Two films -- Shanker Raman’s directorial debut Gurgaon, a fiction movie, and Rahul Jain’s documentary Machines -- won the Prasad DI Award at the National Film Development Corporation’s Film Bazaar in Panaji. Both the projects were part of the Film Bazaar’s ‘Work in Progress (WIP) Lab’, winning the free digital intermediate post-production packages from Prasad Labs.
The awards were presented by Marco Mueller (mentor of the WIP Lab - Fiction) and Derek Malcolm (mentor of the WIP Lab - Documentary) to the winners.
While announcing the award, Malcolm said: “Every year I come here, the documentaries get just a little bit better and this year, in particular, has been a very good year.”
Film Bazaar took place between November20-24. Started in 2008, the event has come a long way and become a sought after annual film market that connects filmmakers with producers, distributors and critics.
This year’s Film Bazaar marked many new beginnings besides creating networking opportunities for mainstream as well as new filmmakers and saw participation of more than 1100 delegates from over 38 countries.
Buyers in 2015 included Fortissimo, Focus Features, Magnolia Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Shoreline Entertainment, Filmbuff, Zeitgeist Films, and Wild Bunch.
Representatives of several top festivals including Cannes, Berlin, London, Tribeca and Busan were also at the Film Bazaar’s viewing room scouting for titles.