If writing stories and seeing them come alive on screen is what your heart beckons, the New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters (NVFS) is just for you. An initiative of the Asia Society India Centre, this programme aims to identify and support a group of six talented independent screenwriters to develop their feature film scripts with guidance from eminent filmmakers and screenwriters.
The fellowship will select six screenwriters from across India for a year-long fellowship through an open application process. Selected fellows will have the opportunity to work with eminent screenwriters to develop their scripts and attend two five-day workshops and produce one finished script.
Apart from the above, each participant will also receive:
• A stipend of Rs 1,00,000
• Regular mentoring from noted screenwriters/ directors towards the completion of the feature script
• Recommendations on developing contacts and approaches to taking their scripts to the next phase, conceptualising strategies and approaches to finding producers, directors, distributors, festivals, etc.
Some of the eminent screenplay writers and film personalities associated with the fellowship are Ashwini Malik, Sriram Raghavan, Vinay Shukla, Dev Benegal, Jaideep Sahni, Saket Chaudhary and Anjum Rajabali.
Bunty Chand, executive director of Asia Society India Centre, says: “We are delighted to launch the New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters. This initiative, co-ordinated by Asia Society's offices in New York and India, represents the society’s commitment to fostering creativity and nurturing new talent whether it be it’s commitment to young leaders, women or in this instance, New Voices in Screen Writing.”
Writers from across the country can submit their original stories between July 11 and August 31, 2011 by logging on to www.asiasociety.org/centers/india. Time Warner is the founding sponsor of the fellowship.