The fifth edition of Sylhet Film Festival, organized by Sylhet Agricultural University Film Society-SAUFS ended on Sunday, October 1, with a goal to encourage independent filmmakers. During this 3-day festival, a total of 106 films from 111 countries around the world are being showcased.
On the 3rd day of the festival, at 7 pm a total of 10 prizes were bestowed upon the deserving winners in 9 distinct categories. The ceremony took place at the central auditorium of Sylhet Agricultural University. Professor Dr Atikuzzaman, the director of the university’s student counseling and guidance department, graced the occasion as the chief guest and presented the trophies to the winners. Accompanying him were Assistant Proctor Partha Pratim Burman, General Secretary of the Democratic Teachers Council Professor Dr Mahbub Alam, Filmmaker Ashraf Shishir, Film Critic and Journalist Sadia Khalid Reeti and leaders of SAU student league.
This year films were screened in 9 diverse categories. The esteemed awardees of the event include ‘Miracle in Heaven’ from Bangladesh, directed by Golam Rabbani, in the Bangladeshi Film Competition category, ‘Recess’ directed by Alejandro Giorlando from Argentina, in the International Film Competition category, Best Editor Cabe Tejeda from Mexico, for ‘Where is the Governor’, Best Cinematographer Soumojyoti Sarkar from India, for ‘Chilekotha’, Best Actor Khairul Bashar from Bangladesh, for his role in ‘The Midnight Girl’ and Best Actress Marta Scislowicz from Poland, for her performance in ‘The Delivery’.
During the prize distribution ceremony Professor Dr Atikuzzaman, the director of the university’s student counseling and guidance office said, `Film serves as an outstanding medium, reflecting the unique culture, traditions, and heritage of every country worldwide. Our nation has forged connections with 111 countries through the films showcased here. Such university-level film festivals will undoubtedly propel Bangladeshi cinema forward in the future’.
Gholam Rabbani, the director of the award-winning ‘Miracle in Heaven’ said, ‘Receiving this award is an immensely gratifying experience. Such recognition provides immense encouragement to filmmakers like us. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Sylhet Agricultural University Film Council for orchestrating this splendid event’.
This year a staggering 3065 short and full-length films from 111 countries were submitted for consideration. Out of these a curated selection of 106 films, encompassing both short and feature-length productions, were screened. The distinguished jury panel included Bangladeshi filmmaker Ashraf Shishir, actor Manoj Kumar, filmmaker Muktadir Ibn Salam, film critic and curator Premendra Majumdar, Indian film critic Siddharth Maiti, film critic and journalist Sadia Khalid Reeti and filmmaker Tasmia Afrin Mou. Press Release