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Indo-German script development workshop at 13th MFF

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Writer Director Neelesha Barthel will present her Wueste-Film-Project Marry Me & Family at the Indo-German Script Development Workshop at 13th Mumbai Film Festival Mumbai, 3 October, 2011.

The 13thMumbai film festival, a Reliance entertainment initiative organized by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image today announced that Marry Me and Family by Neelesha Barthel has been selected to be presented at the intensive three day workshop. This project was selected from numerous other submitted projects.

The screenplay in its third draft had received script development support by the German Federal Film Board in the past and German Broadcaster ZDF is signed in as a co-production partner for the feature film debut of Writer/Director Neelesha Barthel.

The Three day workshop will be held from the 11th to the 13th of October 2011, in association with Life Entertainment, "Germany and India 2011-2012- Infinite Opportunities", PRIMEHOUSE, dffb, HFF and SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwalte. The workshop will bring together some of the best script writers, directors and teachers from India and Germany. Amongst them: Dani Levy (Go for Zucker, My Fuhrer) shows "what makes people laugh" and will discuss with Indian writers and directors like Sooni Taraporevala (Salaam Bombay!, The Namesake) and Anjum Rajabali (Raajneeti) about International Cross-Over Influences in Indian and German Films. Bejoy Nambiar, Megha Ramaswamy, Anusha Rizvi and Akshat Verma, writers and directors of the films Shaitan, Peepli Live and Delhi Belly will tell us their visions for a new cinema in India.

The Heads of screenwriting academies at dffb, Berlin and HFF, Babelsberg, Jochen Brunow and Torsten Schulz (Boxhagener Platz) will talk with Indian writers and directors about "How do stories learn to travel" and will go "From Literature to Big Screen". Georg Heinzen (Gran Paradiso) will travel "Beyond Heroes Journey" and Dr. Claudia Gladzijewski will do script-constellations on IndoGerman Co-Productions like the invited "Marry Me& Family". Additionally a seminar: "Legal Framework on IndoGerman Coproductions will be held by Indian Lawyer Dina Dattani and German Lawyer Andreas Peschel-Mehner.

With participation open to Screenwriters, Directors and Producers with at least one film to their credit and film students enrolled in Scriptwriting or direction, the workshop will focus on all aspects of storytelling and script development for both sub continents India and Europe. Additionally the workshop will assist participants in getting a better understanding about the Indian, respectively the European way of storytelling respectively both markets. Interested applicants may register and find details on or contact Mr Uday Shankar Pani on


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