Filmmaker from Bangladesh wins top award at Film Bazaar in Goa

NEW DELHI: Filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki of Bangladesh won the National Film Development Corporation?s Development Award for his project No Land?s Man on the concluding day of the NFDC Film Bazaar coinciding with the ongoing International Film Festival of India

The cash award of Rs 10 Lakh ($6,000) was presented to him on the closing day of Film Bazaar in Panaji, Goa.

The NFDC Development award, earlier known as the Incredible India award, is given to the best project of co-production market.

Farooki, known for films like Television and Ant Story, was earlier selected for the Asian Project Market of Busan International Film Festival for his project No Land?s Man.

Raam Reddy?s Thithi won the award in fiction category of Work-in-Progress lab. Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla?s Proposition for a Revolution won the award in non-fiction category.

Projects at rough cut stage are presented in the Work-in-Progress lab. The winners of this section are offered free Digital Intermediate service at Prasad Labs.

Documentary films were introduced in the Work-in-Progress lab for the first time this year.

Another addition to the Film Bazaar this year was Investor Pitch, an open pitching platform for films seeking gap financing. Shlok Sharma?s Haraamkhor was offered an interest free repayable loan of Rs 10 Lakh towards completion of the film by Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani. The project was pitched in the forum by producer Guneet Monga.

Independent producer Manish Mundra also extended interest free repayable loans of Rs. 10 Lakh each to Rinku Kalsy?s For the Love of a Man and Arun Karthick?s ?The Strange Case of Shiva (Sivapuranam)?.

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