NFDC Film Bazaar kicked off its 10th edition with a potpourri of sessions, screenings and panel discussions. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Urban Development of India and I & B, graced the inaugural day of the 10th NFDC Film Bazaar and took a thorough tour in the morning exploring the various segments. “I’m very impressed by the Film Bazaar. It is like a filmy supermarket,” said Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Urban Development of India and I & B. “I compliment the efforts and elaborate arrangements made by Film Bazaar and NFDC. This will help go a long way in producing films in India and films, in turn, will also encourage tourism and culture of the country.”
the first day at Bazaar, N J Shaikh, Director Finance, NFDC, said, “It was a packed and happening first day at Film Bazaar with both the pitching sessions for the Co-production market as well as the Screenwriter’s Lab, sessions at the Knowledge series and the Viewing Room/Industry screeningreceiving a overwhelming response. Even the Film Offices and the FFO Office at the Bazaar were buzzing with activity. We are eagerly looking forward to a next eventful day at the Bazaar”. The Knowledge Series sessions enjoyed eager audiences throughout the day. The sessions were as follows:
In the second edition of Open Pitch, the concept of having filmmakers present their ideas and requirements to an audience of film industry members proved just how effective it was. Introduced and moderated by Urmi Juvekar, filmmakers had the opportunity to screen video presentations depicting their ideas, followed by a Q & A session with the audience.
After lunch, sponsored by Gujarat Tourism Board, the Bazaar went on to witness a panel discussion particularly pertinent for independent filmmakers.
Producer Miriam Joseph, Managing Director, OLFFI, Ilann Girard and Producer, Pallas Films, Thanassis Karathanos discussed the importance and challenges of public funding, and a clear emphasis emerged on developing the project thoroughly before looking for funding. “For independent films, it is always challenging to find funding,” Ilann Girard said. “It is a multi-path relationship, and you have to look at the whole picture and understand the organic needs of your project, so there is a balance creatively and financially. It is very important to remain true to yourself.”