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Producer Vivek Kajaria to sponsor three filmmakers for Platform BUSAN

 A part of Busan International Film Festival, the platform enables independent filmmakers from Asia to share their experiences and seek out opportunities for collaboration.

Vivek Kajaria

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Basil Content Media, founded by National Award winning producer Vivek Kajaria, has announced that his company will sponsor three filmmakers to attend Busan International Film Festival's Platform BUSAN.

According to the festival website, "Platform BUSAN is a networking platform where independent filmmakers in Asia can share their experience and seek out opportunities for collaboration."

The three filmmakers selected for the coveted film festival in South Korea include writer-director Karan Talwar [And Sometimes, She Loved Me Too (2018)], director Akshay Indikar [Aranya] and writer-director Rahul Riji Nair [Ottamuri Velicham (2017)].

“Basil Content currently in it’s second year is committed to facilitating the discovery of newer voices in Indian cinema. This is a very small step towards a larger goal. Each of these participants represents the future. They are not just immensely talented but also have the fervor to know more, which is exciting for us,” Kajaria said in an official statement.

Last year, the company had sponsored five filmmakers for Platform BUSAN. “Last year being the first year we received around 35 applications. This year it was around 84. Hopefully, in the years to come we will have more resources to be able to fund more participants, especially, with such phenomenal talent around. Each of the applications received this year were great, [but] unfortunately our resources only allows us to support these three this time around,” added Kajaria, who had produced Nagraj Popatrao Manjule's directorial debut Fandry in 2014. 

Speaking about the initiative Young Woo Kim, one of the members of the selection committee at BIFF, said, “Since Busan has focused on discovering the new talents of Asian countries from the very beginning, India is one of the most important country and partner of Busan. Especially, given that Indian cinema has great potential and is full of talented people. With the support of Basil Content, Busan welcomes young talents from India attending our newly launched program, Platform BUSAN, for creating a networking place for Asian independent filmmakers and talents.”

Platform BUSAN will take place from 6-9 October.

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