Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s upcoming film, No Land’s Man, won the most promising project award at the Indian National Film Development Corporation’s annual Film Bazaar industry event in Goa. NFDC Development award, earlier known as the Incredible India Award, is considered as the flagship of the South Asian film industry event. The cash award of Rs 10 Lakh (USD 16,000) was handed over to Farooki by the renowned British film critic Derek Malcolmon on the closing day of the Film Bazaar in Goa on Monday.
The event was organised as part of the Goa International Film Festival where Bangladeshi film Jalaler Galpo, directed Abu Shahed Emon, participated.
Earlier in October, Farooki’s No Land’s Man was selected for Asian Project Market of the Busan International Film Festival.
‘The award will accelerate the pace of the production of the film,’ Farooki told New Age from India adding that the money would be used to fund his pre-production process.
His project was selected from 30 entries some of which were produced by renowned filmmakers like Mira Nair, Asim Ahluwalia, Sabiha Sumer and Amir Bashir.
Farooki did not like to disclose the names of the actors, who will perform in the film. ‘Everything will be informed later,’ Farooki said.
Mostafa Sarwar Farooki emerged as a filmmaker in 2004 trough Bachelor. So far, the director has made six films such as Mad-e in Bangladesh, Third Person Singular Number, Television and Piprabidya.
His film Television was Bangladesh’s entry in the Academy Awards’ foreign language category earlier this year. The film also won Jury Grand Prize in the Asia Pacific Screen Award 2013.
-With New Age input