Global filmmakers headed to Film Bazaar in Goa

Panaji, Nov 17 (IANS) Several international delegates including “The Lunchbox” producers – Rohfilm (Germany) and ASAP Films (France) and US distributor – Zeitgeist Films, which also distributed “Court” are coming to Film Bazaar, the annual film market held alongside the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here to find new South Asian films.

Film Bazaar, organised by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), will be held from November 20-24.

A bevy of international delegates – buyers, sales agents, distributors, festival programmers, directors and mentors from over 36 countries – will be attending Film Bazaar this year, with maximum participation from Europe and the US, read a statement.

First time international film buyers and distributors attending Film Bazaar this year include names like Focus Features, Zeitgeist, Magnolia Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Some of the previous participants such as New York-based Paladin Film, Fortissimo and FilmBuff, will also be present.

Global film festival curators such as Cannes International Film Festival director Christian Jeune and Paolo Bertolin, the South-East and Asia Pacific selector for the Venice International Film Festival, will be attending the film market.

Apart from this, 11 international delegates will be attending the Film Bazaar and mentor projects in Work-in-Progress Labs, six in fiction and five in documentary, each dedicated to a project.

Nina Lath Gupta, managing director of NFDC, said “The international film community’s response to the talent and projects showcased at the Film Bazaar is incredible and their understanding of the various cinemas of South Asia has developed over these nine years.

“We hope their endeavour to associate with filmmakers from this region gets further strengthened this year and that a larger number of projects from South Asia are showcased globally.”

 

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