GUWAHATI, Nov 11 � Minefield � the directorial debut project of young Assamese filmmaker Shiladitya Bora � has been selected among the 14 international final entries for the prestigious Co-Production Market at the Goa International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Film Bazar.
The 14 international projects to be showcased in the eighth edition of the Film Bazaar Co-Production Market include two films from the US, two from Sri Lanka, one each from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Norway, France, Germany, Singapore and the United Kingdom and an Independent Filmmaker Project, USA, which is selected through the National Film Development Cooperation collaboration.
Film Bazaar Co-Production Market is a one of its kind programme in South Asia to provide a platform for filmmakers with South Asian stories to make the right connections to get their projects financed.
Organized annually alongside the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at Goa, a select number of directors/producers are invited to the event to present their projects to co-producers, funders, distributors, etc, from across the world. The eighth Film Bazaar will be held from November 20 to 24, 2014.
Minefield is a political thriller based on the true accounts of a Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) functionary who was an avid film buff. The film will be based on his personal narrative as told to the filmmaker. The film will be shot in actual locations in the Northern Province, Jaffna, once LTTE �capital� Killinochi, and Colombo.
Shiladitya Bora, who hails from Jorhat in Assam, will be making his directorial debut with this international project. The film boasts some heavyweight producers, including internationally acclaimed Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage, Deepak Sharma, Chief Operating Officer of PVR Pictures, Industrialist Manish Mundra, etc.
Minefield will be shot by eminent cinematographer Rajeev Ravi, with films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Bombay Velvet, Gulal etc, to his credit. Multiple National Award-winning editor A Sreekar Prasad, known for most of Mani Rathnam films, will be editing the film.
Minefield would be competing with the projects of some of the celebrated directors across the globe for the best project title.
Film Bazaar has played a crucial role in mentoring a new Indian cinematic sensibility. This has resulted in titles such as the NFDC co-produced The Lunchbox, Ship of Theseus and more recently Titli, which premiered at the Cannes this year and Margarita With a Straw, which was played at the Toronto Film Festival.