POST TIME: 4 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Berlinale Spotlight information session held at Goethe-Institut
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Berlinale Spotlight information session held at Goethe-Institut

An information session on Berlinale’s different programmes held yesterday at the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh auditorium in Dhanmondi of the capital.

 Welcoming the audience Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch, Director of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh said “Today all that many persons have contemplated about for years comes true. Berlinale Spotlight Bangladesh offers the independent filmmakers of this country a chance to feel and learn about Berlinale, gives Berlinale a chance to meet the vibrant young generation of film makers, and gives Goethe-Institut a chance to explore and kick-off a future collaborating in film.”

 During her presentation,  Dorothee Wenner, Delegate to the Berlin Film Festival for South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa said that they are hoping to intensify their network into the Bangladeshi film community on personal, professional and artistic levels. First impression, the timing could not have been more perfect as they are learning about a lot of interesting film projects here in the making. The Berlinale Spotlight in Bangladesh has been a great way to initiate a collaboration between the Goethe-Institut, the Dhaka DocLab and International Film Initiative of Bangladesh.

Meenakshi Shedde, South Asia Consultant, Berlin Film Festival stated that, “for her coming from Mumbai, the heart of Bollywood, it is a particular pleasure, not only to discover a variety of regional film talent from all over India, but also all over South Asia. Bangladeshi talents have already made a mark on the international film festival circuit. Through this collaboration between the Berlinale and three vital cultural institutions in Dhaka, we hope the Berlinale can be a launching pad for many more film talents from Bangladesh in the years to come.”

 Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in partnership with Dhaka DocLab and the International Film Initiatives of Bangladesh, hosting a ‘Berlinale Spotlight Bangladesh’ events from September 2 to 6, 2018.

The ‘Berlinale Spotlight’ aims to connect the Berlin International Film Festival with filmmakers in Bangladesh, and provides a platform for information and one-to-one meetings with a delegate and a consultant of Berlinale, framed by public film screenings.

During the information session, Berlinale delegate Dorothee Wenner and Berlinale South Asia consultant Ms. Meenakshi Shedde introduced the opportunities Berlinale and its diverse sub-programmes offer to filmmakers in Bangladesh and both took part in Q&A session to answer queries of the audience.

A public film screenings is also scheduled at Goethe-Institut’s auditorium and at the Dhaka Doc Lab (venue: Liberation War Museum) as per the attached schedule.

In addition, during the Spotlight programme, filmmakers of Bangladesh have the opportunity to discuss their ongoing projects in one-to-one meetings with Dorothee Wenner and Meenakshi Shedde. The meetings were scheduled based on a prior application process communicated across film activists in Bangladesh.

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