DOT Desk: Emphasising the importance of hosting an international-standard film festival like the Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF), one of the country’s leading contemporary filmmakers Mostofa Sarwar Farooki has said the local cinema sector would only stand to benefit from more such events becoming part of the social calendar of Bangladesh, reports UNB. Farooki is officially participating as a member of the jury for the Asian Films Competition Section one of nien competitive sections under which awards will be distributed at this year’s festival according to organisers Rainbow Film Society (RFS).
He spoke with United News of Bangladesh (UNB) on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of the 18th DIFF at Bangladesh National Museum on Saturday.
Thanking the RFS president as well as DIFF Director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal (Shovon), Farooqi said, “Despite having so many difficulties and roadblocks, organisers like Shovon have been arranging this festival every year and that is highly appreciable.”
“Festivals are important for the cinema of every country in the world, because this is the place where filmmakers can learn and grow.
In order to help aspiring filmmakers, more festivals like DIFF should take place all around the country,” Farooki added.