Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki has been named as part of one of the juries at London’s East End Film Festival to be held from June 23 to July 3, 2016.
Farooki will join film writer and producer Kaleem Aftab in deciding the Best Feature Award as jury of the festival’s 15th edition, alongside Hellboy star Ron Perlman and Suffragette director Sarah Gavron. Ivy director Tolga Karaçelik, who won best feature at last year’s festival, returns as jury chair and the 2016 director in residence.
The East End Film Festival, one of the UK’s biggest film festivals, takes place in various venues across East London. This festival annually showcases hot new talent and homegrown films alongside larger independent releases and special events, informing and inspiring a new generation of filmmakers and audiences from across London and beyond.
Sharing the news on his Facebook page, Farooki said “I am glad to be a part of the international jury this year of East End Film Festival, London 2016. Looking at the electric line up of the competition films, I know the job is not going to be very easy.”
“Sadly though, I won’t be in London physically as I am busy with the post production of Doob (No Bed of Roses). Will surely miss the debate, discussion, and warm company of my co-jurors. However I am looking forward to this new kind of e-jury thing. Let me see how I enjoy watching films online and sending the verdict via email (smile emoticon),” he added.
The festival will open with the world premiere of Ian Bonhote’s Alleycats, with a cast that includes Screen Stars of Tomorrow Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark) and Sam Keeley (What Richard Did) alongside John Hannah (The Mummy), John Lynch (The Fall) and Rizzle Kicks singer Jordan Stephens. This year’s country focus will be Turkey, with screenings including the UK premiere of Emin Alper’s Turkey-France-Qatar co-production Frenzy.