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Bogra International Film Festival 2024 wraps up with awards ceremony

The fourth edition of the Bogra International Film Festival concluded with a grand awards ceremony, honouring outstanding local and foreign films amidst a gathering of filmmakers and enthusiasts from around the world.



Update : 25 Feb 2024, 08:30 PM

The Bogra International Film Festival 2024 drew to a close with a spectacular awards ceremony, celebrating the achievements of both local and foreign filmmakers. Organized by the Pundranagar Film Society, the festival commenced on February 15 at the Bogura District Shilpakala Academy, transforming Bogra into a hub of cinematic exploration and cultural exchange.

Festival Director Supin Barman welcomed attendees, highlighting the distinctive aspects of this year's event, which featured the participation of filmmakers and film crews from India, Nepal, Italy, and Bangladesh. The presence of esteemed guests, including Chief Guest Ragebul Ahsan Ripu, MP of Bogura-6 constituency, added prestige to the occasion.

Jury members from various countries lent their expertise to the evaluation process. The jury board include Indian film critic Roma Singh, Dr Abid, Nepal International Festival Chairman KP Pathak, Haryana International Film Festival Director Dharmender Dangi, Sri Lankan writer and director Rodney Vidanapathirana, Bangladeshi filmmaker Ashraf Shishir, film critic/screenwriter Sadia Khalid Reeti, and German Film curator Ingo Starz.

The prestigious Pundranagar Award was bestowed upon poet and essayist Bazlul Karim Bahar and playwright, director Toufiq Hasan Maina, in recognition of their significant contributions to the arts. Additionally, four outstanding films were honored across different categories:

  • Best National Film: 'Joy Bangla' directed by Shaila Rahman Tithi
  • Best International Short Film: 'Dare Waad' by Marwa Aye (Egypt)
  • Best Documentary: 'Saving the Himalayan Yak' by Rakesh Andania
  • Best Feature Film: 'Signalman 1971' directed by Shivarudha Ke (India)

President of the Pundranagar Film Society, Paushram Sarkar, extended congratulations to all the awardees and participants, reflecting the spirit of camaraderie and appreciation that characterized the festival. Attendees were treated to a diverse selection of films, showcasing cultural diversity and artistic innovation from around the globe

The festival also featured masterclasses and workshops conducted by acclaimed directors Khandaker Sumon and Arun Deo Joshi, offering aspiring filmmakers valuable insights into the craft of cinema. With screenings held at multiple venues and an array of engaging activities, the Bogra International Film Festival 2024 proved to be a resounding success, captivating audiences and fostering creative dialogue across borders.


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