Even though each south Asian country has its own richly textured film production at times, especially within the realms of independent filmmaking collaboration between the film industries can prove quite fruitful, resulting in works of great art and entertainment. The Arthouse Produire au Sud of Kolkata workshop is one of those events supporting such collaborations. According to its founders it “aims to familiarize young producers  with a variety of important tools and international co-production techniques by coaching individual projects in development.” Within the range of productions it features and supports we find projects from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan and Maledives.

Here is a list of the features of its selection in 2020:

A HIDDEN TALE BEHIND THE MIST (Kuhiro Pariko Sahar) – Nepal
by Pasang Dawa Sherpa and produced by Prem Prasad Adhikary

A NEW SWEETNESS (Notun Gur) – India
by Deyali Mukherjee and produced by Sriram Raja

HELI THE DAUGHTER (Heli Daughter) – Sri Lanka
by Malaka Samith Nilwala and produced by Sumudu Malalagama

I, THE SONG – Bhutan
by Dechen Roder and produced by Thinley Choden

Still from “I, the Song”

KOTA KOTA KOTA – India
by Ishan Sharma and produced by Nikhil Chaudhary

REFUGE (Kyab) – India
by Mohan Kumar and produced by Anusha Nandakumar

SECOND CHANCE – India
by Subhadra Mahajan and produced by Shyam Bora

The workshop will take place in Kolkata  January 7-11, 2020.
For further information regarding the workshop, please click here.

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Ever since I watched Takeshi Kitano's "Hana-Bi" for the first time (and many times after that) I have been a cinephile. While much can be said about the technical aspects of film, coming from a small town in Germany, I cherish the notion of art showing its audience something which one does normally avoid, neglect or is unable to see for many different reasons. Often the stories told in films have helped me understand, discover and connect to something new which is a concept I would like to convey in the way I talk and write about films. Thus, I try to include some info on the background of each film as well as a short analysis (without spoilers, of course), an approach which should reflect the context of a work of art no matter what genre, director or cast. In the end, I hope to pass on my joy of watching film and talking about it.