Friday, October 7, 2011

13th Mumbai Film Festival to host three day workshop from 11th of October on Indo-German script development

The 13th Mumbai Film Festival is set to recreate the silver screen cinematic magic by showcasing a selection of award winning films from the Cannes Critics week and National Award winning debut movies. The much celebrated Mumbai Film Festival, a Reliance entertainment initiative, will take place in Mumbai from Oct. 13 – 20 under the aegis of the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI).

The festival will also host a three day workshop from 11th of October on Indo-German script development for Screen-Writers, Directors, Producers and Film Students willing to explore the opportunities in Intercultural storytelling and more globally accepted story development especially between Germany and India. Supported by the Indian entertainment industry, Mumbai Film Festival is committed to showcase the best in cinematic talent.

The three day workshop will include discussions by eminent global and Indian speakers including the renowned director; Dani Levy, known for his numerous films, including ‘My Fuhrer’ and ‘Go for Zucker’ , Director, Producer and Writer; Ashutosh Gowarikar, Screenwriter; Anjum Rajabali, screenwriter and Writer and Director; Thorsten Schulz amongst others

A case study will also be presented at the workshop, on how collaboration between Indian and German Writers and Directors might work. The intensive workshops will be held from 10 AM till 8:30 PM for the three consecutive days and is moderately priced at Rs. 3000 per candidate. List of some of the workshop topics include:
·         From Literature to Film
·         The secrets about stories crossing borders
·         What makes people laugh? A German Point of View
·         Script constellation
·         Pitch and Exploration of two International Projects
·         Legal Framework on Indo-German Co-production

At the workshop, Writer-Director Neelesha Barthel will present her Wueste-Film-Project “Marry Me & Family” which is a colourful and heart-warming family comedy featuring German-Indian, German-Turkish, German and Indian Characters. What makes the screenplay special and authentic is that German-Indian Neelesha Barthel uses her own life experience as a source of inspiration. Hence it is not without coincidence that she has chosen young German-Indian woman Kissy to be the main character in her feature debut. Kissy lives with her daughter Meena, her new boyfriend Karim and his son Jeremy in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The happy-go-lucky patchwork family would have everything they need in order to be happy – were it not for one big problem: Kissy’s beloved CafĂ© Karma and adjoining apartment are threatening to be sold to an investor, which would mean being job- and home-less all at the same time. In order to get her traditional Indian granny’s dowry and save her modern patchwork family’s existence, Kissy decides to marry her ex-boyfriend. But this is just the beginning of something what will not work out…

However, due to the limited number of seats (80), the workshop is only open to Screenwriters, Directors and Producers who have completed either one film or are in the process of completing their first film. Film Students either enrolled in Scriptwriting or Direction at a recognized institution may also apply for the workshop. For more details, contact:
Uday Shankar Pani (Project Co-ordinator) at +0-9820123962
Or Sanjay at 022-4016 8223 / 4016 8221

Mumbai Film Festival organizing body Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) is comprised of leading Indian film industry figures founded in 1997 by late filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee. MAMI trustees include iconic Bollywood film-maker Yash Chopra along with Ashutosh Gowariker, Karan Johar, renowned actresses Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan, actor-director Amol Palekar and Farhan Akhtar and Reliance Big Entertainment Chairman Amit Khanna.

Contact Mumbai Film Festival on its website

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