The Viewing Room presents films from India and South Asia, which are recently completed or still in post-production, at the Film Bazaar. These films are looking for film festivals, world sales, distribution partners and also finishing funds.
Viewing Room connects Sellers (filmmakers) with Buyers (film programmers, distributors, world sales agents and investors) from around the world. Buyers are able to watch the films, access details about the films as well as contact the filmmakers through the specially designed Viewing Room Software. This is a highly restricted zone with the aim of making it a safe space for filmmakers who submit their unreleased films.
To create a more user-friendly experience, buyers can choose to view the films / film clips on the basis of parameters like duration, language, stage of completion, type and festival history, among others. The details of the films are compiled into the Viewing Room catalogue that is distributed to all the registered delegates at the Market and will be available on the website, prior to the Film Bazaar 2023.
In 2022, the Viewing Room at NFDC Film Bazaar successfully adopted the hybrid model and was accessible around-the-clock till 30th November 2022, to registered film professionals worldwide who could log in easily from their home countries.This safe, encrypted and piracy-free platform provided visibility to over 250 films in 33 languages from over 6 countries. This year, the Viewing Room software will be available to the delegates present at Film Bazaar in November 2023.
Film Bazaar Recommends (FBR), are films recommended specially by the Film Bazaar programmer. This is a specially curated section of the Film Bazaar.
Film Bazaar Recommends are short, mid and feature length films recommended specially by the Film Bazaar programmer from among the film submissions. This is a specially curated section of the Film Bazaar. Projects selected for the FBR section will get a chance to pitch their films at NFDC Film Bazaar.
All feature-length film submissions to the Viewing Room are showcased in a section called Film Library. These films are classified as documentary and fiction, and have either been completed or are in the last stages of post-production. This section gives viewers a wide selection of contemporary Indian-language films.
Films with a running time between 30-60 minutes that are submitted to the Viewing Room are showcased in a category called Mid-Length Films. Films with a running time of less than 60 minutes that are submitted to the Viewing Room are showcased in a category called Short Films.