West Meets East is a special section of Dhaka International Film Festival aimed at bridging the gap between the Western film industry and filmmakers from the East. After the success of the last three events, this year we felt it is time to take it to the next level.

From this year, Dhaka International Film Festival introduces West Meets East Screenplay Lab, where selected filmmakers from this region will be given an opportunity to network with professionals including producers, distributors and programmers from the global industry. After mentoring at the Lab, the successful participants will pitch to potential international collaborators through a Film Hut.

We believe it will help to further the development of a local and regional independent filmmaking scene.

Submission Guideline

Any filmmaker from this region (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Maldives, Bhutan and Sri Lanka) can submit a feature length fiction project with the following documents-

· Logline (maximum 50 words)
· Synopsis (maximum 400 words)
· Director’s statement (maximum 400 words)
· Treatment (maximum 2000 words)
· Director’s profile

All the documents should be submitted as a single pdf file. All documents should be in English.

Only the selected projects will be asked to submit a complete screenplay.

Submission Timeline:

Submissions are open from April 30, 2021. The above documents must be submitted to diff.filmhut@gmail.com by June 30, 2021.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by August 31, 2021. They will be required to submit the full script by October 31, 2021.

Mentoring of the finalists will be done during the West Meets East Screenplay Lab and pitching will take place at the Film Hut, both during the 20th Dhaka International Film Festival in January, 2022.


After successful pitching, three projects will be awarded cash prizes.

1st Prize – USD 5000
2nd Prize – USD 3000
3rd Prize – USD 2000