Thursday, October 2, 2014

NFDC announces nine scripts for the second edition of National Script Lab, 2014

Actress Konkona Sensharma, 3 Idiots co-editor, Ranjit Bahadur among the nine finalists

The National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) has announced the nine scripts selected for the second edition of the National Script Lab to be running from October 2014 – March 2015.

The film actress Konkona Sensharma and Ranjeet Bahadur, the co-editor of Three Idiots are among the nine writers whose scripts have been selected.

The first screenwriting workshop will be held from October 12 - 17, 2014 at the Courtyard Marriott, Chakan, Pune, followed by two more workshops and 1 to 1 consultation sessions over the next six months.

Marten Rabarts- Senior Consultant, Training and Development, NFDC; Olivia Stewart- Producer of The House of Mirth, Brassed Off, and script consultant on The Lunchbox and  Rajat Kapoor, writer-director of the much acclaimed Ankhon Dekhi will mentor these scriptwriters one-to-one during intensive residential workshops over the coming six months

Also as part of the National Script Lab program, the screenwriters will be able to attend NFDC’s Film Bazaar 2014 (Nov 20–24) to network and introduce their upcoming projects to both the Indian and international film fraternity attending the market.

Marten who has been mentoring the NFDC script labs for years says,“As  NFDC LABS  evolve and it’s recognized in the industry  that  films like The Lunchbox and Yash Raj Films Cannes 2014 film  Titli  were honed and nurtured within our script labs , we're now seeing the breadth of Indian storytelling talent wanting to work with us.  I’m really pleased to see in this latest selection, that a young  discovery talent like Anurag Kashyap' protege Vicky Barmech, will be working alongside a Bollywood veteran such as Editor Ranjeet Bahadur, and a renowned actress and filmmaker like  Konkona Sensharma. Its this diverse mix we always look for in selection as our labs have no Gurus, no Masters, no students; just talented people driven by the shared need to make great cinema. When you have that in one place it really sets a creative lab alight, since it burns from within."

This year the Script Lab has a special focus on Youth and Children’s stories which feature strongly in the following line up.

The Selected Writers and Scripts are:

1. Konkona Sensharma - Death In the Gunj
The acclaimed actress and the winner of two National Awards has acted in more than 40 films in Hindi, Bengali and English language.  She co-wrote and directed a short called ‘Naamkaran’ (The Christening) and anticipates this script will be her first feature as writer director, following in a family tradition established by her mother the renowned Film-maker and Actress Aparna Sen.

2. Ranjeet Bahadur – Oddball
The editor of Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots, Sudhir Mishra’s Chameli and Ruchi Narain’s  Kal  Ranjeet has done his Post Graduation in film at Satyajit Ray Film & TV Institute, Kolkata, and now turns his attention to writing his first feature.

3. Vicky Barmecha – Naadaan
Vicky has spent the past 2.5 years working as assistant director and postproduction supervisor on Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming Bombay Velvet. He is the older brother of the Udaan actor Rajat Barmecha.

4. Neha Sharma - Under the Skin
Neha, followed up her filmmaking studies in Capetown, South Africa with the screenwriting programme at FTII Pune. Neha has written dialogues for the TV show Ladies Special and is in active development of several feature films and documentaries. She has honed her craft as an assistant director on films such as The Dirty Picture , Agent Vinod and many others.

5. Piyush C Panjvani – Idgah
A  Film & Television studies  grad from St. Xaviers IOC Mumbai, Piyush is a multi award winning director/producer of Ad films , shooting around the world for such mega brands as Pepsi and Samsung among others. He is currently developing a documentary on Himalayan shepherds, and will base his debut feature film on a story by Shri Mumchi Prechan.

6. Abhaya Simha – Bhamini
Based in Bangalore, FTII graduate Abhaya has written and directed three feature films in Kannada and one in Malyalam. His      first feature film, Gubbachigalu won the National       Award In 2008 for the Best Children’s Film.

7. Rigzin Kalon - Neki Kar Kala Kala
The writer-director-producer has worked on shorts, TV , documentaries and feature films, including Ngonsum  a feature set in Ladakh based on short stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Rigzin lives between Mumbai and his native Ladakh, where he is an active figure in the development of this regions emerging cinema scene.

8. Ruchika Lalwani - A story of Two
Is the writer of Walkaway, an independent American film with Bollywood flair made and released in the USA where she studied Film in New York. Ruchika’s student short film, I’m Afraid I am Hitler was screened and awarded at many international film festivals.

9. Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti – Paperweight
An FTII Pune graduate in Cinematography, Sudhakar wrote, directed and shot the short film Ek Aakas, winnning the Special Jury, National Award and in 2010 his documentary short film Duel of Angels  was awarded at the prestigious IDFA in Amsterdam. He also shot Umesh Kulkarnis Deool which won Three National Awards, among a long list of other features as  a cinematographer.

DIFF 2014 Announces the first DIFF Film Fellows

  The 3rd edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) is thrilled to announce the names of the five young filmmakers who have been selected for the DIFF Film Fellows initiative; a programme launched this year to nurture upcoming filmmaking talent in the Himalayan regions.

The winners are Akee Sorokhaibam from Manipur, Khanjan Kishore Nath from Assam, Kombong Darang from Arunachal Pradesh, Munmun Dhalaria from Himachal Pradesh and Smanla Dorje Nurboo from Ladakh.

The five DIFF Film Fellows were selected from 28 applicants through a rigorous process by a jury of eminent film personalities – Bina Paul, Hansal Mehta, Anupama Srinivasan and Bina Paul.

An alumnus of FTII, Bina Paul has been working as a film editor for the last 20 years, and has won several State and National Awards. Bina has been the Artistic Director of the International Film Festival of Kerala for the last 10 years.

Hansal Mehta is a film director and screenwriter, best known for Shahid for which he won the 2013 National Film Award for Best Direction. His film Citylights will screen at DIFF 2014.

Anupama Srinivasan is a freelance filmmaker based in Delhi, and an alumnus of FTII, Pune, and Harvard University. She has also been a mentor to many short filmmakers and frequently conducts documentary-making workshops.

The five winners will have the opportunity to be a part of DIFF 2014 and to engage in special mentorship sessions with the jury and attending filmmakers.  They come from varied backgrounds, brought together by a shared passion for filmmaking.

Akee Sorokhaibam is an independent filmmaker from Imphal, Manipur. After working for three years with a leading news channel in Mumbai he moved back to Imphal where he works with independent artists.

Khanjan Kishore Nath studied filmmaking at the Zee Institute of Media Arts. While in college he made several short films that were selected for various film festivals and awards.

Kombong Darang works at the Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation as a media programme coordinator. His film Walking in the City screened at the Arunachal Film Festival 2014.

Smanla Dorje Nurboo graduated from the School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi, where he initiated an international student film festival. Smanla worked briefly at INTACH before choosing to pursue a career in film.

Munmun Dhalaria, a graduate of Media and Cultural Studies at TISS, has a special interest in documentaries and wildlife filmmaking. Her film Padmini Meri Jaan, was selected for the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, 2014.

DIFF hopes to offer these talented young artists an opportunity to be a part of a unique film festival, work closely with experts and have an enriching and inspiring experience.

Read more about the DIFF Film Fellows Programme here:­. View the entire programme at