Magazine article Screen International

Film London Launches UK-India Fund

Magazine article Screen International

Film London Launches UK-India Fund

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Film London's Microwave scheme is going global with an inititive to finance a UK-Indian feature based on Shakespeare's writing.

Timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the scheme brings together Asian writers, directors and producers from both India and the UK at a week-long 'Microschool' in Mumbai, funded by the British Council. The talents will collaborate on developing five feature films based on Shakespeare's plays.

At the end of the training programme, which includes professional mentoring, one project will be awarded production funding of $800,000 (£500,000). The film will be released globally as part of the UK's Shakespeare400 On Screen.

Indian film-maker Vishal Bhardwaj, who has adapted Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth as Hindi films, will help to mentor the scheme. Bhardwaj launched the scheme with Film London head of talent development and production Deborah Sathe at the on-going Film Bazaar co-production market in Goa, India. …

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