Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Asia Society India Centre’s
New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters (NVFS) 2013- 2014
Selection of Fellows Announced

Asia Society India Centre has announced the selection of seven Fellows for the New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters 2013 -2014. The jury, comprising of Anjum Rajabali, Bunty Chand, Juhi Chaturvedi, Rachel Cooper, Uma da Cunha, Claire Dobbin, Ashwini Malik and Sriram Raghavan, have in the spirit of fairness, awarded one additional fellowship this year, as the candidates were equally talented and deserving.

NVFS 2013-2014 Fellows
Mr. Harsh Chhaya
Ms. Naina Gupta
Ms. Teenaa Kaur
Mr. Amitava Mitra
Mr. Deepak Sharma
Mr. Soumil Shukla
Mr. Chirag Singh

Each participating Fellow will receive:
·A stipend of  Rupees  2,00,000.
· Regular guidance from the mentors who are eminent screenwriters and writer-directors over the eight-month long programme.
· Two five-day-long intensive workshops conducted by Anjum Rajabali, with the active participation of mentors, advisors and other industry professionals.
· Recommendations on how to approach production houses and studios, how to pitch, and other professional and legal aspects like contracts, copyright and safeguards.

About NVFS
New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters
(NVFS) is a programme launched by
Asia Society India Centre to identify, encourage and support a group of six talented independent screenwriters to develop their feature film scripts by working in a dynamic and innovative environment with guidance from eminent filmmakers and screenwriters. The programme invites writers from across India.

Bunty Chand, Executive Director of Asia Society India Centre
, says,
"We are delighted to see NVFS grow and evolve during its second edition. Coordinated by Asia Society's offices in New York and India, this fellowship made possible by Time Warner Foundation extending its grant for another two years, represents Asia Society's commitment to fostering creativity and nurturing new talent.

The first edition successfully saw six emerging screenwriters through a process of writing a feature length script under the guidance of industry professionals.
By incorporating insights from the first edition, we hope to provide an enriching, rigorous and thoughtful programme for our second-year fellows."

The second workshop will be held in May 2014, where writers will receive feedback from other mentors and their peers, which will conclude in September 2014. The next edition will commence from 1 October, 2014.

NVFS is made possible by a grant from Time Warner Foundation.

Lisa Garcia Quiroz, President of the Time Warner Foundation  says, "Our mission is to find innovative and powerful ways to discover, nurture and celebrate the next generation of storytellers."


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