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70 countries participate in 20th Dhaka Int’l Film Festival

70 countries participate in 20th Dhaka Int’l Film Festival
State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M Khalid along with others inaugurates the ‘Eighth Dhaka International Conference on Women in Cinema’ at Dhaka Club in the capital on Sunday. —PID photo

The 20th edition of the Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) began in Dhaka on Saturday. A total of 70 countries are participating in the mega event with 225 films of the best contemporary filmmakers.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen inaugurated the nine-day festival as the chief guest with State Minister for Foreign Affairs and chief patron of the festival Md Shahriar Alam in the chair.

State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Vikram Kumar Doraiswami and festival director Ahmed Muztaba Jamal, among others, were present on the occasion.

One hundred and twenty-five full-length feature films and 96 short and independent films are being screened at the festival, where Bangladesh will be represented through 18 full-length feature films and 22 short and independent films.The films are being screened at the Bangladesh National Museum, Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Star Cineplex, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Sufia Kamal National Public Library and the academy auditorium of the foreign ministry.

The films are being screened under 10 categories – Asian cinema competition section, retrospective, wide angle, tribute, Bangladesh panorama, cinema of the world, children films, women filmmakers, short and independent films and spiritual films.

As part of 20th DIFF a two-day conference titled ‘Eighth Dhaka International Conference on Women in Cinema 2022’ began at the Samson Lounge, Dhaka Club on Sunday. State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid inaugurated the conference. Another four-day international conference on West Meets East: Screenplay Lab also began on the same day at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka.

The Rainbow Film Society has been organising the DIFF every year since 1992 and the 20th edition of the festival will conclude on January 23.