REZWAN SHAHRIAR SUMIT director | writer | producer
Sumit was born and raised in Bangladesh's boisterous capital Dhaka. City Life, his first docu-drama, earned him a place at the prestigious Berlinale Talents 2008 as an up-and-coming director. There, the likes of Andrzej Wajda, Stephen Daldry instilled a confidence in him. For the first time, he realized filmmakers are change-agents in the same way student politicians or grassroots inventors are.
Almost all of his films portray aspects of living life as a Bangladeshi - be it rekindling love on Bangla New Year or protesting against 1971 war criminals. He is intrigued when real social dilemmas are portrayed in built worlds.
Sumit went to the Grad Film Program of New York University as a Tisch Fellow. Currently, he splits his time between New York & Dhaka.
The Salt in Our Waters (Feature Length) - In development.
Winner - Spike Lee Writing Grant 2016.
Winner - CNC Aide aux cinémas du monde 2018. (€80,000)
Winner - Bangladesh's National Film Grant 2017. ($62,500)
Selection - Film Bazaar's Co-Production Market 2016.
Selection - IEFTA’s Global Film Expression, Cannes Film Festival 2018.
Finalist - Jerome Foundation Production Grant 2016.
A New Prophet (Feature Length) - In development.
Winner - Sloan Foundation's Feature Film Production Award 2017. ($100,000)
Winner - Sloan Foundation's Feature Film Writing Grant 2017.
Selection - Film Bazaar’s Co-Production Market 2018
Participant - Sloan Film Summit 2017.
Dios Nunca Muere (14:00), as Producer
New York Film Festival 2018
AFI Fest 2018
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2018
Aspen Shortsfest 2019
New Hampshire Film Festival 2018
Denver Film Festival 2018
Atlanta Film Festival 2019
Q.U.E.E.N. (15:00), as Producer
Sarasota Film Festival 2015
Maryland Film Festival 2015
Golden Whiskers Award - Indieworks, Best Short - NC Black Film Festival, Best Student Short - Oklahoma Urban Film Festival 2015
Premiered on ASPiRe TV
Bootleg Days (8:54)
Craft Award for Producing - First Run Film Festival 2016
Nestor Almendros Award for Outstanding Cinematography 2016
Luna De Cortos Short Film Festival 2018, León
Remnants of Men (13:30)
Craft Award for Cinematography - First Run Film Festival 2015
Boulevard Film Festival 2016, New York
Forever Young (7:00)
Funded and distributed by Metropolis TV, VPRO Network of Netherlands.
Moon Fairy (11:00)
Acquired by MUBI for worldwide distribution.
Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children & Youth 2011
Zero Film Festival 2011, London
Cinekid for Professionals 2011, Amsterdam
MFA, Graduate Film Program, NYU Tisch School of the Arts (2012-2015); Robert Jahn Scholarship 2014, Riese Award 2017 recipient
BBA, Marketing & HR Management, IBA, University of Dhaka (2005-2009)
Selected as a Graduate Associate, NYU Tisch (2014-2015)
Marketing Executive, Western Union Money Transfer BD (2010-2012)
Project Coordinator of TV Series, Asiatic Events Management Ltd. (2009-2010)
Intern, Half Stop Down (2009)