Six out of the 10 documentary projects from India were shortlisted for the highly reputed Asian Pitch event which will take place in Singapore on July, 2014. This year, a total of ten documentary projects are selected for Asian Pitch, and six Indian names in this list is absolutely a matter of proud for the nation. The list also consist one documentary from Taiwan, one from Iran and one from Korea.
The Indian films include:
- 'Shalom Namasthe' by Saif Akhtar and Surya Balakrishnan
- 'Children in Exile' by Sumith Khanna
- 'Life After Life' by Raja Shabir Khan
- 'The Love Commandos' by Vikram Mishra
- 'Beyond Transfusion' by Gautam Grover
- 'Dards of Indian Children of the Misty Mountains' by Gautam Pandey
The Asian Pitch aims to provide funds to original HD documentaries made my Asian filmmakers. After the pitching event, the four broadcasters, NHK (Japan), KBS (South Korea), PTS (Taiwan), and MediaCorp (Singapore) will select the winning documentaries for their prime time slots. They will also market these documentaries in the International circuit.
The films have to be original Asian human-interest stories or unusual treatments of existing Asian human-interest stories; human interest stories that will interest and excite Asian public broadcasters; and human interest stories that the Asian and international community will want to know about, apart from original programmes that depicts Asia's societal transition.
The selected films have to be made between August this year and September next year and marketed or shown in Festivals by October next year.