Locarno Film Festival started in Switzerland on August 1. Three Bangladeshi filmmakers have taken part in the festival. The festival would end on August 11. As of now, one Bangladeshi filmmaker has already made the first haul. Mahdi Hasan has got the CNC Award worth eight thousand Euro at the festival for script of his film Sand City. He has also been provided opportunity for staying in Switzerland for finishing his screenplay. Mahdi Hasan has said that the film would go into production from next year. The pre-production works would complete by then. Locarno provides grants to under-production films by independent filmmakers based on prospective scripts. The scripts are selected from a range of other contesting scripts.
Apart from Mahdi Hasan other Bangladeshi participants of this year’s festival are Aung Rakhine and Abdullah Mohammad Saad. Aung Rakhine, director of Bangladesh’s first indigenous film ‘My Bicycle’ has taken part with his another short film “The Last Post Office.” The film is about the dying heritage of postal service in the country. Abdullah Mohammad Saad’s full length film “Live From Dhaka” has taken part in the festival. Apart from them Mahdi Hasan has taken part with another production- a short film titled “A Death of Reader.”