Dhaka DocLab ends today

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:19, Sep 04,2018 | Updated: 17:31, Sep 04,2018


South African filmmaker Brian Tilley discusses at a session at DocLab on Sunday. — Abdullah Apu

The six-day Dhaka Doclab, a documentary project market for South Asia, ends this evening through an awards ceremony at Liberation War Museum in Agargaon.

The six-day programme, organised by Dhaka Independent Film Network in collaboration with LWM, featured screening of documentaries, mentoring of participating young filmmakers,  workshops, master classes and others.

DIFN is a platform of local indie makers.

Seven local, six Indian and two Nepalese filmmakers participated with their projects and got mentoring for developing and promoting their projects at the international film market by the famous filmmakers, critics, activists and also representatives of Berlin International Film Festival.

There were 12 observers, said DocLab director Tareq Ahmed.

The participants screened their projects on Tuesday and had earlier got chances to have interactions with the experts.

South African filmmaker Brian Tilley, British documentary filmmaker Sean McAllister, director of European Documentary Network Paul Pauwels, delegate of Berlin Film Festival Dorothee Wenner, sales agent of Taskovski Films Tijana Djukic and others did mentoring at seminars, workshops and mentoring projects.

Shelly J Morais, a participant from India said, he was excited to take part in the DocLab as it gave him opportunity to develop his documentary on Rohingya issue. ‘I got chance to meet film experts and film market representatives,’ Shelly said.

‘The intention of organising DocLab is to provide a platform for local and south Asian filmmakers and help them get access at international market’, Tareq said.

Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the programme on Friday.

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