NFDC market selects 26 projects
LONDONIndia’s National Film Development Corp., the country’s leading state film org., has chosen 26 projects for its co-production market. The industry event is part of the NFDC’s Film Bazaar, which runs Nov. 21-24, alongside the Film Festival of India in Goa. The helmers are an eclectic bunch from across the world with an equal mix of debutants and known names vying for coin at the market. They include U.K. director Gillies MacKinnon (“Hideous Kinky”), who travels to Goa with “Quiver,” and Columbia film school alum Rajnesh Domalpalli, who won best debut film at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007 for “Vanaja,” who’ll arrive in Goa with German production “Avani.” The selection also includes Shivajee Chandrabhushan’s Catalan-language “The Untold Tale,” an India-France co-production that was selected for the Cinefondation Atelier at Cannes. Also included is Indian filmmaking team Anusha Rizvi and Mahmood Farooqui’s “Opium,” which was chosen for Sundance Institute’s screenwriters lab; and “Biscuit Race,” helmed by Mostofa Farooki, whose “Third Person Singular Number” was Bangladesh’s entry for the 2010 foreign-language Oscar. Other projects that made the cut include Pradeepan Raveendran’s “Sound of Silence” (India, France, Sri Lanka); Meena Nanji’s “Cosmic Forest” (U.S.); Pan Nalin’s “Beyond the Known World” (New Zealand); Nila Madhab Panda’s “Broken Hills” (Australia); Priyanka Kumar’s “Incognito” (U.S., India); and Vasant Nath’s “Sebastian Wants to Remember” (Germany). Two of last year’s market participants went on to have successful runs on the fest circuit: Anand Gandhi’s “Ship of Theseus” played at the Toronto and London fests, and Ashim Ahluwalia’s “Miss Lovely” screened at Cannes and Toronto. Both titles were picked up by Fortissimo.