The festival will have a competition for “Asian Cinema Section”, “Retrospective”, “Tribute”, “Wide Angle”, “Bangladesh Panorama Section”, “Cinema of the World Section”, “Children Films Section”, “Women Filmmakers Section”, “Short and Independent Films Section” and “Spiritual Films 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 cash 1000USD 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.
One of the very important segments of this festival is the Retrospective segment. It is for the film enthusiast/s- specifically directors, who are legendary. Those who have perhaps left us now, or have stopped working currently but had given the industry many wholesome films over the decades or years; Who are mostly our seniors, those we take inspiration from. The coming year, we are looking forward to organize this prestigious segment from an Asian and European filmmaker.
The “Tribute” section is a special section. It is like a milestone that needs a special mention. It is dedicated to a filmmaker, actor, or legendary artist, who has passed away but deserves to be remembered and praised. The segment means to show a tribute, in other words a respect to all they have done in their life, and for the betterment of the cine culture.
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 Committee. 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 2022 to 2023 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. Besides that, ‘Wide Angle’ may also be dedicated to an existing concept, a moral matter, or a historical context. Such as, freedom, independence, human rights, social issues, etc.
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 10-15 selected fictional/ documentary films spanning the period from 2022 to 2023 and with a minimum length of 55 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. Selected feature-length fictional films spanning the period from 2022 to 2023.
One more addition we have only for Bangladeshi filmmakers- we will allow Bangladeshi filmmakers to submit their short fiction films. And through that, we will have three awards presented to the best three among the submissions. The prize for the winner will be TK. 2 lac 50 thousand and International Film Critics’ Federation, FIPRESCI will give the Critics’ Award, the runner-up gets TK 1 lac 50 thousand, and the 3rd prize is TK 1 lac. Selected fictional films spanning the period from 2023 and with a maximum length of 10 minutes are eligible for entry in this section.
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. .
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 2022 to 2023 and with a minimum length of 70 minutes are eligible for entry in this section. Documentaries and short films may be included in the Spiritual Films section with a maximum length of 30 minutes.
The idea of the ‘Wide Angle’ segment is to project a couple of films of a talented- filmmaker/filmmakers who have not yet received the spotlight but deserve it very much so. They are not young but are somewhat familiar to the industry and have made their share of films and contributed to the industry. In other words, ‘Wide Angle’ is for the underrated filmmakers who deserve just as much spotlight as the well-known ones. Besides that, ‘Wide Angle’ may also be dedicated to an existing concept, a moral matter, or a historical context. Such as, freedom, independence, human rights, social issues, etc.
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.