What to watch out for at NDFC’S Film Bazaar 2013
Film Bazaar- South Asia’s Global Film Market, NFDC’s (National Film Development Corporation) promotional arm, is set to kick start from November 20-24, 2013 and will be in its 7th edition this year. The film market, like every year, will be held at Marriott Resort, Goa, alongside IFFI (International Film Festival of India).Over the years the Film Bazaar has emerged as South Asia’s Global Market, and a crucial promotional gateway to Indian cinema across the globe for world sales agents, producers, filmmakers and the likes. From a tentative start in 2007 with 204 delegates from 18 countries, the Film Bazaar in 2012 saw close to 712 delegates from 32 countries.
Highlights of this year’s Film Bazaar
The highlight of the Bazaar this year is a newly introduced programme – Producers’ Lab aimed at training and providing networking opportunities to aspiring producers.
The Bazaar will see an interesting host delegates from across the globe, festival directors, festival programmers, sales agents, distributors, producers, directors, and the film fraternity at large. To name a few, there will be Thierry Fremaux and Christian Jeune of Cannes Film Festival; Sergio Fant – Locarno International Film Festival; Charles Tesson – Semaine De La Critique; Edouard Waintrop – Director’s Fortnight Cannes Film Festival, Cary Sawhney – London Indian Film Festival; Ali Al Jabri- AbuDhabi Film Festival; Jasmine Jaisinghani – IFFLA, Richard Sowada – Perth Film Festival, Thierry Lenouvel – Cine Sud Promotion (France); Johannes Rexin – Heimatfilm (Germany); Ben Rekhi – IM Global, Sebastien Delloye – Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium); Galen Rosenthal – Director – SAIFF (South Asian International Film Festival); producers from UK, Canada, Germany, France, Poland, Russia, and other countries.
The buyers and distributors this year include Insomnia World Sales, Wild Bunch, Arte France Cinema, IM Global, Filmbuff, and others from countries like France, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and more.
The Producers’ Lab is a three-day programme with workshops, case studies and meetings, conducted by domestic and international producers/sales agents/buyers/festival directors/programmers. The topics at the Lab this year range from role of a producer, raising finance and working with international co-producers, understanding the necessary laws as a producer, essentials of budgeting, to development – an Indian perspective, alternative marketing and distribution platforms, packaging of a film, working creatively with sales agents, importance of film festivals, and more.
The mentors for the program include 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.
Work-In-Progress Lab projects and mentors
The projects are: Titli by Kanu Behl; Margarita, With A Straw by Shonali Bose; Under Construction by Rubaiyat Hossain; Killa by Avinash Arun, and Fig Fruit and The Wasps by MS Prakash Babu. Mentors this year are British film historian and critic Derek Malcolm; Marco Mueller, Director, Rome Film Festival; Laurent Danielou of Rezo Films and Chairman of A.D.E.F., the French Film Export Association; and Phillipa Campbell – well known producer from New Zealand and developer and script consultant including New Zealand Film Commission initiatives and workshops.
Projects/Highlight films to look forward
The Film Bazaar Recommends section, which is a curated Market Recommended list includes films, Jai Ho – an interesting docu-feature on AR Rahman, Zinda Bhaag – Pakistan’s Official Submission for Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, which has Naseeruddin Shah, Kamal Swaroop’s Rangbhoomi. Titli by Kanu Behl, which was a part of Film Bazaar 2012 in the Screenwriters’ Lab and Co-production Market is a part of the Work-In-Progress Lab and Film Bazaar Recommends section. The co-production market this year will include the Screenwriters’ Lab finalists too, apart from the selected projects and one each from IFP (Independent Film Project) and Boost! and these have come in from UK, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, sharing fabulous and creatively enriched South Asian stories. The finalists comprise interesting projects like Govind Nihalani’s A Holy Fire, Shyam Benegal’s Roads To Freedom, Umesh Kulkarni’s Highway, Anup Singh’s A Scorpion’s Song, to name a few.
Another key programme and an open to all segment is the Knowledge Series, which will host panel discussions on diverse topics, like storytelling, financing of films, role of a sales agent, interactive one-on-one sessions, with an eclectic mix of international and Indian film fraternity, sales agents, Indian actors, film bodies/organisations, producers, veteran media personalities, as panel members and moderators.