Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor on Friday announced that the Shilapakala auditoriums across the country will be allocated for the screening of films and arranging film festivals for a week every month, UNB reports.
“Since the country`s most cinema houses are not suitable for film screening, the government is thinking to allocate all the district auditoriums of Shilpakala Academy for the film screening for one week per month,” he said.
He further said one of the halls of District Shilpakala Academy will be made especially for the film screening to ensure the best service to the audience. “Shilpakala Academy hall will be allotted for the first year without any rent. But later, a portion of the proceeds earned from the movie show will be given to the academy.”
The minister was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 16-day `Bangladesh Film Festival 2017` in the auditorium of National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Mentioning that culture cannot be fulfilled without film, Noor said his ministry will give grants for making short films. “The ministry will also donate for the production of documentaries,” he said.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) organised the festival for the second time in collaboration with Zila Shilpakala Academies with the theme `film for all, art and culture for all`.
BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over the ceremony while its Secretary Jahangir Hossain delivered the welcome speech.
Cultural Affairs Secretary Md Ibraheem Hosein Khan, Film Directors Syed Anam Tutul and Morshedul Islam and President of Bangladesh Film Director Association Mushfiqur Rahman spoke as special guests.
A total of 44 films under five categories -- classic, internationally acclaimed or internationally award-winning, Liberation War-based and contemporary -- will be screened at the festival.
Awards will be given in three categories from the contemporary films released from 2015 to 2016 while the winners of Best Film, Best Film Director and Special Jury Award will get a cheque of Tk 2,00,000, Tk 1,00,000 and Tk 50,000 respectively.
The prize money of the winning films, directors will be handed over at the closing ceremony on October 21.
The festival was first organised in 2015.