DHAKA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
January 20 –28, 2024
Rainbow Film Society is organizing the Dhaka International Film Festival-DIFF since 1992 and the 22nd DIFF will be held from 20 to 28 January 2024. The general theme of the festival is ‘Better Film, Better Audience and Better Society’.
Article 1: This International Film Festival aims at creating better understanding of the films of the world in an atmosphere of appreciation of the film culture and to move towards excellence of the motion picture art and industry.
Article 2: The 22nd Dhaka International Film Festival will be held in the city of DHAKA, Bangladesh between January 20 and January 28, 2024.
Article 3: The society comprises representatives from media, cultural organizations, corporate & business houses, film societies of Bangladesh.
Article 4: The festival authority chooses and invites films to participate in different sections. The sections are:
1. Asian Competition
4. Wide Angle
5. Bangladesh Panorama Section
6. Cinema of the World
7. Women Filmmakers
8. Children’s Film
9. Short and Independent
10. Spiritual Films
Please note that the festival is devoted to fiction feature films. Documentary and short films may only be included in Women Filmmakers, Short and Independent Films, Spiritual Films and in other special sections where it is deemed fit.
Article 5: Apart from the Retrospective films, all the other film entries should be made in 2023; in special cases, the selection committee may accept films made in 2022.
Article 6: The submitted films must not have been screened at any other Bangladeshi film festival before being screened at DIFF, neither online nor physically. If DIFF receives any information regarding the violation of this principle, DIFF would have to disregard the particular film.
All Bangladeshi Films MUST be submitted with the film censor board certificate. No preview DVD / link will be accepted after 30th September 2023.
Article 7: Screening Fee:
Rainbow Film Society is a non-profit organization and DIFF is one of its vital activities and this organization runs on private and personal donations and contributions. We hardly manage few sponsors from the government and other that make us not able to give screening fee. Thus, before submission of the films, please finalize the matters with the festival authorities. The festival will not accept any kind of changes requested after the selections are made.
Article 8: Selection:
The selection committee is in charge of all sections. All the submitted films will be previewed by the committee. The preview and selected titles should be sent, specifying “no commercial value and for cultural purposes only”. The consignor should send the DVDs, all costs prepaid. Preview DVDs will not be returned. They will be preserved for the Festival Archive for academic purposes.
Article 9: Submission to the Censorship Board:
As per the existing policy, every film participating in the festival will have to be submitted to the Bangladesh Film Censorship Board for th clearance certificate.
Please note that the Censor board in Bangladesh is absolutely intolerant to any nudity, obscenity, sexual scenes, promotion of homosexuality, insulting or belittling of any religion or any film or any scene that may jeopardize the country’s international ties. If you decide to submit your film at our festival we will assume that you have agreed and have given us the permission to edit and delete as per the terms and conditions of our censor board.
Article 10: A single film cannot be entered into more than one category at a time. However, a single filmmaker is welcome to submit an unlimited number of films to the DIFF Committee for inclusion in the Festival. The filmmaker is welcome to suggest which category he or she would like to enter but the Committee retains the right of final decision on category selection.
Article 11: Last date for sending the Entry Form and the Preview links is September 30, 2023. The RFS management strongly suggests sending the films online through downloadable links via email with the press-kit.
Article 12: Screening:
Generally, three shows for every selected film are arranged, including the shows for the Press & Delegates. For any additional screening, the international regulation is strictly adhered to.
Article 13: Format:
All the films to be entered should be in links (via virtual medium- email)/ Blue Ray /Hard Drive, or in special cases, in pen drive and original version with English subtitle except those whose dialogues are in English.
Article 14: Shipping:
Regarding the sharing of the film prints in DCP format between two festivals, the one-way shipment cost either INBOUND or OUTBOUND (if required) will be borne by the Festival Authority. After submission to the festival, no Blue Ray or DVD will be returned, you cannot claim it back. It will be preserved and stored in the DIFF archive for academic purposes strictly; no copies will be made neither will any sort of distribution take place.
- The director or programmer should be informed about the intended participation by November 10, 2023, indicating the title of the film, the names and addresses of the producers and directors, and other particulars.
Participation and acceptance will be in terms of the DIFF regulations.
The director will decide according to the provisions in the international regulations every corner not explicitly covered in these articles, and his decision shall be final and should be abided by all concerned.
If you agree to everything mentioned above, please submit your preview DVD or downloadable link with the press kit to the following address or email. In the Press kit, there should have all the following information
Technical Information of the film:
- Director: Mr. / Ms.
- Film Editor:
- Country of origin:
- Year of production:
- Original title of the film:
- English title of the film:
- Cast: Names of actors and actresses
- Synopsis: within 80 to 90 words
- Filmmaker (biography): 70 to 75 words
- Director’s stills: More than one still
- Movie stills: 6 to 8 stills
- Contact Details / Print Source, which must include postal address with telephone number, email address and contact person)
All correspondence should be made to the following address:
The Festival Director
22nd Dhaka International Film Festival
Rainbow Film Society
B.S. Bhaban, Level 3, Room # 105,
75 Science Laboratory Road
Phone: +8802 58614809