16th DIFF starts on January 12

Cultural Correspondent
Thursday, December 14th, 2017


The ‘16th Dhaka International Film Festival’ (DIFF) will be held in Dhaka from January 12 to 20 in 2018. During the 16th DIFF 170 films from 60 countries will be screen. The festival will have a number of sections and highlights. The highlights will be the new section titled Bangladesh Panorama, Spiritual Section, the second edition of Independent Filmmakers’ section, 1st Asian Film Critics Assembly and the fourth conference for women in cinema and 8th cine workshop.


In the Competition Section fictional films from Asia with a minimum length of 70 minutes will be screened. A 5-member independent International Jury, appointed by the Festival Committee, will adjudicate. Prizes will be awarded to the directors of the winning films. The Best Film award carries a cash prize of 100,000 Taka. On the other hand, films from around the world will be screened in Cinema of the World section with one award to be given on the basis of audience choice.


In order to promote Bangladeshi filmmakers and their works, DIFF from the upcoming segment is set to introduce Bangladesh Panorama which would help to accommodate more Bangladeshi films than usual. The International Film Critics’ Federation, FIPRESCI will give the Critics’ Award in the categories of Best Film and Best Director.


Following 10 fiction films will be screened in this segment: “Bhuban Majhi” by Fakhrul Arefeen Khan, “Chitkini” by Sajedul Awwal, “Ekti Kabir Mrittu” by Abu Sayeed, “Halda” by Tauquir Ahmed, “Kaler Putul” by Aka Reza Ghalib, “Khancha” by Akram Khan, “Meyeti Ekhon Kotahay Jabe” by Nader Chowdhury, “Rina Brown” by Shameem Akhtar, “Shohagir Goyna” by Lata Ahmed and “Swatta” by Hashibur Reza Kallol.


Around 10 fiction films will be screened in the Children’s Film Festival segment.  Open to all adults and children one film from this segment will be selected based on audience vote for the Best Juvenile Film Audience Award.

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