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Bangladeshi short-film selected in Oscar qualifying film festival

Update : 03 May 2023, 13:50

Bangladeshi director Hemanta Sadeeq's short-film "LIFE: Low Budget Short Film" has recently been selected at the Academy Awards Qualifying Film Festival. The festival will take place between June 6 and 26, in Tokyo, Japan. 

The short-film was selected under the “Smartphone Film Competition'' category at the festival.

According to Director Hemanta Sadeeq, "When it comes to low budget short-films, we can never be satisfied with the production process due to various tensions. Sometimes, I feel that life itself is like a low-budget short film. These issues are portrayed in the film as well. It also tells the story of some inequalities that exist in our society. Since the film was shot on a mobile phone in a very experimental way, we were actually confused if it would be able to communicate properly with the audience. That is why the news of this festival has made us happy and encouraged us to experiment more in the future."

One of the producers of the film, Sohail Ahmed, states on the nomination, “To be honest, I was not very optimistic about the film. After I got the news, I went to the festival website and saw our film was one of only 16 films selected under the 'Smartphone Film Competition' category, out of hundreds internationally. The main cover of the section is using production stills from a movie, our movie - I can't begin to tell you how proud I am!”

“Life: Low Budget Short Film” features Asma Akhtar Liza, Ruhul Rahman Sohail, Adnan Chowdhury, among others. The screenplay of the film was written by Shaon Kyrie. 

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