Goa Fest Looks to Expand

Market and Professional Events Accompany Main Festival

NEW DELHI -- India's government-backed National Film Development Corp. plans to expand this year's Film Bazaar that will be held with the 41st International Film Festival of India in Goa from November 22 –  December 2.

Film Bazaar 2010, now in its fourth year, will run November 23 – 26 at the Marriott Resort. Goa and its various parallel events include a co-production market, a screen writers' lab and for the first time, market screenings that will aim to connect buyers and sellers.

A special focus will be on film projects from India's neighboring countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which will seek wider opportunities for distribution and financing.

The Meet The Festivals category will feature festival directors and representatives from Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Locarno, Durban, Chicago and the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles who will interact with Film Bazaar attendees.

The first-ever industry screenings will feature a state-of-the-art screening facility managed by leading digital cinema solutions provider UFO Moviez that will also offer 3D compatible projection.

The Screenwriters Lab is organized by NFDC, Binger Filmlab of the Netherlands and Locarno Film Festivals and includes a two-part workshop for writing and selling original Indian screenplays. Conducted by Binger Filmlab artistic director Marten Rabarts, the lab has finalized six promising screenwriters following a nationwide search.

The co-production market will offer selected South Asian filmmakers the opportunity to present their projects to potential collaborators from India and abroad. NFDC has also partnered with the Moscow Co-production Forum, which has selected Alexandra Val’s Good Luck with the Jacket under this initiative. Of the total 19 projects selected for the co-production market, included are Dibakar Banerjee's Shanghai, Ani Thomas' Urban Moon (produced by acclaimed filmmaker Anurag Kashyap), Vivek Agnihotri's Himmat Singh Ki Symphony and Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni's Marathi language film Deool.

The PrimeExchange section will foster an Indo-European exchange of ideas and networking opportunties in film and TV production covering fields such as script analysis, market research, financing and funding, distribution, world sales and games, interactive media. PrimeExchange is funded by the European Commission and will be implemented by German based Company Primehouse GmbH in co-operation with NFDC.

The Work in Progress Lab features films at a rough-cut stage whose makers are seeking feedback from international professionals to better understand how their work will be received overseas. Selected projects this year include actor-turned-director Parvin Dabbas' Sahi Dhande Galat Bande, Rajesh Pinjani's Baboo Band Baaja, Swapnil Jaykar's Tendulkar Out and V K Prakash's Karmayogi.

The NFDC Knowledge Series will include a masterclass by Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin with an introdcution by Anurag Kashyap.

According to NFDC figures, last year's Film Bazaar was attended by about 350 delegates from 22 countries and this year's international participants include Cinetic Rights Management (USA), Fortissimo Films (UK), The Yellow Affair (Finland), Rapid Eye Movies (Germany), Wide Management (France), Railto, (Netherlands), Hanway Films (UK), Wild Bunch (France) and Farabi Foundation (Iran).