Children’s Film Society of Bangladesh has been organising the festival since 2008, to promote children’s films and encourage children in film-making.
The event which was anchored by Director of the festival Fariha Jannat Mim had in presence the State minister for information and communication technology, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, as chief guest, while Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director, general Liaquat Ali Lucky, as special guest at the closing ceremony.
According to local media, Newage, 12 awards were won at the festival, five of which were awarded to films in Under 18 Bangladesh category namely ‘Tenor’, ‘Trikonomiti’, ‘Thonga’, ‘Puppetry’, and ‘An Interview of A Marionette’.
Local film ‘Maati’ bagged the Young Talent Award, and the Young Talent Award Special Mention went to local film ‘Lottery’.
Another local film ‘A New Normal Cinema’ bagged award in Social Competition Section, while the Best International Short Film Award went to Armenian film ‘Under the Stork’s Nest’.
The Best International Feature Film Award went to Dutch film ‘Jackie and Oopjen’, and the Best Director Award went to Ani Oganesyan.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak expressed his feeling towards the festival and said: “I feel glad and honoured to be here. I thank Children’s Film Society Bangladesh for organising this film festival in the time of COVID-19 crisis. I have been deeply impressed after witnessing the organising capacity of these children. I hope they will make films with honesty and dedication in future. They will one day make films which will win Oscars.” .
“I am grateful to Children’s Film Society Bangladesh for organising this festival. I will not forget about this festival till the last day of my life as it was held during the COVID-19 crisis. Our children have displayed their talent, potential and organising capacity by successfully pulling off this event,” said Liaquat Ali Lucky.
An animated film ‘Mujib Amar Pita’ was screened at the venue.
The 14th International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh, began on January 30, and featured 179 films from 37 countries which are Bangladesh, India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Philippines, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Qatar, Iran, Australia, China, Thailand, Armenia, Bulgaria and others.
The films were screened at four different locations of Shawkat Osman Auditorium of Sufia Kamal National Public Library, Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum, National Art Gallery Auditorium, and National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
This year’s edition witnessed the submission of 1,116 films from 81 countries.
The event which has the slogan ‘Future in Frames’, showcased four workshops and interactive sessions.