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Curtain drops on Global Youth Film Festival 2019 in Mymensingh

  • Published at 11:04 pm September 8th, 2019
Global Youth Film Festival 2019
Second from right, Mayor of Mymensingh Ekramul Haque Titu was the chief guest of the closing ceremony, held at district Shilpakala Academy on Saturday | Courtesy

The festival was dedicated to building awareness about climate change. There was also a workshop where 50 young film-makers from home, and abroad participated

The third edition of the Global Youth Film Festival ended on Saturday, with an award giving ceremony at Shilpakala Academy, Mymensingh. 74 films from 35 countries were selected out of a total submission of 1700 films from 101 countries. Film-makers from Japan, India, and Indonesia joined the young film-makers of Bangladesh to make this festival a success. 

The festival was inaugurated on September 5 at the same venue. The chief guest was veteran thespian Ramendu Majumdar. At the closing ceremony, the chief guest was the city mayor of Mymensingh, Ekramul Haque Titu. Festival Coordinator, Asma Akhtar Liza, presided over the ceremony while the Festival Director and President of Cinema Bangladesh, Hemanta Sadeeq emceed. 

The jury panel for the International Film category consisted of film-maker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) member Sadia Khalid, and Iranian film-maker Morteza Farshbarf. Director Nurul Alam Atique, film academic Zahidur Rahman Anjan, and architect Enamul Karim Nirjhar were the judges for the national category.

Apart from the films in competition, Nasiruddin Yousuf Bachchu’s Alpha, and Nur Imran Mithu’s Komola Rocket were also screened at the festival. Alamgir Kabir, who plays the titular role in Alpha joined the audience for a Q&A session. 

The festival was dedicated to building awareness about climate change. There was also a workshop where 50 young film-makers from home, and abroad participated. 

Jisan Mahadi, general secretary of Cinema Bangladesh confirmed that the fourth edition of the festival will be held in November, 2020. 

The seven awards at the GYFF 19 went to the following films and film-makers:

Best of the Fest: Etude (United States of America)

Best International Short: The Last Straw (Malaysia)

Best Animation: Roy’s Great Escape (China)

Best Documentary: Welcome to Tsunami Village (Japan)

Hiralal Sen Best Bangladeshi Film: Koyekti Prachin Gachh by Hasnat Sohan

Tareque Masud Best Bangladeshi Director: Bijoy Mahmood for Projonmo

Khalilullah Khan Best Bangladeshi Actor: Ashish Khondker for Tiyer Goppo