The evening ended with an acrobatic performance followed by the screening of the six winning films
The closing and award giving ceremony of the 2nd Bangladesh Short and Documentary Film Festival was held on Saturday at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The evening ended with an acrobatic performance followed by the screening of the six winning films.
Professor Dr. Fahmidul Haq walked the audience through the selection process. He explained some of the criteria that helped the committee objectively select 70 films out of 200 submissions.
“This year we focused on originality,” he said. “Original music was given priority over stock music.”
Eminent film director Morshedul Islam said, “Judging any art form is subjective. I saw a lot of potential in the new makers. The more female participation we have, the faster we’ll progress.”
Chief Guest at the event, Syed Salauddin Zaki recalled how he took an interview of SM Sultan in that very room where the closing ceremony was being held. He reminisced about wiping off blood and traces of human brains from the walls of the Shilpakala after the Liberation War, before rehearsing for a play.
The Director General of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Liaquat Ali Lucky, recalled Bangabandhu and this day in ‘71 when they knew victory was close at hand. He announced some important additions to Shilpakala in his speech.
“We opened 11 Upazila Shilpakala Academies last month; another 79 are on the way,” he said. “Three more stories will be added to Shilpakala where there will be a multiplex.”
The speeches were followed by the award giving ceremony.
The Best Short Film award went to Shojon Majhi and Ashim Sarker for “Golpo Shongkhep.” Bratto Amin’s “Operation Jackpot” won Best Documentary. Both awards went with a cheque of taka1 lakh each.
Best Director (Short) award was given to SM Kamrul Ahsan for “Gran,” and to Tasmiah Afrin Mou for “Statement after My Poet Husband’s Death.” In the documentary category,
Jhumur Asma Jui won the award for Best Director.
The winners received taka 50 thousand each, with a crest and a certificate.
Jury Award recipients included Mahmud Hassan for “Itibritto Kinba Bastobotar Punorarombho” (Short), and Farid Ahmed for “Lal Shobujer Dipaboli” (Documentary). The prize money for these awards was taka 25 thousand each.