January 11, 2014
The ‘13th Dhaka International Film Festival’, a biennial international film festival, was launched at the Main Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum in the city on Friday.
With the theme ‘Better Film, Better Audience, Better Society,’ the Rainbow Film Society has organised the eight-day carnival dedicated to the promotion of a healthy cine-culture in the country.
Rainbow Film Society has been arranging the international event to celebrate the global mainstream in film and its social relevance to the country since 1977.
Rainbow Film Society is one of the most active in the film society movement of Bangladesh. Besides holding regular film shows. film related seminars and workshops, it also brings out ‘The Celluloid’, the lone cinema periodical from Bangladesh with an international audience.
The DIFF is the most prestigious film event in Bangladesh and, to a great extent, has helped shape an increasingly healthy and positive national film culture.
The festival is a bold expression of resistance against the decadence, vulgarity and cheap commercialism that pervades the mainstream Bangladesh film industry.
The DIFF has also created space for young and aspiring filmmakers in Bangladesh and larger South Asia to connect with global artistic trends and to strengthen the parallel development of Bangladeshi cinema.
A total of 150 films from some 50 countries of the world will participate in the festival which have a competition section for Asian and Australian cinema and segment categories for ‘Retrospective’, ‘Cinema of the World’, ‘Children’s Film’, ‘Women Filmmakers’, ‘Short and Independent Films Section’ and ‘Spiritual Films Section’.
As part of the festival, a women filmmakers’ conference, titled ‘International Conference on Women Cinema’ featuring around 25-30 women filmmakers, actors and personalities from all over the world, is going at the Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Hall of the University of Dhaka on Friday and Saturday.
Rainbow Film Society, in association with the Department of Women and Gender Studies, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and Department of Television and Film Studies of the University of Dhaka, will hold the two-day conference.
Besides, ‘The 4th Dhaka Cine Workshop’ is going to be held on the campus of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) of Dhanmondi from Sunday.
The workshop, which is scheduled to be continued until Friday, is a parallel event designed to utilise the ambiance, resource and coming together of cine professionals as well as creative talents, old and new.
The workshop will be an intensive week-long academy with creative professionals from diverse fields of the film industry as speakers and moderators.
The festival is scheduled to be concluded on January 18.