Shuchi Talati, a filmmaker, has written and will direct the film. At this year’s Gotham Week, the script was chosen as part of the international features section.
Gotham Week is a prestigious international film market where experienced and up-and-coming filmmakers may network with financiers, festival curators, sales agents, and producers.
The annual event, which is sponsored by Netflix, Amazon Studios, Audible, SAGindie, and WarnerMedia, brings together some of the best storytellers from film, television, and audio. This year’s Gotham Project Week will take place virtually from September 19 to 24. For this year, fifteen foreign film scripts were chosen from throughout the world, one of which is ‘Girls Will Be Girls.’
Pushing Burtons Studio (Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal), Crawling Angel Films (Sanjay Gulati and Pooja Chauhan), and Dolce Vita Films collaborated on ‘Girls Will Be Girls,’ an Indo-French co-production (Claire Chassagne). The team just finished filming a pitch video/teaser, which they hope will aid fundraising during Gotham Week and beyond.
Earlier this year, the script was selected for the Berlinale Script Station, and it is also the only Indian project selected for the Jerusalem Film Lab, which will take place at the end of August.
Richa said, “We hope to be able to find like-minded investors and collaborators at Gotham Week to join us in making this exciting film. It is a fresh and feminist story, and I believe Shuchi is a new voice in Indian cinema.”
Shuchi added, “Girls Will Be Girls deals with gendered power dynamics and female sexuality and I’ve always thought the story would resonate internationally so I’m really happy about this selection. I hope Gotham Week will be a launchpad for us as we fundraise and build a mostly female crew—I hope people reach out to us.”