With the motto “Breaking the Silence”, the famous filmmaker Rubaiyat Hossain launched the pilot project “Sultana’s Dream” for young aspiring female directors.
The mentorship program, which kicked off on February 18, featured 16 ambitious young women eager to explore their careers as filmmakers.
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Selected participants will be guided by experienced tutors associated with filmmaking. Thanks to this workshop, they will learn the whole process of making a film.
Rubaiyat Hossain, along with Tasmiah Afrin Mou, Philippe Barrière, Barkat Hossain Polash, Seemab Gul, Chaitali Samaddar, Nahid Masud, Saim Sadiq, Meenakshi Shedde, Jonaki Bhattacharya, Mahde Hasan, Aadnan Imtiaz Ahmed and Syeda Iffat Hossain will serve as mentors.
Participants will be trained in the preparation of project sheets and pitches, followed by leadership workshops, scriptwriting modules, history of feminist films, the female gaze and gendered reading of film texts until in June.
At the end of the workshop, applicants will pitch their short film ideas to an international jury, who will select two projects for the grant.
The platform will provide mentorship and support for the production of the two winning projects.
In December, the two directors will produce short films which will be distributed on local and international platforms. Goethe Institut Bangladesh has joined as a distribution partner of this program.
“I started this platform, Sultana’s Dream, to promote filmmaking opportunities for women,” the ‘Shimu-Made in Bangladesh’ director said. “Since we live in a very misogynistic society, I want to support young women in achieving their dreams.”
“Generally, men display women’s perspectives from their point of view,” she said. “Yet it is high time for women to tell their own stories.”
The selected participants of this program are—Monon Muntaka Shova, Laboni Ashrafi, Atoshi Karmaker, Fatiha Taiara, Nusrat Jahan Ishat, Farah Jalil, Farzana Noor, Neha Shamim, Fariah Manar, Risana Tahmin Rahman, Samiha Siddiqui, Farisha Afreen, Mahamuda Aktar Monisha , Pracheta Ahana Alam, Md.Shihab and Jahra Najifa Nova.