DUFS brings down the curtain of 10th IIUSFF
The 10th edition of the International Inter-University Short Film Festival (IIUSFF), organized by Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS), has finally concluded through an exuberant closing ceremony, held at Dhaka University’s Teacher- Student Centre auditorium on September 5.
Romanian director Elena Ciolacu clinched the Zahir Raihan Best Short award at the 10th IIUSFF for her film The Little Hero, while Neela Nusrat from Bangladesh won the Tareque Masud Best Emerging Director award for her film Magna.
With the slogan "Take Your Camera, Frame Your Dream," this year’s festival was organized in association with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), together with DUFS who introduced a new category titled “Short Film on Refugee” in the competition, with a view to bring out untold stories of the refugees around the world to the masses using creative depictions. Serbian director Aleksandar Aleksić became the first ever winner of the title in the category for his film Anywhere, while Bangladeshi director Mrittika Kamal’s Escape was selected as the runner-up.
Christopher Satola from United States was named for the Best Director award for his film Connected, which also bagged the Best Editing award with Adrian Carey directed film Mariposas. Among the other prizes, Bangladeshi short film The Moan, directed by Rafat Jamil, won the Best Cinematography award. The Best Screenplay award was handed to Is it Good to Run Away, a Bangladeshi short film directed by Fuaduzzaman Fuad, while German short film Drowning, directed by Pedro Harres, won the Best Animation award at the 10th edition of the competition.
Tarana Halim, the State Minister of Information, was present as the chief guest at the closing ceremony. UNHCR’s regional head of South- east Asia Papa Kysma Sylla, along with noted film-maker Morshedul Islam also attended the event, where Shamim Akhter was present as the special guest. Eminent film researcher Junaid Halim and DU Pro- Vice Chancellor professor Abdus Samad were also present at the ceremony.
Describing the competition as a gateway to reach out to the youth, Tarana Halim said, “Filmmakers in this country have to face a lot of challenges and it is the duty of the government to ensure a nurturing environment for the budding film-makers.”
The minister went on to thank DUFS for their endeavours and promised to do her best for the budding film-makers of the country.
The inaugural session of the 10th IIUSFF was held at the Goethe Institut Bangladesh on August 19, followed by a second screening session at the Alliance Française de Dhaka from August 29 to August 30.
As the curtain rose on a landmark edition of the yearly festival in mid July, the 10th IIUSFF found itself in robust health, with nearly 700 short films submitted for the competition from 71 countries in three different categories- Competition (maximum duration 15 minutes), Panorama (maximum duration 30 minutes), and the newly introduced category Short Film on Refugee (maximum duration 15 minutes). Films submitted in the panorama category, however, were not considered for the prizes, but were included in the special mentions and public screenings.
The seven-member jury of the competition included prominent director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, Tauquir Ahmed and film activist Rashidul Hafiz, among others.
To sharpen their skills to better frame their dreams in future, top 20 short-listed participants in the festival will get a free entrance to attend the talent campus session conducted by renowned film-makers and film personnels. These master classes will be held at the Alliance Française de Dhaka in Dhanmondi, confirmed the organizers.
“We are trying our best to make the event grow bigger every year,” said DUFS General Secretary Sourav Sarker. “We want to screen the selected films of the festival in every divisional city of Bangladesh and eventually turn this festival into a movement.”
According to him, the IIUSFF was the oldest competitive platform for university-going film-makers in Bangladesh. “DUFS was the first organization in the country to host such international inter-university competition. “We receive thousands of films from all around the world every year,” he added.
A special screening session of the selected short films is scheduled on September 18 at Star Cineplex.
The IIUSFF was introduced in 2007 with the goal of providing a platform for young and talented film-makers in Bangladesh and overseas to showcase their talent. Over the years, it has succeeded in creating a name of its own and to work as a cross-cultural platform in order to portray the different styles and dimensions of young university-going film-makers throughout the world.