India’s masters like Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani will be at the Film Bazaar here that is being organised from November 20 to 24 by the National Film Development Corporation of India.
The Bazaar will run along with the International Film Festival of India, whose 44th edition begins on November 20.
Benegal (Welcome to Sajjanpur, Well Done Abba) and Nihalani (Tamas, Ardh Satya, Drohkaal) will be among the 22 directors and producers whose movie projects have been selected for co-production at the Bazaar that is all set to attract a host of funding agencies/financiers. Bengal’s Roads to Freedom and Nihalani’s A Holy Fire are among the projects.
Newer helmers like Bikas Ranjan Mishra (Wild Fire) and Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni (Highway) will also be at the Bazaar seeking producers.
Interestingly, the Bazaar is not confined to Indians alone. International projects include Amok, from Chilean director Valeria Sarmiento, British auteur Robert Mullan’s Son Of India, and Poland’s Incredible by Piotr Trzaskalski.
The Bazaar will also organise a laboratory for screenwriters (a pressing need in India where much of cinema suffers in this department), another for those films that are currently in progress (which festival directors will be keen to watch for possible selection) and yet another for all those who want to produce cinema.
The presence of important festival directors like Thierry Fremaux from Cannes (probably his first trip to India), Marco Mueller from Rome, Richard Sowada from Perth, Ali Al Jabri from Abu Dhabi and Clare Stewart from London as well as critics/writers like Derek Malcolm (Evening Standard), Patrick Frater (Variety) and Deborah Young (The Hollywood Reporter) will enrich the Bazaar, and help participants take a peek into world cinema.