November 22, 2011, Mumbai — Asia Society India Centre announced the final six awardees selected from 150 applications from promising writers from across India for the FIRST New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters (NVFS) 2011-2012. Twelve finalists were shortlisted to attend the 1st workshop from 8-12 November in Khandala led by renowned screenwriter Anjum Rajabali who was supported by NVFS Mentors Sriram Raghavan, Ashwini Malik and Members of the Advisory Council, Jaideep Sahni and Saket Chaudhary.
The finalists were selected from across India including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Karnataka, U.P., Haryana, Punjab and Bihar.The applications had a wide range of stories from across cultures and socio economic issues of India.
“We were delighted by the large and diverse response to this new fellowship since this is the first year and our application requirements were very demanding. We are very excited with the writers we have selected and hope they will benefit from their engagement with each other, the strong faculty leading the fellowship, and with Asia Society. Asia Society is enriched and invigorated when new voices participate in our programs” says Bunty Chand, Executive Director of Asia Society India Centre.
The fellowship has been awarded to six screenwriters for their original, persuasive stories and personal commitment to the art and craft of storytelling. The fellowship recipients are:
· Mr. Gaurav Asri ( Kaithal, Haryana )
· Mr. Vijay Borade (Aurangabad, Maharashtra)
· Ms. Chitra Iyer (New Delhi)
· Ms. Payal Sethi (Bangalore)
· Ms. Pooja Varma (Kolkata)
· Dr. Pravin Yadav (Mumbai)
Time Warner is the Founding Sponsor of NVFS selected writers will have a rare opportunity to work with eminent screenwriters to develop their scripts and to attend a second 5 day long workshop and produce one finished script.
“The 12 young screenwriting enthusiasts who attended the workshop exemplified the very profile that initiatives like this fellowship seek. They are brimming with new ideas for stories, stories that they feel close to and are eager to script with their innate talent and willingness to work hard. The energetic response that this fellowship has received from screenwriting aspirants says that Indian Cinema could be in for an exciting future.” says Anjum Rajabali.
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