The 10th International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh will begin today at the Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library with the screening of German director Veit Helmer’s Fiddlesticks.
Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith will inaugurate the weeklong event in the afternoon with cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor and artist Mustafa Monwar, also chairman of the festival advisory committee, in attendance.
The 10th edition will feature over 200 films by directors – both young and adult – from 54 countries. The films will be screened at eleven venues in Dhaka, Rajshahi and Rangpur.
Children’s Film Society has been organising the festival since 2008.
At a press conference held at the seminar room of the Central Public Library on Monday, the organisers met with the journalists to disclose details of the festival.
It was attended by festival director Mohammad Abir Ferdous and Children’s Film Society general secretary Munira Morshed Munni, among others.
‘This year the festival will be held in three cities simultaneously – Dhaka, Rajshahi and Rangpur,’ said Abir Ferdous, adding that the films will be divided into five competitive sections and one non-competitive section.
Among the competitive sections, two will feature films by directors under the age of 18, while the Young Bangladeshi Talent Section will feature films by directors aged 19-25.
The International Film Competition section will feature films by young local and foreign directors, while the Social Film Section will feature films dealing with climate and environment issues.
Besides, ancillary events like workshops, seminars and celebrity sessions will be held in Dhaka and elsewhere. Also, in early March, there will be special screenings of some of the films in Chittagong, the organisers said.
‘We are inviting children as well as their parents to watch films free of cost. We have already invited different schools and colleges to bring over their students to the festival venues,’ said Munira Morshed Munni.
In Dhaka, films will be screened at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium, Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum, Alliance Française de Dhaka, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, British Council, Goethe Institut, and Daffodil International University.