15th International Short & Independent Film Festival Dhaka\'19
A mega fest to start today
15th International Short & Independent Film Festival Dhaka'19
The inaugural ceremony of the 15th International Short & Independent Film Festival Dhaka 2019 is going to be held on December 7 at 4 pm at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium of Central Public Library, Shahbagh in the city. In association with Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Information and Ministry of Cultural Affairs, the organiser of this 7 day-long mega fest is Bangladesh Short Film Forum.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen, as the chief guest, will inaugurate the mega event. Eminent Indian filmmaker Kumar Shahani and Kamal Swaroop will be present as the special guests on the occasion.
The fest will feature more than 200 films from 45 participating countries including Bangladesh. The venues for the event are- Central Public Library, Shahbagh; Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Segunbagicha in the city.
There are arrangements of awards to be given under four categories- Best International Film (Fiction), Best International Film (Documentary), NETPAC Jury Award and Tareq Shahriar Best Independent Short. Besides regular screening session of the films, main attractions of this year's festival are- three workshops, a seminar titled 'Alamgir Kabir Memorial Lecture' and a master class, to be conducted by the filmmaker Kumar Shahani.
The festival will mark its end through a closing ceremony to be held on December 13, where State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid MP will take part as the chief guest.
A press meet, presided over by the chairman of the festival committee Nasiruddin Yousuff, regarding the festival was held on December 5 at National Press Club, Dhaka; where director of the festival committee N. Rashed Chowdhury gave a detailed description of this year's event. President of Bangladesh short Film Forum Zahidur Rahim Anjan, filmmaker Enayet Karim Babul and other were present at the press meet.
Supported by Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, programme partners for the festival are- Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Goethe institut, Alliance Française de Dhaka, Institut Français and Shiksha-Shangkrity Shohay Foundation.
The festival was initiated in December 1988 as the first international festival of short films in this subcontinent. Both eminent and young filmmakers attended the previous fourteen editions from Europe, Asia, and America. Among them were eminent Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi and Indian film directors Mrinal Sen, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Goutam Ghose and Aparna Sen. In the last festival, a total of 300 films from 60 countries participated. The festival is now an internationally acclaimed showcase for the latest short and independent films made around the globe.