Film London Microwave International: Shakespeare India
What is Shakespeare India?
Shakespeare India is an opportunity to nurture ambitious Asian film talent from India and the UK, bringing them together to work on feature projects inspired by the playwright. Film London will deliver its groundbreaking Microschool training ‘bootcamp’ to enable 15 filmmakers, writers, directors and producers to form five feature teams to work on five contemporary Shakespeare feature film projects. The participants will receive intensive training from industry experts from UK and India to develop their projects for the domestic and international market.
It is a unique training through production programme inspired by the globally successful Film London Microwave brand.
The projects will be pitched to a panel of co-production partners and key industry contacts, where one project will be selected and receive production funding to produce the feature. The successful team will go straight into preproduction, continuing their relationship with the mentors and training organisations.
This film will be released in 2016 and will form part of the British Council’s worldwide programme of screenings.
Shakespeare India forms part of Shakespeare 400 on Screen, a major film and television programme led by Film London to mark 400 years since the writer’s death. The celebrations taking place in 2016 include: an international touring programme ‘Shakespeare Around the World’ screening at major film festivals and Cinematheques across the globe, a pan-London and UK-wide touring programme delivered by Film Hub London and the BFI Film Audience Network, a host of brand new Film London productions including shorts, feature films and artists’ film commissions, all of which will feature in the touring programmes.
British Council funded training for the filmmaking teams as part of the Shakespeare Lives in 2016 programme.
How can I get involved?
Filmmaking talent can apply at www.filmlondon.org.uk/india or look out for the successfully produced film when it is released in 2016, with announcements on the British Council Film website or through Film London’s newsletter. You can also read some of the press coverage that the project has received: