The Bangladesh Panorama Section of 18th Dhaka International Film Festival, that aims to promote Bangladeshi filmmakers and their works, featured a total of seven films this year.
It was previously announced that the section would showcase eleven films namely Ashraf Shishir different Amra Ekta Cinema Banabo (The Innocence), Nasiruddin Yousuff’s Alpha, Arun Chowdhury’s Mayaboti, Pradip Ghosh’s Shuttle Train, N Rashed Chowdhury’s Chandrabati Kotha (The Tales of Chandra), Farid Ahmad’s Tunes of Nostalgia, Masud Pothik’s Maya - The Lost Mother, Proshoon Rahamaan’s Nigrohokal (Long Period of Persecution), Omnibus film Iti, Tomari Dhaka, Tauquir Ahmed’s Phagun Hawa and Taneem Rahman Angshu’s No Dorai. However, four films could not be screened due to some complications.
One best film from this section will be selected by The International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI juries for an award. The jury for Bangladesh Panorama Section comprises Dhaka-based film critic, member of FIPRESCI Bangladesh and special correspondent of the New Age Ershad Komal Khan, film critic-writer and secretary to FIPRESCI-India Madhu Eravankara and vice-president of Film Critics Guild of Russia and member of FIPRESCI Evgenia Tirgatova.
‘We have arranged this section for Bangladeshi filmmakers. We want to make sure at least one Bangladeshi film wins The International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI Award,’ Ahmed Muztaba Zamal, festival director of DIFF, told New Age.
Zamal also spoke about this year’s submissions.
‘Iti Tomari Dhaka, Phagun Hawa and Alpha were disqualified because they were previously screened in different festivals and Chandrabati Kotha was disqualified because it did not get the censor certificate,’ said Zamal.
‘We could not continue Bangladesh Panorama Section in some previous editions of Dhaka International Film Festival due to the lack of Bangladeshi films. In future, if we get enough submissions, we will continue the panorama section,’ said Zamal, who expressed satisfaction over the audience turnout at DIFF.
‘Audiences are attending the screenings at venues like Star Cineplex and National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. In other venues, the projection screens are not of good quality but we are pretty much satisfied with the audience turnout,’ he said. DIFF, which began on January 11, will end today.
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