A three-day (October 11 to 13) Indo-German script development workshop by MAMI and Life Entertainment preceded the festival opening today. The workshop has been organised by Germany and India 2011-2012 – Infinite Opportunities, Goethe Institute, Primehouse, dffb, HFF and SKW Schwarz.
It included discussions by eminent global and Indian speakers including renowned director Dani Levy, screenwriter Anjum Rajabali, screenwriter, and writer and director Thorsten Schulz, among others.
Stephan Ottenbruch, Managing Partner at Life Entertainment GmbH, said, “The film festival has grown in size. This year, there are 200 films from 58 countries. Germany is present at this year’s festival and features some important German films.”
On scripts in Hindi films, noted filmmaker Shyam Benegal says, “A bound script is a relatively new concept in our country. It was only Satyajit Ray who used to have not only a well-written script but drawings too. In most films, actors only knew about the characters, not where they fit in the film.”