The three-week film fest titled ‘Bangladesh European Union Film Festival (BEUFF)’ concluded on Wednesday. To mark the 50 years of Bangladesh’s independence and celebrate the friendship between the EU and Bangladesh, the fest began on June 9 virtually.
In partnership with all European Union member states’ individual Embassies in Dhaka: Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Italy and Spain as well as the Goethe Institute and the Alliance Française, the EU arranged the film fest.The festival featured 7 Bangladeshi films from young aspiring filmmakers, 7 EU feature films, and 7 international short films on climate change.
Discussing the festival’s success and other aspects, a webinar was held on Wednesday with the associates of the festival’s organising partners.
The European Union in Bangladesh’s Deputy Head of Diplomatic Mission Jeremy Opritesco, Goethe-Institut Bangladesh’s Director Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch, Alliance Française de Dhaka Director Olivier Dintinger, Director of Operations at RedOrange Media and Communi-cations Petra Van Der Eijk, Dr Nepomuk Zettle from the film department of Goethe-Institut Munich, Dhaka International Film Festival’s Director Ahmed Muztaba Jamal and Producer-Director Arifur Rahman from Gupi Bagha Productions Limited joined the webinar.
Hosted by noted filmmaker, media personality and International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB) President Samia Zaman, discussants on the webinar lauded the participation of the audiences and talked about the new reality of film festivals around the world amid the challenging situation of COVID-19 global pandemic.
The audiences enjoyed the films through the website (www.beuff.org), which was launched on June 9. The festival also featured masterclasses, questions/answer sessions with directors, discussions on gender representations in cinema, climate change and a handful of other issues.