International Children’s Film Festival ends

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 21:51, Jan 31,2020


Guests, organisers and the awardees pose for a photo at the closing ceremony of the 13th International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh at Sufia Kamal National Public Library on Friday. — Press release

The 13th International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh ended on Friday through an awards giving ceremony held at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Sufia Kamal National Public Library.

A total of 11 awards were handed over at the closing ceremony of the festival which was organised by Children’s Film Society Bangladesh. The winners received crests, certificates and prize money at the programme.

President of Children’s Film Society Bangladesh Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, general secretary Munira Morshed Munni, founder of CFSB filmmaker Morshedul Islam and festival director Fariha Jahin Biva, among others, spoke at the closing ceremony of the festival.

‘Romy’s Salon’, directed by Mischa Kamp (Netherland), won the Best Feature Film Award in Best Film (International) Section, while Finnish director Merja Maijanen bagged the best director award for her film ‘Good Girl’.

The Best Short Film (International) Award went to German film ‘Day X’, directed by Katharina Rivilis, while Best Director (International Under 18 Section) Award went to ‘Comfortable Position’ by DRF Children Animation Studio (Uzbekistan).

Local young director Ragib Mahmud Shafayet Shah received the Young Talent Award for his film ‘The Smoker’ while Sudipto Shah won the Social Film Award for his film ‘Khoka Jokhon Chhotto Chhilen’.

In the Under 18 Section, five awards were handed over to six local makers namely Bibhaion Chakma, Supriyo Poroma, Farhanoor Imtiaz, Mubassir Ibnat, Mir Ragib Tajwar and Sifat Shahriar.

The 13th International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh commenced on January 24. It featured 179 films from 39 countries namely Bangladesh, India, Mexico, Spain, France, Germany, Canada, Qatar, Croatia, Korea, Armenia and others.

Besides films, the festival featured seminars, workshops and interactive sessions.

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