Dhaka International Youth Film Festival begins

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:52, Jul 29,2020


Amitabh Reza Chowdhury, left, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki attend online inaugural ceremony of Dhaka International Youth Film Festival on Wednesday.

The first Dhaka International Youth Film Festival 2020 commenced on Wednesday afternoon through an online inaugural ceremony streamed on the website and Facebook page of Step For Cinema, an organisation of young filmmakers.

Acclaimed filmmakers Amitabh Reza Chowdhury and Mostofa Sarwar Farooki attended the programme as guests. Besides, festival chairperson Anonna Ruma spoke in the online event, conducted by Bangladeshi film critic and screenwriter Sadia Khalid Reeti.

Step For Cinema has organised the three-day event to provide young filmmakers a platform to showcase their talent.

‘We are passing through a critical time. I want to thank Step For Cinema for organising this festival. It will feature films from various countries including India, Nepal, Turkey, Canada and others. I wish Dhaka International Youth Film Festival good luck. I hope the event will receive huge response,’ said Amitabh Reza Chowdhury.

‘I would like to welcome all to the Dhaka International Youth Film Festival 2020. Our film industry has been moving forward in spite of many obstacles. I hope the festival will play an important role in furthering our film industry,’ said Mostofa Sarwar Farooki.

‘Step For Cinema began its journey in 2018. It was founded by number of young talented filmmakers. Our aim is to make short films, organise film workshops, provide training on filmmaking, bring out film publications and others. A total of 656 films from 45 countries have been submitted to the festival,’ said Anonna Ruma.

A group of young directors from Bangladesh, India and Iran evaluated the submitted films and selected a total of 58 films from 25 countries.

The opening day featured Turkish film ‘Cleats’, local films ‘Poran Putul’, ‘Pratyahik’, ‘Charka’ and ‘Nienta In Realta’, Afghan film ‘Mirror is the Witness’, Croatian film ‘The Stump’, Indian films ‘The Outcast’, ‘Sonshayani’ and ‘The Meat’, Egyptian film ‘Anthropo’, Syrian film ‘The Last Station’, Greek film ‘One Way Ticket’, Iranian film ‘Elders’, English film ‘Jane the Queen’, German film ‘Sleepwalker’ and Italian film ‘Breath g’.

Those interested can enjoy the films visiting Step For Cinema’s website and its Facebook page from 4:00pm – 7:00pm.

The event is being judged by a panel of judges comprising actor Tariq Anam Khan, singer SI Tutul, and filmmaker Shahneoyaj Cacoly and seven filmmakers from Canada, Iran, Turkey, Nepal, Mexico and India.

The festival will present awards in various categories namely Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Cinematography, Best Actor/Actress, Best Bengali Movie (Only for Bangladesh) and Best Experimental Film. Besides, a local filmmaker will receive award in Lifetime Achievement category.

Besides, the festival is featuring online webinars and discussions. Aspiring and seasoned filmmakers from across the globe will participate in the sessions as guests and discussants.

Dhaka International Youth Film Festival will end on July 31.

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