Magazine article Screen International

Film London, India's Cinestaan Join Forces on Shakespeare Project

Magazine article Screen International

Film London, India's Cinestaan Join Forces on Shakespeare Project

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Film London has announced that India's Cinestaan Film Company is to invest in its Film London Microwave International: Shakespeare India initiative.

The international iteration of Film London's initiative will unite Asian filmmaking talent from the UK and India. Five successful teams will be selected for Microwave's Microschool. This will give the writers, producers and directors from both countries the chance to hone their skills through an intensive programme of training, professional mentoring and advice on issues ranging from financing through to distribution.

Cinestaan will join Film London and the British Council in investing in the scheme. In addition to the new business partnership, mentors Vishal Bharwaj (Maqbool, Omkara and Haider - three Shakespeare adaptions), Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) and Vikas Bahl (Queen, Phantom Films) have been announced as three of the expert industry mentors who work with the successful applicants during the project.

The ambition is to greenlight one project, which will draw from the work of the Bard and be theatrically released in 2016 as part of Shakespeare 400 - a year-long cultural programme marking four centuries since the writer's death. …

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