The Selected Six Projects for the second edition 2016 are Chuskit (Hindi, Ladaki), Malli (Tamil), The Girl and Autorickshaw (Marathi), Little Thomas and the Miracle of Life (Hindi, English), Beej (Hindi) and Krikus (Hindi)
NFDC India is pleased to announce the collaboration of Children’s Screenwriters’ Lab with Cinekid in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Cinekid is the largest international film, television and new media festival for children aged 4 to 14.
The six projects selected for the 2nd edition of the Children’s Screenwriters’ Lab have been announced, which include Chuskit (Hindi, Ladaki), Malli (Tamil), The Girl and Autorickshaw (Marathi), Little Thomas and the Miracle of Life (Hindi, English), Beej (Hindi) and Krikus (Hindi).
The three international mentors for Children’s Screenwriters’ Lab 2016 are Tijs van Marle (His film, Accused was a runner up for the Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards 2014), Jolein Laarman (co-writer of the award-winning film Kauwboy) and Sytske Kok (directed internationally acclaimed short The Chinese Wall and the TV film Impasse and wrote TV film Tunnel Vision).
With an aim to cultivate original Indian stories specifically for children and adolescents, the Children’s Screenwriters’ Lab will provide participants the opportunity to explore their stories through one-on-one and group sessions with international mentors. The participants will also get a chance to pitch their scripts to producers and investors in a specially designed session during Film Bazaar 2016.
Talking about how the NFDC Labs – Cinekid – DutchCulture collaboration come about,
Veysel Yuce, the Program manager Heritage & Turkey & India at Dutch says, “DutchCulture is commissioned by the Dutch government to strengthen the cultural exchange between the Netherlands and India. We hope to do this for four art disciplines among which also film. We heard about NFDC and about the great work that they are doing through our partners in the Netherlands and India. It was clear for us that NFDC was a important player in the Indian cinema field and that it would be great to have them as our Indian partner for cinema. Once initial contact was made, NFDC and us talked through the possibilities of Dutch-India film co-operation. We concluded that Children Cinema should be the principle focus of this cooperation. NFDC had executed a very successful Children Screenwriters’ lab with a numbers of Dutch trainers. They wanted to expand on this. The Netherlands produces world-class children content while India has just started to discover this part of cinema.”
He adds, “We suggested to NFDC a cooperation with Cinekid. They are a very important organisation and festival in the field. A possible collaboration between Cinekid and NFDC could be of beneficiary for both sides. So, we asked Cinekid if they would be interested and they responded positive. For there onward the two partners worked out a plan for 2016. A plan that we are very happy to support. The present visit to the Netherlands is the result of this discussion.”
What does he hope to achieve from this collaboration, “Now that these partners has found each other, our task has lessened. Our goal is that the partnerships that are formulated in 2016 are continued in the years to come. Our hope is that they keep expanding on it and that India and Dutch filmmakers make beautiful films together” Veysel Yuce says.
“As a development body, NFDC has always tried to provide support in areas where there isn’t any available. Today, there is urgent need to develop Children’s films in our market that is starved of original Indian content for younger audiences. Elsewhere in the world, especially in the Netherlands, world class children’s content is already paving the way for the future of the industry. Having partnered with Binger Film Lab and Cinemart in previous years, NFDC Labs is proud to collaborate with Cinekid and Dutch Culture and continue its strong associations with the Dutch film industry. Through this collaboration with Cinekid, NFDC Labs hopes to expose Indian writers to the wide range of possibilities inherent in children’s content. The idea is to have more filmmakers explore this genre in India and create content that is reminiscent of what they liked to watch as children, and not what they think children like to watch.” Says Nina Lath Gupta, MD, NFDC.
The selection consists of narratives and perspectives that would engage young audiences.
MENTORS by NFDC
Tijs van Marle : Tijs van Marle graduated as a screenwriter from the Dutch Film School in Amsterdam in 2002. Since then, he has written for film and television for the Dutch cinema and broadcasters. His focus is on light drama and content for children. Tijs’ work is very diverse, with small personal stories, mostly made for television, as well as bigger commercial projects for the cinema. His recent work, the Mister Twister trilogy was sold worldwide and the film Accused was a runner up for the Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards 2014. In India, the historical children’s film Code M won Best Screenplay Award at the 19th International Children’s Film Festival 2015. Apart from writing, Tijs sometimes teaches at the Dutch Film School, works as a consultant on film projects and runs a small souvenir business in Amsterdam with his father.
Sytske Kok : Sytske Kok graduated from the Netherlands Film academy and the Binger Filmlab as a writer and director. Among other shorts, she directed the internationally acclaimed short The Chinese Wall and the TV film Impasse for which she wrote the script as well. Over the last years, Sytske has focused primarily on script writing. She wrote the script for the TV film Tunnel Vision directed by Stefano Odoardi. Tunnel Vision has been selected and awarded in several international film festivals. Besides writing herself, Sytske teaches scriptwriting at the Schrijversvak school, the Amsterdam Film School and at the animation department of the Art academy St. Joost.
Together with Odoardi, she is currently developing two feature film projects. One of these projects, Dark Matter, will be developed during an Artist in Residence in Rome which is supported by the Dutch Academy of the Arts. The other project LIVE! has just received script development support from the Dutch Film Fund.
Jolein Laarman : Jolein Laarman likes to make films that tell something about life and also put a smile on your face, for children and adults alike. Jolein worked as a producer and production-designer before she began working as a scriptwriter and script-coach.
She (co-)wrote the script for the film Kauwboy, which was screened in many festivals around the world and won over 30 international prizes. She has also written several television series like Ik ben Willem (1, 2 en 3) and Taxi van Palemu, both of which have won numerous prizes. Jolein’s other work includes Stages, Sister of Katia, Brittle, Among Us, Frailer. For her work as a scriptwriter, Jolein has been awarded the Gouden Kalf (for Best Script, Dutch Film Festival 2008), the Zilveren Krulstaart 2012 (Best Script according to the Dutch Society of Scriptwriters), Best Script in L’Atelier (Film Festival of Cannes 2012). Her upcoming films include Disappearance, (in production), Invite Me to War, Roxy (both in development).
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