The 13th edition of the International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh began on Friday with the slogan “Future in Frames,” in festive mood. The inaugural ceremony of the festival took place at the main auditorium of the Public Library in the city.
On the first day of the festival, Khoka Jokhon Chhoto Chhilen directed by Sudipta Saha was screened, following the formal ceremonies.
German film-maker Katja Benrath’s Rocca Changes the World was also screened.
Former finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith was present on the occasion as the chief guest, while State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak was present as the special guest.
President of Children’s Film Society Bangladesh Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, General Secretary Munira Morshed Munni, film-maker and founder of the festival and Children’s Film Society Bangladesh (CFSB) Morshedul Islam and festival Director Fariha Jahin Biva were also present at the ceremony.
Festival advisory committee Chairman and art maestro Mustafa Monwar presided over the event.
The week-long festival is set to feature 173 films from 39 participating countries including Bangladesh, India, Mexico, Spain, France, Germany, Canada, Qatar, Korea, Armenia and others.
The films will be screened under different sections such as Bangladeshi Children Film-makers Section, Special Film Competition, International Competitive Film Section, Young Bangladeshi Film Section and Bangabandhu Through My Lens – a new section which was introduced observing the birth centenary of Bangabandhu.
The Jury board for Bangladeshi Children Filmmakers Section consists of five members who are below 18.
The festival will feature workshops and interactive sessions with Nehal Quraishi (cinematography), Piplu R Khan (direction), Nahid Masud (sound in films) and Amitabh Reza Chowdhury (story-telling).
The films will be screened at 11am, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm at five different venues – Public Library, Bangladesh National Museum, Alliance Française de Dhaka, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Goethe-Institut Bangladesh.
Entry is free for all. Organized by CFSB, the festival will end on January 31.
Published in the Dhaka Tribune