“Dhaka to Cannes” concludes successfully

Staff Correspondent
Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

The filmmakers, along with the ones who made it happen. From left - IEFTA president Marco Orsini, filmmakers Lubna Sharmin and Md Abid Mallick, alongside IFIB president Samia Zaman


Amidst much fanfare, Bangladesh’s pride was bolstered yet again in the cinematic stratosphere, as the International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB), in partnership with the International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA), held a reception at Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the inaugural “Dhaka to Cannes” programme on May 19.


Samia Zaman, president of IFIB, introduced the two participants of Dhaka to Cannes – Lubna Sharmin and Md Abid Mallick, to the assembled guests. She also thanked and introduced the other guests and participants from Bangladesh.


In attendance and support of the initiative – eminent cultural personality and filmmaker Nasiruddin Yousuf Bacchu, Ahmed Muztaba Zaman, Director of the Dhaka International Film Festival, filmmaker Abu Sayeed, chairman of STAR Cineplex Mahboob Rahman, and Managing Director of Cosmos Group Enayetullah Khan, were present at the reception.


English film director Gurinder Chaddha (known for “Bend it Like Beckham” and “Bride and Prejudice”) and Indian filmmaker and actress, Aparna Sen were also present during the occasion.


At the beachside venue, Cannes participants from various countries mingled with the assembled film practitioners from Bangladesh. Guests were welcomed with “gamcha,” Kazi & Kazi organic tea and IFIB button pins.


In his welcome speech, IEFTA President Marco Orsini said IEFTA’s main goal for the “Dhaka to Cannes” initiative was to increase awareness of filmmakers from Bangladesh to the international film community as well as expand the role of the filmmakers coming to Cannes. “We want to empower filmmakers from Bangladesh to be able to compete in a globalised film market,” he added.


Samia Zaman took over to explain how the idea of IFIB was formed from a simple idea of trying to make Bangladesh more visible to the international film community. By reaching out to film festivals, programmers, filmmakers, critics and national and international art, cultural and film bodies, IFIB plans to make Bangladesh cinema known on the global stage.


Lubna Sharmin and Md Abid Mallick, two talented emerging filmmakers of Bangladesh arrived in Cannes to complete the Producer’s Workshop at the Marché du Film of Cannes Film Festival 2017 as part of the Dhaka to Cannes initiative of IFIB, a first ever of its kind in Bangladesh.


This has been a unique opportunity for filmmakers from Bangladesh to gain access to the International film community at the Festival and Marché du Cannes, a yearly event that draws filmmakers, distributors and financiers from around the globe.

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