Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Asian Cinema Fund 2014 Selection Announced
                             29 Projects Selected – 18 Asian Projects, 11 Korean Projects

The Asian Cinema Fund (ACF), a unified body of production support programs for the worldwide development and promotion of Asian films, announced its 2014 selection of 29 projects.

 A total of 565 projects, an approx. 30% increase from last year’s, were submitted across the three categories of ACF - Script Development Fund, Post-Production Fund, and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund. Asian filmmakers from 52 countries, including Japan, Singapore, and Nepal, showed a great interest in ACF and submitted their projects. Participation from India (161 projects) and China (50 projects) continue to show an increase.

Two Indian documentaries have been selected to receive the Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund 2014 of the Busan International Film Festival: Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s  Proposition for a Revolution.  The documentary will receive a grant of approx. USD 10,000.  It chronicles the journey of the Aam Aadmi Party from its formation in November 2012 to the Delhi state elections in December 2013.
Shirley Abraham’s Like Ants for Sugar.  This documentary will receive approx. USD 5,000. It has also been selected for the Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab to be held from July 6-14 it has also received a Development Grant under the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. It chronicles the travelling tent cinemas of India.

 In script development category, Sri Lankan director Vimukthi Jayasundara’s Hair of the Dog that Bit You has been selected while Bangladeshi director Abu Shahed Emon’s Jalal’s Story will receive a grant in the post-production category.



Monday, July 7, 2014



Ashim Ahluwalia and Aamir Bashir’s scripts amongst NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab ‘14 finalists

~The Lab this year brings in a new partnership with Sarajevo Film Festival~

Mumbai, Monday, 07 July 2014: Film Bazaar- South Asia’s Global Film Market, NFDC’s (National Film Development Corporation Ltd) promotional arm, announced today the six finalists of the Screenwriters’ Lab 2014. In its eighth edition, the first stage of the Lab this year will be held in Sarajevo Film Festival (15 – 23 August 2014) culminating in the second stage prior to and during Film Bazaar (20- 24 November 2014). The market, like every year, will be held along side IFFI (International Film Festival), in Goa.


The six scripts / screenwriters selected are:

1.      The Boyfriend – Vidur Nauriyal and Ashim Ahluwalia

2.      Winter- Aamir Bashir

3.      Char Log Kya Kahenge – Hitesh Bhatia

4.      Flow  - Vandana Kohli

5.      All about Her  - Ruchi Joshi

6.      The Sunset Club - Karan Tejpal


Vidur Nauriyal and Ashim AhluwaliaThe Boyfriend will be the second feature from the team behind Miss Lovely, directed by Ashim Ahluwalia, which was screened at Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival 2013. Ashim recently received the Hubert Bals Fund for script and project development (a Rotterdam festival initiative) for The Boyfriend. Miss Lovely was one of the five projects at Film Bazaar’s Co-production Market 2008 and Work-In-Progress Lab 2011.


Aamir BashirWinter, is the second feature to follow Harud (Autumn), Aamir’s debut film, which premiered in Toronto Film Festival 2010. As an actor he has also appeared in some of the highlights of the new independent cinema including A Wednesday, Peepli Live and Frozen  (TIFF 2007)


Hitesh Bhatia - Comes to the Lab with a wealth of experience in commercials and directing commercial TV shows and has moved his focus to feature films as he embarks on this new phase in his career with his project Char Log Kya Kahenge


Vandana Kohli  - Has scripted, directed and edited projects for clients including The National Geographic Channel, The History Channel, and India’s national broadcaster Doordarshan. Also a photographer and musician, Flow is Vandana’s first feature film project.


Ruchi Joshi - Followed her film studies in Melbourne Australia with work in music videos, commercials and independent feature films in Mumbai.  All about Her is her second project as a screenwriter.


Karan Tejpal - Has worked for several years in the film industry making commercials for global brands and working as assistant director on mainstream feature films including the mega-hit 3 Idiots, Lage Raho Munnabhai and Ferrari Ki Sawari.  His first feature will be The Sunset Club, adapted from Khushwant Singh’s novel of the same name.


The mentors of the Lab include noted experts from the industry, namely, Marten Rabarts, Senior Consultant – Training and Development, NFDC Labs; Olivia Stewart, Script Developer; Urmi Juvekar, Script Developer; Bianca Taal, International Industry Advisor.


NFDC’s Screenwriters’ Lab was introduced in the year 2007 with the Co-production Market in the inception year of Film Bazaar. The Lab gives an opportunity to six independent screenwriters to develop their skill under the guidance of a variety of industry experts from across the globe. Through one-on-one sessions with their mentors, the Screenwriter fellows are advised on tools and techniques required to improve their scripts and methods to pitch the same in the international domain. The previous editions of the Lab were held in Locarno, Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals.


The Screenwriters' Lab is specially re-designed to prepare screenwriters with original Indian stories for working with the international filmmaking market. 


The Screenwriters’ Lab 2013 finalists at Film Bazaar included: Rajesh Jala’s Chingari (The Spark), Nikhil Mahajan’s Dainik (Daily), Bela Negi’s Kaalapani (Dark Waters), Varun Grover’s Maa Bhagwatiya IIT Coaching Class (Mother Goddess Coaching Class), Shanker Raman’s My Brother the Salesman and I, and Ashish Aryan’s T Se Taj Mahal (T for Taj Mahal). While Rajesh Jala won the Incredible India award for Chingari and also got Cedomir Kolar’s France based ASAP Films board as the co-producer of the film, Nikhil Mahajan’s Blue Drop boarded Varun Grover’s Maa Bhagwatiya IIT Coaching Class as the producer of the film.


Please visit http://filmbazaarindia.com/programs/screen-writers-lab/ for more details about the Lab and its mentors.


About NFDC India

The National Film Development Corporation Ltd. (a Public Sector Enterprise under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting) was formed by the Government of India with the primary objective of planning, promoting and organizing an integrated and efficient development of the Indian film industry. With more than 300 films in 21 Indian languages, many of which have earned wide acclaim and won national and international awards, NFDC's architecture aims towards creating domestic and global appreciation of the Cinemas of India. While its recent successes include films like The Lunchbox by Ritesh Batra, The Good Road by Gyan Correa, its catalogue boasts of classic titles like, Gandhi by Richard Attenborough, Salaam Bombay by Mira Nair, Train to Pakistan by Pamela Rooks, Duvidha by Mani Kaul, Ek Din Achanak by Mrinal Sen amongst many others.


In lieu of its mandate of  fostering excellence in cinema and promoting diversity of Indian culture, NFDC also conducts script development, need based workshops through NFDC Labs. Having commisioned 30 productions / co-productions in 17 Indian languages and introduced 19 new filmmakers, NFDC has restored 87 titles and digitised 31 titles under its brand Cinemas of India.


Held every year in November alongside IFFI in Goa, NFDC’s Film Bazaar- South Asia's Global Film Market in Goa, the biggest co-production and distribution market for the entire South Asian region, will be in its eigth edition scheduled from 20- 24 Nov 2014. With a modest beginning of 204 delegates from 18 countries in 2007, Film Bazaar saw 831 delegates from 33 participating countries in 2013, witnessing a growing attendance of mainstream and influential global film fraternity.


For more information, please contact:

Pallavi Deshmukh – NFDC l PR and Marketing

H: +91 97699 56801 l E: pallavi@nfdcindia.com