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Kislay’s Commodity wins Busan award at Asian Project Market

The Indian filmmaker was awarded $15,000 from the Busan Metropolitan Council to finance his next feature.

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Filmmaker Kislay’s feature Commodity has picked up the Busan award at the Asian Project Market. The filmmaker was awarded $15,000 (around Rs11,17,325) from the Busan Metropolitan Council to finance his feature Commodity, which was described as “a highly anticipated film project of artistic quality”.

The 23rd edition of the project market was held virtually from 26–28 October owing to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic as a side section to the Busan International Film Festival. This year’s edition consisted of 21 projects. A total of 193 professionals from 36 countries participated online, with 461 business meetings taking place.

Commodity, produced by Shwetaabh Singh, was one of two Indian projects at the market along with Pradip Kurbah's The Elysian Field. The drama, which is in pre-production, revolves around an aspiring scriptwriter who spends time with a human hair trader to write his next script.

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Kislay’s debut feature film Aise Hee (2020) was screened at the Busan International Film Festival and the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival last year. The film’s lead actress Mohini Sharma won a Special Jury Mention and the feature was awarded the Film Critics' Guild award at the Mumbai Film Festival.

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