With a definitive nod to novelty 'New Generation, New Tools, New Communication'- the 6th edition of Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival (DIMFF) is set to begin on Friday at the permanent campus of the University of Liberal Arts (ULAB).
Different from other events, the festival is known as the country’s first and only mobile phone-based international competition on filmmaking, started back in 2015.
The two-day long festival, organized by CinemaScope - a film apprenticeship program of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) - will screen a total of 57 films in three categories: 39 films in the Screening category, 5 films in the One Minute category and 13 in the Competition category.
Set to arrange screenings at Star Cineplex (Shimanto Shambhar branch) for the first time ever, the films will also be screened at Campus A, Campus B and the Permanent campus of ULAB in Mohammadpur where the festival will be inaugurated on Friday by Professor H M Jahirul Haque, Vice Chancellor of ULAB and Professor Jude William Genilo, Head of Media Studies and Journalism department of ULAB.
A press conference was held at ULAB Campus A auditorium in Dhanmondi of the capital on Thursday where the organizers briefed the media about the details of the festival.
The organizers informed that a total of 202 films have been submitted from 41 countries and a total of 2297 people have registered for 8 screening schedule in this year’s festival.
Regarding the participation process, the organizers said that the Competition category is restricted to university students in Under Graduate or Graduate level while One Minute Film category is restricted to Grade 1 - 12 students of school and college-goers.
Explaining the rules, the organizers said that the submitted films must be completely shot on a mobile phone (cell-phone/smart phone). However, there is no restriction regarding any specific brand or model, specifications and operating system of the phone as well as post-production tools. Also, participation is totally free of cost at the festival.
“The objective of the DIMFF is to involve young minds from anywhere in the world to take part in this festival, portraying their visions out of their mobile phone cameras. Throughout the years, we have received overwhelming responses from the participants around the world," said the festival's advisor Dr Abdul Kabil Khan.
More information on the 2020 festival is available on their website www.dimff.net and also at their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ULABCinemaScope.