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17th edition of DIFF concludes

UNB, Dhaka
17th edition of DIFF concludes
Award winners, guests and organisers pose for a photograph at the closing ceremony. Photo : jaki Zaman

This year’s theme was ‘Better Film, Better Audience and Better Society’. Rainbow Film Society organised the nine-day festival.

State Minister of Cultural Affairs KM Khalid attended the closing ceremony at the main auditorium of the National Museum as the chief guest on Friday. State Minister for Foreign Affairs and chief patron of the DIFF, Shahriar Alam, presided over the session in presence of festival director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal and festival executive committee member M Hamid.

‘Little Prince of Our City’ directed by Talgat Temenov from Kazakhstan won the ‘Best Children Film Badal Rahman Award’ while the ‘Best Audience Award’ was given to ‘EK Je Chilo Raja’ directed by Srijit Mukherji from India.

‘Sonatan Golpo’ (Ancient Trap) directed by Masum Aziz from Bangladesh won ‘Best Critic Film by FIPRESCI Jury’ while ‘Bitter Sea’ directed by Fateme Ahmadi from the UK, ‘Burkinabe Bounty’ by Iara Lee from Burkina Faso, the USA, Bulgaria, Italy, Rising Silence directed by Leesa Gazi from Bangladesh, India, UK and ‘Mamang’ directed by Denise O’hara from Philippines got the award for Best Short fiction in Women Filmmakers Section, Women Filmmakers Section Documentary, Best Documentary in Women Filmmakers Section and Best Feature Film in Women Filmmakers Section respectively.

‘Return’ by Shahriar Pourseyedian from Iran won the best short fiction in Spiritual Film Section while ‘Walking for Genna’ by Frederic Furnelle and Oliver Bourget from Belgium, Ethiopia and ‘Namdev Bhau’ directed by Dar Gai from India, Ukriane were awarded with Best Documentary in Spiritual Film Section and Best Feature in Spiritual Film Section respectively.

In the Asian Film Competition Section, ‘Signal Rock’ directed by Chito Rono from Philippines and ‘Shynyrau’ (Deep Well) directed by Zhanabek Zhetiruov from Kazakhstan were awarded the best script and best cinematography. ‘Sofra Sirlari’ (Serial Cook) by Umit Unal and ‘Brothers of Silence’ by Taylan Mintas from Turkey got the Best Actress and Best Actor awards.

‘Darak yry’ (The Song of the Tree) by Aibek Daiyrbekov from Kyrgyzstan won the best film award while Best Director was selected from ‘Dressage’ movie from Iran in the Asian Film Competition.

Srijit Mukherji directed ‘Uma’ from India was screened following the closing ceremony of the festival.

At the 17th DIFF, some 220 films from around 72 countries were selected for screening, according to the organisers.

The venues of film screening were the Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Blockbuster Cinemas at Jamuna Future Park, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Central Public Library Auditorium and National Museum Auditorium.

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