Government will provide financial support to assist Dhaka International Film Festival so that it becomes a regular annual film event.
Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, when requested by the festival’s organisers, promised to allocate budget for the festival.
‘Dhaka International Film Festival has put Bangladesh on the global map. The festival is bringing us the best films produced across the world. I think the festival should be organised annually and we will help if required,’ said Muhith, who inaugurated the 16th Dhaka International Film Festival at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on Friday.
Information minister Hasanul Haque Inu and Indian filmmaker Girish Kasarvalli attended the inauguration ceremony of the festival as special guests. State minister for foreign affairs ministry and chief patron of the festival Shahriar Alam presided over the programme.
Rainbow Film Society has been organising Dhaka International Film Festival since 1992.
In his welcome speech, festival director Ahmed Muztuba Zamal said, ‘We have been organising the festival on an irregular basis since 1992. We started organising the festival annually since 2015. From now on, the festival will be organised annually’.
Following the festival’s inauguration, Turkish filmmaker Kazim Oz’s feature film Zer was screened.
The nine-day festival will feature 216 films from 64 countries in eight segments at six venues in the capital. Moreover, a number of ancillary events like workshop, conference and others will also be held as part of the festival.
The eight segments are Asian Competition, Bangladesh Panorama, Cinema of the World, Children’s Films, Spiritual Films, Women Filmmakers, Short and Independent and Retrospective segment.
In the Asian Competition segment, the best film, selected by the International Jury Board, will receive Tk 100,000, a crest and a certificate. The jury board will also select the Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematographer and Best Screenplay.
‘Bangladesh Panorama’, a separate competition segment exclusively for Bangladeshi films, has been introduced this year.
A three member jury board of International Federation of Film Critics will select the best film from the 10 local participating films.
The six venues are: Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library, Bangladesh National Museum main auditorium, Sufia Kamal auditorium of the museum, Alliance Française de Dhaka, Russian Cultural Centre, and Star Cineplex. Film lovers will be able to enjoy the films for free.
Among the ancillary events, a 16-day workshop on cinema, organised jointly by International Film Critics Association of Bangladesh and Pathshala, is going on at South Asian Media Institute of Pathshala.
A two-day international conference titled ‘Women in Cinema,’ consisting of six seminars, will begin today at Alliance Françoise de Dhaka.
In addition, a two-day Asian Film Critics Assembly will be organised for the first time in Bangladesh. It will be organised by International Film Critics Association of Bangladesh in association with International Federation of Film Critics.
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