MPA ‘LAUNCH YOUR SCRIPT’ BACKS NEW INDIAN FILM PROJECTS FOR APSA
This year they have collaborated with the Screenwriters Association, India (SWA, formerly FWA) in a bid to encourage the inclusion of more Indian writers in this program. As a result of this outreach, the script-treatments of 10 SWA members have been short-listed and will be in consideration for the script development grant by the APSA jury.
Additionally, two award trips were offered exclusively for SWA members. Anusha Rizvi (with her story: The Great Shamsuddin Family) has won the opportunity to attend the 5-day Film Immersion Course, LATC Global Film and Television Program in Los Angeles, including an introduction to the American Film Market. And, Suman Mukhopadhyay (story: Paradise in Flames) has won an invitation to the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in November this year.
Speaking about the collaboration, Anjum Rajabali, Screenwriter and Executive Committee Member, SWA said, “This is an important step that MPA and SWA have taken, which should give a tremendous boost to Indian screenwriting! While India is a nation of marvelous stories and storytellers, we need to pay more attention to the craft of professional screenwriting. This initiative offers them an opportunity to compete with the best of international screenwriters.”
Stephen Jenner, Vice President – Communications, Asia Pacific, Motion Picture Association, and Asia Pacific Screen Academy Member said, “There is a wealth of emerging filmmaking talent in India that would benefit from the support offered by this exciting initiative.”