The Rewrite 2022 Scriptwriter Residency Program has announced its official talent and projects that have been selected and mentored for its second phase, Rewrite 1.2, held August 24-30.
In this edition, 11 stories set in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Delhi have been selected to participate.
The writers were mentored by writer-director Ajitpal Singh, who helmed the acclaimed feature Fire In The Mountains (2021) and web series SonyLIV Tabbar (2021), writer Sherni (2021) Aastha Tiku and filmmaker Chauranga (2016) Bikas Mishra.
There were four observers who attended the mentor-mentee sessions remotely. They included Platoon One Films assistant writer-director Pavithra Sreekumar, development practitioner and filmmaker Santa Nibedita, finance and commodity trading practitioner Vikesh Patel, and writer-director Vivek Kunwar.
Rewrite is a semi-annual young residential program for emerging screenwriters where 12 emerging writers come together to creatively develop their ideas. Starting from a connecting line to a ready-made script, this residency helps writers improve, refine and detail their stories for the screen.
Program founder Suruchi said, “Rewrite is a place for collective growth, a place where young writers share their personal stories within the community to find creative ways to express themselves through their script. [We are] very happy to have taken the opportunity to open access to potential writers with the Pay What You Can model. We’ve seen a diverse group of writers through this approach.”
The residency offered the opportunity to pay what you can to all selected applicants to ensure that participation in the residency is outside the sphere of economic pressures for writers and organizers.
Singh said: “These young girls are doing something unique at Rewrite. We often shy away from taking initiative when thinking about various challenges. network. It takes courage to dream of something like that.”
Mishra added, “The future of Hindi cinema is being created here at Rewrite. It connects us to our roots and shows us up close the diversity of stories in India. Rewrite provides fertile ground for stories authentic Indians.”
The authors and projects selected and supervised for the Rewrite 1.2 phase are listed below.
Sujata never killed the yellow parakeet (English)
by Abishek Pandey
by Aditya Verma
by Amit Jindal
by Arastu Zakia
by Arvind Charan
Udaas Pahad Aur Ghum Pakshi (Kumauni)
by Nidhi Saxena
The Late Autumn Dream (Bengali, Khasi, English)
by Pramati Anand
Jay Prakash Ka Dukh (Maithili, Hindi)
by Rahul Mandal
Black Miracle (Marathi, Hindi, English)
by Rohan Apte
by Swapnil Jain
Possessed (Hindi, Punjabi)
by Udit Khurana