Saturday, November 13, 2010

NFDC Film Bazar - at 41st IFFI-German /Turkish director Fatih Akin to handle Masterclass

The acclaimed young German/Turkish writer- director Fatih Akin (37) will participate in the Master Class programme of the 4th edition of the Film Bazaar that is being organized by the National Film Development Corporation Ltd (NFDC) . Over the past decade, Fatih Akin has established himself as one of world cinema’s most distinctive voices, mixing sophisticated cultural critiques with a healthy appreciation for life on the edge. His first film came to international attention Head-On ("Gegen Die Wand"- 2004), which won the Berlinale Golden Bear and the German and European Film Awards. In 1995, Fatih wrote and directed his first short feature, "Sensin - You're The One!" ("Sensin - Du Bist Es!"), which received the Audience Award at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival. His second short film, "Weed" ("Getuerkt", 1996), received several national and international festival prizes. His first full length feature film, "Short Sharp Shock" ("Kurz Und Schmerzlos", 1998) won the Bronze Leopard at Locarno and the Bavarian Film Award (Best Young Director) in 1998. His other films include: "In July" ("Im Juli", 2000), "Wir Haben Vergessen Zurueckzukehren" (2001), "Solino" (2002) etc.

The other highlights of the current edition of film bazar are: 1. Participation of the film fraternity from the SAARC (South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation) nations. 2. Meet the Festivals: This forum will have festival directors and representatives of various film festivals present to interact with the patrons. 3. Screenwriters Lab: Organized by the NFDC, Binger Filmlab of the Netherlands and the Locarno Film Festival, it is a 2-part screenwriters’ workshop for writing and selling original Indian screenplays, the first part of which was held at Locarno.4. Co-production Market: This initiative undertaken by NFDC aims to offer selected filmmakers the opportunity to present their feature film projects (in all languages and at any stage of production) to co producers. 5. PrimeExchange: The main aim of PRIMEXCHANGE is to initiate market exchange and the exchange of ideas between India and Europe in the field of Film and TV Production. 6. Work in Progress Lab: The Work in Progress lab is held at Film Bazaar for feature films at a rough cut stage, whose makers are seeking feedback from experienced film professionals from the international community. 7. Knowledge Series: NFDC Knowledge Series presents case studies and presentations by industry experts. In 2009, about 350 delegates from 22 countries attended the Film Bazaar. This year prominent buyers and sales agents like Farabi Foundation (Iran), Cinetic Rights Management (USA), Fortissimo Films (UK), The Yellow Affair (Finland), Rapid Eye Movies (Germany), Wide Management (France), Railto, (Netherland), Hanway Films (UK) and Wild Bunch (France) have reportedly confirmed their attendance at the film


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