New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters

New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters

NVFS Fellows & Mentors at Workshop in Khandala

Asia Society India Centre is pleased to announce the launch of the third edition of New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters (NVFS) 2014 - 2015, a programme to identify, encourage, and support a group of six talented independent screenwriters to develop their feature film scripts by working in a dynamic and innovative environment with guidance from eminent filmmakers and screenwriters. We seek to build an artistic community that reflects the diversity of contemporary Indian writing, and provide screenwriters a platform to develop powerful, nuanced, and well-crafted scripts while exploring new approaches to the art of writing for cinema. We invite writers from across India to submit an original story for consideration by 15 February, 2015.

Bunty Chand, Executive Director of Asia Society India Centre, said, "We are delighted to see NVFS grow and evolve during its second edition. Coordinated by Asia Society's offices in New York and India, this fellowship — made possible by the Time Warner Foundation extending its grant for another two years — represents Asia Society's commitment to fostering creativity and nurturing new talent. The first edition successfully saw six emerging screenwriters through a process of writing a feature-length script under the guidance of industry professionals. By incorporating insights from the first edition, we hope to provide an enriching, rigorous, and thoughtful programme for our second-year fellows."

Anjum Rajabali, Head of the Advisory Council of NVFS and noted screenwriter, added that "NVFS is indeed a very worthy and important initiative that Asia Society India Centre has undertaken. Every filmmaker is on the lookout for well-written scripts based on interesting stories. We believe that with some guidance and help with the craft, new writers can hone their skills and fulfill that need. We are very grateful to the Advisory Council and to the three Mentors, all established and busy writers, who have so generously and graciously agreed to give their time and guidance to new writers."

NVFS has been made possible by a grant from the Time Warner Foundation.


"Our mission is to find innovative and powerful ways to discover, nurture and celebrate the next generation of storytellers," said Lisa Garcia Quiroz, President of the Time Warner Foundation. "Asia Society is an important, globally recognized partner who continues to help us further our reach in talent development. We are excited to expand this groundbreaking programme in India."