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Want to get your storoes heard by Bollywood’s top brass? Sign up for the script-to-screen initiative by Mumbai Mantra

Think your stories are good enough to be translated to the silver screen? The Cinerise 100 Storyteller is a script-to-screen initiative by Mumbai Mantra. Having collaborated with Sundance, the workshop has been mentored by big names from the industry like director Vishal Bhardwaj and writer Shridhar Raghavan, and creates an opportunity for good scripts to be discovered by producers, studio owners and filmmakers. The last few outings saw at least 500 participants each time, so organisers Aparna Purohit, Movie Mantra’s creative head, and Anjum Rajabali, who heads the screenwriting departments at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, and Whistling Woods, Mumbai, have big plans for this format—like holding workshops in cities like Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. Purohit shares how the process has been altered a little for the benefit of the participants.
She agrees that each year sees a particular trend in stories. “Last year saw a lot of political scripts because we had the elections. The year before saw multiple scripts, as the story within a story format was popular. And the first year saw stories based on Naxalism,” she says. However, most of the selected scripts appeal to local audiences. “We like diverse scripts, but in each story we try to choose stories with an Indian connect,” she shares. As for genres, anything goes from a comedy to thriller, action and more. In fact, the first year saw musicals, period films and themes like women empowerment. According to Purohit, the final product is very global. “Some of the movies like Sonali Cable, Ameeka, Margarita, With A Straw are by participants from earlier workshops,” she concludes.
Participants need to submit six to eight pages of a script by August 31. The workshop is free and the finals will take place next year. Details: mumbaimantra.com
—MS

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