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17th Dhaka International Film Festival kicks off today

  • Published at 09:23 pm January 9th, 2019
Press conference of DIFF 2019
From left, Yesim Guzelpinar, Ilias Kanchan, Ahmed Muztaba Zamal, M Hamid and Zohreh Zamani unveiled details of DIFF 2019 at a press conference yesterday | Courtesy

The inaugural ceremony of the festival will take place in the main auditorium of the National Museum at 4pm on January 10, they said. Former minister of finance Abul Maal Abdul Muhith will be the chief guest of the ceremony. State Minister for Foreign Affairs and chief patron of DIFF Shariar Alam will preside over the session

The 17th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) 2019 begins today and it will go on till January 18. A press conference officially announcing the dates and details of the festival was held at Dhaka Club at 12pm yesterday. 

The press conference was conducted by veteran actor Ilias Kanchan, Festival Director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal, Head of the Programmer Zohreh Zamani, Festival Programmer Yesim Guzelpinar, and Festival Executive Committee Member M Hamid. They announced the venues, and seminars that will be held as part of the festival. 

The inaugural ceremony of the festival will take place in the main auditorium of the National Museum at 4pm on January 10, they said. Former minister of finance Abul Maal Abdul Muhith will be the chief guest of the ceremony. State Minister for Foreign Affairs and chief patron of DIFF Shahriar Alam will preside over the session.

During the 17th DIFF, organizers expect to screen 220 films, with participation from around 72 countries. The festival will have a competition for “Asian Cinema Section,” “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 film screenings will be held at the following venues: Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Blockbuster Cinemas at Jamuna Future Park, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Central Public Library Auditorium and National Museum Auditorium.

The slogan of DIFF is “Better Film, Better Audience, Better Society." There have been 16 editions of this festival, which has helped shape a positive national film culture. The previous years when the festival was held are 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. 

DIFF aims to resist the cheap commercialism that pervades the mainstream Bangladesh film industry. It also aims to create space for young and aspiring film-makers in Bangladesh as well as South Asia, so they may connect with global artistes, and learn international film-making standards.

DIFF has been organized on a regular basis by Rainbow Film Society, which has been dedicated to the promotion of a healthy cinema culture in Bangladesh, and in celebrating the global mainstream in film and its social relevance, since 1977.

Rainbow Film Society is one of the most active film entities in the film society movement of Bangladesh. Apart from holding regular film shows and film related seminars and workshops, Rainbow also brings out “The Celluloid,” one of the leading cinema periodicals of Bangladesh with an international audience.