The 2021 International Film Festival begins


Guests and organizers pose for a photo during the opening ceremony of the 2021 Cinemaking International Film Festival at the International Mother Language Institute in the capital on Monday. – Photo New Age

A four-day film festival, titled Cinemaking International Film Festival 2021, kicked off Monday at the International Mother Language Institute in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

The festival was held marking the country’s Golden Jubilee. It is dedicated to freedom fighters.

The event, hosted by Dhaka Festival and co-hosted by Cinemaking, features international seminars, master class, film screening, cultural performance, children’s art competition and more at three venues. , including the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, the International Mother Language Institute and Shahajpath High School in Daniya in the capital.

Education Minister Dipu Moni was present as a guest of honor at the opening ceremony of the film festival, chaired by Independence Prize-winning theater activist Ataur Rahman.

Swadhin Bangla Betar artist Kendra Monoranjan Ghoshal, Sammilita Sangskritik President Jote Ghulam Quddus and filmmaker Sohanur Rahman Sohan were present as special guests at the opening ceremony of the film festival.

Filmmaker Jakir Hossain Raju, cultural activist Jhuna Chowdhury and Zayed Khan, among others, were present as guests on the program.

Apurba Roy, co-chair of the festival’s implementation committee, delivered the welcoming speech at the inaugural ceremony.

Sohanur Rahman said, “We have to watch as many foreign films as possible. If the younger generation of filmmakers watch foreign films, they will be better prepared to make good films.

Ghulam Quddus said: “An international festival provides a platform for cultural exchange. I would like to thank the organizers for organizing this film festival, which features films from 121 countries. ‘

Apurba Roy said: “We organized the festival marking the 50th anniversary of our independence. The success of the event will depend on the attendance of the public. We received many films, but we were unable to show all of the films due to censorship issues. However, we will try to screen all films in the next editions of the festival. ‘

The film directed by Md Selim Khan, August 1975, has raised the curtain on the festival. Filmmakers from 121 countries submitted 1,000 films to the festival. An international jury of 51 members selected 500 foreign films and 100 Bangladeshi films for the festival.

The festival will offer international seminars in the seminar hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy today and tomorrow.

A children’s art competition, recitation competition, cultural performance and masterclass will be held tomorrow at Shahajpath High School in Daniya.

The festival will end on Thursday with an awards ceremony at the International Mother Language Institute. In addition, the film Agamikal directed by Anjan Aich will be screened on site.


Darcy J. Skinner