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 is available on the website, post Film Bazaar.
In 2021, the Viewing Room at NFDC Film Bazaar successfully pivoted online and was accessible around-the-clock 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 200 films in both the online-only editions. This year, this upgraded Viewing Room software will be available offline as well as online during Film Bazaar in November 2022.
Venice Film Festival
“NFDC Film Bazaar has become the must-stop event for everyone interested in South Asian content and the Viewing Room is the tool that allows to better navigate this immensely rich and sometimes puzzling pool of potential gems.”