The National Film Development Corporation (NDFC) has started a new initiative titled NDFC Labs to cater to the needs of creative producers and development professionals. The first programme to be organized under the initiative is a two part Lab for Creative Producers in Mumbai.
Marten Rabarts, the ex artistic director of Amsterdam-based Binger Filmlab heads the NFDC Labs. Marten’s induction into NFDC was announced during Cannes Film Festival this year. Marten had organized a “Think Tank” session with filmmakers in July this year. In an interview to DearCinema.com, Marten had shared the outcome of the Think tank session, “One of the things that the filmmaking community during the Think Tank session identified to be lacking is the role of a creative producer in a film: someone who is there alongside the director and writer. So I am trying to find ways to empower the producers who are there to take on that role in a deeper way.”
Lab for Creative Producers is divided into two sessions. The first session will be held from 8th-11th October, 2012, while the second session will be held from 14th – 16th November, 2012. With only eight seats available, the workshop fee is Rs 1, 25,000. The last date to apply is 30thSeptember, 2012. The participants will work on the theory and practice of script editing and work with writers on real-project based analysis, the psychology of creativity, narrative forms, structures and opinions.
The sessions will be conducted by script consultant Franz Rodenkirchen. Rodenkirchen has worked with many renowned film makers namely, Jasmila Zbanic for Grbavica (Golden Bear, Berlin 2007), Jessica Hausner for Loudres (Fipresci Prize, Venice 2009) and Andrian Sitaru for Best Intentions (Best Director, Locarno 2011). He is also a core advisor for the Torino Film Lab, Berlinale Talent Campus, Binger Filmlab, among others.