On the 6th day of the 11th International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh, renowned filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki joined young filmmakers in the “Celebrity Adda” section at 5pm. The festival held its closing and award giving ceremony the following day, February 2, at the Central Public Library.
Other celebrities to attend the “Celebrity Adda” on previous days of the 11th ICFFB included eminent musician Shayan Chowdhury Arnob and Nazmun Nahar. The festival arranged several workshops on filmmaking for budding filmmakers. The workshops were conducted by popular actor and director Touquir Ahmed, Mark Bishop from British Council and Professor Arun Gupta from National Institute of Design, India.
Freedom fighters, who fought the liberation war when they were only teenagers- Padma Rani, Alam Talukdar and Mojibor Rahman – conversed with young filmmakers right before the closing ceremony.
Among the eminent cultural and diplomatic personalities present at the closing ceremony were Chairman of the advisory council of the festival, artist Mustafa Monwar, president of the Children’s Film Society Bangladesh, writer Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, secretary general of CFSB, Munira Morshed Munni, founder of CFSB Morshedul Islam and festival director Abeer Ferdous.
In the Child Filmmakers Section, the best film award went to Azmain Ausaf Arnob for “One Two Three.” Ishmam Nawar’s “Friend” and Samin Quader’s “Shadow” won the second and third prizes respectively. Sharmin Aktar Tanima’s “Film Crazy” and Fahim Ahmed’s “Journey by Life” won special mentions.
The festival took place from January 27 – February 2 with screenings held at six venues: Central Public Library, National Museum, British Council, Alliance Française de Dhaka, Shilpakala Academy and Goethe-Institut Bangladesh. Over 200 films from 58 countries were screened during this festival.