10-day film event features works by young makers

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 21:53, Aug 04,2020


Posters of ‘Let the Wind Remember Us’, left, ‘Talisman’.

The 12th International Inter-University Short Film Festival (IIUSFF), organised by Dhaka University Film Society, lifted the curtain on its official film screening segment on Monday.

The event is featuring 200 films by local and foreign young filmmakers studying at different universities across the globe. The films will be screened till August 12 on the website and YouTube channel of IIUSFF.

The 12th IIUSFF was inaugurated through a two-day programme, held on June 6 and 7, which featured film screenings and a webinar. A total of 18 short films, comprising award winning and officially selected short films from previous editions of IIUSFF, were screened on IIUSFF’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel.

This year filmmakers from 106 countries submitted 2,583 short films to the 12th IIUSFF. A total of 200 films were selected by DUFS for the festival. The films are being screened under different categories including Competition, One Minute Short, Films of Rohingya Refugee and Panaroma. Besides, the event is featuring 38 animation films and 16 documentaries.

The film screenings commenced with Argentine filmmaker Aldana Santantonio directed ‘Let the Wind Remember Us’. Besides, films namely ‘Talisman’, ‘Eavesdropper’, ‘Tooth’ and others were screened on the opening day.

Every day, 20 new films are going to be made available at 10:00 am and will be removed after 24 hours.

The festival will end on August 12 with an award giving ceremony.

‘We are organising the film festival virtually for the first time due to the COVID-19 situation. The event has received huge response from the film lovers. It has been a great learning experience for us. We will screen 20 films every day. We hope film lovers will enjoy the event,’ Ferdous Khan Nirjhar, DUFS president, told New Age.

IIUSFF started its journey back in 2007 with the motto ‘Take your camera, frame your dream.’ The goal of IIUSFF has been to provide a platform for university-going students and to celebrate the works of independent filmmakers from all over the world.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the festival partner of the event.

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