A five-day programme titled ‘Berlinale Spotlight Bangladesh’ aiming at connecting the Berlin International Film Festival with local filmmakers and producers began on Monday at Goethe-Instut in Dhanmondi.
Two representatives of the famous Germany-based film festival Dorothee Wenner and Meenakshi Shedde at the opening day informed local participants members about different aspects of the festival and benefits that BIFF offers to promote film industries in the developing countries like Bangladesh.
Goethe-Institut’s director Kirsten Hackenbroch was also present at the programme.
Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in partnership with Dhaka DocLab and the International Film Initiatives of Bangladesh, is hosting Berlinale Spotlight Bangladesh that continues from September 2 to 6 in Dhaka. It will provide a platform for the local filmmakers and producers to get information directly from the Berlinale delegate Dorothee and a consultant of the festival Meenakshi.
They also took part in a Q&A session to answer queries of the audience members including filmmakers and producers.
In addition, during the Spotlight programme, filmmakers of Bangladesh have the opportunity to discuss their ongoing projects in one-to-one meetings with Dorothee Wenner and Meenakshi Shedde. The meetings were scheduled based on a prior application process communicated across film activists in Bangladesh.
Welcoming the audience Kirsten Hackenbroch said, ‘Berlinale Spotlight Bangladesh offers the independent filmmakers of this country a chance to feel and know about Berlinale, gives Berlinale a chance to meet the vibrant young generation of film makers, and gives Goethe-Institut a chance to explore and kick-off a future collaborating in film.’
During her presentation, Dorothee Wenner, delegate to the Berlin Film Festival for South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, said that they were hoping to intensify their network into the Bangladeshi film community on personal, professional and artistic levels. ‘First impression, the timing could not have been more perfect as they are learning about a lot of interesting film projects here in the making,’ she said.
Meenakshi Shedde, a South Asia consultant of BIFF, said, ‘Through this collaboration between the Berlinale and three cultural institutions in Dhaka, we hope the Berlinale can be a launching pad for many more film talents from Bangladesh in the years to come.’