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Bangladesh’s ‘Sand City’ wins CNC grant in Locarno

  • Published at 12:03 am August 9th, 2018
The 2016-2018 series at the Locarno Film Festival ended on Tuesday, with the announcement of prize winners for the Open Doors Hub coproduction platform and Open Doors Lab producer training workshop

The internationally renowned film festival will end on August 11

Bangladeshi film-maker Mahde Hasan has won the CNC grant at Locarno Film Festival’s Open Door Hub segment in Switzerland on August 6 for his 90-minute-long feature film screenplay, ”Sand City.” The French national film and animation center CNC grant is worth 8,000 Euro and will allow the film-makers to stay in Switzerland for two months to complete the project screenplay.

During the prize giving ceremony, the film’s production company, Khona Talkies owner, Rubaiyat Hossain was also present with Mahde.

“Mahde’s project ‘Sand City’ won the competition. He received funding and got two month residency in Switzerland,” said this year’s Open Doors Lab participant, Arifur Rahman. “My experience as a producer was overwhelming. I had many meetings with European producers and distributors. I pitched our next fiction and documentary. A lot of them seemed interested. Most importantly, I got a clear picture of the international film markets, the sales and distribution mechanisms.” 

Alongside “Sand City”, Aung Rakhine’s ”The Bicycle,” Bangladesh’s first film shot in the Chakma language, received its world premiere at the festival on Thursday. 

The other two Bangladeshi films participating in this year’s Locarno Film Festival are: Mahde Hasan’s short film, “A Death of a Reader,” and Abdullah Mohammad Saad’s feature film, “Live from Dhaka.”

The festival’s Open Doors segment ended the 2016-2018 series, with the announcement of prize winners for the Open Doors Hub co-production platform and the Open Doors Lab producer training workshops. This also ended the Open Doors’ focus on South Asia, ushering in a new three-year cycle devoted to South-East Asia and Mongolia.

During its sixteen years of activity to date, Open Doors has been involved across all continents and in most regions of the global South and East. Now the section is set to continue its eastward exploration, with a new triennial focus for 2019-2021 on South-East Asia (Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines) and Mongolia. 

The internationally renowned film festival will end on August 11.