The European Union has launched first ever film festival in Bangladesh today titled "Bangladesh European Union Film Festival (BEUFF)".
It will run till 30 June 2021 to mark the 50 years of the country's independence and celebrate the friendship between the EU and Bangladesh, says a press release from EU.
All European Union Member States Embassies in Dhaka: Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, as well as the Goethe Institute and the Alliance Française are in partnership with the film festival.
BEUFF features 7 EU feature films, 7 Bangladeshi films from young aspiring filmmakers, and 7 international short films on climate change. All the films will be screened at the online platform Festival Scope and available free of cost to all audiences residing in Bangladesh. Furthermore, all seven European movies will be subtitled in Bangla to eliminate the barriers of languages.
This festival will unfold a new chapter in the EU's cultural exchange with Bangladesh and further shed light on vital issues such as education and skill development, climate change adaptation, food and nutrition security, good governance, safe migration and sustainable reintegration of refugees, empowerment of women and girls: EU's priorities for development cooperation in Bangladesh.
A dedicated website (www.beuff.org) was launched today, 9th June, which will allow the audiences access to all films and other information related to the festival. The festival's side events will also include masterclasses, questions/answer sessions with directors, discussions on gender representations in cinema, having a strong focus on women's issues and climate change.
The implementing partners of BEUFF are Particip GmbH, RedOrange Media and Communications and Goopy Bagha Productions Limited.