The 16th edition of Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) started on January 12 and continued till January 20. Rainbow Film Society together with the support from a long list of patrons and partners organised the festival. A list of 216 films from 64 countries was be screened in this festival. The movies included in different categories like Retrospective, Asian Competition, Cinema of the World, Bangladesh Panorama, Spiritual Films, Children’s Films, Short and Independent Films and Women Filmmakers.
The event of inauguration has taken place at the main auditorium of the Bangladesh National Museum (BNM) on January 12. The honourable Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, finance minister AMA Muhith and Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla had inaugurated and enlightened the event with their precious presence. Turkish director Kazim Öz’s film “Zer” would be shown at this year’s festival. In addition, 15 Asian films had been selected for the Asian competition. A five-member international jury would distribute prizes for the winners in six different categories.
The screening of these films took place at the main auditorium of BNM and Public Library Auditorium. The retrospective section has included two new feature films made by two French woman directors, Céline Sciamma and Julie Bertuccelli. A few screenings were also scheduled at the Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (AFD). The Bangladesh Panorama section has reintroduced in the event and mainstream Bangladeshi cinema is being displayed at the same. The cinema of the world section has featured 41 modern films from across the globe and the Children’s Film Section has been featuring 11 films at the 16th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF).