Attention Screenwriters: upcoming conference, lab & masterclass

By Editorial Team • Published on February 18, 2013

screenwriterBoth aspiring and established screenwriters have three events lined up to look forward to: The Indian Screenwriters’ Conference, NFDC’s Screenwriters’ Lab and a masterclass on screenwriting at FICCI Frames. The conference happens from February 25 to 27, the application deadline for the lab is March 1; and the master class will run from March 12-14.

Indian Screenwriters’ Conference:

The fast approaching 3rd Indian Screenwriters’ Conference is a three- day journey into the current trends of film and television writing organised by the Film Writers’ Association (FWA), Mumbai. The conference will be held at St. Andrews Auditorium, Bandra.

With an estimated attendance of 850 screenwriters and writer-directors, the ‘soul searching’ conference will see some very prominent people from the industry: Salim Khan, Javed Akhtar, Gulzar, Ashutosh Gowariker, Anurag Basu, Rakeysh Mehra, Govind Nihalani, Sriram Raghavan, Sudhir Mishra, Amit Khanna, Vipul Shah, Jabbar Patel, Vikramaditya Motwani, Bejoy Nambiar, Abbas Tyrewala, Amole Gupte, Habib Faisal, Navdeep Singh, Girish Kulkarni, Umesh Kulkarni, Lekh Tandon, Abhishek Sharma, Shridhar Raghavan, Kumararaja (Aranya Kandam), Rituparno Ghosh, Hariharan, Urmi Juvekar, Ishita Moitra, Manu Rishi Chadha, Leena Yadav and Prasoon Joshi to name a few.

Taking cues from the recent developments around, the conference will primarily delve into the creative and legal issues faced by film and television screenwriters today. On one hand it will question and deliberate on the interpretation of recent works and their influence on the society at large: from representation of women on screen, heroism and the rise of machismo to the portrayal of common man’s issues. On the other hand, the conference will address the provisions of the Minimum Basic Contract for film and TV writers and the amended Copyright Act.

Day 1 of the conference will focus on ‘How much of India’s changing social reality does popular entertainment really reflect?’ Day 2 will showcase the new and interesting work being done by screenwriters in cinema and TV. On Day 3, top legal experts will demystify the newly amended Copyright Act and explain its implications for film and TV writers. And then, the Minimum Basic Contract, which FWA has negotiated with the producers associations, will be announced and explained.

Only FWA members are allowed to participate. You can write to screenwritersconference@gmail.com for membership details.

NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab:

The Film Bazaar Screenwriter’s Lab, organised by the National Film Development Corporation Ltd. (NFDC), is a 2-part workshop designed to tutor six selected independent screenwriters in improving their scripts and market them internationally. These screenwriters are not only mentored by industry experts from across the globe in one-on-one sessions but also get a direct entry to the Film Bazaar Co-Production Market held annually in Goa. NFDC also bears all costs for travelling, accommodation, breakfast and working lunch of the participants.

The venue for the first part has been shifted from Venice to Toronto (September), while the second part will continue to be held at NFDC’s Film Bazaar in Goa (November).

Besides, the application process has also been revised. Applicants need to send a synopsis of the story before March 1, 2013. By June, shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit their scripts and the final six names will be announced in August.
Last year, an application fee of Rs 3000 fee was introduced, this year it has been reduced to Rs 1000. You can send in your applications at screenwriters-lab@fimbazaarindia.com.

FICCI Frames:

Every year FICCI Frames comes with various sessions, masterclasses and events on the business of entertainment. A masterclass on “Screenwriting for TV Audience” by Tim Kring is one of them. Kring is an American screenwriter and television producer, known for his creation of the drama series, Strange World, Crossing Jordan, Heroes, and Touch.

There will be another masterclass on “Engaging Diaspora Audiences” by Gurinder Chadha, filmmaker, best known for the hit films Bhaji on the Beach, Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.

FICCI Frames will be held from March 12-14 in Hotel Renaissance, Powai. For more details, click here.

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