Film Bazaar, held alongside the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) every year, has grown into an annual converging point for buyers and sellers from across the world. It provides an inspiring and creatively enriching environment for film industry professionals and enable them to explore possibilities of collaboration with the larger international filmmaking community
South Asia’s Global Film MarketFilm Bazaar is NFDC’s film market held alongside the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) every year at the Marriott Resort, Goa, India. This year the bazaar will be held from 20-24 November.
Film Bazaar, presently in its 13th year, has grown into an annual converging point for buyers and sellers from across the world. With its focus set on discovering, supporting and showcasing South Asian content and talent in filmmaking, production and distribution; the Bazaar also facilitates the sales of world cinema in the South Asian region. Since its commencement in 2007, the Film Bazaar is organized to provide an inspiring and creatively enriching environment for film industry professionals and enable them to explore possibilities of collaboration with the larger international filmmaking community. The market is structured to offer training & support to film industry professionals for projects that may be in early to advanced stages of development. Over the years, films such as The Lunchbox, Margarita With A Straw, Chauthi Koot, Qissa, Ship of Theseus, Titli, Court, Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan, Miss Lovely, Dum Lagake Haisha, Liar’s Dice, Bombay Rose, Thithi, Moothon to name a few, have been through one or more programmes of the Bazaar.
The Co-Production Market is a platform for curated projects with South Asian themes to find financial and artistic support. Every year, filmmakers with projects selected for the Market get numerous avenues to connect with Indian and international producers, distributors, sales agents and financiers active in the field of co-production. This year’s selection presents 14 projects from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, France, Nepal, Singapore and USA. The line-up is an eclectic mix of stories in Hindi, English, Bengali, Malayalam, Assamese, Nepali, Dzongkha (Bhutanese) and Gujarati from established filmmakers as well as new talent.
The Viewing Room aims to present films seeking finishing funds, world sales, distribution partners and film festivals. This is the bazaar’s headliner segment responsible for showcasing unreleased films from the larger Indian independent film industry. The films are viewed on individual computer terminals in private booths via specially designed Viewing Room software. Festival programmers, distributors, world sales agents and investors can watch complete films as well as films that are work in progress. The Viewing Room allows access only to buyers, financiers, world sales agents and festival programmers. The three major categories of Viewing Room are Film Bazaar Recommends (FBR), Film Library (FL) and Short Films (SF). This year total number of film submitted – 214.
Selected projects are given an opportunity to seek editorial feedback from an eminent panel of international mentors, which include film festival directors, producers, world sales agents and editors. These advisors provide valuable feedback on the edit of the film with aim of helping the filmmaker achieve an accomplished final cut of the film. The Work-in-Progress Lab is open only for fiction features aiming for a release. A maximum of five films are selected for this Lab.This year the selection will be announced on November 1, 2019.
The Producers’ Workshop is an extensive five-day, closed-door programme designed for no more than 20 producers to cover all aspects to mobilize a film project for aspiring producers (entrepreneurs/filmmakers). The workshop is optimal for delegates/participants who bring in their projects. Over the course of the workshop, industry professionals and experts from across the globe share their insights on different facets of producing films i.e. pitching, funding, development, budgeting, film markets, rights management, round table mentoring & distribution in closed door sessions. How to make the project “Pitch-ready” is one of the “deliverables” and key take-away for each participant at the workshop.
Knowledge Series bring together the brightest creative and business minds from the film industry across the world
A programme much looked forward to and attended in full strength by attending delegates, the Knowledge Series is carefully curated series of lectures and interactive panel discussions on pressing and key issues, opportunities and trending conversations in the industry by inviting leading film industry experts from around the world to speak at the programme. All the film bazaar delegates and the guest will be part of the Knowledge series.
Filmmakers can book screenings in specially set up digital theaters at the market for a select audience of sales agents, film festivals, distributors and producers. Filmmakers are allowed to send invites to participating delegates and run their own promotions.
In keeping with the vision of building deeper alliances with the global counterparts, have – Tourism Bodies and Film Commissions (Indian and International) to showcase locations available for filming and incentives offered by various State Tourism boards.
Behind the silver screen empowering the aspirants – This is a specialised workshop which is being introduced this year for students of film schools. There will be 2 sessions of 90 mins each on all the 4 days covering various aspects of filmmaking.
Students producers workshop – This is a specialised intensive 4 day workshop for film production students of SRFTI and Whistling Woods International.