Dhaka Doclab’s third edition begins August 26

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Aug 25,2019


Tareq Ahmed, left, sitting next to Nasiruddin Yousuff, briefs the press on Dhaka Doclab 2019. — Sony Ramany

Dhaka Doclab, an international workshop-cum-market pitching programme for promoting South Asian film makers in international market, will begin on Monday at Liberation War Museum in Agargaon.

The event, which will continue from August 26 to August 31, will comprise a 4-day mentoring and a 2 -day documentary project pitching sessions, said organisers at a press conference held on Saturday.

Dhaka Independent Film Network will be organising the third edition of Doclab event this year. DIFN has been organising the event since 2017.

Chairman of Doclab Nasiruddin Yousuff, director Tareq Ahmed, trustee board member Rashed Chowdhury and others were present at the press conference.

‘The main intention of organising this programme is to provide a platform for local and South Asian filmmakers and help them to access international market. The participants will gain knowledge about international co-productions at the programme,’ said Tareq Ahmed.

‘Besides this annual event, Doclab is trying to organise workshops on documentary filmmaking all over Bangladesh. We have covered few divisional cities already,’ added Nasiruddin Yousuff, chairman of Doclab.

State minister for foreign affairs ministry Md Shahriar Alam will inaugurate the six-day event as the chief guest.

The inaugural ceremony will be followed by screening of the documentary film titled ‘Bridges of Time’ directed by Lithuanian maker Audrius Stonys.

Filmmakers, broadcasters, sales agents, producers and festival managers from around the world will participate in the event.

British documentary filmmaker Emma Davie, managing director of Ventana-Film GmbH Hans Robert Eisenhauer, delegate of Taskovski Films Eva Perez, Chinese producer Pei Tianyi and others will attend the event.

Filmmakers from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal will display 16 documentary projects.

Bangladeshi filmmakers will display eight projects, Indian filmmakers will display six and other two projects will be displayed respectively by Bhutanese and Sri Lankan filmmakers. Pakistani filmmaker Ammar Aziz will not be attending the event due to visa complications.

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