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SNV Young Filmmakers awarded

Update : 11 Jan 2016, 11:18 AM

The SNV Young Filmmakers Short Film Screening was held on January 9, 2016 at the auditorium of Independent University Bangladesh (IUB). The screening and award ceremony of 10 selected short films by young filmmakers in the development sector, along with a short documentary on their journey in the competition Young Filmmakers in Development sector, were hosted by Netherlands Development Organization.

With the curtains lifting at 3:35pm, enthusiasm of the energetic audience was heard till the program concluded at 6:40pm with musical performances and the stage drama called Two Sides of a Coin. Zarin Zeba Khan – the advocacy and communication advisor at SNV and adjunct faculty at the Business School of Independent University of Bangladesh, expressed gratitude to Enliven for technical support and Ekattor TV, Dhaka Tribune, ABC Radio (89.2 FM) and other media partners for their media coverage.

Creative Eyes, a team from Green University of Bangladesh was the winning team, who enthralled the judges with their short film My Garments My family, which was based on sexual and reproductive health rights. SNV County Director Rajeev Munankami signed the cheque worth BDT50,000 which the winning team received from Mujibur Rahman Khan.

High Hopes, a team from North South University, received the first runners-up award from Zarin Zeba Khan for their short film Priyo-opriyo.

Color Membrane, a team from Government Shaheed Suhrawardy College received the second runners-up award for their short film TRAP from film-maker Adnan Kabir who has recently won Bengal Foundation's fund on “Young Filmmakers Initiative.”

The program was an initiative taken by SNV to empower young minds through their contribution of fresh, innovative and creative ideas into film making in the development sector. Students were given the opportunity to attend a three-day expert training session on SNV’s thematic area. The were also provided with technical guidance from Enliven to develop their ideas behind their documentary film production.

Responded by 117 applicants from 35 universities, only nine winning teams were selected for the final round. The winners were selected by a panel of judges including photographer Mujibur Rahman Khan, cinematographer Asif Abedin, and actor/director Shahed Ali. Themes included faecal sludge management, inclusive business, and sexual and reproductive health rights. To create more opportunities, an opening for season-2 was declared on spot in the introductory documentary by Enliven on the journey of the Young Filmmakers.

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