Nithin Lukose’s Malayalam-language Paka: The River Of Blood and Chhatrapal Ninawe’s Marathi-language Ambush (Ghaath) were presented with the Prasad Labs and Qube Moviebuff Appreciation Awards in the Works-in-Progress (WIP) section of Film Bazaar Online (January 16-21).
The two projects were presented with digital intermediate services from Prasad Labs and digital cinema packages from Qube. Tiwa-language Sikaisal, from Dr. Bobby Sarma Baruah, was given a special mention in the WIP section.
Meanwhile, Sreejith Karanavar’s Konkani-language Today Me Tomorrow You took the top award in the Film Bazaar Recommends section. Special mentions in this section went to The Cloud And The Man, a Bengali-language project from Abhinanda Banerjee, and Haobam Paban Kumar’s Manipuri-language Nine Hills One Valley.
Nepali-language project A Hidden Tale Behind The Mist, directed by Pasang Dawa Sherpa, was presented with the inaugural French Institute Award, which the French Embassy in India presents to a project in Film Bazaar’s Co-production Market.
Organised by India’s National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), the 2020 edition of Film Bazaar was postponed from its usual November slot in Goa and forced to move online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Previous editions of Film Bazaar have yielded projects such as Ajitpal Singh’s Fire In The Mountains, which has been selected to premiere at Sundance 2021, and Prateek Vats’ Eeb Allay Ooo!, which premiered at Pingyao in 2019 and won three prizes in the India Gold section of Mumbai Film Festival.