Youth Bangla International Film Festival 2021 kicks off on December 10


From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., the festival expects to welcome up to 450 moviegoers every day until December 16

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08 December 2021, 13:35

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Echoing the slogan “Together all of us, divided, we fall”, the Youth Bangla Cultural Foundation will inaugurate an international film festival titled “Youth Bangla International Film Festival” on December 10 at the International Hope School Theater Hall, Uttara in the capital.

The first edition of the week-long international film festival commemorates the centenary of the birth of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence, organizers say.

Showcasing a total of 60 national and international films, the festival will be the first festival in the country to use the Dolby Atmos surround system, to ensure an enhanced audiovisual experience for moviegoers.

A press conference was held at the Bangladesh Shooting Sports Federation on Tuesday, where organizers briefed reporters on the details of the festival.

The press conference was joined by several emblematic cultural figures of the country, including the famous filmmaker-actor Gazi Rakayet, also director of the festival, alongside legendary actresses Dilara Zaman, Sharmili Ahmed, Shampa Reza, reciting artist Shimul Mustapha, singer-music director SI Tutul, film actress and film secretary of Youth Bangla Nipun, actor Shipan Mitra, director Sohanur Rahman Sohan and more.

The president of the Youth Bangla Cultural Foundation, Muna Chowdhury, and the chief patron of the festival, Seema Hamid, were also present at the press conference.

In total, five films will be selected from the participating films that will be awarded at this festival, the organizers said at the press conference. Films have been selected from India, Iran, Germany, Argentina, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal and the Netherlands, alongside Bangladeshi films, according to the organizers.

The opening film for this year’s festival is Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale directed by Piplu Khan. Several other prominent Bangladeshi films are also expected to be screened at the festival, including Muktir Gaan by eminent filmmaker Tareque Masud; Morshedul Islam directed the liberation war-based film Amar Bondhu Rashed and Gazi Rakayet directed the film Gor (The Grave), the first Bangladesh-based film in the English language and the second nomination for the 94th Academy Awards.

“One of our penultimate goals for this first film festival is to build a bridge between our new generation filmmakers and the rest of the world of cinema,” Gazi Rakayet said at the press conference. A highly revered five-member international and independent jury will select the best films, top directors and best actor-actresses, he said.

“Our Youth Bangla Cultural Foundation believes that films can spontaneously portray human emotions, and that one good film can positively change a person and society. Through this very first film festival, we sincerely want to connect all of our talented filmmakers , filmmakers and academics, for the betterment of our esteemed film industry, ”Youth Bangla Cultural Foundation President Muna Chowdhury said at the press conference.

From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., the festival expects to welcome up to 450 moviegoers each day until December 16.


Darcy J. Skinner