Sundance Institute and Drishyam have unveiled the artists and creative advisors for the inaugural Drishyam | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab set to run in Goa, India, from April 12-16.
The Lab supports emerging film-makers in India over a five-day workshop that allows screenwriters to work on their scripts via one-on-one story sessions with creative advisors.
The projects and fellows selected for the 2015 Drishyam | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab are: Geetu Mohandas, Mulakoya; Raj Rishi More, Pirates; Atanu Mukherjee, Unknown Faces; Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, The Sweet Requiem; Sandhya Suri, Santosh; Anay Tarnekar, Untitled Tiger Project; and Dnyanesh Zoting, The Monster.
The creative advisors are: Srdan Golubovic (Circles), Erik Jendresen (Band Of Brothers), Rose Troche (The Safety Of Objects, The L Word), Habib Faisel (Do Dooni Char), Sriram Raghavan (Badlapur, Ek Haseena Thi), Shridhar Raghavan (Yennai Arindaal) and Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou, Talk To Me).
Lab leader Srinivasan Narayanan, former director of the Mumbai Film Festival, said: “Our aim and aspiration is that the seven selected Indian projects, after passing through the intensive one-on-one mentoring by renowned creative advisors from India and abroad, will move to the production stage quickly and make their mark globally.
“The awards and acclaim these projects achieve and the interest and distribution channels they open up for more Indian films will be the fittest tribute for this initiative, driven by passion and pure love for cinema of the team led by Drishyam founder Mr. Manish Mundra.”
Paul Federbush, international director of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Manish, Narayan and the Drishyam team, who have a proven interest in supporting an exciting new generation of independent cinema.
“This partnership allows Sundance Institute to continue developing creative voices and inspired stories in India. We’re also thankful for the opportunity to have such acclaimed Indian and international creative advisors working with us to support these seven promising projects.”
Prashant Nair’s Umrika (pictured), winner of the audience world cinema dramatic at this year’s Sundance Film festival, is an example of a project that benefited from the Institute’s support.