Category Archives: Events

This page provides links to news and reports on the various past and current events conducted by FWA.

5ISC Video Album

Scroll down to watch ALL the videos of the 5th Indian Screenwriters Conference, held on August 1,2 & 3 2018 at St. Andrews Auditorium, Bandra West, Mumbai.

DAY 1

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 01 Session 01
INAUGURATION Chief Guest: Aamir Khan Keynote Speaker: Vinod Dua

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 01 Session 02
WRITERS Vs. PRODUCERS: CAN THEY NEVER BE ALLIES?

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 01 Session 03
BLURRED LINES BETWEEN HISTORY, MYTHOLOGY & FANTASY

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 01 Session 04
BETWEEN THE HITS

DAY 2

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 02 Session 01
DISPUTE SETTLEMENT – DEMYSTIFIED AND EXPLAINED

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 02 Session 02
WRITING WITHOUT FEAR – IS A WRITER’S MIND FREE OF FEARS?

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 02 Session 03
PAL DO PAL KE SHAAYAR

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 02 Session 04
WHERE ARE THE NEW VOICES IN TELEVISION?

DAY 3

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 03 Session 01
SOUTHERN WAVES

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 03 Session 02
HAS THE DAILY SOAP FORMAT REACHED ITS DEAD END?

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 03 Session 03
WEB OF DIGITAL WRITING: FEARLESS OR FRIVOLOUS?

5TH INDIAN SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE – Day 03 Session 04
SWA AWARDS 2018 & CLOSING CEREMONY

SWA Vaartalaap – In conversation with screenwriters, and lyricists making a difference

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SWA Vaartalaap is a new initiative by SWA to honor screenwriters & lyricists who are creating difference with their pen.

Year 2017 was the year of character-driven stories set in the common man’s world. Stories of likeable people in dire situations, connected with the audiences making them laugh and love.

One such film was Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan, adapted from writer-director R. S. Prasanna’s Tamil film Kalyana Samayal Saadham (2013). With this sleeper hit, its screenwriter Hitesh Kewalya successfully proved his mettle as a writer.

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Hitesh Kewalya

In his writing career of about 15 years, Hitesh, an alumnus of National Institute of Design’s film programme, has written extensively for television before finding his big break with SMS. Join us, as we host him for an evening of lively discussion about his writing journey.

Day: April 14th, 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 05:00 PM
Venue: SWA office (Andheri West)
  • ONLY FOR SWA MEMBERS (Please, carry your valid SWA Membership Card along.)
  • ‘First Come – First Served’ seating.
  • The discussion will be followed by evening tea and snacks.
Click here for the Facebook Event page.

Women On Television

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For years we have been lamenting rhetorically about the quality of writing on Indian television. Our most painful grouse has been about the way women and gender-equations have been portrayed on the TV screen. Our TV serials and soaps have been termed regressive, espousing conservative values, of being totally out of sync with the way Indian women actually are in our society. And, the complaints have not been invalid.

However, it’s time we asked the question: Is no change possible, at all? As writers, what are our options? Is it not possible for our writing to become the torch-bearer of change, no matter how subversively or subtly executed, to make sure that our stories and storytelling is more in consonance with our social reality to reflect the real struggles of our characters (women and men), rather than reinforcing existing stereotypes? What are the obstacles and anxieties that we are likely to face in such an attempt? What is the creative space for negotiation available to us? How can we increase that? As writers, we are meant to be one of the thought-leaders of society. Then what are our own thoughts about the situation, and about changing the culture of stories and storytelling on television?

To delve deeper into all these questions, we cordially invite you to:

Woman On TV

It promises to be a stimulating and provocative discussion, but with a constructive objective. As writers, we have to continue to put our heads together for the future of our writing.

Expecting to see you there!

(Click here for the Facebook thread of the event.)

 

Screenwriting Workshop by Anjum Rajabali witnesses tremendous participation!

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“The vigour with which the participants interacted and questioned about the craft, sends a clear signal that we are taking our writing very seriously,” said Anjum Rajabali, at the screenwriting workshop conducted at Whistling Woods International

~ The five-day workshop organised in association with Screenwriters Association India saw a huge participation and witnessed the presence of renowned screenwriters from the film industry~

Mumbai, 09 March 2017: Whistling Woods International (WWI), Asia’s premier Film, Communication and Media Arts institute, conducted a five-day screenwriting workshop in association with Screenwriters Association India for its filmmaking students and other participants, from 1st March to 5th March 2017, at their campus in Filmcity, Goregaon East. Hosted by industry stalwart and Head of Screenwriting at WWI, Anjum Rajabali, the workshop aimed at developing and further enhancing the screenwriting skills of the participants.

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The workshop was a golden opportunity for all the aspiring writers, and also a useful workshop for professional writers to further improvise and strengthen their understanding of the craft in detail, with the changing needs of writing for the movies. Some of the biggest and most celebrated names in the Indian screenwriting space, shared their valuable experiences with the participants and made it more interactive. The objective of the workshop was to build a confident grasp of screenwriting principles in the participants, which would further help free their original creativity.

There were several know names from the Indian television & film industry who participated in the screenwriting workshop. The professionals participating mentioned that it was an invigorating experience, as many of them came back to learning after working for several years in the industry.

“I’m excited to be a student again. I passed out in 1993, post three years of my acting training. And now after 1993, in 2017 I’m attending the screenwriting workshop. It is a great experience to be a student and just listen to an expert who is a well-read person and learn from him who knows a lot about scriptwriting. For me, it is a very thrilling experience”, said Anup Soni, film & television actor about the workshop.

In the last couple of years, the Indian film industry has witnessed a renaissance of sorts, in terms of content and screenplay. With the changing scenario of screenwriting, more films are breaking the conventional mould, relying confidently on bold scripts, which are widely accepted by the audiences. On the first day, the participants were given inputs by the professionals on the basics of screenwriting followed by a specific feedback given on how to turn stories into scripts, looking into the thematic issues and the script’s potential on the second day. The remaining three days were dedicated to improvise those scripts under the guidance of experts from the industry.

The workshop also witnessed the presence of well-known names from the Hindi film industry who shared their guidance with the participants attending the workshop. The guest speakers included renowned director & screen writers like, Jaideep Sahni (Chak De! India), Shakun Batra (Kapoor & Sons), Gauri Shinde (Dear Zindagi), Shridhar Raghavan (Dum Maaro Dum), Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari (Nil Battey Sannata), Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku) and Sriram Raghavan (Badlapur) to name a few.

Talking about the workshop, Anjum Rajabali, said, “The vigour with which 140 participants interacted with the screenwriting principles, and questioned about the craft, sends a clear signal that we taking our writing very seriously. At this rate, it should be only a matter of time before we see a continuous stream of wonderful scripts becoming available to the film industry, which will lead us towards great cinema! I feel extremely proud to be associated with WWI, as they always put their best foot forward in contributing to the film fraternity.”

(Click here to see the photo-album of the workshop.)

भोजपुरी सिनेमा : कल, आज और कल

स्क्रीनराइटर्स एसोसिएशन द्वारा आयोजित

भोजपुरी सिनेमा : कल, आज और कल

भोजपुरी सिनेमा के हालात और संभावना पर एक विहंगम विमर्श !

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12 फ़रवरी 2017, 3.00 बजे से 7.00 बजे तक

स्थल: भक्तिवेदांत स्कूल ऑडिटोरियम (सिटी मॉल के पीछे वाली सड़क पर), ऑफ लिंक रोड, अंधेरी (पश्चिम), मुम्बई.

आप भी पधारिये!

भोजपुरी फिल्मों के बारे में चाहे जो भी बोलिए, उसे कितना ही वल्गर और फूहड़ बतलाइये, समाज और संस्कृति का बंटाधार करने का आरोप लगाइये, लेकिन यह सच है कि भोजपुरी फिल्में अपना बाजार गढ़ चुकी हैं. बिहार और पूर्वी उत्तरप्रदेश की बात छोड़िये, मुम्बई महानगर में दस से अधिक ऎसे सिनेमाघर हैं, जो सिर्फ भोजपुरी फिल्में ही रिलीज करते हैं. हर साल 60 से 70 फिल्में बन रही हैं. ढेर सारे कलाकारों, तकनीशियनों और सिनेमा से जुड़े लोगों को रोजगार दे रही हैं. और जो सबसे महत्वपूर्ण है, वह यह कि अगर भोजपुरी फिल्में नहीं होतीं, तो बिहार के लगभग सिनेमाघर बंद हो चुके होते. याद कीजिए, 1995 से 2005 तक का वक्त, जब बिहार में हिंदी फिल्मों का बाजार लगभग मृतप्राय हो गया था. राज्य में अपराधियों का बोलवाला हुआ करता था और शाम पाँच बजे के बाद सड़क पर निकलना लोग पसंद नहीं करते थे. सिनेमाघर के शाम 6 बजे और रात 9 बजे के शो तो लगभग खाली रहा करते ही थे, नून शो और मैटिनी शो में भी परिवार आना पसंद नहीं करता था. कभी हिंदी फिल्मों को सबसे ऊँचे भाव देने वाली टेरेटरी बिहार में हिंदी फिल्मों का धंधा लगभग नहीं के बराबर हो गया था. कई डिस्ट्रीब्यूटर्स बर्बाद हो गये और उन्होंने अपना बिजनेस समेट लिया था. कई सिनेमाहॉल कोल्डस्टोर में बदल गये. ऎसे में भोजपुरी फिल्मों ने संजीवनी का काम किया. हमें यह भी याद रखना होगा.

लेकिन हम भोजपुरी लेखकों, फिल्मकारों, कलाकारों और तकनीशियनों को अब यह भी सोचना होगा कि हम जहाँ आ खड़े हुए हैं, वहाँ से रास्ता कहीं आगे बढ़ता है या हम वही गोल गोल घूम कर एक बार फिर खत्म हो जाने को अभिशप्त हैं. क्योंकि 2005 के बाद साल दर साल बिहार का माहौल बदला है. आम आदमी नाइट शो देखने में हिचक नहीं रहा है. यही वजह है कि हिंदी फिल्मों का बाजार एक बार फिर बिहार में जमने लगा है. लेकिन भोजपुरी फिल्मों का बाजार सिमटने लगा है. जो सिनेमाहॉल पहले भोजपुरी फिल्में रिलीज करने की आपाधापी में रहते थे, अब भोजपुरी फिल्में रिलीज करने से बचना चाहते हैं. उनका कहना है कि भोजपुरी फिल्मों की वजह से फैमिली सिनेमाघर आना पसंद नहीं करती. समोसा और कोल्ड ड्रिंक्स बेचनेवाला भी नहीं चाहता कि भोजपुरी फिल्में रिलीज हो, क्योंकि उनके बिजनेस पर भारी अंतर पड़ जाता है. और इसकी वजह है भोजपुरी फिल्मों का लो क्वालिटी का होना, डबल मीनिंग संवादों और गीतों से लवरेज होना. ऎसे में भोजपुरी से जुड़े लेखकों, फिल्मकारों और तकनीशियनों को सोचना होगा कि हमारी फिल्में अपनी लो क्वालिटी या कहें फूहड़ता से कैसे उबरें. और इसके लिए हमें सोचने की जरूरत है कि हम वैसी फिल्में कैसे बनायें, ताकि लोअरक्लास के साथ साथ मिड्लक्लास भी हमारी फिल्में देखने आये. शहर के सबसे खराब सिनेमाहॉल में रिलीज होने की जगह राजधानी और शहर के गौरव सिनेमाघर में कैसे रिलीज हो सके. इससे हमारी फिल्मों की कमाई भी बढ़ेगी और हमारा स्तर भी सुधरेगा.

इन्हीं सब परिस्थितियों और मसलों पर बात विमर्श करने के लिए आगामी 12 फरवरी को अंधेरी लोखंडवाला [सिटी मॉल के पीछे वाली सड़क पर] के भक्ति वेदांत स्कूल के ऑडिटोरियम में स्क्रीनराइटर्स एसोसिएशन ‘भोजपुरी सिनेमा : कल आज और कल’ नाम से एक प्रोग्राम करने जा रहा है. प्रोग्राम में भोजपुरी फिल्मों से जुड़े लेखक, गीतकार, कलाकार, निर्माता, निर्देशक, डिस्ट्रीब्यूटर, म्यूजिक कंपनी के मालिक और दर्शक एक छत के नीचे जमा होंगे. आप भी आइये. समय है 3 बजे से 7 बजे तक.

(नोट: कार्यक्रम में सभी एसडब्ल्यूए मेंबर्स और नॉन-मेंबर्स आमंत्रित हैं! बैठने की व्यवस्था ‘पहले आओ-पहले पाओ’ के आधार पर रहेगी।)

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/293624487707098/