To encourage the growth of the film industry, the Bangladesh Ministry of Information calls out the filmmakers to submit their works every year.
Last month, the Ministry of Information notified the filmmakers to submit their works from previous years for the National Film Awards 2020. The submission deadline ended yesterday (19 September) at 5 pm.
This year, only 27 films were submitted within the deadline, out of which 14 are full-length feature films, 7 short films and 6 documentaries.
The 14 full-length films submitted for the award are 'Bir', 'Shahenshah', 'Gor', 'Ekjon Mohan Neta', 'HoludBoni', 'Unoponchash Batash', 'Gondi', 'Rupsha Nodeer Baanke', 'Amar Ma', 'Chol Jai','Hridoy Jure' 'Bishwoshundori' etc.
This year's submission marks the lowest submission of films in recent years. In 2019, a total of 43 films were submitted.
Due to the pandemic, filmmakers were skeptical about the theatrical release of new films. Moreover, the theatres were closed for a really long time because of the Coronavirus waves.
Even though the number of theatrical releases was significantly low in 2020, there were a good number of films released on OTT platforms.
The National Film Awards are given in 28 categories – lifetime achievement, best film, best short film, best documentary, best film director, best actor (leading), best actress (leading), best actor (leading), best actress (supporting), best actor-actress (antagonist), best actor-actress (comedy), best child artist, a special award in the child artist category, best music director, best choreographer, best singer, best singer, best lyricist, best composer, best storyteller, best screenwriter, best dialogue writer, best editor, best art director, best cinematographer, best photographer, best costume designer, and best decorator.