New avenue launched for aspiring film writers

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Mumbai, March 21 (IANS) A pan-Indian competition ‘Quest for Stories’ has been launched to look for aspiring and talented film writers with a knack for tapping stories from the grassroots in India.

Drishyam Films, the company known for bankrolling critically-acclaimed projects such as “Dhanak” and “Ankhon Dekhi”, has initiated the contest in which writers above the age of 18 can participate.

The competition began on Monday, and will end on April 20.

Stories of all genres are welcomed, especially from young upcoming writers from smaller towns who do not have a platform for their voices, read a statement issued on behalf of the banner.

Drishyam Films will option the rights of the winning story to develop it into a feature film project. A dedicated fund has been set aside for developing up to five final stories into full screenplays.

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The winner will get up to Rs 500,000 for the rights of the story and credit for the film, if and when it goes into production.

Talking about it, Manish Mundra, Founder, Drishyam Films, said: “In the last few years, we have worked with acclaimed writers and directors who have pioneered new and exciting narratives from the grassroots of India.

“Continuing that tradition, we are now looking for fresh stories and ideas from the heartland of the country with universal appeal. Once we find that elusive concept, we’ll develop it in-house into a full script with the help of experienced mentors.”



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