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Sumit represents Bangladesh at Film Bazaar Co-Production Market

  • Published at 08:32 pm November 28th, 2018
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Sumit was in Goa for a week to pitch his project 'New Prophet' to potential co-producers, distributors, agents and festival organizers | Courtesy

This is the only project to represent Bangladesh in South Asia’s biggest film market

Internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi film-maker Rezwan Shahriar Sumit’s upcoming project “A New Prophet” was showcased at this year’s Film Bazaar Co-Production Market in Goa, India.

This is the only project to represent Bangladesh in South Asia’s biggest film market.  

“I was in Goa for a week [November 19-25], pitching the project to potential co-producers, distributors, agents and festival programmers [organizers],” Sumit told the Dhaka Tribune’s Showtime.

“Javed, a young game developer, finds his life stuck in limbo between heaven and hell when he tries to bring his broken family together using a virtual reality app. A drama set in the underbelly of Dhaka's tech circuit and fringe studios,” according to the film’s synopsis.

“A New Prophet” was awarded with the Sloan Foundation Production Grant in 2017.

Sumit’s upcoming film “Nonajoler Kabbo - The Salt in Our Waters” has also recently been granted the prestigious Aide aux cinémas du monde fund, worth €80,000 (more than Tk77 lakh).   

“This is where I met my French Co-Producer Ilann Girard for the first time. We received France's national film grant CNC Aide aux cinémas du monde a few months back. That film is in post production right now,” added Sumit.

“Nonajoler Kabbo - The Salt in Our Waters” was Sumit's first feature-length script which also won Bangladesh's National Film Grant in 2017, and a writing grant from Director Spike Lee in 2016. 

It was a semifinalist in Sundance Screenwriters Lab in 2017 and was also invited to the Film Bazaar Co-Production Market in Goa, India in 2016, where it generated considerable buzz.

The film stars Fazlur Rahman Babu, Shatabdi Wadud, Rosey Siddiqui, Tasnuva Tamanna, Titash Zia, Ashok Bepari, Mukul Rahman, and Iqbal Mamun in the major roles.

The project is a co-production between Sumit’s company Mypixelstory and France’s ARSAM International. Popular Bangladeshi film-maker Amitabh Reza Chowdhury’s production company Half Stop Down is the line production partner of the film.

Sumit’s first docudrama, “City Life,” earned him a place at the Berlinale Talents 2008 as an up and coming director. His short films have premiered at Copenhagen International Children's Film Festival, Sarasota and New York Film Festival, and have been  acquired  by MUBI, VPRO, and ASPiRE TV for worldwide  distribution. He is also a Cannes IEFTA Global Film Expression alumni.