Mumbai, Dec 2
National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) has conferred awards to various independent film makers in the 13th Film Bazaar organised as a part of the recently concluded International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at Panaji in Goa.
Independent filmmakers for projects selected in the Film Bazaar recommends and the Work-in-Progress section. ‘Pedro’ (Kannada) by Natesh Hegde and ‘Switzerland’ by Ajitpal Singh, won the Prasad Lab DI Award + Moviebuff Appreciation Award from amongst the Work-In-Progress (WIP) Lab films. The awards were decided by mentors of the WIP Lab which included Philippa Campbell (Producer), Derek Malcolm (Film Critic), Marco Mueller, (Film Critic and Historian, Artistic Director of PYIFF, Pingyao) Olivia Stewart (Producer), Lizi Gelber (Editor), Jacques Comets (Film Editor).
From amongst the incomplete Film Bazaar Recommends films, which have not yet got their DI done section, the Prasad Lab DI Award + Moviebuff Appreciation Award went to ‘Pinki Elli?’ (Where Is Pinki?) by Prithvi Konanur. The jury members were Kiki Fung (Programmer from Hong Kong International Film Festival), Laurence Kardish (Artistic Director, FilmColumbia), Nashen Moodley (Festival Director, Sydney Film Festival).
The selected projects in the “Work in the Progress Lab 2019” included: “Laila Aur Satt Geet( The Shepherdess and seven songs) directed by Pushpendra Singh (Kojri), ‘Pedro’ (Kannada) by Natesh Hegde, “Shankar’s Fairies” directed by Irfana Majumdar(Hindi), “Switzerland” directed by Ajitpal Singh (Hindi) and “Uljhan” (Hindi) directed by Ashish Pant (Hindi).
These awards included: Free DI by Prasad Labs, Two versions of DCIDCP free for a movie by qube. Rs two lakh worth of trailer promotion by Qube cinema theatres (Max 300 theatres) for a movie. Film makers will get a Qube Wire account with wallet worth US $ 500 which can be redeemed during Qube wire deliveries. In a happy surprise, it was announced that the three remaining films in the WIP Lab will also receive DI at 50 per cent discount from Prasad Lab.
“Work in the Progress Lab 2019” was open only for fiction features aiming for a theatrical release. The VKAAO FBR awards chosen by an audience vote based on FBR pitch and views in the viewing record, went to two films-”Gamakghar” by Achal Mishra from amongst the completed films by a debut director and “rk/rkay” by Rajat Kapoor from amongst the completed films by a non-debutant director. Each of these films won a certificate from VKAAO and will get a 75 per cent discount on theatrical distribution. This year there were 1116 delegates from 36 countries.
Film Bazaar is the largest South Asian film market. It encourages creative and financial collaboration between the South Asian and International film communities. It’s created and organised by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).
Since its inception in 2008 the work in progress lab has moulded which have gone to premiers at top international film festival and have received critical acclaim.
Through various sessions at Knowledge Series, this year’s Film Bazaar aimed at covering the entire spectrum of making, maximizing potential and marketing of a film. There were also sessions on nurturing stories from the remotest parts of the country and on the emergence of authentic LGBT narratives. The bazaar provided info to understand how Co-production treaties work between nations and how Indian states are opening their arms to embrace content developers from every nook and corner of the world.
Over the course, Film Bazaar becomes the converging point for film buyers and sellers from all over the world. The focus is on discovering, supporting and showcasing South Asian content and talent in filmmaking, production and distribution. The Bazaar also facilitates the sales of world cinema in the South Asian region.
Raju Vernekar is a Media Professional based in Mumbai and is a regular contributor of Imphal Times. He had served as Chief Reporter at Free Press Journal (1996 – 2015 ). His Activities includes writing for different news papers, script writing/production for TV channels, Films Division. Writing poems in Marathi, Hindi, English, Guiding mass media students and helping people to solve their problems. Raju may be contacted at [email protected]
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