Cameron Bailey and Michael Werner turn the spotlight on Indian films at Film Bazaar IFFI 2017

Indie cinema movement and Indian cinema was the subject of discussion on the second day of the Film Bazaar at IFFI (International Film Festival of India). Cameron Bailey, Film Critic and Artistic director, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in a discussion with Michael Werner, Former Partner of Fortissimo Films and a reputed Film and Media Strategic Consultant, remarked that it was heartening to see producers, buyers and sellers working together to ensure that the world gets to see some great Indian films. Similarly, Michael Werner said that he was looking forward to discovering some great Indian independent films at the Bazaar. It was also a celebration of Michael’s glorious career of 20 years as a World Sales Agent with great insights on Indian, Asian and World Cinema. Cameron Bailey brought in his perspective on the subject given his significant contribution in reaching out to Asian Content and Asian filmmakers in his role as the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Lakshwadeep welcomes international filmmakers to its exotic locales and underwater studios

The State Film Office of Lakshadweep showcased the exotic locales and incentives offered to filmmakers wanting to shoot their film in this pristine state. Shri Farooq Khan, Hon’ble Administrator, Union Territory of Lakshadweep was joined by celebrated ad filmmaker Prahlad Kakkar who started Lacadives – the scuba diving school in Lakshadweep. The discussion centered around the administration’s efforts to make the Union Territory an ideal filming destination while impressing on the industry the need to keep the fragile ecology of the archipelago and the unique social sentiments in mind.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Farooq Khan, Hon’ble Administrator, said that Film Bazaar was an ideal place to not only highlight the islands underwater studios but also welcome filmmakers to come and have a firsthand look of Lakshadweep’s exotic locales. Prahlad Kakkar spoke of Lakshadweep’s immense potential to be an ideal filming destination, while requesting filmmakers to be sensitive to the ecology of the Islands as well as to the cultural ecosystem of the local communities.

“It is heartening to see producers, buyers and sellers working together to ensure that the world gets to see some great Indian films”- Michael Werner

Film Bazaar- Knowledge series

The Knowledge Series had the first part of the Film Bazaar Recommends (FBR) Pitch where 12 filmakers showcased the promotional clips and trailers of their films followed by a pitch by each filmmaker. This session was packed by industry executives wherein each project was well received. The Work-in-Progress Lab at Film Bazaar had a screening of Ma’ama by Dominic Sangma for the mentors. This was followed by a feedback session in which the filmmaker was given the views of the mentors.

The Open Pitch generated a lot of excitement with 121 meetings between filmmakers and potential collaborators on the first day while 167 meetings took place today. The second part of the Screenwriters Pitch enjoyed a full house again today. Writers met with a lot of industry professionals in structured group and one on one meetings.

Film Bazaar is the largest South Asian film market, which encourages creative and financial collaboration between the South Asian and International film communities. Created and organized by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), Film Bazaar has evolved into South Asia’s global film market from its humble beginnings in 2007. Over the course of five days, Film Bazaar becomes the converging point for film buyers and sellers from all over the world. The focus is 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.