14th Int’l Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh ends

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 22:53, Feb 05,2021


Guests, organisers and award winners pose for a photo at the closing ceremony of 14th International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday. — Sony Ramany

The 14th International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh ended on Friday at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Children’s Film Society Bangladesh has been organising the festival to promote children’s films and encourage children in filmmaking since 2008.

State minister for information and communication technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak was present as chief guest while Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky was present as special guest at the closing ceremony. Director of the festival Fariha Jannat Mim anchored the event.

The closing ceremony featured discussion, film screening and awards ceremony. Children’s Film Society Bangladesh distributed 12 awards at the event.

Five films were awarded in Under 18 Bangladesh category namely Tenor, Trikonomiti, Thonga, Puppetry and An Interview of A Marionette.

Local film Maati bagged the Young Talent Award and the Young Talent Award Special Mention went to local film Lottery.

Local film A New Normal Cinema bagged award in Social Competition Section while the Best International Short Film Award went to Armenian film Under the Stork’s Nest.

The Best International Feature Film Award went to Dutch film Jackie and Oopjen and the Best Director Award went to Ani Oganesyan.

‘I feel glad and honoured to be here. I thank Children’s Film Society Bangladesh for organising this film festival in the time of COVID-19 crisis. I have been deeply impressed after witnessing the organising capacity of these children. I hope they will make films with honesty and dedication in future. They will one day make films which will win Oscars,’ said Zunaid Ahmed Palak.

‘I am grateful to Children’s Film Society Bangladesh for organising this festival. I will not forget about this festival till the last day of my life as it was held during the COVID-19 crisis. Our children have displayed their talent, potential and organising capacity by successfully pulling off this event,’ said Liaquat Ali Lucky.

An animated film titled Mujib Amar Pita was screened at the venue.

The 14th International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh, which began on January 30, featured 179 films from 37 countries namely Bangladesh, India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Philippines, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Qatar, Iran, Australia, China, Thailand, Armenia, Bulgaria and others. This year 1,116 films from 81 countries were submitted to the festival.

The films were screened at Shawkat Osman Auditorium of Sufia Kamal National Public Library, Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum, National Art Gallery Auditorium and National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

The slogan of the event was ‘Future in Frames’. The event also featured four workshops and interactive sessions.

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