The 15th edition of Dhaka International Film Festival will begin today with screening of Lebanese/ Palestinian film 3000 Nights at Bangladesh National Museum.
The film, directed by Mai Masri, focuses on a Palestinian woman, who whilst in jail, gives birth to a son.
It will be screened following the inauguration of the nine-day festival by president Abdul Hamid, said organisers at a press conference held on Wednesday at Dhaka Club.
They said that 188 participating films from 67 countries would be screened at six venues including Bangladesh National Museum’s main auditorium and Sufia Kamal Auditorium, Central Public Library’s Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Alliance Francaise Dhaka, EMK Centre and Star Cineplex.
The press conference was attended by festival director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal, and organising committee members Haider Rizvi, M Hamid, Rabiul Hossain and Samia Zaman.
‘Viewers can watch films buying tickets at the rate of Tk 30 in all venues except for Star Cineplex,’ Ahmed Muztaba Zamal said.
‘There will be no discount at Star Cineplex and it will follow its own schedule time. Schedules of other venues are available on official website of Dhaka International Film Festival,’ he said.
Films will be screened in eight sections including Asian Competition, Retrospective, Cinema of the World, Children’s Films, Spiritual Films, Women Filmmakers, Short and Independent, and Nordic Films, he said.
The Asian Competition section will feature 23 films including three local entries such as Aynabaji, Oggatonama and Matir Projar Deshe.
Six awards will be given in this section including best film, best director, best actor, best actress, best cinematographer and best screenplay.
The best film will receive Tk 1 lakh prize money, a crest and a certificate, Muztaba Zamal said.
Retrospective section will feature five films by Iranian legend Abbas Kiarostami and four films by Turkish Yesim Ustaoglu.
The Cinema of the World section will feature 25 films of which one will be chosen for the audience award.
Children’s Films section will feature 10 films and one of them will be given Best Juvenile Badal Rahman Award.
Spiritual Films section, featuring 22 films, will be organised in association with the Italy-based Religion Today Film Festival.
Thirty-nine films will be screened in the Women Filmmakers section, while 48 will be screened in the Short and Independent Films section.
Nordic Films, organised with the help of Norwegian International Film Festival, will feature 10 films from the Scandinavian countries.
There will be some interesting side-events such as a workshop, a conference and an art show, Ahmed Muztaba Zamal said.
The two-day international conference titled ‘Women in Cinema,’ consisting of six seminars, will be held on January 13-14 at Alliance Francaise Dhaka.
The total estimated budget for the festival is Tk 1.5 crore. The government donated Tk 25 lakh and gave waiver in censorship fees,’ Muztaba Zamal said
Rainbow Film Festival has been organising the festival since 1992 with the theme ‘better film, better audience, better society.’
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