A panel discussion on diverse issues related to the local film industry and film education was held on Friday at the seminar room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The panel was organised by the academy as part of its four-day celebration programme, which began on Wednesday marking the National Film Day.
On Friday, filmmakers, film critics and researchers engaged themselves in topics like film education in Bangladesh, future films and current scenario in the local film industry.
Junaid Ahmed Halim, associate professor of film and television at Jagannath University, presented the key-note paper on film education in Bangladesh. In his paper, Halim charted the history of film education in the country that dates back to 1960s through small initiatives of different film societies.
‘Film education in the country began with the formation of Pakistan Chalachitra Sangsad in 1963, of which the recently demised Mohammad Khasru was a key figure. A few years later, filmmaker Alamgir Kabir founded Dhaka Film Institute in 1969 to disseminate film education and to attract the young generation to filmmaking and film studies,’ said Halim.
‘Through seminars, film screenings, workshops, shorts courses and publication of film magazines, these two film societies and few others, which were founded after the country’s independence, began film education in the country,’ added Halim.
After the liberation war, a bunch of film enthusiasts began to study film in different institutes in India and other countries, which paved way for emergence of individuals with formal education on film. Universities began to offer courses on film and media since 2004-05 and gradually film departments were opened by a number of public and private universities after 2010.
‘It is a good sign that film studies has been included in the mainstream education. The industry can now hope to get a new generation with adequate film education,’ said Halim.
The second paper on the day was presented by filmmaker Fauzia Khan on ‘Future Films: Bangladesh in Perspective’.
In her paper, Fauzia Khan highlighted how accessibility to technologies has eased the way for filmmaking in the last few years. ‘We have to utilise the technologies that we have at our hands to make films of all sorts and lengths to portray our reality,’ said Fauzia Khan.
The third discussion was held on the present scenario of the film industry which is afflicted, speakers said, with many problems. The speakers urged for a concerted effort from all film bodies and adequate initiatives from the government to revive the industry.
The four-day celebration programme, which will end today, is also featuring film screenings, workshops, seminar and exhibition at different venues of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
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