Bangladeshi filmmaker Monjurul Islam Megh has been included as a member of an international jury of the 6th Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) 2020.
The RIFF will be held from January 18 to 22 at Jaipur, Rajasthan.
The international jury team includes French actress and producer Marianne Borgo, actor and moderator in film festivals Charles Thomson, writer, researcher, journalist, fillmmaker from Bangladesh Monjurul Islam Megh, internationally acclaimed film maker from Iran Hassan Nazer.
The 6th RIFF will be organised by RIFF Film Club.
Two films from Bangladesh are selected for competition. ‘Fagun Haway’ directed by Tauquir Ahmed was selected for feature film competition and ‘Mala Bhabi’ directed by Mejanur Rahman Labu in the short film category.
Bangladesh High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria will participate in the third ‘Asian Film Festival’ to be held at Caesar Hall, Abuja from January 23-26.
Ontorjatra, directed by Tareque Masud and Catherine Masud, will be screened at the upcoming film festival where a total of eight Asian countries are participating.
Bangladesh also participated at the second Asian Film Festival in 2019 and “Rina Brown,” a film based on the War of Liberation was screened which earned wide appreciation, said the High Commission.
The High Commission in Abuja invited all foreign friends and expatriate Bangladesh nationals in Nigeria to watch the film - Ontorjatra with English sub-titles on the opening day – January 23 at 5:30pm.
Upon its release on 2006, the film achieved critical and commercial success.
Simon Beck carefully plots his course before shuffling through a windswept snowfield high in the Rocky Mountains.
Using a compass, snowshoes and his background as a cartographer and competitive orienteer, the 61-year-old British artist and a handful of volunteers recently tromped across a frozen reservoir near the ski resort town of Silverthorne, west of Denver, to create a massive, geometrical design on a fresh canvas of snow.
The result after more than a dozen hours of labor in freezing weather and under an unrelenting sun was a spectacular spiral pattern the length of about two soccer fields.
"I hope it makes people more aware of the snow and the environment and the beauty of it and how we need snow," Beck said after completing the drawing. "And I think it's a really beautiful and unique art form."
Beck finished his day with high fives from his volunteers and congratulations from people who gathered on a nearby hillside to watch his progress.
But it hasn't always gone this smoothly. It's never clear how many workers will show up. And if bad weather rolls in, an intricate piece of art can quickly disappear.
"It's very frustrating when you plod around for hours and hours and hours and then the wind blows it away before you've finished it," he said.
Beck started making fractal drawings in snow in 2004 outside his winter home at France's Les Arcs ski resort when he trampled out a five-pointed star spanning more than 300 feet (91 meters) "just for a bit of fun." He didn't realize how good it looked until he rode a ski lift the next day and saw it from above.
"Snow drawing, which to me seems like a fairly obvious idea, was not something anyone else had ever done as far as I could tell, and I was really surprised by that," he said.
Beck has completed about 330 snow drawings and 120 in sand, and has set a goal of 1,000 total drawings by the time he's 80. His drawings are commissioned around the world, he has published a book, and he has attracted a dedicated fan base.
Carolyn Tiller, who has been following Beck's career for three or four years, watched his progress on the reservoir and delivered him and his crew cookies and spiked cocoa.
The 62-year-old retired gemologist said Beck's art reminds her of her childhood playing with a Spirograph, the classic toy that makes it easy to create detailed geometric drawings.
"I also really appreciate someone who can make something by one step after another step after another step," said Tiller, who lives across the street from the reservoir. "They say the greatest journeys start with one step, and that's a perfect example."
People’s Theatre Association (PTA) in cooperation with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) held a cleanliness campaign on the Central Shaheed Minar premises on Monday.
Liaquat Ali Lucky, founder of PTA and Director General of BSA, inaugurated the ‘Shaheed Minar Cleanliness Campaign’ where over 500 children from different schools and cultural organisations took part.
The campaign began with the observance of a one-minute silence as a mark of respects to the martyrs of the 1952 Language Movement and the singing of the national anthem.
Later, PTA and BSA members staged a cultural programme where they performed songs, including ‘Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano’ and two group songs written and composed by Lucky.
Along with acrobatic performances, the cultural session also featured group dance performances with three songs, including ‘Dhannya Mujib Dhannya’.
After the cultural performances, all the participants, led by Ali Lucky and other officials of PTA and BSA, swept the Shaheed Minar premises and surrounding areas.
The event concluded with an oath to keep the Shaheed Minar neat and clean.
The Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF), which continues to enjoy a rising profile on the international festival circuit with each passing year, commences its 18th edition on Saturday at different venues around the capital with participants from over 70 countries.
A press conference was held Thursday afternoon at Dhaka Club’s Samson H. Chowdhury Lounge, where the organizers officially announced the dates and details of the festival.
The press conference was conducted by festival executive committee member M Hamid, while festival director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal disclosed details regarding the venues and event schedule.
Festival committee Chairperson Kishwar Kamal, Head of the Programmers Zohreh Zamani, founder of Rainbow Film Society Mostafa Kamal and two of the festival committee members, Mofidul Hoque and Dr Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah, also spoke at the press conference.
The inaugural ceremony of the festival will take place in the main auditorium of the National Museum at 4pm on January 11. Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen will attend the ceremony as chief guest, while State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, also the chief patron of DIFF, will preside over the ceremony.
The 18th DIFF festival will screen some 220 films, with participation from 74 countries, with competitive categories spanning “Asian Cinema” “Retrospective ,” “Bangladesh Panorama ,” “Cinema of the World,” “Children’s Films,” “Spiritual Films,” “Women Filmmakers ” and “Short and Independent Films” categories, the organisers revealed.
The jury board features some of the biggest names of arts and entertainment from both national and international level, including Polish filmmaker Joanna Kos-Krauze, prominent Bangladeshi filmmakers Mostafa Sarwar Farooki and Nargis Akhter, renowned singer Maqsoodul Haque, Australian docu-filmmaker and human rights activist Robyn Hughan and several other notable film personalities from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Italy, Spain, Kosovo, Canada, Russia and Iran.
The film screenings will be held at the Bangladesh National Museum’s main auditorium and Sufia Kamal auditorium, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s National Music and Dance auditorium and National Art Gallery, Central Public Library’s Shawkat Osman auditorium, Alliance Francaise de Dhaka auditorium and two of the renowned cinema halls in the capital- Madhumita cinema hall and Star Cineplex’s Bashundhara City and Shimanto Shambhar branches.
Organizers Rainbow Film Society will also be hosting a two-day ‘Sixth International Women Filmmakers Conference’ from Sunday (January 12) where women filmmakers, actors and personalities from all over the world will take part, along with BGMEA president Dr Rubana Huq at Dhaka Club’s Samson H. Chowdhury Lounge.
A day-long programme ‘WEST MEETS EAST’ will also be held on January 14 at the same venue.
Another very important segment that this year’s festival is arranging is the Children’s Film Section, where films related to children will be screened free of cost every day from 10 am to 3 pm. A special arrangement has been made for the underprivileged children to enjoy the films.
Students with valid identity cards will be allowed to watch films for free at the 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm shows. Except for the cinema halls, attendance for regular audiences will also be free at most of the venues. Screenings at the main gallery of National Museum and Public Library’s Shawkat Osman auditorium however will cost Tk 50.
The aims of DIFF are to create a space for young and aspiring filmmakers in Bangladesh so they may connect with global artistes and learn international filmmaking standards, alongside opening up global markets for Bangladeshi. One film from the Bangladesh Panorama section will receive the prestigious International Film Critics Federation (FIPRESCI) critics’ award for Best Film.
The first DIFF was organized in 1992 by the Rainbow Film Society, whose members are film enthusiasts solely dedicated to the promotion of a healthy cinema culture in Bangladesh and celebrating the blending of contemporary films from all over the globe since 1977.
This year’s festival will conclude on January 19.