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West Meets East Screenplay Lab finalists announced

  • Published at 02:24 pm August 22nd, 2021
diff 2022

The jurors, who will also mentor the finalists, include Berlinale’s South Asia delegate Meenakshi Shedde (India), film festival programmer Hannah Fisher (Canada) and film festival programmers & producer Meral Melika Duran (France), director/producer Abu Shahed Emon (Bangladesh) and art & film critic Moinuddin Khaled (Bangladesh)

The finalists for the West Meets East Screenplay Lab have been selected. The announcement came on Sunday, August 22, after careful deliberation of a five-member international jury board. 

The jurors, who will also mentor the finalists, include Berlinale’s South Asia delegate Meenakshi Shedde (India), film festival programmer Hannah Fisher (Canada) and film festival programmers & producer Meral Melika Duran (France), director/producer Abu Shahed Emon (Bangladesh) and art & film critic Moinuddin Khaled (Bangladesh).  

The lab, which will take place from January 16-19, 2022, as a part of the 20th Dhaka International Film Festival, is set to host promising film-makers from all over South Asia. All 11 of these projects will be mentored at the lab and pitched at the Film Hut at DIFF where film producers and distributors, including OTT representatives will be present to bid. 

The three winners will be awarded $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 respectively. 

The finalists are:

  • Putali Ko Sapna – Kiran Pokharel, Nepal
  • Jolchhobi- Tanha Zafreen, Bangladesh
  • Kanda Vanda – Gaurav Madan, India
  • Fear-y-Tale- Tasmiah Afrin Mou, Bangladesh
  • The Forgotten History – Roya Sadat, Afghanistan
  • White Gold – Jamayang Jangtsho Wangchuk, Bhutan
  • Distant Neighbour- Proshoon Rahmaan, Bangladesh
  • Camera Kids -  Shajedul Islam, Bangladesh
  • Wild Swans – Rajny Basumatary, India
  • The Dreams Far Away – Rafiqul Anwar Russel, Bangladesh
  • Heli-The Daughter - Malaka Nilwala, Sri Lanka

 

The jurors were overwhelmed by the quality of the projects and wish to congratulate not only the winners, but also the projects that couldn’t be selected.  These projects hold immense potential in terms of story and visuals, they mentioned in their deliberation.

 


Also read: DIFF 2021: A few good films in Bangladesh Panorama section



Co-convenors of West Meets East, Aka Reza Ghalib and Sadia Khalid Reeti will oversee the screenplay lab and South Asian film market- Film Hut.

This is the fourth edition of West Meets East and the first edition of Film Hut where prominent film personalities from all over the world gather to exchange knowledge, network and collaborate on meaningful projects that aim to eliminate cultural barriers.

DIFF is organized by Rainbow Film Society, which started its journey in 1977. The festival is the largest film festival in Bangladesh that welcomes around 200 films and over 100 foreign delegates each year.

The film submission deadline for DIFF 2022 is September 30. The films should not have any record of being screened in any other Bangladeshi film festival before DIFF. Downloadable links for preview with government censor clearance will be appreciated.

The 20th Dhaka International Film Festival will take place from January 15-23, 2022.

 

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