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Arthouse Asia Film Festival invites entries for Produire Au Sud Kolkata workshop

The second edition of the workshop for film writers and producers from South Asia will be hosted next year from 12 to 16 January but projects will need to be submitted by 16 October.

Roushni Sarkar

The Arthouse Asia Film Festival is inviting entries to the second edition of the Produire Au Sud Kolkata workshop for film writers and producers from South Asia. Organised in partnership with Three Continents Festival and the French Institute in India, the workshop will be hosted from 12-16 January 2021 but film projects will need to be submitted by 16 October.

Film writers and producers from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Maldives can submit their projects for the intensive five-day workshop which will be conducted before a panel of Indian and foreign producers, distributors and managers of regional and international funds, as well as festival-goers from Kolkata. The mentors for the workshop for this edition will be announced soon.

Produire Au Sud is known for organising workshops on screenwriting and development with an international approach. The participants will also be exposed to international film markets through a session on producing and co-production. 

The first edition of the Produire Au Sud was held earlier this year in January and met with a wonderful response from film enthusiasts. A highlight of this year's edition was the presence of French producer Juliette Grandmont of Clandestine Films, Argentinian script writer Gualberto Ferrari, French script consultant Jérémie Dubois, who were the mentors for the workshop.

According to Arthouse Asia festival director Shapath Das, “We know that the entire world is still coming up with ways to adjust to the new normal in the pandemic. Most of the film festivals are being held online this year. However, we are hoping that by January next year, we will get the permission to organise the workshop in Kolkata. If not, it will be held virtually for sure.”

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