Monthly Archives: February 2020


In a giant leap for film education, Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, has set up a training school exclusively for screenwriters, FTII VIJAY TENDULKAR WRITERS’ ACADEMY, in its Kothrud premises, away from FTII’s main campus in Pune.

On February 23, 2020, Shri B P Singh, Chairman FTII inaugurated FTII VIJAY TENDULKAR WRITERS’ ACADEMY in the presence of Mohan Agashe, actor and former Director of FTII; eminent playwright Satish Alekar; noted screenwriter, senior SWA activist and Executive Committee member Anjum Rajabali; Bhupendra Kainthola, Director FTII; R N Pathak, Registrar; Ketki Pandit, Executive Committee member of SWA and HoD, Dept of Feature Film Screenplay Writing, FTII and Prof. Sandeep Shahare, National Coordinator, SKIFT.

“The Academy is one of its kind in India. The vision of the Academy is to become an educational hub for writing for Cinema, TV and Web; with a spectrum of courses -writing short film, web series, film reviews and criticism, lyrics etc- offered for writers at various levels of experience and availability. The Academy, over a period of time, will help the industry overcome the acute shortage of good and trained screen writers.” said Chairman B P Singh while formally opening the Academy.

“Over the last three years, FTII has been making concerted and continuous efforts to democratise the film education by offering short and part-time courses to commoners across the country under SKIFT ,and opening up opportunities for thousands looking for a career in the film and television industry,” added Bhupendra Kainthola.

Ketki Pandit, who also heads the pedagogical team at the Academy, says, “To begin with, weekend and evening Courses will be launched.This will be a boon particularly for groups such as students,IT sector professionals, aspiring or struggling writers etc. The part-time programme will offer hands-on writing courses for those who have more than curiosity for screenwriting, but can’t afford to invest 2 years in the full-time screenwriting course at FTII. With significant written deliverables, the courses aim to equip the students with an understanding of the form and process, and some writing rigour. Also in planning is a web portal to conduct online courses. The setting of the Academy in an idyllic and quiet location will also help it serve as a Writer’s Retreat.”

The classrooms and staff room in FTII VIJAY TENDULKAR WRITERS’ACADEMY are named after legendary women writers, Ismat Chughtai, Durga Bhagwat, Mahashweta Devi, Amrita Pritam and Krishna Sobti. 


SWA partners with ‘The Content Hub 2020’, with community partner SWA, brings to you the 4th edition of The Content Hub 2020 – The largest gathering of content creators from Bollywood, television and digital platforms like Netflix, Dharma Productions, Reliance Entertainment, Zee TV, FOX Star Studios and Jio Studios etc. with over 100 speakers and around 30 sessions!

The Content Hub (TCH) aims at creating an experience of a  lifetime. Spread over 2 days with Fireside chats, Panel Discussions and Masterclasses -TCH is all about learning, networking and collaborating towards building a road-map for a better content ecosphere. It will work as a catalyst bringing together individual creators, professional storytellers and producers, streaming platforms and broadcasters, film studios, animation studios, talent managers, digital print publishers and much more.

DATE: 4- 5 March, 2020
TIMINGS: 8.30 am – 6.00pm
VENUE: Sahara Star, Vile Parle (E), Mumbai




The stellar speakers and mentors include:

  1. Aashish Singh, Director – Original Film | Netflix India
  2. Ajit Andhare, Chief Operating Officer | Viacom18 Studios
  3. Abhishek Rege, Chief Executive Officer | Endemol Shine India
  4. Anupama Chopra, Founder & Editor | Film Companion
  5. Binda Dey, Head – Marketing | Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
  6. Hitesh Kewalya –Director (Shubh Mangal Zyaada Saavdhan) | 
  7. Prathyusha Agarwal, Chief Marketing Officer | Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd.
  8. Sameer Gogate, Business Head | BBC Studios
  9. Satya Raghavan, Director, Youtube Content Partnerships, India | Google
  10. Saugata Mukherjee, Head of Original Content |SonyLiv
  11. Shibasish Sarkar , Group Chief Executive Officer | Reliance Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
  12. Sumit Arora  (Stree, The Family Man)Dialogue Writer
  13. Shariq Patel,Chief Executive Officer  | Zee Studios
  14. Anjum Rajabali  (Mulk, Article 15) |Screenwriter, Script Consultant & Advisor
  15. Mallika Dua –  Actor and Creator
  16. Thomas KimManaging Director |Kross Pictures, Inc.
  17. Shobha Sant, Sr. Vice President : Content Alliances |  Jio Studios
  18. Gurmmeet Singh, Director (Mirzapur Series)
  19. Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh, Screenwriter & Head of Development | JA Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
  20. Amit Sharma, Director (Badhaai Ho)
  21. Mukta Dhond, Creative Producer (Divya Drishti)
  22. Mrinal Jha, Story and Concept (Yehh Jadu Hai Jinna Ka)
  23. Sanyuktha Chawla, Dialogue Writer (Delhi Crime)
  24. Om Raut – Director (Tanhaji)
  25. Abhishek Chaubey– Writer & Director (Udta Punjab & Sonchiriya)
  26. Mukta Dhond – (Naagin)
  27. Karan Anshuman, Screenwriter & Director( Mirzapur Series)
  28. Sandiip Sikcand, Creative Director & Producer | Sandiip Sikcand Telefilm (P) Limited
  29. Charudutt Acharya,  Writer – It’s not the simple
  30. Rima Das, Filmmaker (Village Rockstars, Bulbul Can Sing)
  31. Shonali Bose – Director (The Sky Is Pink)
  32. Jyoti Kapoor – Screenwriter (Badhaai Ho & Good Newwz)
  33. Somen Mishra, Head of Creative Development (Scripts) | Dharma Productions& Fiction Head | Dharmatic
  34. Vijay Singh, Chief Executive Officer | Fox Star Studios


Registration Fees: INR 3,000/- only + GST (includes breakfast, lunch and tea/ coffee & snacks for both days on 4-5 March 2020 at Sahara Star)

NOTE: As Screenwriters Association is a Community Partner in this initiative,  a special discount is being offered only for SWA members of flat TWENTY FIVE per cent – 25% –  on ONLY the two-day registration fee* (package inclusive of Summit Day1 + Day 2 – Film or TV or Digital) for The Content Hub 2020.   (Carrying a valid SWA ID card is mandatory on the day of the event).    

* The discount is applicable ONLY on the TWO-DAY registration package of INR 3,000/-. Hence, the discounted price works out to INR 2,250/- only +GST.   

For Day 1 or conference day only – 4 March, the applicable rates are INR 1,600/- + GST only.

For Day 2 – 5 March, sessions will go on concurrently in three rooms – Film, TV and Digital. The NORMAL registration fee is INR 2,000/- only for each of these rooms. If you want to register for an additional (content vertical) room beyond the one you have chosen in the package, you can buy it separately for INR 2,000/- while completing your registration. 

To register: Click here (
While registering for package please enter the following discount Code: SWA25

For more details about The Content Hub 2020, log on to:

For other queries call:
Pinal Mavani: +91 9833873932
KrishnaVakharia: +91 9404859738
 Pawar: +91 9870106154

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SWA Vartalaap with Atika Chohan

SWA’s series of conversations with screenwriters and lyricists making a difference is back. For the 11th edition of SWA Vartalaap, we welcome Atika Chohan, the voice behind hard hitting and sensitive stories with films like Chhapaak (co-writer), Margarita With A Straw (dialogue) and Waiting (dialogue) to her credit.

Day: February 08, 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 05:00 PM Onwards
Venue: INIFD Auditorium, 5th Floor, Trans Avenue Building, Next to MTNL Versova, MHADA, Andheri West – 400053

Event page link: 

  • This is a free event, which is open to ALL SWA members
  • To attend the event please RSVP on this link:
  • This event is exclusive for SWA Members. However, in case there are vacant seats, the Event Sub-committee/SWA Management will be pleased to welcome Non-members.
  • No Confirmation Email required. Show your valid SWA Membership Card at the venue
  • Limited seating. ‘First Come – First Served’ seating
  • Tea & Snacks will be served after the event


पेश है अपनी छाप छोड़ने वाले स्क्रीनराइटर्स और गीतकारों से बातचीत की अगली कड़ी! एसडबल्यूए वार्तालाप के 11वें संस्करण में हम स्वागत करते हैं छपाक (सह-लेखिका), मार्गारिटा विद अ स्ट्रॉ (संवाद) और वेटिंग (संवाद) जैसी यथार्थपरक और संवेदनशील फ़िल्मों की लेखिका अतिका चौहान का!

दिनांक: 8 फ़रवरी, 2020 (शनिवार)
समय: सांय 05:00 बजे से
स्थान: INIFD ऑडिटोरियम, 5th फ़्लोर, ट्रांस अवेन्यू बिल्डिंग, MTNL वर्सोवा के पास, अंधेरी वैस्ट – 400053

इवेंट पेज लिंक: 

  • कार्यक्रम में सभी एसडबल्यूए सदस्यों की एंट्री निशुल्क है। 
  • बेहतर प्रबंधन के लिए, हमें आपकी उपस्थिति के बारे में इस लिंक पर सूचित करें:
  • यह कार्यक्रम सिर्फ़ एसडबल्यू सदस्यों के लिए है। खाली सीटें रहने की स्थिति में इवेंट सब-कमिटी/ एसडबल्यूए मैनेजमेंट द्वारा ग़ैर-सदस्यों को भी आमंत्रित किया जाएगा।
  • स्थान सीमित हैं। प्रवेश के लिए ‘Confirmation Email’ की ज़रूरत नहीं। सिर्फ़ कार्यक्रम के दिन अपना वैध एसडबल्यूए सदस्यता कार्ड अपने साथ लाएँ।
  • बैठने की व्यवस्था ‘पहले आओ – पहले पाओ’ के आधार पर रहेगी।
  • कार्यक्रम के बाद चाय-नाश्ते का इंतेज़ाम किया गया है।

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