12th Dhaka Int'l Film Fest
The 12th Dhaka International Film Festival will feature over 200 films from 55 countries from six continents. The itinerary includes films from Iran, India, China, Japan, France, Serbia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Russia, UK, USA, Argentina and Brazil, as well as from countries whose films are little known to Bangladeshi filmgoers.
Through the festival, the Dhaka audience would get a chance to enjoy films from little known South American nations like Peru and Venezuela; African nations Tanzania and Uganda as well as from Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Palestine, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and UAE.
Contemporary Bangladeshi films will also be screened at the nine-day festival that will be held from January 12 next year.
The organisers have selected the Central Public Library premises as the main venue, while films will also be screened at both the auditoriums of National Museum and at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Dhanmondi.
As the preparation gets underway, the organiser -- Rainbow Film Society -- made the first formal announcement on the event at a press conference held yesterday at a lounge in Dhaka. Festival director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal informed the media about the progress of the festival. He said that the complete screening schedule and list of films, delegates will be announced soon. Among others, Syed Margub Morshed, festival chairman, was present at the press conference.
As in previous years, the upcoming festival will feature regular segments such as Competition, Retrospective, Tributes, Cinema of the World, Children's Films, Focus and Bangladesh Panorama.
The Competition segment will feature 17 films from Asia and Australia. Retrospective will showcase films of pioneering Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui and French filmmaker Pierre Coulibeuf. The Tribute segment will feature films of the recently deceased Bangladeshi filmmaker Tareque Masud. Eight films will be screened as part of the Bangladesh Panorama section.
Apart from regular segments, a special section will feature film adaptations of Rabindranath Tagore's literary works and documentaries on the Nobel laureate poet. The segment will be a tribute to the poet on his 150th birth anniversary.
The inaugural ceremony will be held on January 12 at 4pm at the main auditorium of National Museum.
Several local and international organisations including Dhaka Club, Alliance Francaise, Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival, Swiss Embassy in Dhaka, SIGNIS and Religion Today Film Festival are associated with the eagerly awaited event.