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UK, Bangladeshi projects among Film Independent Fast Track Film Finance Market selections

Jeremy Kay

19 Nov 2021

Projects from the UK, Bangladesh, Greece and Trinidad & Tobago were among 15 selected for Film Independent’s 19th Fast Track Film Finance Market that took place online from November 15-18, the organisation said on Friday.

The four-day programme connected participating filmmakers with financiers, production companies, agents, managers and other film industry professionals from, among others, A24, DECAL, Maven Screen Media, Searchlight Pictures, Venice Film Festival, and Hollywood agencies.

Recent Fast Track projects completed include Bing Liu’s 2019 Oscar-nominated documentary Minding The Gap; Hikari’s 2019 Berlinale jury prize and audience award-winning debut 37 Seconds; Kirill Mikhanovsky’s Give Me Liberty which premiered at 2019 Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Directors’ Fortnight; and Chloé Zhao’s Spirit Award-nominated debut Songs My Brothers Taught Me.

The $20,000 Sloan Fast Track Grant to support the production of a project that explores science and technology themes or characters in engaging and innovative ways was awarded to Moving Bangladesh written and directed by Nuhash Humayun and produced by Arifur Rahman and Bijon Imtiaz. The story centres on a motorcycle-based ridesharing app that has changed the face of travel in the developing world.

The following filmmakers and their projects were selected to participate in Film Independent’s 2021 Fast Track programme:

Fiction Track

Alien Kulture (UK) Writer/Director: Iesh Thapar Producer: Sarah Seulki Oh

Angel In Retrograde Writer/Director: Miguel Angel Caballero Producer: Ornella Jaramillo

The Cow Of Queens Writer/Director: Kate Marks Producers: Krista Parris, Neda Armian

Mama D’Lo (Trinidad & Tobago) Writer/Director: Lauren Marsden Producer: Robert Maylor

The Mesopotamian Writer/Director: Esra Saydam Producer: Gerry Kim, Alvaro R. Valente

Moving Bangladesh (Bangladesh) Writer/Director: Nuhash Humayun Producers: Arifur Rahman, Bijon Imtiaz

Our Last Summer Writer/Co-Director: Gary Jaffe Co-Director: Katie Ennis Producer: Emily McCann Lesser

The Plutonians (Czech Republic) Writer/Director: Tim Delaney Producer: Shao Min Chew Chia

Wild Animal Writer/Director: Joseph Marconi Producer: Lysette Urus

Zagorohorror (Greece) Writer/Director: Cat Papadimitriou Producer: Meaghan “Wilbs” Wilbur

Documentary Track

Dusty & Stones Director: Jesse Rudoy Producer: Melissa Adeyemo

Joybubbles Director/Prducer: Rachael Morrison Producer: Sarah Winshall

Nurse Unseen Director: Michele Josue Producers: Carlo Velayo, Jhett Tolentino

Philly On Fire Director: Ross Rockow Producers: Shannon Kring, Tommy Walker

Untitled Sam And Omar Project Director: Nadav Kurtz Producer: Diane Quon.

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