Two Bangladeshi film projects selected for India’s Film Bazar
The National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC), announced their official selection of film projects for the upcoming Film Bazar 2016. This year, 18 film projects have been selected. And two of them are from Bangladesh.
The first one, Apodartho (An irresponsible Man) is Abu Shahed Emon’s second feature film. His first was Jalal’s Story, which was nominated as Bangladesh’s entry for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. On the other hand, Mostafa Sarwar Farooki served as the producer for the film. This is the first time he has taken credits as a producer for another director’s film. Given the names involved in the project, it is expected to do well among critics and the general audiences alike.
The other Bangladeshi entry among the 18 selected projects, is Nonajoler Kabbo (The Salt in Our Waters). It is directed by Rezwan Shahriar Sumit and produced by Gigi Dement. Previously, Sumit’s docudrama City Life was selected to showcase at Berlinale Talents 2008.
Most of the projects are from India. The others are from Bangladesh, Nepal, Canada, China and the Netherlands.
Film Bazar started off with a humble beginning and has quickly turned into South Asia’s largest film market. It was created and organised by NFDC back in 2007. This seems to be good news for local film-makers, as it will help their film to reach a wider audience.
This year’s Co-Production Market, to be held from November 20 to 24, will kick off with an “Open Pitch,” during which selected film-makers will pitch ideas for their projects to a curated audience of national and international producers, financiers and sales agents.