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Curtain rises on 21st Dhaka International Film Festival

Curtain rises on 21st Dhaka International Film Festival
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen speaks at the inaugural ceremony of the 21st Dhaka International Film Festival as the chief guest.

The 21st edition of the Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF), one of the longest-running cultural festivals in the country, began in the city Saturday, with 252 films set to be showcased from 71 countries till January 22, reports UNB.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen inaugurated the festival as chief guest, while civil aviation and tourism secretary Mokammel Hossain and popular West Bengal actor Sabyasachi Chakrabarty were present as special guests at the inaugural ceremony.

Presided over by the DIFF chief patron and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, the welcome remarks were delivered by festival director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal, founding organiser of this coveted festival.

Hosted by Sadia Rosni Suchana, the inaugural ceremony began with a cultural performance by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy artistEs. With Fakhrul Arefin Khan's directorial film ‘JK 1971’, the festival officially started screening after the ceremony.

Films will be screened at the Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib auditorium (main auditorium) and Poet Sufia Kamal auditorium of the Bangladesh National Museum, National Art Gallery auditorium, Nandan Theatre open ground and Jatiya Sangeet and Nrityakala auditorium of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), Star Cineplex (Bashundhara City) and Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (Dhanmondi) in the capital.

 This year, the festival will also host a day-long master class for the first time on January 21 at Bangladesh National Museum. It will be led by filmmakers Jon Jost from the US and Anja Strelec from Belgium.

There will also be a special session where script pitching, film studies, and practical filmmaking experience will be discussed by Sadia Khalid Reeti and filmmaker Tasmiah Afrin Mou. Bidhan Rebeiro will conduct the master class sessions.

The 21st Dhaka International Film Festival will draw to a close on January 22.