~ Producers Lab, Co-production market stitches together film industries from the world over ~


Goa, Sunday, November 23 2014:  The 8th Film Bazaar at the Marriot Resort Goa, led to an active participation and film exchange between Indian and international film fraternity. As the film market reached the 3rd day mark, synergies began to evolve for screen writers, directors, producers and the global film commissions.


The Knowledge Series opened with a ‘Pitching Session on Canada’ by the Ontario Media Development Agency, followed by a panel discussion on ‘Recreating Cities from Bygone Eras – Kolkata of the 40s for Byomkesh Bakshy’. A diverse panel of speakers comprised film maker Dibakar Banerjee, Cinematographer Nikos Anditsakis, Production Designer Vandana Kataria,  Creative Producer Vikas Chandra and Marco Muller, Director – Rome Film Festival, & Producer and discussed roles of films in recreating the gone by era of historically rich cities  such as Kolkata.


A session on ‘Cinemas of India – Marathi’ brought out nuances of Marathi cinema when Filmmaker Ravi Jadhav, Nikhil Sane of Zee Marathi and Zee Talkies shared their perspectives on the growing appeal and future prospects of Marathi cinema in conversation with Vanita Kohli Khandekar. After a panel discussion on ‘Building Film Brands through Social Media’by Manan Singhi, Head of Music Partnerships, You Tube – India & South Asia, Pratiksha Rao, Head of TV & Entertainment,Bollywood filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, Anuradha Sengupta, Broadcast Journalist & Producer, Kalyan Chakarvarthi Potharaju, Strategic Partner Manager, Entertainment – Facebook, Namrata Joshi, Senior Associate Editor, Outlook, Arunabh Kumar, CEO, The Viral Fever Media Labs during the Knowledge series 2014 session on Building Film Brands through Social Media .


Day 3 Knowledge Series came to a close with a ‘Master Class with Vidhu Vinod Chopra: a dialogue between Filmmakers’ where Vidhu Vinod Chopra spoke about his Oscar nominated short An Encounter with Faces and also shared the experiences that brought together his first Hollywood venture Broken Horses due for release in April.


Producer’s Lab delivered on its aim to add value to all encompassing skills of Indian producers as the Day 3 lab began with sessions such as ‘Casting and why it’s a producer’s business’‘Moving Beyond Traditional Platforms of Exhibition and Marketing’ and ‘Working Creatively with a World Sales Company’.  The afternoon sessions covered other vital areas of film making such as ‘Monetizing films in more ways than the usual’ and ‘The Marketing Formula’.


Marco Muller, Artistic Director, Rome Film Festival, Associate Creative Producer Vikas Chandra, Bollywood filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee, Nikos Andritsakis, Director of Photography, Filmmaker and Designer Vandana Kataria during the Knowledge series 2014 session on Recreating Cities from Bygone Eras – Kolkata of the 40s for Detective Byomkesh Bakshy at the 8th NFDC Film Bazaar 2014)

The Film Offices created a symbiotic environment for Indian film commission and tourism offices from various states to interact with international film commissions and delegates from all over the world.

Some in-progress film productions presented at Film Bazaar’s Co-Production market were Ashim Ahluwalia’s (of Miss Lovely fame) & Vidur Nauriyal’s ‘The Boyfriend’, Karan Tejpal and Tia Tejpal’s ‘The Sunset Club’, an adaptation from Khushwant Singh’s last novels and Pulkit Datta’s ‘Colony’, among others.


According to Nina Lath Gupta – Managing Director, NFDC India, “. It has been 3 effective days at the Film Bazaar. I am happy to see new as well as established writers, directors and producers leveraging the synergies resulting from the 8th Film Bazaar. ”