The 16th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) began in the capital on Friday with the screening of Turkish film Zer.
Rainbow Film Society organised the festival with the theme 'Better Film, Better Audience and Better Society' in association with the Information, Finance and Foreign ministries.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith inaugurated the film festival at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum while Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu were present as special guests.
During the 16th DIFF, 216 films from 64 countries will be screened. The festival will feature Asian cinema competition, retrospective, Bangladesh panorama, cinema of the world, children's film, women filmmakers, short and independent films section and spiritual films section.
A number of female filmmakers, actors and personalities from all over the world will attend 'Fourth Dhaka International Conference on Women in Cinema 2018' organised by Rainbow Film Society in association with the Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka.
This will be held at the Gallery of the Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (AFD) on January13-14.
The '8th Dhaka Cine Workshop' organised by International Film Critics Association of Bangladesh - IFCAB and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute began on January 5 to educate future film activists and it will continue till January 20.
This year, Federation Internationale de la Presse Cinematographique -FIPRESCI will organise the 1st Asian Film Critics Assembly (AFCA) on January 15-16 in the DIFF in association with the International Film Critics Association of Bangladesh (IFCAB) to communicate and share their professional experiences and opinions on cinema and discuss the general situation of film criticism in Asia.
The organisation has been arranging the festival of the promotion of a healthy cine culture in Bangladesh and in celebrating the global mainstream in film and its social relevance since 1977.
Films from around the world, Asian films and Children's films will be screened at Main Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum (BNM) while Short-Independent films, Spiritual films, Women makers' films and Cinema of the World entries would be screened at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of the museum every day at 10:30am, 1pm, 5pm and 7:30pm.
Films from all the mentioned categories along with the Bangladesh Panorama will be screened at Public Library Auditorium almost at the same time.
The remaining Spiritual Films would be screened at Russian Center of Science and Culture at Dhanmondi while the films in the Retrospective category would be screened at AFD, Dhanmondi.