Walkers & Co Launches The Walkers Project to Empower Indian Filmmakers

Walkers & Co and Film Companion launch The Walkers Project, a initiative to support two Indian filmmakers in creating unique stories for a more inclusive society. The selected filmmakers will receive mentoring sessions and showcase their work at the Cannes Film Festival 2024.

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Walkers & Co Launches The Walkers Project to Empower Indian Filmmakers

Walkers & Co Launches The Walkers Project to Empower Indian Filmmakers

Walkers & Co, in collaboration with Film Companion, has launched The Walkers Project, a purpose-driven initiative aimed at supporting two Indian filmmakers in creating bold and unique stories for a more inclusive society. The project involves a rigorous selection process led by renowned figures Anupama Chopra and Deepti DCunha, resulting in the selection of two talented filmmakers: Ambiecka Pandit and Akshay Parvatkar.

Why this matters: This initiative has the potential to amplify diverse voices and promote inclusivity in the Indian film industry, which can have a ripple effect on the broader cultural landscape. Byempowering emerging filmmakers, The Walkers Project can contribute to a more representative and diverse storytelling landscape, ultimately shaping the way people think and interact with each other.

The selected filmmakers will receive intense mentoring sessions and workshops, preparing them for the Cannes Film Festival 2024, where they will have the opportunity to network and showcase their work. The mentoring sessions are led by Oscar-winning producer Guneet Monga, along with Anu Rangachari, Jerome Paillard, and Christian Jeune from the Cannes Film Festival. Upon returning from the film festival, the filmmakers will create a fictional film each on the theme of "Keep Walking."

Ruchira Jaitly, Chief Marketing Officer of Diageo India, stated, "Our goal with The Walkers Project is to empower emerging filmmakers to tell stories that inspire people to keep walking and push boundaries for a more inclusive and progressive society..." Oscar-winning producer and mentor Guneet Monga emphasized, "This program is about more than just attending Cannes or creating short films; it's about empowering filmmakers to amplify their voices, advocate for change, and shape the future of cinema."

The selected filmmakers expressed their excitement and gratitude for the opportunity. Akshay Parvatkar shared, "The Walkers Project promises to give me the chance to bring my stories to life on a bigger stage..." Ambiecka Pandit added, "The Walkers Project is an incredible opportunity to partake in a cause much larger than oneself..."

The Walkers Project aims to provide invaluable exposure and networking opportunities to the young filmmakers, enabling them to create impactful cinema that drives conversations, challenges norms, and shapes the future. By supporting emerging talent and promoting inclusivity, Walkers & Co and Film Companion are taking a significant step towards fostering a more diverse and representative storytelling landscape in India.

Key Takeaways

  • Walkers & Co launches The Walkers Project to support 2 Indian filmmakers in creating inclusive stories.
  • The project aims to amplify diverse voices and promote inclusivity in the Indian film industry.
  • Selected filmmakers will receive mentoring and showcase their work at Cannes Film Festival 2024.
  • The project's goal is to empower emerging filmmakers to tell stories that inspire a more inclusive society.
  • The initiative aims to foster a more diverse and representative storytelling landscape in India.