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NFDC Film Bazaar 2012 opens up big opportunities for filmmakers

NFDC Film Bazaar at Goa is the right place to be at if you are looking for co-production partners, international film buyers, distributors, sales agents, acquisition executives project collaborators, and a platform to showcase your work-in-progress films to film festival representatives and the other film aficionados whose opinions matter.

The 6th edition of NFDC Film Bazaar had 750 Delegates from over 32 countries. It had important global names like Christian Jeune, Director of Film department- Cannes Film Festival, Cameron Bailey- Artistic Director- Toronto International Film Festival, Michael J Werner, Chairman- Fortissimo, and Derek Malcolm, well-known film critic. It also had Indian filmmakers like Vishal Bhardwaj, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Ashutosh Gowariker, Sudhir Mishra, Sanjay Suri, Vikas Bahl, and Dibakar Banerjee actively participating in panel discussions on a host of topics in Knowledge Series-2012.

It also witnessed a flurry of business activity, some serious deal making, acquisitions, funding support, award-presentations, and selection of projects in film festivals and labs.

Deals & Funding Support

Sydney-based Indo-French Helmer Partho Sen-Gupta's psychological thriller ARUNODAY (SUNRISE), starring Adil Hussain and Tannishtha Chatterjee now has France's Dolce Vita Films, apart from India's Independent Movies, and Infinitum Productions. NFDC will be the majority partner in the project. The shooting of the film is expected to begin in March 2013 since the entire funding is in place. The film was a part of the Co-production market at Film Bazaar this year. The filmmaker had used crowd funding route to raise money to develop the project.

Tulsea International - A Los Angeles and Mumbai based sales agent and Talent Management Company has picked up International rights of Marathi film MASALA directed by Sandesh Kulkarni and produced by Arbhaat Films. The film was showcased at the Industry Screenings program at Film Bazaar this year.

Guneet Monga's India's Sikhya Entertainment and Italy's Dugong Production signed a deal to co-produce the documentary AN INDIAN KISS, a concept by Indian actress Nandana Sen and anthropologist Franco La Cecia, dwelling on the subject of why there are no French kisses in Indian cinema. The documentary was a part of the Prime Exchange program at Film Bazaar this year.

Insomnia World Sales, a French distribution, financing & co-production conglomerate, acquired CROSSING BRIDGES for international distribution. The film was a part of the Viewing Room and Work-In-Progress program at Film Bazaar this year.

Awards

CHAVUNILUM – A VOICE FROM ELSEWHERE directed by Vipin Vijay won the Incredible India Development award of Rs.10 Lakhs for being adjudged the best project in the Co-production market.

Indranil Roychowdhury won the Prasad Labs award for his film, PHORING.

International Film Festival Selections

Dubai International Film Festival has selected BISCUIT DOUR (BISCUIT RACE), a film by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki for the Dubai Film Market, which will is held alongside the Dubai Film Festival. The film was a part of the Co-production market at Film Bazaar this year.

Cinemart Rotterdam selected four promising producers Aditi Anand of Little Red Car, Vivek Gomber of Zoo Films, Anusha Rizwi of Third World Films, Nilesh Navlakha of Navlakha Arts and Holy Basil Combine from all sections of Film Bazaar to attend the Producers' Lab, which is held alongside the Rotterdam International Film Festival, in 2013.

Film Bazaar also promoted co-productions by facilitating collaborations among potential domestic and international partners for various projects

Nina Lath Gupta, Managing Director, NFDC, says, "We are thrilled by the overwhelming response that the 6th edition of Film Bazaar received. Our endeavor to promote and showcase the diversity of cinemas of India at a global stage, especially in terms of collaborations, got a filip in this edition. Film bazaar has now become a crucial gateway to placing the cinemas of India on the global map.

Rajesh Kumar Singh