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Cju’s ‘Not A Fiction’ selected at Oscar-qualifying festival

Young director Shah Newaz Khan Cju’s one-shot short film “Not A Fiction” got selected at the 33rd Cinequest Film & VR Festival, which is an Academy Award-qualifying festival based in California, USA.

Update : 02 Feb 2024, 02:10 AM

In the last several years, “Mr. Hublot” (2014), “Bear Story” (2015), “Stutterar” (2016), and many other Cinequest alumni makers scored Oscar nominations and awards at the Academy Awards. The festival has been voted the Best Film Festival by USA Today readers.

Bangladeshi director, producer, and cinematographer Shah Newaz Khan Cju's fictional debut, "Not A Fiction," is selected under the 'Dramatic Shorts' category at the CQFF, which is scheduled to take place from March 7–17. Not A Fiction will also participate at the Cinejoy Virtual Film Festival and Picture the Possibilities from March 21–31, which is an extended event of CQFF.

CQFF is also a Hollywood distribution hub. Netflix, IFC Films, Amazon, MSNBC Films, Roadside Attractions, 1091 Pictures, Oscilloscope, Sony Pictures, Magnolia Pictures, Kino-Lorber, eOne, Lionsgate, PBS, and HBO are just a few of the many that have signed deals with some of Cinequest's success stories.

The US premiere of “Not A Fiction” will take place at 4:45pm on March 8 in Hammer theatre centre, San Jose, CA, and the festival authority has arranged a special Q&A session for the directorial team of this film.

Film critic/screenwriter Sadia Khalid Reeti is the co-producer of this film with Cju. Udoyon Rajib, Naymul Alam Mishu, Rudroneel Ahmed, Oishik Sami Ahmed, Zawad Soudho, and Mithun worked on this film as actors. Ripon Nath and Rony Sazzad worked as the sound designer of this film, Rashaduzzaman Shohag was the colourist, and Leon Rozario and Tanvir Ahmed Rony were the editors.

"Not a Fiction" will compete with other films at the 33rd Cinequest Film & VR Festival for the Best Dramatic Shorts Award.

Before this, the film had its world premiere at the 23rd Hamilton International Film Festival, 2023, in Canada, and it also had its New Brunswick premiere at the Silver Wave Film Festival, 2023, both of which were Canadian Screen Awards qualifying festivals.



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