Sekhar Kammula to Cannes Film Festival

National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) is going to promote six Indian filmmakers at Cannes Film Festival this year. The big news is that Sekhar Kammula has been chosen as one of the filmmakers in this elite group which also includes Anurag Kashyap, Anusha Rizvi, Dibakar Banerjee, Laxmikant Shetgaonkar and Haobam Pabam Kumar.

Every year, hundreds of filmmakers, actors, directors, production houses, distributors throng to Cannes, France to get the first sneek peek of what are the latest films and trends influencing World Cinema and a Telugu film director being chosen for such an event is quite an honour in itself. Also, Sekhar Kammula is the only South Indian filmmaker to be bestowed upon this honour.

This is the first time that NFDC has been given the responsibility of managing the Indian delegation at Cannes. Screen Daily has reported that NFDC will introduce the filmmakers through a series of meetings and networking events at the Indian pavilion in Cannes, which is one of most prestigious film festivals in the world.NFDC will also reportedly showcase information about the directors' work and promote them in the international arena. The networking events sessions with France's CNC, Telefilm Canada, Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) and Israeli delegates.

In the past, NFDC had co-funded Sekhar Kammula's second film Anand which bagged several state awards and was both a critical and commercial success. Post the success of Anand, Sekhar Kammula directed Happy Days which has been remade in Tamil and Kannada. His recent film, Leader launched the careers of Rana Daggubati, Richa and Priya Anand and was hailed as one of the best films of 2010 by several critics.And as Sekhar Kammula prepares to direct his next film, an opportunity to share the stage with some of the best directors in the world might open doors to something really big. Way to go Sekhar Kammula!

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