The 9th edition of Liberation DocFest has been postponed because of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases around the country.

Organisers of the event, originally scheduled for April 6-10, recently announced the postponement on Facebook.

"Due to Bangladesh Government's decision to go to nationwide lockdown because of escalation of covid pandemic again, Liberation War Museum, the organiser of Liberation DocFest decided to temporarily postpone the festival," the post reads.

DocFest is an annual initiative dedicated to the documentary cinema to highlight the struggle for liberation and human rights of people in various parts of the world and its contemporary significance.

A new schedule for the event will be announced soon, the organisers said.

However, the 'Exposition of Young Film Talent 2021', a storytelling lab for documentary filmmakers will take place on Wednesday and conclude on April 10, as per its schedule.

"We had to postpone this year's Liberation DocFest at the very last moment due to the recent surge of COVID-19 and the subsequent nationwide lockdown. This prompted the trustee members to postpone the festival but the storytelling lab will continue online as per its schedule," Md Shariful Islam Shaon, Festival Programmer at Liberation Docfest Bangladesh, told UNB.

The workshop and pitching session, in association with Dhaka DocLab, will cater to 10 projects from Bangladeshi documentary filmmakers which were selected for this year's workshop.

Marking the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Independence, the festival is scheduled to introduce a series of new screening sessions and special ceremonies in a hybrid format, due to the ongoing pandemic.

A total of 1,900 films from 112 countries have been submitted to the organisers this year. Among them, 110 documentaries will be screened at the festival.

This year is also marking the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of Liberation War Museum, which will be observed with the screening of 12 documentaries from the last five decades along with a special exhibition of 25 one-minute short films when the festival will take place in the future.

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