Cpics’ “The Next Gen Filmmaker Project” Announces Inaugural Mentee Class for Program Elevating South Asian Creatives

Cpic' "The next generation filmmaker project" Announces Inaugural Class of Apprentices for Elevating South Asian Creatives Program

The Next Gen Filmmaker Project, a mentorship program dedicated to paving the way for South Asian creators in entertainment, has selected its Trainee Class of 2022. This class consists of a group of four filmmakers with projects they will develop with the program help.

Through the program, selected participants will have support and guidance to develop a treatment and script for their project idea. Their stories will then be produced by Cpics, a streaming service dedicated to South Asian content set to launch later in 2022. The final content produced during the course of this program will be distributed on the Cpics platform for subscribers to watch. see in 2023.

The trainees were chosen from a competitive pool of candidates and each created a project synopsis that they are eager to share with a wider audience via Cpics. They will work with the veteran producer and actor Kavi Razwho serves as the main mentor of the project.

The mentees who join the program and the projects they are developing are:

Ronak Shah, a filmmaker working on her Chutney Manor project, which follows a motel owner in a small town in rural America who is reunited with his estranged daughter after the sudden death of his wife. Ronak’s previous projects have screened at festivals, including the Austin Film Festival.

reyva dhillon, a writer passionate about sharing stories focused on mental health awareness. His project, Model Minority, centers on the story of an Indian-American high school student dealing with her own mental health issues.

priyanka samra, a writer/director/actor who is working on her project The Brow Bar; mockumentary style series about two sisters who run a family business.

sikandar siddhua writer-director who is developing his Patel Motel project, a sitcom about an Indian family who moves from North Carolina to Lancaster, California after buying a hotel.

“I am delighted to be a part of this family,” says trainee Ronak Shah. “Chutney Manor has been on my mind for over five years and it’s a great honor to finally be able to build this series with Cpics and bring it to the South Asian diaspora around the world.”

The selected trainees have expressed their enthusiasm for the mentoring program and look forward to the opportunity to tell their stories. The mentoring program aims to bring the industry one step closer to proper representation on screen, reflecting the reality of the diverse world we live in.

Cpics will be released in summer 2022. For more information visit http://cpics.tv/

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