Film Bazaar: Work In Progress And Viewing Room Awards Unveiled

Film Bazaar: Work In Progress And Viewing Room Awards Unveiled

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Biplob Sarkar's Bangladeshi feature film Agantuk (also known as The Foreigner) was unanimously adjudged the winner of the Cinemabazaar D Prasad Jury Award in Goa, India.

Screening Hall is part of Kinabazaar, which showcases completed or post-production films from India and South Asia. These films require film festivals, international sales, distribution partners and completion.

"The team appreciates a simple and subtle coming-of-age story that brings us closer to different generations trying not to deny their identity," FBR said in a statement.

Two films won the Prasad Post Production and Filmbuff Appreciation Awards: Kannada director Sumant Bhat Mithya; and Diva Shah Bahadur in Nepali, Kumani and Hindi.

Their win allows them to build a full DI DCP and use Qubewire to distribute the film to film festivals and exhibitions.

"Film Lab experts and producers were once again impressed by the quality of the selected WIP films and the commitment shown by the creators and their crews to the cinematography. Creativity and thematic and stylistic diversity were once again present in all the works shortlisted," the judges noted.

The hands-on workshop was conducted in a hybrid format with online feedback sessions for each film set followed by a film editing session and also online sessions at the Goa Film Market.

"We will expand significantly next year," Ravinder Bhaker, managing director of the National Film Development Corporation, said at the award ceremony. "We are trying to create this platform for international filmmakers, to give like-minded people the opportunity to come here and successfully implement their projects.

Two films won the Film Bazaar Short Film Awards: Periyaki, the story of Bal Murali Shingade's Sri Lankan migration to New Zealand; and the short Indian cartoon Priya Ami (Dear) by Suhana Sahi, which the judges called "a painfully honest, brave but beautiful monologue."

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