The 19th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) will be held in Dhaka from January 16 to 24. The general theme of the festival is 'Better Film, Better Audience and Better Society'. Since 1977, the event has been organised by Rainbow Film Society.
The inaugural ceremony of the DIFF will take place in the main auditorium of the Bangladesh National Museum at 4pm on January 16. Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Dr A K Abdul Momen, MP, will be present as the chief guest and Indian High Commissioner Vikram K Doraiswami will be present as a special guest at the ceremony.
This year, 227 films will be screened with participation from 73 countries across the globe. The screening will be held at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Star Cineplex, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Central Public Library Auditorium and Bangladesh National Museum Auditorium. For the first time, the festival will also be available on a virtual platform.
The event will feature competitions on the following segments: Asian Cinema Competition Section, Legendary leaders who changed the world, Tribute, Retrospective, Bangladesh Panorama Section, Cinema of the World Section, Children Films Section, Women Filmmakers Section, Short and Independent Films Section and Spiritual Films Section. The international jury committee will also select one Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Script and Best Cinematographer from the participating films.
This year's festival signifies the celebrations of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, which began on March 17, 2020.
Under the 'Tribute' segment, the 19th DIFF will be honouring legendary Oscar-winning filmmaker Satyajit Ray, on the occasion of his birth centenary. Along with the screening of some of his notable films, the DIFF will arrange a seminar on January 20, at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The seminar titled, "Satyajit Ray: National as Global" will feature noted Indian actor Sharmila Tagore and Dhritiman Chatterjee, Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed, Critique Moinuddin Khaled, and noted actor and politician Asaduzzaman Noor. A keynote paper will be presented by Mofidul Hoque, cultural activist and Trustee of Bangladesh Liberation War Museum.