Film Bazaar: Work in Progress and Viewing Room Awards – NewsFinale


Bangladeshi feature film “Agantuk” (also known as “The Stranger”) by Biplob Sarkar was named the unanimous winner of the Prasad DI Award, given by the Film Bazaar Recommends jury in Goa, India, for filming in the Viewing Room section on Thursday.

The Viewing Room is a component within the Film Bazaar that features films from India and South Asia, which are complete or in post-production. These movies are looking for film festivals, worldwide sales, distribution partners, and also funding to finish.

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

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

Their victory will allow them to do a full DI DCP and use Qubewire to stream the film to film festivals and exhibitors.

“Once again, the Film Lab experts and editors were impressed by the quality of the selected WIP films and by the dedication to cinema on the part of the filmmakers and their crew. Creativity and both thematic and stylistic diversity were once again present in all the selected works”, said the jury after assessing the entire section.

The Work-in-Progress Lab was carried out in a hybrid format in which there were online feedback sessions with each film crew, followed by physical editing sessions and online sessions at the Film Bazaar in Goa.

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

The Film Bazaar Recommends Awards for Short Films went to two films: “Perianayaki,” a story of a Sri Lankan immigrant in New Zealand, by Bala Murali Shingade; and Indian-made animated short “Priyo Ami” (aka “Dear Me”) by Suchana Saha, which the jury called “a painfully honest, gritty, yet graceful monologue.”


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