Thursday, September 18, 2014

NFDC Film Bazaar 2014 Calls for Entries for the Producer’s Lab-
--The last date of submission is September 30th

NFDC Film Bazaar 2014 is calling for entries for the second edition of Producer’s Lab, a segment which was introduced in the Film Bazaar in 2013 and was a huge success.
The deadline for submission of application is 30th September 2014. This year, the NFDC Film Bazaar will be held from November 20-24, 2014 at the Goa Marriott Resort alongside the International Film Festival of India 2014.
The aim of the Lab is to provide training and networking opportunities to upcoming Independent Producers from across the world. The Lab will consist of Workshop Sessions, Case Studies and Master Classes spread over the five days of the Bazaar.
The first day of the Lab will essentially consist of a short session on Pitching and an introduction to the Lab. The next 4 days will consist of intensive sessions/classes that the participants will need to attend. At the end of each day, there will be a networking cocktail that will be attended by all the delegates attending Film Bazaar.
The non-refundable application fee for the Producers’ Lab is INR 50,000 (Rupees Fifty Thousand). Only applicants who have been shortlisted to participate at the Lab will need to pay the fees. NFDC will intimate the shortlisted applicants via email by the end of October 2014.
Applicants should have worked in the capacity of a Producer or Line/Supervising/Executive Producer on EITHER one of the following and completed the same. Projects that are under production will not be considered: Feature-length film, Short film, Documentary film, Television Commercial and TV Serial.  Applicants should be proficient in English.
The highlights of Producer’s Lab 2013: The mentors for the NFDC Film Bazaar, Producer’s Lab 2013 included the likes of Cedomir Kolar (producer – No Man’s Land; Co-producer – The Lunchbox), Clare Stewart (Director – London Film Festival), Charles Tesson (Delegue General- Semaine De La Critique / Critics’ Week at Cannes Film Festival), Ben Rekhi (IM Global), Pawan Kumar (Director- Lucia), Teresa Hoefart de Turegano (Funding Consultant- Medienboard), Urmi Juvekar (Screenwriter) amongst others.
For applications and inquires please click the following link:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

65. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (5. - 15. Februar 2015)

Press Release

Berlinale Co-Production Market:
Experienced Producers and “Berlinale Directors” May Submit New International Feature Film Projects until October 22

Until October 22, experienced producers from around the world may submit new feature film projects to the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2015. With budgets between one and twenty million euros, the projects should be suitable for international co-production and have 30% of their financing already in place.

Special this year is that “Berlinale directors” (directors who have previously shown a film in one of the Festival’s sections) may enter their new projects even if they do not meet all the Berlinale Co-Production Market’s financing criteria. Like last time, budget requirements have also been waived for Greece, Spain and Portugal in order to support producers there to participate in the international market even though the financial situation in their countries remains difficult.

By December, roughly 25 projects will have been selected from the entries for the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Another ten projects will be presented at the “Talent Project Market” in cooperation with Berlinale Talents. During the 12th Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 8-10, 2015), the team will again organise over 1000 customised one-on-one meetings for the selected projects with potential co-producers, financiers, world sales agents, distributors, as well as representatives of TV channels and funding bodies.

Some 180 feature films selected for previous Berlinale Co-Production Markets have been realised to date, i.e., more than 40% of the projects have been made into films. Eight of them have just had or will soon have their international premieres at festivals in Venice, Toronto and San Sebastian: Voice Over(directed by Cristián Jiménez), Urok/The Lesson (directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov), Cut Snake (directed by Tony Ayres), Dukhtar (directed by Afia Nathaniel), Challat of Tunis (directed by Kaouther Ben Hania), Chrieg/War (directed by Simon Jaquemet), The Farewell Party (directed by Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit), and Waste Land (directed by Pieter Van Hees).

The Berlinale Co-Production Market is part of the European Film Market. Since 2004 its main partner has been the MDM – Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung.

Application forms and general guidelines for submitting projects for 2015 may be found at

Press Office
September 8, 2014

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65. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
05. - 15.02.2015

Ein Geschäftsbereich der KBB
Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH (KBB)

Amtsgericht Charlottenburg HRG Nr. 96 HRB 29357

Geschäftsführung: Prof. Dieter Kosslick, Dr. Thomas Oberender, Prof. Dr. Bernd M. Scherer
Charlotte Sieben (Kaufmännische Geschäftsführerin)
Vorsitzende des Aufsichtsrates: Staatsministerin Prof. Monika Grütters MdB



Nilesh Maniyar Cameron Bailey TIFF Awards Brunch 2014 Toronto 1

Awards luncheon: Filmmaker Nilesh Maniyar, winner of the NETPAC Award for "Margarita, with a Straw" (L) and TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey.

Toasts were raised to Shonali Bose’s “Margarita”  at the traditional Sunday luncheon held exclusively for the media on the day after the festival closes.  This is when the festival’s many sponsored awards in different film genres are announced,  most of them carrying sizeable cash prizes and the attention of major sales agents and exhibitors.  

“Margarita” won the NETPAC Award for Best First or Second Asian Film in a year what was rich and weighty with films from the Pan Pacific rim. The NETPAC Jury comprising Lekha Shankar (Bangkok), Hannah Fisher (Canada) and Anderson Le (Hawaii) remarked, “Margarita, with a Straw is both universal and groundbreaking. Director Shonali Bose and actress Kalki Koechlin have jointly created a character and a world that embody a love letter to life, with all its highs and lows, in spite of overwhelming physical limitations.”

Shonali had already left for her Los Angeles home. The award was collected by the film’s charged and elated co-director and producer, Nilesh Maniyar. He bounded on stage and in his speech made no bones about the leap in status and recognition the award brings to a fledgling  film made on a daunting and daring subject.

“Margarita” is on the coming of age of a spunky young girl, resigned to a wheel chair with cerebral palsy, who sets out to discover and establish her identity.  Shonali sent a message that was read out by Nilesh in which she said she had dedicated the film to her young son she lost four years ago and that he was there with her always and now to accept the award. The film, now highlighted with a Toronto glow, heads for more glory at the  Busan and BFI London film festivals.  Kudos are also to the production company, Viacom 18, for taking on a film that excels in content and creativity.

This award has gained in esteem and anticipation because in recent years it has increasingly served as a precursor for an Oscar winner  (“Slumdog Millionaire”, “The King’s Speech” and  “12 Years a Slave”).”

This year’s  People's Choice Award went to  the  US/UK film, “The Imitation Game” by Norwegian director Morten Tyldum.  The bio-pic is set in the darkest days of the Second World War when Alan Turing was a brilliant Cambridge mathematician hired by the British military to break Nazi codes. His work leading a group of misfit genius did not only shorten the war, it pushed technology to the point where computers could be imagined.  But  Turner was prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952  and died two years later. Keira Knightley portrays his close friend, Joan Clarke.  Tyldum’s earlier film “Headhunters”  which played in 2011 Toronto,  also created a stir for its gripping pace and suspense.  

It was a different Toronto this year.  For one, the weather went from high to low, hot at the outset turning to windy cold, then sudden  downpours , adding to the task of accessing the best of Toronto’s avalanche of films.  

Encompassing the gamut of genres in cinema today, the films were satisfying and well attended. But the spark that ignites a festival on an unexpected discovery, which has characterised Toronto over the years, lay dormant. There was a quieter, more reflective mood, caused perhaps by the gauntlet thrown at the thronging delegates (1200 media and 5,000 registered delegates) of close to 400 films with umpteen daily talks, meetings and master classes to be imbibed within just ten days. There was also an all-day Asian Film Summit which this year highlighted South Korea.

The Toronto film festival is highly valued by the city’s people and also the State government. This year for the first time the space around the main theatre, TIFF Bell Lightbox, became a street festival for the festival’s first four days. No traffic was permitted and the street was turned into a kind of carnival where entertainment plus food counters attracted hundreds of  people in celebration of TIFF.