Mira Nair’s production Three And A Half and Amitava Kaul's Interpreter of Maladies are two of the 32 projects chosen for the National Film Development Corporation’s (NFDC) Co-Production Market at the Film Bazaar this year. The Bazaar runs from November 20 to 24 in Panaji along with the International Film Festival of India, which ends later on November 30.
Three and a Half will be helmed by Nair’s long-time associate, Sooni Taraporewala, while Jhumpa Lahiri’s Pulitzer Prize winning short story is the inspiration for Interpreter of Maladies.
Of these 32 projects, 14 are foreign and the rest Indian. The Indian lineup includes Aamir Bashir’s Winter and The Boyfriend by Vidur Nauriyal and Ashim Ahluwalia.
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The international line-up includes two projects from the US, two from Sri Lanka and others from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Norway, France, Germany, Singapore and the UK.
In the past years, Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, Kanu Behl’s Cannes title Titli and Chaitanya Tamhane’s recent Venice winner Court have been some of the entries at the Market.
Last year, the Film Bazaar attracted men like the Director of the Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Fremaux, his deputy, Christian Jeune, the Director of the Rome Film Festival, Marco Mueller, and the legendary British movie critic, Derek Malcolm.
Over the years, the Bazaar has become an important place for Indian writers, directors and producers to find expertise and funding. Sessions on script writing have been very popular, and many producers have found funding agencies at the Bazaar.