Three aspiring filmmakers receive grants for short films

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Breaking the Silence winners: Fatiha Taiara Sporsho, Mahamuda Aktar Monisha and Monon Muntaka. Photo: courtesy

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Breaking the Silence winners: Fatiha Taiara Sporsho, Mahamuda Aktar Monisha and Monon Muntaka. Photo: courtesy

Sultana’s Dream is a non-profit organization founded by famous filmmaker Rubaiyat Hossain. It aims to provide funding and mentoring grants to support emerging filmmakers. “Breaking the Silence” is their first program since their inauguration in February, and after six long months of training and workshop, the short film scholarship competition ended on September 18.

Fatiha Taiara Sporsho, Mahamuda Aktar Monisha and Monon Muntaka are the three winners who will receive this grant. They were selected from sixteen other entrants, who were selected from a pool of over a hundred applicants. Participants received basic training and participated in extensive workshop programs under the tutelage of eminent filmmakers, producers and scholars from Bangladesh and abroad.

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After the long six-month training period, an independent jury consisting of Jane Sloane, Senior Director of the Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality, Kirsten Hackenbroch, Director of the Goethe Institute of Bangladesh, film critic and screenwriter Sadia Khalid Reeti and French film producer Dominique Welinski – selected the top three screenplays to receive the grant for “Breaking the Silence”.

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