The film is one of the six that have been selected for editing at IDFAcademy Summer School this year
Kamar Ahmad Simon’s upcoming film “Onnodin…- Day After...” is going to Amsterdam for editing. The film has been selected for IDFAcademy Summer School, an exclusive platform of International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).
IDFA, which is the world’s largest documentary festival, arranges a seminary of diverse cinemas every year. Invited directors receive the opportunity to work on their scripts or in editing with esteemed film professionals from Europe.
This year’s Berlinale’s official selection “Anbessa,” directed by Mo Scarpelli, and 2013 Oscar nominee “5 Broken Cameras,” directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, are also IDFAcademy Summer School projects.
Sixteen out of 185 projects have been selected for this year’s Summer School, and six of them including “Onnodin…” have been selected for editing.
Kamar told Dhaka Tribune’s Showtime: “From the very beginning ‘Onnodin…’ has been a challenging one due to its fiction-non-fiction form. Though filming started in 2013, it took till December 2018 to finish the project with some intervals in between.
“After completing that, I started working on the pre-production of ‘Shikolbaha.’ So, even though editing of ‘Onnodin…’ is finished, there are some post-production works that are yet to be completed.”
Those would be finished at the Summer School, he added.
“Onnodin…” is produced by Sara Afreen and co-produced by French DW, Barentsfilm of Norway and Studio Beginning of Bangladesh.
Invited by IDFA, the film’s editor Saikat Shekhareshwar Ray will also join director Kamar at Amsterdam on the first of week July. Saikat also edited “Shunte Ki Pao!” and is a Editing Department teacher at Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Kolkata, India.
“Onnodin…” was also awarded competitive grants from IDFA Bertha Fund and the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. However, filming was put on hold until 2016 due to the release of “Shunte Ki Pao!” and pre-production of “Shikolbaha - Iron Stream.”
The same year Kamar was honoured with Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors Hub’s best award at Piazza Grande, alongside ARTE International Prize for the script of “Onnodin….”
Kamar was further invited at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017 to attend L’atelier, an official program where 15 film-makers from around the world were invited. European cultural channel ARTE also selected “Onnodin…” for screening in “La Lucarne,” an exclusive program that only screens auteur films that challenge the contemporary cinema language.
“Onnodin…” is the second film in director Kamar’s “Water Trilogy.” The first film of the trilogy titled “Shunte Ki Pao! - Are You Listening!” was officially selected in IDFA in 2012.
Apart from winning the National Film Award in Bangladesh, “Shunte Ki Pao!” also won a number of international awards — including “Golden Conch” for best documentary film and best cinematography in Mumbai International Film Festival, and Grand Prix in Cinema Du Reel in Paris in the best film category.