Film Bazaar: Work in Progress and Viewing Room Awards

Film Bazaar: Work in Progress and Viewing Room Awards

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Biplob Sarkar’s Bangladeshi feature film Agantuk (aka The Stranger) by Biplob Sarkar was declared the unanimous winner of the Prasad DI award on Thursday, awarded by the Film Bazaar Recommends jury in Goa, India to film in the Viewing Room section.

Viewing Room is a section within Film Bazaar that presents films from India and South Asia, either completed or in post-production. These films are looking for film festivals, worldwide sales, distribution partners and also finishing funds.

“The jury appreciates the simple and delicate coming of age story that brings us close to different generations trying to escape the denial of their identity,” the FBR jury said in a statement.

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Two films earned the Prasad Post Production and Moviebuff Appreciation Awards: Kannada language “Mithya”, directed by Sumanth Bhat; and “Bahadur” directed by Diwa Shah in Nepali, Kumaoni and Hindi languages.

Their win allows them to create a complete DI DCP and use Qubewire to pass the film to film festivals and exhibitors.

“Once again, Filmlab experts and editors were impressed by the quality of the selected WIP films and by the dedication to cinema of the filmmakers and their team. Creativity and diversity, both in terms of subject matter and style, were once again present in all selected works,” said the jury after evaluating the entire section.

The Work-in-Progress Lab was conducted in a hybrid format, with online feedback sessions with each film team, followed by physical editing sessions and online sessions at the Film Bazaar in Goa.

“Next year we are going to expand a lot,” said Ravinder Bhakar, MD of the National Film Development Corporation at the awards ceremony. “We will try to create this platform for the international filmmakers, for like-minded people who can come here and we will give them opportunities so that they can successfully carry out their projects.”

Film Bazaar Recommends short film awards went to two films: ‘Perianayaki’, a story about a Sri Lankan immigrant in New Zealand, by Bala Murali Shingade; and on the Indian-made animated short “Priyo Ami” (aka “Dear Me”) by Suchana Saha, which the jury called “a painfully honest, brave, but elegant monologue”.

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