A two-day inter university film festival, organised by Dhaka University Film society at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka in Dhanmondi, ended on Thursday screening 40 short films made by student of 72 countries.
On the opening day of the festival, 40 more films were screened on Wednesday.
It was the 10th edition of the International Inter University Short Film Festival organised by DUFF. This year’s festival was organised in association with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
IIUSFF began its journey in 2007. The festival aims to provide a platform for the young and talented student filmmakers of Bangladesh and abroad to showcase their talent.
This year, 674 films from 72 countries were submitted to the festival in competition and panorama categories.
A seven-member jury comprised of Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, Tauquir Ahmed and Rashidul Hafiz, among others, selected 100 films, among which 80 were screened at the festival.
The best short film will receive the Zahir Raihan Best Short Award along with a $300 cheque and the best local short film will receive the Tareque Masud Best Emerging Director Award along with a $200 cheque at a prize giving ceremony scheduled to be held on September 4.
The slogan of this year festival is ‘Take Your Camera, Frame Your Dream’.
Every day films were screened in two sessions-from 02:00pm-04:00pm and 04:30pm- 06:00pm-at the festival.
Local film Dhaka An Opera, directed by Apurba Jahangir, was screened on the opening day of the festival. The film gave the viewers a glimpse into the nightlife in Dhaka showing homeless people sleeping in the streets, youths singing at Shahbagh, people buying and selling goods in Karwan Bazar and more.
Swiss film Mokusu, directed by Moreno Kabitza, was also screened on the opening day. The film depicted school education in Switzerland.
Besides, the festival featured films on refugees on the concluding day. Films like Crescent of Hope (USA) directed by Neil Sai, Before I Forgot (Syria) directed by Razan Hasan, Let Me be Someone (Brazil) directed by Fellipe Franco Couto and others depicting plight of refugees were screened at the festival.
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