A delegation of UK film industry players have travelled to Mumbai to lead a week-long intensive series of workshops to identify Indian scriptwriting talent and match it with UK industry skills.
The UK Film Council has produced a four day programme starting on 27 January focusing on the western "development process" where a film is shaped by the scriptwriting process and look at the differences and complementary styles in approaching filmmaking.
Indian films are made in a very different way to Europe and the US. They cast their stars often before a story or narrative has been created. The UK is keen to find ways to work closely with new Indian partners develop and make feature films as international co-productions, helping to create projects with good export potential to eastern and western markets.
Those participating from the UK include writer Jeremy Brock (Charlotte Gray, Mrs. Brown), film director Marc Evans (My Little Eye), Jenny Borgars, head of the UK Film Council's Development Fund and literary agent Nick Marston from Curtis Brown.