14th International Children’s Film Fest to feature 179 films

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:54, Jan 26,2021


Children’s Film Society Bangladesh holds a press conference on the upcoming 14th International Children’s Film Festival at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka in Dhanmondi on Tuesday. — Press release

Children’s Film Society Bangladesh will lift the curtain on 14th International Children’s Film Festival on January 30.

The event will feature 179 films from 37 countries namely Bangladesh, India, France, Japan, Italy, Iran, Australia, China and others. A total of 1,116 films from 81 countries were submitted to the festival.

The announcement was made at a press conference held at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka in Dhanmondi on Tuesday.

Director of 14th Int’l Children’s Film Festival Fariha Jannat Mim, Alliance Francaise de Dhaka director Olivier Dintinger, 14th International Children’s Film Festival’s festival committee assistant director Raunaq Jahan Rafa, executive member Abir Ferdous Mukhar and programme editor Rayeed Morshed were present at the press conference.

Children’s Film Society Bangladesh president Muhammad Zafar Iqbal and its advisor Yasmin Haque attended at the press conference virtually.

The 14th International Children’s Film Festival will host film screenings at Sufia Kamal National Public Library, Bangladesh National Museum and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the capital.

The films will be screened under different sections namely Bangladeshi Children Filmmakers’ Section, Special Film Competition Section marking the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence, International Film Section, Young Bangladeshi Filmmakers’ Section and others.

Bangladeshi Children Filmmakers’ Section will feature 19 films and five films will be awarded prizes, seven films will be screened marking the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence, Young Bangladeshi Filmmakers’ Section will feature 23 films, Special Film Competition Section will feature six films, International Film Section will feature 116 films and a special section named New Normal will feature six films.

‘We will host the festival following health guidelines. Visitors will have to wear masks at venues. Besides, we will cut seating capacity by half at venues,’ Fariha Jannat Mim told New Age.

Besides, the event will feature four workshops and interactive sessions.

Information minister Hasan Mahmud is scheduled to attend the inaugural ceremony of the festival as chief guest while state minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid will be present as special guest.

Renowned filmmaker Morshedul Islam, founder of Children’s Film Society Bangladesh, will preside over the inaugural ceremony.

Children’s Film Society Bangladesh has been organising the festival since 2008. It is one of the biggest film festivals in Bangladesh and the only international film festival dedicated to children.

14th International Children’s Film Festival will end on February 5.

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