GOA, India — Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s “No Land’s Man” won the most promising project award at the co-production market that is part of the National Film Development Corporation’s (NFDC) annual Film Bazaar (November 20-14) industry event in Goa.
The award carries a cash prize of INR 1 million ($16,000). “It really means a lot because it will now expedite everything,” Farooki told Variety. Farooki plans to use the cash to fund his pre-production process. His previous “Television” was Bangladesh’s entry in the Academy Awards’ foreign language category earlier this year.
Raam Reddy’s “Thithi” won the Work in Progress Fiction Lab at Film Bazaar and Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s “Proposition for a Revolution” won the non-fiction/documentary category. Both films win a digital intermediate post-production package at Prasad Labs.
“I had a dream to take the soul of India to the world, and this award will make it possible,” Reddy told Variety. Ranka and Shukla said: “We had a very successful crowd funding campaign earlier in the year and this award is a reaffirmation for us and our backers. We would like to thank the NFDC for creating this fantastic ecosphere and making our film a part of it.” Ruchi Bhimani and Anand Gandhi, the team behind the much-lauded “Ship of Theseus”, on which Ranka was a writer, are producing the film.
This year, Film Bazaar also included gap-financing awards, consisting of interest-free repayable loans of $16,000. Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani, the team responsible for “3 Idiots”, one of the all-time Bollywood earners have pledged support to Shlok Sharma’s “Haraamkhor”, backed by “The Lunchbox” producer Guneet Monga. “Umrika” producer Manish Mundra is providing gap finance to Arun Karthik’s “Sivapuranam” and Rinku Kalsy’s “For the love of a Man”.