labs
Six projects are selected in each lab-The Screenwriters’ Lab, The Romance Screenwriters’ Lab (introduced in 2014), Children’s Screenwriters’ Lab (introduced this year).
At the Bazaar, the 18 screenwriters will get an opportunity to participate in an Investors Pitch and pitch their projects to the invited Indian and international buyers/producers/directors.
Attached is the complete list of films part of Screenwriters’ Lab, Romance Screenwriters’ Lab and Children’s Screenwriters’ Lab.
6. Investor Pitch
This year, the Investor Pitch will consist of three pitching sessions that would provide investors’ a platform to connect with film projects from different genres and in various stages of completion. The Three Investor Pitches include 19 Co-Production Market projects selected across genres with a special focus on South Asian stories from across the globe, 16 Screenwriters’ Lab scripts with focus on Romance and Children’s stories, these projects mentored by National and International industry experts – Marcel Beaulieu, Alfredo Covelli, Urmi Juvekar, Rasmus Horskjaer, Tamara Bos, Mieke de Jong, Habib Faisal, Sharat Katariya and Girish Joshi and 18 Film Bazaar Recommends from the Viewing Room curated by Deepti DCunha.
The different segments are:
· Co-Production Market
19 selected projects across genres with a special focus on South Asian stories from across the globe
· Screenwriters’ Lab with focus on Romance and Children’s stories
16 projects mentored by National and International industry experts – Marcel Beaulieu, Alfredo Covelli, Urmi Juvekar, Rasmus Horskjaer, Tamara Bos, Mieke de Jong, Habib Faisal, Sharat Katariya and Girish Joshi.
· Film Bazaar Recommends
18 Projects curated by curator Deepti DCunha

7. NFDC Knowledge Series
NFDC Knowledge Series sessions are the most looked forward to at the Film Bazaar. Below are some interesting sessions which are a part of the bazaar.
– A R RAHMAN: Films and Beyond ; moderated by: Nasreen Munni Kabir
– Kabir Khan – Traversing across Real Stories to Features with Stars; moderated by Rajeev Masand
– Vikas Bahl on Choosing the Story and Positioning It Right
– Vani Tripathi Tikoo, Anurag Basu, Sudhir Mishra – Female protagonists in Bollywood today – how real is the discourse? , moderated by: Namrata Joshi (National Cinema Editor, The Hindu)
– Shoojit Sircar – A Journey in Storytelling , moderated by Anuradha SenGupta,Broadcast Journalist, Producer
– Anurag Kashyap, Madhu Gagodia (Naik & Naik) and Ketan Mehta- Re-creating Real Stories – Crossing the Legal Bridge (incl. Challenges in the context of copyright/IPR ; E&O), moderated by moderated by Anuradha SenGupta,Broadcast Journalist, Producer
– Children’s films and New markets; Presentations and Q&A by: Rajiv Chilakalapudi, Creator, Chota Bheem & Annette Brejner – Head of the Financing Forum For Kids content, moderated by: Namrata Joshi (National Cinema Editor, The Hindu)
– Google-YouTube – Emergence of Content Destinations; presentation and Q&A by: Satya Raghavan- Head of Content Operations YouTube – India
– New Voices: Pushing Boundaries in Creation, Marketing and Monetization; guests: Amit Masurkar – Suleimani Keeda, Bardroy Barretto, Karthik Subbaraj – Pizza / Jigarthanda; moderated by: Anurag Kashyap
– CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGNS- Telling an engaging story; Presentations and Q&A by Ravi Shankar, Filmmaker – Punyakoti (Sanskrit Animated), Bhaskar Hazarika, Filmmaker, Kothanodi (Assamese feature), Ruchi Bhimani, Producer, Proposition for a Revolution (Documentary); moderated by: Vanita Kohli
8. Producers’ Lab
This is the third edition of Producers’ Lab, which started in 2013 with 27 participants, 17 participants in 2014 and this year with highest number of 37 participants from 5 different countries. The Producers’ Lab has been set up to help emerging producers cultivate a sense of vision to maintain a fine balance between the creative and financial aspects of filmmaking. The sessions are conducted by key industry experts and professionals from the domestic and international domain. This year NFDC has introduced a pitching session for the participants on the last day of the lab, where they will be pitching their individual projects to a panel of mentors. Moreover, this year NFDC is working out the programming of Producers’ Lab in such a way that it is more integrated with other programs at Film Bazaar like Knowledge Series, Co-Production Market and ScreenWriters’ Lab, which will help the participants gather a more broader range of knowledge and skills and have an overall better experience. This year the Producers’ Lab will have mentors like Marco Mueller, Olivia Stewart and Anil Thadani.

9. Industry Screenings
The Industry Screenings introduced in 2010, is a platform available to filmmakers to showcase their films to a select audience of sales agents, distributors, producers and festival programmers. 31 films will be screened in three digital theatres at the Film Bazaar venue to be held at the Goa Marriott the official venue from 21-24 November, 2015. The schedule will be shared at the venue.
Some of the acclaimed films that have been screened in the earlier editions are Ankhon Dekhi, Sulemani Keeda, Fandry, Elizabeth Ekadashi, Katiyabaaz and Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost.
Film Bazaar in its 9th edition is exclusively created to encourage collaboration between the international and South Asian film fraternities. The market aims at facilitating the sales of world cinema in the region. The 2014 market saw an attendance of 1042 delegates from 38 countries with country delegations from Canada, South Korea and Poland. Film Bazaar will be held from 20-24 November 2015 at Goa Marriott Resort in Goa (India).
Incorporated in the year 1975 National Film Development Corporation Ltd is formed by Ministry of Information and broadcasting (GoI) with the primary objective of promoting the good cinema movement. NFDC is instrumental for creating an ecosystem to support the financing, distribution and development of independent films across the country
By: Teennews1 Network Team


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