The Sixth edition of ‘Dhaka International Conference on Women in Cinema’, as part of Dhaka International Film Festival’s 18th edition, concluded on Monday with a declaration that proposed a goal to increase the worldwide number of women filmmakers by fifty percent within 2020.
The ongoing Dhaka International Film Festival features some of its recurring and acclaimed segments, and the conference again enthralled the film enthusiasts like the previous years, as part of those recurring festivities.
The two-day long international conference was held at the Dhaka Club Samson Lounge in the city which focused on major issues and possible solutions concerning women in the film industry in both national and international sphere.
Focusing the objects such as improving the standard and content of women based cinema and create interaction among the women who are involved in the medium of cinema through exchanging ideas and sharing diverse experiences, a total of six keynote papers were presented in this two-day international conference.
The first day was observed with the presentations on three keynote papers- ‘Recognition of Women Professionals: On and Off the Lens’ by Fatima Amin, faculty of film and television department, Jagannath University; ‘Hard Won Lessons’ by Hannah Fisher, international film programmer, festival director and activist from Toronto, Canada; and ‘New Trends in Feminist Films from South Asia’ by Meenakshi Shedde, journalist and award-winning film critic based in Mumbai, India.
On Sunday, the conference began with three other keynote papers - ‘Reaching Out and Linking Arms Around the World’ by Sydney Levine, trainer/ educator, writer and consultant for festival, international sales and financing strategies from Los Angeles, USA; ‘Bangladeshi Women's Contribution in the Technical Fields of Cinema’ by Chaitali Somadder, independent film-maker, editor and instructor from Dhaka, Bangladesh and ‘TahaderKotha: the Binaries between Public-Private: Depiction of Refugee Women Breadwinners in Post-Partition Bengali Cinema (1950s to 1970s)’ by DrDebjaniHalder, independent filmmaker and film research officer, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
The closing and declaration ceremony was presided over by the conference director Sydney Levine followed by Liberation War Museum Trustee Mofidul Hoque.
Rainbow Film Society initiated this international conference as part of the on-going 18th Dhaka International Film Festival 2020, which began in Dhaka on January 11 and will continue till January 19.
Sikder Group has signed a sponsorship agreement of Tk 5 crore to make a full-length film titled ‘Chironjib Mujib’.
The film will be made based on the autobiography of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said a press release.
The main plot of the movie will be taken from “Unfinished Autobiography”.
The production of this film is being sponsored by Sikder Group, National Bank and PowerPac Holdings Ltd jointly.
The production of this film is being sponsored by Sikder Group, National Bank and PowerPac Holdings Ltd jointly, mentioned the press release.
Ron Haque Sikder on behalf of Sikder Group, PowerPac Holdings Limited and National Bank Limited signed the sponsorship agreement on Saturday evening at Sikder Haus, Banani in the capital.
According to the agreement, the income from the commercial use of the film, exhibition and advertisement of this film will be donated to the Bangabandhu Memorial Trust.
Chief Operating Officer of Chief Operating Officer, SQ Islam Mohon, DMD of National Bank Limited A.S.M. Bulbul, among other senior officials of Sikder Group were also present in the ceremony.
Chinese comedy film "Adoring" remained number one at the Chinese mainland box office Saturday, according to the China Movie Data Information Network Sunday.
The film raked in nearly 23.6 million yuan (about 3.4 million U.S. dollars) on its twelfth day of screening, accounting for about 18 percent of the daily total.
"Adoring" revolves around six warm stories about pets and their owners during different ages and their journeys to find and appreciate love.
It was followed by "Ip Man 4," the latest installment in the Chinese martial arts film franchise "Ip Man" based on the life of a legendary Wing Chun master.
The film grossed about 23 million yuan, with its total box office revenue reaching over 1 billion yuan.
"Sheep Without a Shepherd" ranked third with ticket sales of about 22.2 million yuan. The film has also grossed more than 1 billion yuan since its release.
Foreign Affairs Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen on Saturday said filmmakers from all over the world should make more films on the Rohingya issue, shedding light on the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the refugee camps dotted around Cox’s Bazaar.
“There should be films on this international crisis, so the world can acknowledge the truth and help to solve this issue,” he said adding that there should also be films made on Bangladeshi immigrants and their livelihood on other parts of the world.
Dr Momen made the remarks while addressing as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of Dhaka International Film Festival’s 18th edition at Bangladesh National Museum’s main auditorium on Saturday afternoon.
Regarding government’s initiative on saving the film industry of Bangladesh, the minister said there will be cinema halls in all 64 districts, covering the whole country.
“Our talented Bangladeshi filmmakers should get more opportunities in the global film market, and through this international festival I hope that market would be more available and welcoming to them”, FM expressed his hope from the organizers and global film marketers.
Chief Patron of the festival and State Minister for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam announced that the 19th edition of this renowned film festival would be dedicated to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, marking the ‘Mujib-Year’. He also asked advice from the participating film scholars regarding the preparation.
The inauguration ceremony was also joined by the organizer Rainbow Film Society’s President and Festival Director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal, Vice President and EC member Mokammel Hossain, Polish filmmaker and Jury board member of Asian Films Competition Section, Joanna KOS-KRAUZE and others.
After the inauguration, the festival commenced with the film UnaVentana Al Mar (Window to the Sea), directed by Miguel Angel Jimenez. The film is a co-production of Spain and Greece.
With the slogan of ‘Better Film, Better Audience, Better Society’- the 18th Dhaka International Film Festival will screen some 220 films, with participation from 74 countries in competitive categories including “Asian Cinema,” “Retrospective,” “Bangladesh Panorama,” “Cinema of the World,” “Children’s Films,” “Spiritual Films,” “Women Filmmakers ” and “Short and Independent Films” categories.
The film screenings will be held at the Bangladesh National Museum’s main auditorium and Sufia Kamal auditorium, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s National Music and Dance auditorium and National Art Gallery, Central Public Library’s Shawkat Osman auditorium, Alliance Francaise de Dhaka auditorium and two of the renowned cinema halls in the capital- Madhumita cinema hall and Star Cineplex’s Bashundhara City and Shimanto Shambhar branches.
Organizers Rainbow Film Society will also be hosting a two-day ‘Sixth International Women Filmmakers Conference’ from Sunday (January 12) where women filmmakers, actors and personalities from all over the world will take part, along with BGMEA president Dr Rubana Huq at Dhaka Club’s Samson H. Chowdhury Lounge.
A day-long programme ‘WEST MEETS EAST’ will also be held on January 14 at the same venue.
Another very important segment that this year’s festival is arranging is the Children’s Film Section, where films related to children will be screened free of cost every day from 10 am to 3 pm. A special arrangement has been made for the underprivileged children to enjoy the films.
Students with valid identity cards will be allowed to watch films for free at the 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm shows. Except for the cinema halls, attendance for regular audiences will also be free at most of the venues. Screenings at the main gallery of National Museum and Public Library’s Shawkat Osman auditorium however will cost Tk 50.
One film from the Bangladesh Panorama section will receive the prestigious International Film Critics Federation (FIPRESCI) critics’ award for Best Film.
This year’s festival will conclude on January 19.
The box office in 2020 started off where last year left off: with "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker" still on top.
After a historic year, the Walt Disney Co. opened the new year approaching one milestone and surpassing another. With $33.7 million over its third weekend in U.S. and Canada theaters according to studio estimates Sunday, "Rise of Skywalker" ($918.8 million) is closing in on $1 billion worldwide. While it appears unlikely to match the hauls of the trilogy's previous entries, "Rise of Skywalker" will mark a record seventh $1 billion 2019 release for Disney.
One of those other six blockbusters, "Frozen 2," on Sunday reached $1.33 billion, making it the highest grossing film ever directed by a woman in worldwide ticket sales. Jennifer Lee, who co-directed both "Frozen" films with Chris Buck and who now runs Disney Animation, surpasses her own record from the first "Frozen" ($1.28 billion). "Frozen 2" also charts as the highest grossing animated film, so long as you don't count last year's "Lion King" ($1.66 billion). Disney considers that remake live-action even though it was largely computer generated.
Holiday holdovers stayed strong, led by a pair of Sony Pictures releases.
"Jumanji: The Next Level" added $26.5 million in its fourth week, bringing its domestic total to $236 million and its global gross past $600 million.
Greta Gerwig's "Little Women," meanwhile, is becoming an outright hit. The Louisa May Alcott adaptation has been the top adult-oriented choice through the busy holiday season. With $13.6 million in its second weekend and strong business overseas, "Little Women" has grossed $80 million worldwide in two weeks. It was made for a modest $40 million.
The week's only new release also came from Sony. "The Grudge," a horror reboot of the 2004 remake produced by Sam Raimi, opened with $11.3 million. That was a fair total for a movie that cost $10 million to make and received some withering reaction from critics and audiences. "The Grudge" scored just 18% on Rotten Tomatoes and engendered a rarely seen F CinemaScore from moviegoers.
Ahead of Sunday evening's Golden Globes, a handful of contenders added momentum.
Rian Johnson's "Knives Out" held better than any other film in the top 10, dropping just 9% and grossing $9 million in its sixth weekend. Its global tally stands at $247.5 million.
Sam Mendes' war film "1917" is poised for its national expansion next week after a second weekend of packed theaters in limited release. It took in $590,000 at 11 theaters, good for an impressive per-theater average of $53,100.
And though it was overlooked by the Globes, the Safdie brothers' "Uncut Gems," starring Adam Sandler, is becoming one of A24's biggest box-office successes. It grossed $7.8 million in its fourth and widest weekend of release, bringing its domestic overall total to $36.8 million.
After a box office year that was down 4% from 2018, Hollywood began 2020 on the upswing. Ticket sales were up 7.2% from the same weekend last year, according to data firm Comscore.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.
1. "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker," $33.7 million ($50.5 million international).
2. "Jumanji: The Next Level," $26.5 million ($42.4 million international).
3. "Little Women," $13.6 million ($9.5 million international).
4. "The Grudge," $11.3 million ($5.8 million international).
5. "Frozen 2," $11.3 million ($42.4 million international).
6. "Spies in Disguise," $10.1 million ($15.8 million international).
7. "Knives Out," $9 million ($8.8 million international).
8. "Uncut Gems," $7.8 million.
9. "Bombshell," $4.1 million.
10. "Cats," $2.6 million ($4.3 million international).