Goldfinch Entertainment (UK) and Cinestaan Film Company (India) have announced their first collaboration will be animated feature Bombay Rose, a picture inspired by the romance of Bollywood cinema previously greenlight by Cinestaan and French studio Les Films d’Ici.
Goldfinch will invest in the production and provide music through its Goldfinch Music branch. Also boarding the project as a financing partner is Akoberwa Films, founded by Lillian Kibedi.
Written and directed by Gitanjali Rao — the animator/filmmaker/actress behind triple Cannes Critics Week 2006 award-winning short Printed Rainbow — the film will weave multiple human stories together against the backdrop of Mumbai’s “seedy underbelly.”
The project was selected for the Work-In-Progress section of the 2016 Film Bazaar, presented by India’s National Film Development Corporation. You can watch a 2015 WIP trailer here.
Billing itself as India’s largest independent producer, Cinestaan has offices in Mumbai, London and Los Angeles, producing films both for the Indian domestic market and international audiences via distinct pipelines. Its current productions include feature documentary The Torch (with IFC) and Aasha the Street Dog with director Frederick Du Chau.
Goldfinch Studios has branches in exec production and finance (Goldfinch Ent.), debt finance (Bird Box Finance) and physical production, post-production and visual effects (Goldfinch Productions). The company is growing its presence in Asia, having launched Goldfinch Neon in Hong Kong earlier this year. On the docket are recently completed live-action projects Waiting for Anya, starring Anjelica Huston, Jean Reno and Noah Schnapp; and Sometimes Always Never, starring Bill Nighy, Sam Riley and Jenny Agutter.