Director Rima Das scores a double at 15th Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum
The 15th Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum was held over March 13 to 15. At this major marketing event, Indian filmmaker Rima Das was given two key awards, the White Light Post Production Award and the Hong Kong Movies On Show In Cannes
Rima Das, whose debut film ‘Man with the Binoculars : Antardrishti’ was screened at Cannes and the Mumbai Film Festival last year, has already found similar success with her second ‘Village Rockstars’ .
Winner of the White Light Post Production Award and the Hong Kong Movies On Show In Cannes. It will be one of the four films selected to feature at the Cannes Film Festival, which celebrates its 70th birthday, from May 17 to 28 this year. The film was among the eight shortlisted Work-In-Progress Lab projects that are in the later stages of production.
Village Rockstars was shot, directed and produced by Das with the help of a cousin and young actors from the village, and without any help from professionals. Even the sound, she said, she had to record on her own, and she used mostly natural lighting due to the lack of a lighting crew. The movie, in Assamese language, is about a girl who has grown up in deprivation. She learns to fend for herself in the hostile surroundings while nurturing her dream to own a guitar someday.
Director, producer, screenwriter Rima Das commutes between Mumbai and Assam. Her short film ‘Pratha’ was selected at Chicago Film Festival, 2009. ‘Antardrishti’ is her first feature film.
The Work in Progress Lab aims at helping filmmakers secure post-production funding, sales agents and film festival support, under the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) organized by the Hong Kong International Film Festival.
.In addition to meetings with potential partners and investors during HAF, WIP Lab shortlisted projects are also entitled to compete for three awards: the Wanda WIP Lab Award, offering a cash price of HKD 1,00,000 (approx. Rs 8.5 lakh) to encourage the development of outstanding cinema; the G2D and the White Light Post-Production Award, each offering post- production services worth HKD 1,17,000 each (approx. Rs 10 lakh).