Film Bazaar 2017 -11th Edition of NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab - Eight projects have been selected
A Meera Sahib
Eight projects have been selected for the 11th Edition of NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab which will be pitched to producers and investors in a specially designed session during Film Bazaar 2017 during IFFI time.The selected participants will work with mentors in an intensive 5-month programme to explore their stories in one-on-one as well as group sessions
Yann Apperry – novelist, screenwriter and script consultant and Urmi Juvekar –
screenwriter and script consultant will be the mentors for the current session.
The 2017 selection is an interesting mix of stories in different genres and languages
(Hindi) – Abhijit Agrawal
Abhijit is an independent filmmaker who has assisted on various feature films, television commercials, corporate videos and television series. He has made two short films “Sirf Khuli Khidki” and “Topiwala Room” and has won a Mofilm Cannes Lions Award for an online ad film competition for Getty Images.
(Tamil) – Vijay Jayapal
An independent filmmaker from Chennai, Vijay’s debut feature “Revelations” (Film Bazaar Recommends 2016) premiered at Busan International Film Festival and was also screened at Göteborg, MAMI Mumbai, SAIFF New York film festivals, among others. He has made three other short films – “The Surreal” (2014), “Meelpaarvai (Retrospect)” and “Matrimony” – which have also travelled to various festivals.
(Malayalam) – Christo Tomy
Christo Tomy is an independent filmmaker from Kerala and an alumnus of Film Direction and Screenplay Writing from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. Christo has won National Awards for Best Direction and Best Debut Film
in the Non-Feature sections of the 63rd and the 61st National Film Awards respectively. His short films and documentaries have travelled to various international film festivals.
(Hindi) – Prashant Vanjani
After working in the advertising industry as a senior planner, Prashant made a shift to filmmaking at Prague Film School, after which he worked as an assistant director and video editor. He also wrote, produced, directed, and edited a short film based on a story by Jorge Luis Borges which screened at a various national and international film festivals
Kiss Me Cassata
(Hindi) – Ashutosh Pathak
With an MA degree in Animation, Ashutosh has worked as a freelance illustrator, animator and film-maker for the past 10 years. He has made several short films which reflect the issue of restricted human existence in the confines of a society
(Marathi) – Batul Mukhtiar
An alumnus of Film Direction at Film & Television Institute of India, Batul has worked on international documentary projects,
mostly for the BBC and Channel 4, UK for 15 years as an associate producer and fixer. Her docu-feature ‘150 Seconds ‘Ago’, travelled to many international festivals including Yamagata and Cine Du Reel. Her children’s feature ‘Lilkee’ (2007)
continues to be shown in classrooms and children’s festivals across the country. Her film ‘Kaphal-Wild Berries’ (2013) won the National Award for Best Children’s Film 2014 and the Golden Elephant for Best Director at the International Children’s Film Festival of India 2013.
(Hindi) – Shilpi Singh
Shilpi started out as a Production Assistant on a documentary film and moved on to earn a merit scholarship for an MA degree in film from American University, Washington DC. Selected as one of the talents of Berlinale Talent Campus – India
edition, Shilpi has assisted independent documentary filmmakers,written and directed independent shorts and worked in Creative and Development departments.
Temple in the Village
(Maithili) - Parth Saurabh
Parth Saurabh was born and brought up in Darbhanga, Bihar. After finishing his B. Tech. from IIT Kanpur, he earned a diploma in Direction from Whistling Woods International. He has shot a short documentary in Xinjiang, China about the
Architecture of the Toyuk Valley, a 1000 years old village housing The Thousand Buddha Caves.