India's Film Bazaar Selects Script Finalists

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The annual screenwriters lab organized by the government-backed National Film Development Corporation will again take place in November in Goa.

The annual Film Bazaar event organized by the Indian government's National Film Development Corporation announced the six finalists of this year's Screenwriters' Lab. The eighth edition of the Bazaar will take place in Goa from Nov. 20-24.

The six projects selected for the lab are: The Boyfriend by Vidur Nauriyal and Ashim Ahluwalia; Winter by Aamir Bashir; Char Log Kya Kahenge (What Will People Say) by Hitesh Bhatia; Flow by Vandana Kohli; All About Her by Ruchi Joshi; The Sunset Club by Karan Tejpal.

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The second project from the team behind the acclaimed Miss Lovely (Ahluwalia's feature debut, which recently opened in the U.S. via Film Buff and Dada Films), The Boyfriend also received the Rotterdam Film Festival's Hubert Bals Fund for script and project development. Miss Lovely was also one of the five projects at Film Bazaar’s Co-production Market 2008 and Work-In-Progress Lab 2011.

Winter is director Aamir Bashir's followup to his 2010 Kashmir-set drama Harud (Autumn), which premiered at Toronto.

Hitesh Bhatia's Char Log Kya Kahenge (What Will People Say) is his feature debut following his stint as a director in commercials and  TV shows.

Similarly, photographer-musician Vandana Kohli is also eyeing her feature debut with Flow, having scripted, directed and edited projects for clients including National Geographic Channel, The History Channel and India’s national broadcaster Doordarshan.

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Ruchi Joshi's All About Her follows her film studies in Melbourne with work in music videos, commercials and indie films.

Also making his feature debut with The Sunset Club is Karan Tejpal, who has worked in commercials and as an assistant director on mainstream features including 3 Idiots, among others. The Sunset Club is adapted from the novel of the same name by the late acclaimed writer Khushwant Singh.

The Lab mentors include industry experts such as NFDC Labs senior consultant, training and development, Marten Rabarts; script developers Olivia Stewart and Urmi Juvekar and international industry advisor Bianca Taal.

As in years past, the first stage of the Lab will be held at an international festival with this year's edition kicking off at the Sarajevo Film Festival from Aug. 15-23. The lab will culminate in the second stage prior to and during Film Bazaar in November. Previous editions of the Lab's first stage have been held at the Locarno, Venice and Toronto festivals.  Once again, Film Bazaar will run alongside the International Film Festival of India to be held from Nov. 20-30 in Goa.