Satya Raghavan, Head of Content Operations, Youtube, Conducted a Knowledge Series session on ‘Building Communities & Icons’, shedding light on the burgeoning digital space and the platform that Youtube has provided filmmakers~The 10th edition of the NFDC Film Bazaar held in Marriott, Goa from November 20-24 witnessed an eventful day 2.
Kiran Rao who attended the Film Bazaar this year spent most of her time catching diverse South Asian films in the Viewing Room. She said in an interview that Aamir Khan Productions will attend the next edition of the NFDC Film Bazaar.
“The Film Bazaar that is now 10 years old was the most necessary intervention for Indian cinema,” said Kiran Rao. “It has changed the landscape of how films are made and distributed, and really brought the film community together. It’s a fantastic and much-needed annual event. Next year, Aamir Khan Productions will attend the Film Bazaar; we hope to look for projects, meet people and find talent here. I’m really really excited about it. I came to see the Viewing Room which is such a great resource that Deepti (Deepti DCunha, Programmer of WIP and Viewing Room) has created.”
The veteran actor Shabana Azmi and Tannishtha Chatterjee conducted a Producers’ Lab session on ‘How to Pitch To an Actor’ for filmmakers.
Shabana Azmi, who attended the Film Bazaar for the first time, was also there to promote her upcoming film Idgah which is a part of the ‘Film Bazaar Recommends’ section. She said, “Being at the Film Bazaar for the first time really introduced to the fact that there is a formal way in which film business can be conducted. I think it’s important because I’m very interested in the work of first-time filmmakers and I think, if given a platform like this, where you can learn different aspects about the business, rather than just sort of learn it as you go along, it is a very important and valuable contribution that is being made.”
The day continued on a high note with Abhay Deol acquiring three NFDC Film Bazaar titles – critically-acclaimed indie films Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Labour of Love (Viewing Room & FBR, 2014), Payal Sethi’s Leeches (Viewing Room, 2015) & Brahmanand’s Kaagaz Ki Kashti (Viewing Room, 2016) and championing a straight-to-digital release route for the productions.
Personally curated by Deol, a regular attendee at the Film Bazaar who couldn’t make it this year says, “The Film Bazaar has been happening now for 10 years. I have attended it at least a good three to four times, and I have seen a lot of growth each time and it’s really exciting. Nina (Nina Lath Gupta, MD NFDC) has worked on it so dedicatedly with a small team, and the structure that they’ve put forward is very productive. It’s great that they entertain projects in all stages of development, whether it’s in pre-production or in post-production. The Film Bazaar creates an environment that aids the filmmaker at various levels, and it’s become accessible to a lot of people.“
The Knowledge Series started with the Investor Pitch of Film Bazaar Recommends (Part I) which screened documentary and film trailers followed by a short presentation by the filmmakers, highlighting the support that they needed to complete their process.
Baradwaj Rangan moderated a discussion with filmmaker Prakash Jha, actor Tannishtha Chatterjee, actor, theatre artist/filmmaker/screenwriter Vani Tripathi Tikoo on Women Protagonists in Indian Filmscape – Changing Dynamics.
“I think these tags of a film being ‘women-oriented’ and ‘heroine-oriented’ have to slowly go out at some point, to feel that we are reaching a point of gender equality, and recognizing that cinema is essentially a medium of storytelling,” said Tannishtha Chatterjee. “A female-oriented film for me would just be another story with a female protagonist, without a need to underline that fact. We need to go beyond that and just tell our stories. I also feel like messaging in our pop culture without didactic features are important, so that we can break the stereotypes through our characters and protagonists, regardless of whether they are men or women.”
> “It’s important to highlight the truths about women today, no matter how ugly they are,” Vani Tripathi Tikoo said. “Once we address this, the change is cumulative, and only then will it be accepted widely as a part of our culture and society.”