DIFF “West Meets East Screenplay Lab” Finalists Announced


The names of the finalists for the “West Meets East Screenplay Lab” were announced yesterday, according to a press release. Selected after careful deliberation by an international jury of five members, the laboratory, which will take place from January 16 to 19, 2022, as part of the 20th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF), is expected to welcome promising filmmakers. from all over South Asia.

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

The finalists selected are Kiran Pokharel for “Putali Ko Sapna” (Nepal), Tanha Zafreen for “Jolchhobi” (Bangladesh), Gaurav Madan for “Kanda Vanda” (India), Tasmiah Afrin Mou for “Fear-y-Tale” (Bangladesh ), “Royal Sadat” for “The Forgotten History” (Afghanistan), Jamayang Jangtsho Wangchuk for “White Gold” (Bhutan), Proshoon Rahmaan for “Distant Neighbor” (Bangladesh), Shajedul Islam for “Camera Kids” (Bangladesh), Rajny Basumatary for “Wild Swans” (India), Rafiqul Anwar Russel for “The Dreams Far Away” (Bangladesh) and Malaka Nilwala for “Heli-The Daughter” (Sri Lanka).

All of these 11 projects will be framed in the lab and shown at the DIFF Film Hut where film producers and distributors, including OTT representatives, will be present to bid. The top three filmmakers will receive $ 5,000, $ 3,000 and $ 2,000 respectively.

The jurors were amazed by the quality of the projects and wish to congratulate not only the winners but also the projects which could not be selected. These projects hold immense potential in terms of history and visuals, they mentioned in their deliberation.

West Meets East co-organizers Aka Reza Ghalib and Sadia Khalid Reeti will oversee the Script 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 cinema personalities from around the world come together to exchange knowledge, network and collaborate on meaningful projects aimed at eliminating cultural barriers.

DIFF, organized by Rainbow Film Society, began its journey in 1977. The festival is the largest film festival in Bangladesh which annually hosts around 200 films and over 100 foreign delegates. The 20th Dhaka International Film Festival will take place from January 15 to 23, 2022.


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