The 16th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) will be held in Dhaka from 12 to 20 January 2018. The general theme of the festival is “Better Film, Better Audience, Better Society.” The Festival has been organized on a regular basis by Rainbow Film Society, which has been dedicated to the promotion of a healthy cine culture in Bangladesh and in celebrating the global mainstream in film and its social relevance since 1977.
Rainbow Film Society is one of the most active film entities in the film society movement of Bangladesh. Apart from holding regular film shows and film related seminars and workshops, Rainbow also brings out “The Celluloid”, one of the leading cinema periodicals from Bangladesh with an international audience.
The DIFF is one of the most prestigious film events in Bangladesh and, to a great extent, has helped shape an increasingly healthy and positive national film culture. DIFF is a bold expression of resistance against the decadence, vulgarity and cheap commercialism that pervades the mainstream Bangladesh film industry. The festival has also created space for young and aspiring filmmakers in Bangladesh and larger South Asia to connect with global artistic trends and to strengthen the parallel development of Bangladeshi cinema.
In the short span of twenty four years, DIFF has attained international recognition with fifteen festivals held in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017 respectively. We are confident that like the earlier events the festival would succeed in creating awareness among all concerned about the need for making and viewing good films.
Necessary preparatory work in this regard is already underway. During the 16th DIFF, organizers expect to screen about170 films, with participation from around 60 countries. The festival will have a competition section for “Asian cinema”, “Retrospective”, “Cinema of the World”,”Children’s Film“, ”Women Filmmakers“, “Short and Independent Films Section” and “Spiritual Films Section”.