April 19, 2005

NEWS / AWARDS: Seven young film makers receive media awards - Apr 18, 2005 (BANGLADESH)

Seven young filmmakers of Bangladesh received the international Meena Children's Media Award-2005 for their outstanding creativity works on media productions about children and their rights, yesterday.

The United Nation Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Asian Media Information and Centre (AMIC) introduced the Meena Children's Media Award in a bid to develop skills in production for electronic media on children issues.

The Meena Children's Media Award is worth Tk 50,000 along with trophy and certificate.

Recipients of the Award are-Md Anwar Hossain for a documentary Sabujer Deshe, Ms Sheema Shetu for "Eight Year Girl by Out of Focus", Ms Hazera Khanam for "My Travel to Europe", Shahiduzzaman Badal for "Paper Picker", Shardar Zainul Abedin for "Agey Shikhi Bangla Barnamala", Ms Rawshan Ara Rukhsana Sarker for "Amrao Pari" and Arjo Shrestha for the "Lost Love Story".

UNICEF Country Representative Mortin Giersing distributed the Award among the recipients at a ceremony held at the Bengal Foundation Gallery in the city.

The recipients were selected after screening a total of 170 submissions produced in different categories. Of them, seven categories of media works on electronic, print and folk media in separate age groups received the Award. The six of the seven productions are documentary films while the rest is a travel story.

Members of the Jury Board that finalised the nominations of the awrdees after examining the productions, Aminur Rahman, Communications Chief of UNICEF Chirsty Mclvor and Communications Officer Shamsuddin Ahmed also spoke on the occasion.

The award recipients expressed their delight at the feat and said these sorts of awards definitely helped the children in grooming their creativity as well as to explore themselves in the media sector.

The organisers said that the award would be given in nine categories in March next year. The dead line for entry is December 31 this year.

SOURCE: http://nation.ittefaq.com/artman/publish/article_17787.shtml

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