Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's "Shonibar Bikel" (Saturday Afternoon) recently has won two jury awards at the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema.
The 26th edition of the festival was held in Vesoul, France from February 12 to 18. The film won the NETPAC award (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) and High school Jury Award on Tuesday which was the concluding day of the festival.
Director Farooki announced the news on his Facebook profile on Wednesday. His post read:" 'Saturday Afternoon' won two awards in Vesoul! NETPAC jury prize and High School jury award! Congratulations to my team and to all other winners. Too bad we couldn't be present but our heart was there for sure!"
"Shonibar Bikel" was screened at the festival on February 15 and 16 respectively. Farooki and actor Nusrat Imrose Tisha, who played a lead role in the film, attended the screening and Q & A session of the film.
Jointly produced by Germany and Bangladesh, "Shonibar Bikel" is an one-shot drama of 83 minutes.
"Shonibar Bikel" was also screened at various film festivals including Busan and Moscow Film Festivals.
Last year, the film was selected to be screened at the Sydney Film Festival.