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Dhaka International Film Festival

Countries: Bangladesh
Genres: fiction

Biennal, even years. The Festival has been organized on a regular basis by Rainbow Film Society, which has been dedicated to the promotion of a healthy cine culture in Bangladesh and in celebrating the global mainstream in film and its social relevance since 1977. In the short span of twelve years, DIFF has attained international recognition with 13 festivals held in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. The festival accepts fiction films from Asia and Australia, organizes various retrospectives and tributes, discussions and seminars. During the 14th DIFF, organizers expect to screen approximately 150 films, with participation from approximately 50 countries. The festival will have a competition section for Asian and Australian cinema and segment categories for: “Retrospective”, “Cinema of the World “,” Children’s Film “,”Women Filmmakers “,” Short and Independent Films Section” and “Spiritual Films Section”. The festival committee is also planning to invite around 25 to 30 women filmmakers, actors and personalities from all over the world to hold a conference on “2nd International Conference on Women Cinema”. And in order to educate future film activists the festival is going to organize the 5th Dhaka Cine Workshop.

A biennial event that screens features from Asia and Australia + retrospectives etc.: January 14 - 22, 2016.

Festival Categories:

a. Competition Section: Fictional films from Asia and Australia with a minimum length of 70 minutes are eligible for entry in this portion. An international jury board will adjudicate the Asian competition section. The international jury committee will also select one Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Script and Best Cinematographer. These awards will consist of a crest and certificate.

b. Retrospective: We are expecting three famous directors film from Asia, Africa and Latin America or from Europe will be included in the retrospectives section.

c. Cinema of the World: (Open for all feature film categories). One film will be selected for an Audience Award by the general viewers. The award will be in the form of a certificate and a crest.

d. Children’s Film: Several films will be included. These screenings are ideal family outings and will be open to all children and adults. One film will be selected by audience vote for the Best Juvenile Film Audience Award. The award will be in the form of a certificate and a crest.

e. Short and Independent Film: For the second time in its history, DIFF will screen films by independent filmmakers experimenting with a variety of filming formats. The widely available, relatively low-cost formats of DVCAM, VCD, DVD and mini DVs have allowed many more artists to venture into film production. This portion of the Festival will showcase feature films as well as documentary and short films from around the world.

f. Women Filmmakers: A selection of full-length feature films as well as short length and documentary films by female filmmakers will be screened at this year’s DIFF. An independent jury of female filmmakers, cultural experts, artists, and professionals will be appointed by the Festival Committee to judge this portion of the competition. One award will be made for Best Director in the Women Filmmakers Category. The award will be in the form of a certificate and a crest.

g. Spiritual Films Section: This section is being introduced to promote public discourse on the place of faith and spirituality in the human context. The idea is for viewers to distinguish between elements of identity in spirituality as opposed to the abuse of faith in fundamentalism. The showcasing of films on spirituality would promote greater cross-cultural understanding and tolerance and facilitate dialogues within communities as between communities.

One documentary and one fiction film will be selected independent Jury, appointed by the Festival, will adjudicate. Prizes will be awarded to the directors of the winning films. The award will be in the form of a certificate and a crest.

Dhaka International Film Festival
Rainbow Film Society, B.S. Bhaban, Level 3, Room #105
75 Science Laboratory Road
1205 Dhaka
+88 028 621 062