April 24, 2009
Preparations for the 11th Dhaka International Film Festival, to be organised by Rainbow Film Society is going on full swing. Submission of films for the festival, which will be held from January 14 to 22 next year in Dhaka, has been set for October 30, informed Ahmed Msztaba Zamal, the festival director and also secretary general of Rainbow Film Society.
The organisers are expecting to screen about 100 films from at least 30 countries. As in the previous years, the festival will have a competition section for Asian cinema and it will also have the categories like âCompetitionâ, âRetrospectiveâ, âTributeâ, âCinema of the World â, âChildrenâs Filmâ, âFocusâ, âBangladesh Panoramaâ, âWomen Filmmakersâ, âIndependent Films Sectionâ and âSpiritual Filmsâ.
According to the organisers, the directors from Asia and Australia regions can take part in competition. A five-member international jury board will be appointed by the festival committee for the selection of the best film of the festival.
The organisers will award the best film by giving Taka one lakh as prize money. The International Film Critics Federation will also give a separate award in this category.
The organisers inform that they will show films of three famous directors from Asia, Africa and Latin America or from Europe, in retrospective. âWe are also on the process of selecting the filmmakers for the category of Tribute in the festival. The category will contain at least three films of each of the selected filmmakers,â says Ahmed Msztaba Zamal.
In the category of âCinema of the Worldâ, which is open for all feature films, one film will be selected for the Audience Award by votes from the general viewers. The award will include a certificate and a crest.
In the âChildrenâs Filmsâ category, one film will be selected as the âBest Juvenile Film Audience Awardâ by votes from the audience. The award will also include a certificate and a crest.
In the category called âBangladesh Panoramaâ the organisers will screen five to seven films made during the period starting from 1956 to 2009.
For the second time in the history of the festival, the organisers will screen films by independent filmmakers. The films, made in the formats of Betacam, VCD, DVD and mini DVs can be submitted in the festival.
Five seminars will be held during the festival. The International Film Critics Association of Bangladesh (IFCAB) will arrange the seminars on different aspects of films.
Subjects of the films include âThe aesthetics of cinema: the critic and the reviewerâ, âSpiritual Cinema: Patronage in an age of commercialisationâ and âImpact of film festivals on third world cinemaâ. The other seminars will be held on âThe challenges of independent film makingâ and âDhaka International Film Festival â creating a conclave of culturesâ.