FC@Berlin 2019, Dispatch 5 – “For non-mainstream films, it’s essential to think about international distribution and exhibition”

Posted on February 12, 2019

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Filmmaker and Whistling Woods teacher Dar Gai, who’s at the Berlinale Co-production market, talks about co-productions.

From February 9-13, 600 international producers and financiers will  explore new partnerships at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. This year, Megha Ramaswamy’s Reshma Shera is at the Official Project Selection (which has 22 films, chosen from 325 submissions, with budgets ranging from 750,000 to 6.5 million euros), and Dar Gai’s In-Law (selected from 226 submissions) is one of 11 projects at the Talent Project Market . Here, Dar Gai talks about the market and her experiences.

How did you hear about international co-productions, and the Berlinale Co-Production Market in particular?

In the case of me and my producer Dheer Momaya, both our feature, Teen Aur Aadha and Namdev Bhau in Search of Silence, were co-productions between India and Ukraine. For non-mainstream films without huge stars, it’s essential to think about international distribution and exhibition from get-go. An international co-producer/producing partner will be more motivated to sell the film in their own territory. They would have a deeper knowledge of the local market and could help find the most appropriate distributors and exhibitors in their territory.

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