Saturday, May 28, 2011

NFDC to organize the Film Bazaar Screenwriters’ Lab 2011 for promising scriptwriters

This 2-part workshop aims to prepare screenwriters for working and selling
original Indian screenplays in International filmmaking market place

In keeping with the mandate of promoting the development of the Cinemas of India, the
National Film Development Corporation Ltd. (NFDC) and Binger FilmLab will conduct
Screenwriters’ Lab 2011, a 2-part screenwriters’ workshop for writing and selling
original Indian screenplays.

Screenwriter’s Lab 2011, a 2-part workshop is designed to prepare screenwriters’ with
original Indian stories for working with the international filmmaking market place. It aims
at improving a completed screenplay in its final stages and to increase the international
marketability of the same.

The 1st Session will be held during the Venice International Film Festival in September,
2011 where participants will get first-hand experience of the workings of the international
film community and get to train with their screenplay mentors.

The 2nd session at Film Bazaar, Goa from 24–27 November, 2011 is where participants
will apply their training and pitch their revised screenplays to participants at the film

The workshop will be conducted by Marten Rabarts, Artistic Director, Binger Filmlab,
aided by experienced international guest mentors.

To participate in the workshop the participants need to submit the entry form along with
screenplay in classic format, Log-line, one page synopsis along with screenwriters’ CV in
English, a letter of intent, and DVD of previous work, if any.

The applications are available online at or can be obtained
via email to The last date for submission of applications
is 10 June 2011

About Binger Filmlab

Binger Filmlab is an Amsterdam based international feature-film development centre.
Binger opened its doors in 1996 as a post-academic training center for film professionals
and has matured into a challenging and unique film lab with intensive five-month
programs that focus on the development of projects and the individual talents that create
them. In this first 10-year trajectory, Binger has discovered its natural allies in this work
of supporting the brightest emerging talents; the Sundance institute and its Labs in the
US, The Nipkow programme residencies in Berlin, Paris’ Cinefondation (Cannes Film
Festival) residence and now with NFDC’s Film Bazaar in India.

Binger believes in challenging filmmakers to look at the many choices available and
recognize the wide array of possibilities that are inherent in their stories and lie within
their vision for their film.

About Film Bazaar

National Film Development Corporation’s international co-production and sales market
is held over 4 days in November alongside the International Film Festival of India in
Goa. Projects at all stages of development and production are eligible to apply for the
co-production market. Other activities include the Companies’ Marketplace, the Work-
in-Progress lab for rough cuts, the Screenwriters’ Lab, and a Business Conclave.
International partnerships have included an award for the most promising project
presented by the Hubert Bals Fund. Its partners include Primehouse, Europa Cinemas,
CineMart, the Hubert Bals Fund, Moscow Co-Production Market, IFP New York, and the
Binger Filmlab of the Netherlands.


Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab India (March 2012) Submissions Open!

Here’s an incredible opportunity for all aspiring scriptwriters. Mumbai Mantra Media Limited has collaborated with Sundance Institute, founded by Robert Redford, to organize the first Screenwriter’s Lab in India which will be entirely modelled on the Sundance Lab which is held in Park City, Utah every year.

In the past, Sundance Institute has supported projects like Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, Walter Salles’ Central Station, Kimberly Peirce’s Boys Don’t Cry, and Joshua Marston’s Maria Full of Grace, among many others. This initiative fulfills the Mumbai Mantra's desire to help Indian storytellers achieve their fullest potential and assist them to develop stories that resonate to a larger audience in India and internationally.

The Lab (planned in March 2012) will be a 5-day workshop that will give the Indian screenwriters an opportunity to work intensively on their script with Creative Advisors, who would be established screenwriters and filmmakers from around the world. Scripts could be in any Indian language including English. However, the application for the Lab will only be accepted in English. The applications are open till June 1 and after this the screenwriters will have atleast 3 more months to send in their complete script. Only 6-8 screenwriters will be selected for this workshop. Please note that there is no submission/ registration fee involved in this. Application details and a detailed FAQ is available on

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