Film Bazaar’s Work in Progress Films from India Goes to Cannes Virtual Market

By Pickle  May 25, 2020

“It’s good news from India,” says Jérôme Paillard, executive director of the Cannes Marché du Film. For the first time Film Bazaar’s five ‘work in progress’ films will be pitched and presented at the at the Goes to Cannes section at the virtual Cannes Film Market 2020 (June 22-26). Film Bazaar is National Film Development Corporation’s flagship market event during the International Film of India (IFFI), Goa.

The Marché du Film offers renowned festivals the possibility to showcase their selection of original work-in-progress (WIP) titles. This year at the Cannes Virutal Film Market, Goes to Cannes spotlights work-in-progress projects from NFDC Film Bazaar, HAF (Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum), New Horizons International Film Festival and Thessaloniki International Film Festival. In the coming weeks, Cannes Marché du Film will announce the full program of event as well as how to access this platform.

Accreditation for the Marché du Film Online will be available for industry professionals at an early bird rate of €95 until May 29 and €195 normal rate after that including one-year subscription to Cinando, the networking platform of the market. The registration can be done at the Cannes Film Market’s official website http://www.marchedufilm.com by clicking “myaccount”.

The recorded video presentations (rough cuts) of five Indian WIP films will be pitched to global sales agents, investors, distributors and film festivals during the Cannes Virtual Film Market beginning June 22.

Film Bazaar’s 2019 WIP Lab films include Laila Aur Satt Geet (The Shepherdess And The Seven Songs) directed by Pushpendra Singh (Gojri), Pedro directed by Natesh Hegde (Kannada), Shankar’s Fairies directed by Irfana Majumdar (Hindi), Switzerland directed by Ajitpal Singh (Hindi) and Uljhan (The Knot) directed by Ashish Pant (Hindi).

Pushpendra Singh’s Laila Aur Satt Geet (The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs) was screened in the Berlinale 2020’s newly-introduced Encounters Section

Since its inception in 2008, the Film Bazaar’s Work-in-Progress Lab has moulded films, which have gone on to premiere at top international film festivals and receive critical acclaim. Some of the past projects of this Lab include Eeb Allay Ooo! (2018), Aise Hee (2018), Nimtoh (2018), Soni (2017), Moothon (2017), Bombay Rose (2016), The Gold-Laden Sheep and The Sacred Mountain (2016), Lipstick Under My Burkha (2015), Thithi (2014), Titli (2013), Killa (2013), Miss Lovely (2011) and Ship of Theseus (2011).

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