The Film London Microwave International: Shakespeare India initiative will be launched at India’s National Film Development Corporation’s ongoing Film Bazaar on November 22 in Goa.
Writers, directors and producers from the UK and India will participate in a week-long training program titled Microschool, in Mumbai, funded by the British Council, during which five productions based on the works of William Shakespeare will be developed.
With Indian and UK production finance, one film making team will be awarded £500,000 ($783,000) to produce a feature film for worldwide release. The feature will be part of ‘Shakespeare400 on Screen’, the 2016 program marking 400 years since the bard’s death in 1616.
Film London’s head of talent development and production, Deborah Sathe, is in Goa to announce the initiative alongside Indian film maker Vishal Bhardwaj who is best known for his Shakespeare trilogy “Maqbool” (Macbeth), “Omkara” (Othello) and “Haider” (Hamlet).
“In taking Shakespeare as inspiration – a writer who has captivated audiences worldwide for centuries – it seems fitting for a new scheme that nurtures talent from two different continents and offers them a chance to tell timeless stories afresh. Industry and audience alike are keen to champion the next generation of Indian and British Asian filmmakers and this project will do just that,” Sathe said.