Tuesday, 17 May, 2022

'Adapt' bags top award at 8th Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival

Iranian filmmaker Kamal Kachooeian- directed film ‘Adapt’ bagged the ‘Best Film’ award at the 8th Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival concluded on Tuesday at Star Cineplex, Shimanto Shambhar, Dhanmondi in the capital.

Turkish film ‘Scent’ by Sezgin Yuzay won the CinemaScope Best Film Award while Bangladeshi film ‘The Ghost’ by Fahim Shiyam won the ULAB Young Filmmaker Award. 

A total of 153 films were submitted from 31 countries worldwide at the 8th edition of this flagship festival from the Department of Media Studies and Journalism (MSJ), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB).

The closing ceremony was joined by internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki as the chief guest. ULAB Vice-Chancellor Professor Imran Rahman was present as the special guest.

"As the current generation of filmmakers, you are far ahead of us. The beauty of shooting films using a mobile phone is that you have the same privileges as a filmmaker while sitting overseas that we did not have in our day. Among you, I see a lot of promising faces who will take over the industry in a few years with quality content," Farooki said at the event.

Lauding the effort of talented filmmakers from home and beyond, Professor Imran Rahman said, "We have identified the gap that no one was filling, and we are proud that our ULAB MSJ Department filled the gap by launching this exclusive film festival for mobile filmmakers."

A fourth-day screening was held at the festival, alongside the award-giving ceremony.

Professor Imran Rahman, alongside chief guest Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and ULAB MSJ Department Head and Dean of the School of Social Science Professor Jude William Genilo handed over the crests, prize money, and certificates to the winners. 

This year’s Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival ended with a vote of thanks by DIMFF 's Instructor of External Affairs Radd Mahmud.

Chorusing the slogan “New Generation, New tools, New Communication,” the Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival started its journey back in 2015.