Imphal: Lakshmipriya Devi’s Manipuri feature film – The Gift and Haobam Paban Kumar’s documentary Iron Women of Manipur have been selected for the 17th NFDC Film Bazaar 2023 to be held from November 20 to 24 at Marriott Resort in Goa alongside the 54th International Film Festival of India 2023.
Lakshmipriya’s film- The Gift has been selected in the Work in Progress Lab 2023 along with four other films namely Jayan Cherion’s Dammam (Konkani), Suman Mukhopadhyay’s Putul Nacher Itikatha (Bengali), Natesh Hegde’s Vaghachipani (Kannada/Malayalam) and Grant Alan Davis’s Rehearsal for a Funeral (Konkani/English).
The Work-in-Progress Lab gives selected filmmakers a chance to screen the rough cut of their film to an eminent panel of international advisors that includes film festival directors, film critics, producers and editors. These advisors provide valuable feedback on the edit with the aim of helping the filmmaker achieve an accomplished final cut of the film.
Haobam Paban Kumar’s 26-minute-long Manipuri documentary Iron Women of Manipur is among 10 films selected in Film Bazaar Recommends of the Film Bazaar 2023.
Those 10 films of Film Bazaar Recommends including features and documentaries were meticulously selected by the Film Bazaar team from over 200 films submitted for the Viewing Room. The Viewing Room presents films from India and South Asia, which are recently completed or still in post-production, at the Film Bazaar. These films are looking for film festivals, world sales, distribution partners and finishing funds.
Among the 10 films; Pulkit Arora’s Anu (14 mins in English/Hindi/Maori) and Chandan Singh Shekhawat’s Roti Koon Banasi (25 mins in Marwari, Imaad Shah’s Tuesday’s Women ( 29 mins in English), Manish Saini’s Giddh (25 mins in Hindi are Fiction Shorts; Nishanth Gurumurthy’s Gopi (14 minutes in Kannada) and Haobam Paban Kumar’s Iron Women of Manipur are Docu Shorts, Tasmiah Afrin Mou’s Where My Grandmother Lives (51 mins in Bengali) and Shivam Singh Rajput’s Ladakh 470 (38 mins in English/Hindi) are Docu Mid-Length, Shamman Roy’s The Exile (82 mins in Bengali) Horror Film and Vaibhav Kumaresh’s Return to the Jungle ( 105 mins in Hindi) Animated Feature.