The festival will have a competition for “Asian Cinema Competition Section”, “Legendary leaders who changed the world”, “Tribute”, “Retrospective”, “Bangladesh Panorama Section”, “Cinema of the World Section”, “Children Films Section”, “Women Filmmakers Section”, “Short and Independent Films Section” and “Spiritual Films Section”.
a. Asian Competition Section:
Fictional films from Asia with a minimum length of 70 minutes are eligible for entry in this portion. An international jury board will adjudicate the Asian competition section. The award will include a crest, certificate for the best film and also Taka One Lac (1200USD) only.
The international jury committee will also select one Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Script and Best Cinematographer. These awards will consist of a crest and certificate.
b. Legendary leaders who changed the world:
For the first time we have introduced a very special segment for this year’s festival- the Legendary leaders who changed the world. This signifies the celebration marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation of Bangladesh- Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman which began on March 17, 2020. It is celebrated as the ‘Mujib Borsho (Year)’ across the country.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for the nation to pay deep respect and gratitude to the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh- Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Around 10 films are expected to be screened in this segment. The subject of the films must be fiction or documentary and themes of the films must be on world leaders who have fought for their nation in search for democracy and freedom of the people. We will screen each of the films for maximum two times and all the screenings are free entrance for the audience and seating capacity is first come, first serve basis.
One of the very important segments of this festival is the Tribute and the19th DIFF will be honouring the Asian Oscar-winning cinema titan Satyajit Ray. This will be on the occasion of his birth centenary. Hundred years is something very special to all of us. We want to pay our respect and reverence on this invincible creator’s birth anniversary.As a tribute to our maestro, we plan on screening some of his incredible works. Besides screening his works as a part of our tribute section, we are also arranging a seminar/ lecture session on January 20th 2021.
One of the very important segments of this festival is the Retrospective segment. The coming year, we are organising a retrospective of famouse Iranian talented filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, and researcher Pouran Derakhshandeh. She graduated in film directing in 1975 from Advanced School of Television and Cinema in Tehran. She started her professional career by making documentary films for the Kermanshah Television and subsequently for the Tehran Television.
e. Bangladesh Panorama:
In order to promote Bangladeshi filmmakers and their works, DIFF will focus on Bangladesh Panorama which helps to accommodate more films and our target will consist of 7-10 selected fictional / documentary films spanning the period from 2019 to 2020 and with a minimum length of 70 minutes are eligible for entry in this section. The International Film Critics’ Federation, FIPRESCI will give the Critics’ Award. One Best Film will be selected by the FIPRESCI juries. The award will be in the form of a certificate and a crest.
f. Cinema of the World:
Open for all feature film categories from all around the world and 20-25 selected fictional /documentary films spanning the period from 2019 to 2020 and with a minimum length of 55 minutes are eligible for entry in this section. One film will be selected for an Audience Award by the general viewers. The award will be in the form of a certificate and a crest.
g. Children’s Film:
We consider that the Children’s Film Section is very important segment for the DIFF and like previous festivals we would like to include 15 fiction films in this segment. These screenings are ideal family outings and will be open to all children and adults. Also, we invite street kids to attend this screening and after screening we offer them light refreshment.
This objective behind introducing a children’s film section from the very start was to address unprivileged children and their families who might not be aware of their rights. This section encourages school children, their parents and their teachers to come and gain from the films and be aware of their rights. One film will be selected by audience vote for the Best Juvenile Film Audience Award. The award will be in the form of a certificate and a crest.
h. Short and Independent Film:
DIFF will screen films by independent filmmakers experimenting with a variety of filming formats. The widely available, relatively low-cost formats have allowed many more artists to venture into film production. This portion of the Festival will showcase short and independent films as well as documentaries from around the world.
i. Women Filmmakers Section:
A selection of full-length feature films as well as short length and documentary films by female filmmakers will be screened at this year’s DIFF. An independent jury of female filmmakers, cultural experts, artists, and professionals will be appointed by the Festival Committee to judge this portion of the competition. One documentary and one fiction film will be selected by the international juries appointed by the Festival. Prizes will be awarded to the directors of the winning films. The award will be in the form of a certificate and a crest.
Also one award will be made for Best Director in the Women Filmmakers Category. The award will be in the form of a certificate and a crest. Selected Women Filmmakers section films spanning the period from 2019 to 2020 and with a minimum length of 70 minutes are eligible for entry in this section. Documentaries and short films may be included in the Women Filmmaker section with a maximum length of 30 minutes.
j. Spiritual Films Section:
This section is being introduced to promote public discourse on the place of faith and spirituality in the human context. The idea is for viewers to distinguish between elements of identity in spirituality as opposed to the abuse of faith in fundamentalism. The showcasing of films on spirituality would promote greater cross-cultural understanding and tolerance and facilitate dialogues within communities as between communities.
One documentary and one fiction film will be selected by the international interfaith juries appointed by the Festival. Prizes will be awarded to the directors of the winning films. The award will be in the form of a certificate and a crest. Selected films spanning the period from 2019 to 2020 and with a minimum length of 70 minutes are eligible for entry in this section. Documentaries and short films may be included in Spiritual Films section with a maximum length of 30 minutes.