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NFDC hunts for new scriptwriters

Organises Film Bazaar 2011, to help screenwriters learn to write and market scripts in local and foreign markets

entertainment Updated: May 21, 2011 16:16 IST
Serena Menon

The National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) is organising the next Film Bazaar, called the Screenwriter’s Lab 2011, the initiative aims to help struggling writers learn the art of creating scripts and selling them at international film festivals.

This year, six writers will get a chance to take their scripts to the Venice Film Festival as well as the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. “We hope to help screenplay writers adapt to new techniques and increase their productivity,” says Nina Lath Gupta, managing director, NFDC.

Those interested need to submit an entry form, a screenplay in the classic log-line format along with a one-page synopsis, their resumes, letter of intent and DVD of their previous work, if any.

A panel of filmmakers, professional screenwriters, film critics and technicians will pick the six best works and the winners will accompany them to the festivals for workshops. “The experts’ identity is undisclosed so that there is no partiality,” Gupta adds.

When asked whether there are certain stories that stand a better chance of winning, Gupta retorts, “The endeavor is to give everyone an equal chance, and not only to Bollywood. The last date for submission is June 10.

This year, NFDC, along with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, organised an India Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival. Filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerji and Anusha Rizvi were present.

Applications available at