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19th Rainbow Film Festival ends successfully

  • Published at 10:38 pm July 24th, 2018
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Majnun Mijan, Aparna Ghosh, and Mustofa Kamal, with other award recipients at the closing ceremony of Rainbow Film Festival Courtesy

Rainbow Film Society was founded on December 16, 1991 at Whitechapel Art Gallery in East London with the motto 'Better Film! Better Audience!! Better Society!!!'

19th edition of Rainbow Film Festival ended successfully at London on July 22. The eight-day-long film festival, hosted by Rainbow Film Society, screened 18 films including participants from Bangladesh, India, Turkey, Algeria, Iran, Iceland, Russia, England and more.

The inauguration ceremony kicked off with a house full crowd on July 15 at East London's Genesis Cinema Hall. Tower Hamlet Council's Executive Mayor John Biggs, Bethnal Green, counsellor Matinuzzaman and Bow region's Member of Parliament Rushnara Ali, Canary Warf Group's Associate Director Zakir Khan, Rainbow Film Festival Director Mustafa Kamal, member Nadiya Lodi Wahab, “Bhuban Majhi” film's director Fakhrul Arefeen Khan, actor Majnun Mijan and Aparna Ghosh were present at the ceremony as special guests.

The invited guests during their speech applauded the efforts behind the film festival and thanked the organizers behind it.

After the opening ceremony the film festival opened with the screening of Tauquir Ahmed's “Haldaa.”

On July 16, the Short Film Screening and Discussion session took place. One of the major attraction to this year's festival was the Film Conference segment for women which took place on July 19. On June 20, Children's Film Screening was held.

The festival closed on July 22 at the Rich Mix Centre with a closing ceremony. During the ceremony the jury of the festival awarded the best film award to “Untaken Paths” directed by Tahmineh Milani from Iran. The best director award went to Bangladeshi actor turned film-maker Tauquir Ahmed for his film “Haldaa.” The jury board's special award went to Bangladeshi film-maker Fakhrul Arefeen Khan for his 1971 Liberation War film “Bhuban Majhi.” Emerging actor award went to Aparna Ghosh and Majnun Mijan for their roles in the film “Bhuban Majhi.” The festival then ended with the screening of the 1971 film.

Rainbow Film Society was founded on December 16, 1991 at Whitechapel Art Gallery in East London with the motto “Better Film! Better Audience!! Better Society!!!”

In the 27 years since its launch it has been promoting Bangladeshi films in front of the world through film workshops, film screenings, film magazines and more from their East London headquarters. From 2000 they have been organizing their annual film festival known as Rainbow Film Festival.