Dr Bobby Sharma Baruah's Sikaisal and Haobam Paban Kumar's Manipuri film Nine Hills One Valley won special mentions at the virtual event.
Ghaath, Paka win Prasad Lab DI and Moviebuff Appreciation Awards at NFDC’s Work-In-Progress Lab
Mumbai - 22 Jan 2021 21:16 IST
The Marathi film Ghaath and Malayalam film Paka – River Of Blood have been awarded the Prasad Lab DI and Moviebuff Appreciation Awards at National Film Development Corporation of India's (NFDC) Work-In-Progress Lab 2020. The film market, organized by the NFDC, was held online from 16 to 21 January.
Dr Bobby Sharma Baruah's Assamese film Sikaisal won a special mention at the virtual event, a sideline of the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI). The Konkani film Aiz Maka Falea Tuka, which was part of the Film Bazaar Recommends section, also bagged the Prasad Lab DI and Moviebuff Appreciation Awards.
The Marathi debut of writer-director Chhatrapal Ninawe, co-produced by Drishyam Films, is the story of an undercover Maoist on the trail of a police officer involved in the death of the leader. The mentors stated the reason why the film gained attention. "The cat and mouse game doesn't take sides but expresses the violence of both and the endemic political corruption that's involved in the long-lasting struggle. This film has won the Prasad Lab DI Award and Moviebuff Appreciation Award for its study of a political and cultural situation in terms of individuals deeply affected by desperate times."
#FilmBazaarOnline Work-In-Progress Lab Awards 2020. Prasad Lab DI Award & Moviebuff Appreciation Award winner 🏆👏🎉🎊— NFDC Film Bazaar (@filmbazaarindia) January 21, 2021
Ghaath (Ambush) by @papapancho. Citation from our esteemed WIP Lab Mentors.
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Paka was singled out for the "intimate way it portrays a family feud as a product of tradition". The lab mentors added, "This entertaining genre drama is a stylish walk with love and death, taking two absolutes — romantic devotion and family honour — and arranging their collision. It raises questions like 'What is fate in this small town?' A lot of revenge films have been made in most regional Indian cinemas, but Paka offers a subtle ingenuity within this genre."
#FilmBazaarOnline Work-In-Progress Lab Awards 2020. Prasad Lab DI Award & Moviebuff Appreciation Winner!🏆— NFDC Film Bazaar (@filmbazaarindia) January 21, 2021
Paka - The river of blood by @nithinlukose_ Citation from our esteemed WIP mentors.
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The lab mentors hailed Aiz Maka Falea Tuka's "complex layering and blending of past and present, night and day, dream and reality, nature and civilisation through its original treatment of screen space". They felt the feature created an otherworldly atmosphere while retaining its own originality.
FilmBazaarOnline FBR Awards 2020. Prasad Lab DI Award & Moviebuff Appreciation Award Winner! Aiz Maka Falea Tuka (Today Me Tomorrow You) by Sreejith Karanavar. Citation from our esteemed WIP Lab Mentors. #NFDCFilmBazaar pic.twitter.com/yYy1kgJrb9— NFDC Film Bazaar (@filmbazaarindia) January 21, 2021
Haobam Paban Kumar's Manipuri film Nine Hills One Valley and Abhinandan Banerjee's Bengali film Manikbabur Megh (The Cloud & The Man) also received special mentions by the Film Bazaar Recommends jury.
FilmBazaarOnline Film Bazaar Recommends Awards 2020. Special Mention to— NFDC Film Bazaar (@filmbazaarindia) January 21, 2021
Manikbabur Megh (The Cloud & The Man) by Abhinandan Banerjee. Citation from our esteemed FBR Jury. #NFDCFilmBazaar #Awards pic.twitter.com/ys71g0IWuG
The mentors for this year's lab were veteran film critic Derek Malcolm, producers Philippa Campbell and Olivia Stewart, editor Lizi Gelber, Marco Muller, artistic director of the Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival, and film curator and programmer Marie-Pierre Duhamel.