Application called for DIFF

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 16:14, Oct 06,2016


Application has been called from local filmmakers to participate in the 15th Dhaka International Film Festival scheduled for January 12-20, 2017 simultaneously at five venues in the capital.

The festival director, Ahmed Muztaba Zamal, said the last date for submitting entries was October 31.

‘Censored films with English sub-titles are eligible to participate in the festival. A committee will finalise local films from the submissions. The foreign entries have already been selected,’ Muztaba Zamal detailed.

During the 15th DIFF, he said, the organisers expected to screen approximately 170 films, with participation from around 60 countries.

The festival will have a competition section for Asian and Australian cinema while there will be other segments including Retrospective, Cinema of the World, Nordic Film Session, Children’s Film, Women Filmmakers, Short and Independent Films Section and Spiritual Films Section.

In addition, he said, the festival committee was going to invite around 25 to 30 women filmmakers, actors and personalities from across the world to participate in the Third International Conference on Women Cinema at Aliance Francaise de Dhaka on January 13 and 14. 

Another very important segment of the festival will be Children’s Film Section, to showcase 10 fiction films.

A two-week Cine Workshop will be organised for the upcoming filmmakers and it will be the 7th edition of the workshop.

Like the previous edition in January 2015, he said, International Emerging Talent Films Association, a European body based in Monaco, would organise a daylong discussion on Bangladeshi films in association with the DIFF.

‘We have also invited International Federation of Film Critics to send two critics and there will be another local juror on the panel,’ he said.

The festival has been organised on a regular basis by Rainbow Film Society with a common theme ‘Better Film Better Audience’.

So far 14 editions of the festivals were held in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.

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