New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters

Asia Society India Centre will soon announce the launch of the third edition of New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters (NVFS) 2014 - 2015, a programme to identify, encourage, and support a group of six talented independent screenwriters to develop their feature film scripts by working in a dynamic and innovative environment with guidance from eminent filmmakers and screenwriters. We seek to build an artistic community that reflects the diversity of contemporary Indian writing, and provide screenwriters a platform to develop powerful, nuanced, and well-crafted scripts while exploring new approaches to the art of writing for cinema. We invite writers from across India to submit an original story for consideration.

Bunty Chand, Executive Director of Asia Society India Centre, said, "We are delighted to mark the completion of the second edition of NVFS. Coordinated by Rachel Cooper from Asia Society New York and the Asia Society India Centre, this fellowship made possible by Time Warner Foundation represents Asia Society's commitment to nurturing new talent that aspires to tell stories emerging from changing India. With support from a diverse and experienced group of mentors and advisors, the fellowship provided rigorous enrichment and guidance to six fellows. We congratulate the fellows and thank the mentors and Anjum Rajabali for the hard work of the past year.”

Anjum Rajabali, Head of the Advisory Council of NVFS and noted screenwriter, added that "NVFS is indeed a very worthy and important initiative that Asia Society India Centre has undertaken. Every filmmaker is on the lookout for well-written scripts based on interesting stories. It offers so many wonderful things to amateur screenwriters - full creative freedom, continuous mentoring by knowledgeable seniors, intensive workshops, no copyright lien of any kind, and a healthy fellowship amount!! It's a win-win process for them. We believe that with some guidance and help with the craft, new writers can hone their skills and fulfill that need. We are very grateful to the Advisory Council and to the three Mentors, all established and busy writers, who have so generously and graciously agreed to give their time and guidance to new writers."

NVFS has been made possible by a grant from the Time Warner Foundation.


"Our mission is to find innovative and powerful ways to discover, nurture and celebrate the next generation of storytellers," said Lisa Garcia Quiroz, President of the Time Warner Foundation. "Asia Society is an important, globally recognized partner who continues to help us further our reach in talent development. We are excited to expand this groundbreaking programme in India."