POST TIME: 10 January, 2019 09:52:26 AM
Curtain rises on 17th Dhaka Int’l Film Festival today
DL Desk

Curtain rises on 17th Dhaka Int’l Film Festival today

With the slogan ‘Aesthetic movies, thoughtful viewers, enlightened society’, the curtain rises on the 17th edition of Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) today. The DIFF, one of the most prestigious film events in the country, will screen films in a number of sessions under different categories at different venues in the capital.

Organised by Rainbow Film Society, the 17th DIFF is scheduled to screen 220 films from 72 countries during the nine-day event, informed the organisers in a press conference yesterday.

According to the organisers, the festival is expected to draw a number of international filmmakers, critics and journalists from over 60 countries alongside their Bangladesh counterparts.

The 17th DIFF will screen the films under the categories of Asian Competition, Retrospective, Bangladesh Panorama, Cinema of the World, Children’s Films, Spiritual Films, Women Filmmakers, Short and Independent Films.

The different venues of the festival include Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library in Shahbag, Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium and main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum in Shahbag, Blockbuster Cinema in Pragati Sarani of Baridhara and Alliance Francaise De Dhaka (AFD) in Dhanmondi.

Like the previous years, the most important segment- ‘Fifth Dhaka International Conference on Women in Cinema 2019’ will be held at the AFD on January 11 and 12 during the festival.

With the general theme of the festival ‘Better Film, Better Audience, Better Society’, the festival has been organised on a regular basis by the Rainbow Film Society. The organisation has been dedicated to the promotion of a healthy cine culture in Bangladesh and in celebrating the global mainstream in film since 1977.

Besides, the festival has also created space for young and aspiring filmmakers in Bangladesh and larger South Asia to connect with global artistic trends and to strengthen the parallel development of Bangladeshi cinema.

The festival will continue till January 18.