Producer Philippa Campbell will head to Venice next month as a mentor at the first part of the of India’s National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) Screenwriters’ Lab.
The two-part Lab is run in conjunction with Holland’s Binger FilmLab to develop the writing and selling of original Indian screenplays. The Lab runs as part of the Venice festival (September), having moved south from its previous home of the Locarno festival, and concludes at Goa’s Film Bazaar in late November.
Film Bazaar, NFDC’s co-production and sales market runs alongside the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
Part one of the Lab is about “getting it right”, with mentors helping writers identify the things about their scripts that will or won’t make it attractive to international producers and distributors. Part two gives the writers the opportunity to pitch their refined projects to international producers, distributors, funding agencies, and sales agents.
This year’s edition announced its six participants and their projects yesterday. They are: Vasant Nath, Sebastian Wants to Remember; Deepti Datt, Dear Mira; Sharat Katariya, Dum Laga ke Hayi Sha (The Weighting Game); Aliya Curmally, Toxic City; Megha Ramaswamy, Girls; and Ritesh Batra, Dabba (The Lunch Box).
Campbell has been a feature producer for the last 13 years, starting with Via Satellite and running through Rain, No. 2 and Black Sheep to Rubbings from a Live Man.
She’s worked as a script editor for much longer, having run the TVNZ Drama Department Script Unit for four years in the mid-80s and independently since then.