The National Film Development Corp (NFDC) has unveiled the 18 projects selected for its co-production market at this year’s Film Bazaar. The five day long event will be held in Panaji from November 20 to 24.
The list, an eclectic mix from several languages like Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Manipuri and Sanskrit, includes the upcoming project of Geetu Mohandas whose directorial Liars’ Dice was India’s official submission for the 2014 Foreign Language Oscar. The latest film, Inshah Allah, traces the journey of a little boy who leaves his home in Lakshadweep in search of his older brother in Mumbai.
The film, earlier this year, had bagged the Global Filmmaking award at the Sundance Film Festival, making Geetu the only Asian to receive it. The Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Awards are given to emerging filmmakers from World Cinema on the basis of their next screenplay.
Other entries at Film Bazaar
At the Film Bazaar, the producers and directors of the selected projects will pitch their work to a curated audience of financiers and sales agents and try to find additional funds.
Writer and documentary filmmaker Leena Manimekalai’s The Sunshine will also be featured at the Film Bazaar this year. Another notable entry is Manipuri filmmaker Haobam Paban Kumar’s Joseph’s Son. Kumar’s debut Lady Of The Lake premieres in New Currents at Busan Film Festival this week. The list has two animation projects –Soumitra Ranade’s Kabuliwala, to be produced by Sunil Doshi’s Handmade Films, and Ravi Shankar’s Punyakoti, which will be a Sanskrit-language film.
Apart from Indian projects, there are feature scripts from Canada, Nepal and Bangladesh too. The Film Bazaar, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, also features a Screenwriters Lab, Childrens Screenwriters Lab, Producers Lab, Viewing Room and Industry Screenings.