The 13th International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh was inaugurated on January 24 at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium of Sufia Kamal National Public Library, Shahbagh in the city. Former Finance Minister Dr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith inaugurated the fest. State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak was present as special guest at the inaugural ceremony. Chairman of the Festival’s Advisory Council Mustafa Monwar presided over the event.
Children’s Film Society Bangladesh (CFS) is the organiser of this week-long mega event, with the slogan ‘Frame-e Frame-e Agamir Shawpno’.
A total of 173 films from 39 participating countries are being screened at 5 venues across the capital in this year’s fest. Alongside regular screenings, the fest also features different workshops and discussions. Apart from the central venue-- Shawkat Osman Auditorium of Sufia Kamal National Public Library, the other 4 venues are--- Alliance Française de Dhaka, Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, Sufia Kamal Auditorium of National Museum and National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. All screenings are open and free of cost for audiences of all ages.
Four workshops will be held at this year’s fest. Noted filmmaker Nehal Qureshi will undertake a workshop on cinematography; Piplu R Khan will undertake a workshop on direction; Nahid Masud will conduct a workshop on sound in film and Amitabh Reza Chowdhury will conduct a workshop on story-telling. There will also be several discussion sessions throughout the event.
The festival will continue till January 31.