The six-day Dhaka DocLab, a documentary project market for South Asia, ended with an awards ceremony held at Liberation War Museum Auditorium on Wednesday.
The six-day programme, held from August 31- September 5, was organised by Dhaka Independent Film Network in collaboration with LWM.
DIFN, a platform of local indie makers, organised the event for the second year to provide a platform for local and South Asian filmmakers and help them to access international market. The first DocLab was held in 2017.
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 famous filmmakers, critics, activists and also representatives of Berlin International Film Festival at the six-day event, which included 4-day mentoring and 2 -day documentary project pitching sessions.
The best projects were awarded at the closing ceremony.
Filmmaker Harun-or-Rashid, trustee of Dhaka DocLab Rumana H Chowdhury, executive manager of Korea-based Docs Port Incheon Seokpil Kang and director of DocLab Tareq Ahmed were present as guests at the programme. Five local makers and an Indian filmmaker received awards for their projects.
The two main awards namely best project award and second best project award were respectively won by Indian filmmaker Naveen Pun and local filmmaker Anower Chowdhury.
Naveen won the award for his documentary film project titled ‘I Am Not Home’. He received Tk 1,50,000 from Bengal Foundation as part of the award, while local filmmaker Anower Chowdhury won award for his project titled ‘The Last Visit’. He received Tk 100,000 from Channel-i as part of the award.
Others awards were won by local filmmakers namely Sourabh Kanti Dutta, Nabila Marjuk, Farzana Bobi and Mehedi Musufa.
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