International Children’s Film Festival ends in Dhaka

The 13th International Children’s Film Festival of Bangladesh concluded on Friday in Dhaka with an award giving ceremony in which 11 awards were conferred in various categories.

The Best Feature Film award in the international section was given to the Dutch film Romy’s Salon, directed by Mischa Kamp. The film tells the story of a child Romy who visits her grandmother in her Salon suffering from dementia.

The jury for the International Competitive Film section included Syed Salahuddin Zaki, Shameem Akhter and Shabnam Firdausi.

The Finnish director Merja Maijanen bagged the best director award for her film Good Girl.

German film Day X, directed by Katharina Rivilis won the Best Short Film Award.

The Bangladeshi director Ragib Mahmud Shafayet Shah got the Young Talent Award for his film The Smoker while Sudipto Shah won the Social Film Award for his film Khoka Jokhon Chhotto Chhilen.

A total of 179 films from 39 countries were screened at five venues in Dhaka during the Children’s Film Festival which started on 24th January.

President of Children’s Film Society Bangladesh Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, founder of CFSB filmmaker Morshedul Islam and festival director Fariha Jahin Biva spoke at the closing ceremony of the festival.

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