The European Union launched the first ever film festival in Bangladesh titled ‘Bangladesh European Union Film Festival (BEUFF)’ on Wednesday to mark the 50 years of the Bangladesh’s independence and celebrate the friendship between the EU and Bangladesh.
In partnership with all European Union member states’ embassies in Dhaka, including Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Italy and Spain as well as the Goethe Institute and the Alliance Française, the EU has arranged the film fest.The festival will continue till June 30.
BEUFF features seven EU feature films, seven Bangladeshi films from young aspiring filmmakers, and seven international short films on climate change. All the films will be screened at the online platform Festival Scope and available free of cost to all audience residing in Bangladesh. Furthermore, all seven European movies will be subtitled in Bangla to eliminate the barriers of languages.
The seven EU feature films are ‘Fire Will Come’, ‘The Audition’, ‘My Brother Chases Dinosaurs’, ‘Perfume’, ‘Sami Blood’, ‘Romy’s Salon’ and ‘Daniel’.
The Bangladeshi films are ‘Bagania’, ‘Bangla Surf Girls’ ‘Free Spirit’, ‘Matir Projar Deshe’, ‘Under Construction’, ‘Shunte Ki Pau’, ‘No Dorai’ and ‘Meenalaap’.
This festival will unfold a new chapter in the EU’s cultural exchange with Bangladesh and further shed light on vital issues such as education and skill development, climate change adaptation, food and nutrition security, good governance, safe migration and sustainable reintegration of refugees, empowerment of women and girls: EU's priorities for development cooperation in Bangladesh.
A dedicated website (www.beuff.org) launched on Wednesday, which will allow the audience access to all films and other information related to the festival.The festival’s side events also include masterclasses, questions/answer sessions with directors, discussions on gender representations in cinema, having a strong focus on women's issues and climate change.
The implementing partners of BEUFF are Particip GmbH, RedOrange Media and Communications and Goopy Bagha Productions Limited.