POST TIME: 21 January, 2020 03:55:39 AM
Curtain falls on 18th edition of DIFF
Award ceremony held on closing day

Curtain falls on 18th edition of DIFF

Award winners in different categories pose for a photograph with guests and organisers at closing ceremony. Photo : Jaki Zaman

Emphasising the importance of film and its impact on the country’s cultural development, the curtain fell on the 18th edition of Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) on Sunday with a promise of making a grand 19th edition of ‘DIFF’ next year.

Organised by Rainbow Film Society, one of the most active film entities in the film society movement of Bangladesh, the nine-day festival concluded with an award ceremony at Bangladesh National Museum in the capital.

Information Minister Hasan Mahmud attended the Sunday’s closing ceremony as chief guest while State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid was present as special guest. Festival director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal delivered the opening speech at the programme presided over by festival committee chairperson Kishwar Kamal.

“The DIFF believes in creating a space for young and aspiring filmmakers in Bangladesh and larger South Asia to connect with global artistic trends and to strengthen the parallel development of Bangladeshi cinema. We want to thank everyone associated with the festival”, said Ahmed Muztaba Zamal in his speech.

Followed by several folk musical performances, renowned Indian singer Anjan Dutt performed a number of popular renditions before the award ceremony.

This year, ‘Loknat (Stammer), directed by Mohammadreza Haji Gholami (Iran), won the Badal Rahman Award for Best Children Film, while the Best Audience Award went to Anjan Dutt (India) for his film ‘Finally Bhalobasha’ (Finally Love) under the category Cinema of the World. The Best Film Award by FIPRESCI Jury went to ‘No Dorai’ by Taneem Rahman Angshu (Bangladesh) in Bangladesh Panorama Section.

Under Women Filmmakers Section- Special Mention in Short Fiction category was won by ‘Video Tape’ directed by Sandra Concepcion Reynoso Estrada (Mexico), Best Short Film Award in Short Fiction category went to ‘My Name is Petya’ by Daria Binevskaya, Best Documentary Award was won by ‘Tiny Souls’ by Dina Naser, Special Mention in Best Feature Film category went to ‘Patio’ by Maryam Bahrololumi Dur (Iran), while the Best Award in Feature Film category and Best Directors Malgorzata Imielska was won by ‘Wszystko Dla Mojej Matki’ (All For My Mother) by Malgorzata Imielska Dur (Poland).

From Spiritual Film Section- Best Short Film Award in Short Fiction category went to ‘The Stamp’ directed by Lovro Mrden, Best Documentary in Documentary category won by ‘Beloved’ by Yaser Talebi and Best Feature in Feature Film category went to Fanshujiaomi (Koali & Rice) directed by Yesir (China).

Under Asian Competition- Best Script Writer Award went to Huseyin Karabey for the film ‘Iferdekiler’ (Insiders), while Swapnil Shete & Akshay Indikar won the award in Best Cinematography for the film ‘Trijya’ (Radius). Best Actress Award winners are Arezoo Ariapoor, Fereshta Afshar and Hasiba Ebrahimi for the film ‘Hava, Maryam, Ayesha’ (Afganstan-Iran-France). Best Actor Award went to Louise Abuel for the film ‘Edward’ directed by Thop Nazareno while ‘Ghasr e- Shirin’ (Castle of Dreams) won the Best Film Award and its director Mirkarimi Reza won the Best Director Award.

DIFF screened about 220 films from around 74 countries during the nine-day festival at different prominent venues around the capital.

The 19th edition of ‘DIFF’ will take place from January 16 to 21, 2021.