Dhaka University Film Society
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|Motto||Better Films, Better Viewers|
|Formation||15 July 1991|
|Type||Voluntary Students' Organization|
|Purpose||Entertainment, film movement, film screening|
|Headquarters||TSC,(2nd Floor), University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh|
|Reserved for Dhaka University Students|
President General Secretary
|Ferdous Khan Nirjhar|
B M Jabal E Rahmat
|Dhaka University Central Students' Union|
|Affiliations||Federation of Film Societies of Bangladesh|
Dhaka University Film Society, also known as DUFS (Bengali: ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় চলচ্চিত্র সংসদ), is a voluntary student organization of the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. DUFS is an active member of the Federation of Film Societies of Bangladesh (FFSB) and is a Teacher-Student Centre-based students' organization.
The Dhaka University Film Society participates in a number of activities every year in addition to the festivals and publications they host.
World Film Manifestation Program
World Film Manifestation Program, commonly known as WFMP, is a monthly film screening by DUFS at different cultural centres such as the Goethe-Institut Dhaka and the Alliance Française de Dhaka among others. WFMP's main objective is to introduce classic and contemporary films to film society members. The program is open for all.
La Pointe Courte (1955), Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962), Le Bonheur (1965), Vegabond (1985)
The program was started as a "viewer's forum" in June, 1998 at the Goethe-Institute Dhaka. The first session was open to everyone. In the next two years, fourteen more sessions were held in different cultural centers in Dhaka. After various sessions, the initiative was renamed as World Film Manifestation Program (WFMP).
The first 1st WFMP session was held in September, 2000 at the Goethe-Institute Dhaka.
Flashback is the official publication of DUFS. It is published annually for more than fourteen years. The publication is about specific topics in the film industry. The latest issue of flashback on East European Films were published on July 2019. Flashback: Independent Film was published on November 2018. Some issues of the publication included articles about films from Latin America and those from the Far East. One Flashback was centred around Rabindranath Tagore in remembrance of his 150th birth anniversary.
Study circle is a weekly program for members moderated by the study circle secretary. The circle discusses a pre-selected topic relevant to films. Study circles are moderated by an expert facilitator on the selected topic. The study circle sessions are open for all.
DUFS regularly organizes film workshops, film orientation courses and film appreciation courses. The 7th film workshop organized by DUFS was held on 25 July to 9 August. Two short films were produced through the workshop. Film Orientation Courses are designed towards enabling the new members to learn basic knowledge about film viewing and making. Appreciation courses are designed to guide the standard film viewer towards a more insightful understanding of cinema.
DUFS has a library for its members. The library has a rich collection of books on cinema. Members can books and newspapers at the DUFS room.
Besides all these, DUFS organizes a number of film screening sessions throughout the year,often in collaboration with other film societies and cultural centres. "Sunday German-Bangla Film Screening" is held every last Sunday of each month, where one German and one Bengali movie is shown at the Goethe Institute.
Dhaka University Film Society organized more than thirty major film festivals so far. It has been playing an active as a cultural organization at the university and the country as well.
Amar Vashar Cholochitro (Films in my language) is an annual film festival organized by DUFS at the TSC complex. The festival is held in every february month in remembrance of the martys of the Bengali Language Movement. DUFS organized the 18th edition of the Festival, 'Amar Vashar Cholochhitro 1425' on February 10–15, 2019. The Festival was first held in 2004. It is now recognized as the biggest film festival in Bengali language.
International Inter-University Short Film Festival (IIUSFF) is an annual film festival organized by DUFS. It has been running for over a decade with the slogan "Take your camera, frame your dream". Its goal isto create a cross-cultural platform for university-going filmmakers all over the world. DUFS have recently organized the 11th edition of IIUSFF, in association with the United Nations High commissionar for Refugees (UNHCR). 1401 short films from more than 90 countries were submitted. Since 10th IIUSFF a new category, 'Short films on refugee' has been introduced to address the refugee crisis around the globe.
'Short film festival on cultural diversity and peace' was introduced in 2019. DUFS and Actionaid Bangladesh jointly organized the event to promote cultural diversity and peace.
Film for Freshers is the yearly film screening for the university freshers. It is open to all freshers. Boichitre Jibon (Diversity is Life) is jointly organized by Dhaka University Film Society and National Disabled Forum, in association with Sightsavers in 2010 and 2013.
|Year||Name||Date||Venue||Number of Film Screening||Types of Film|
|1994||First National Film Festival||Shawkat Osman memorial auditorium, Public library||Bangladeshi cinema|
|1996||Bangladesh Panorama||Bangladeshi cinema|
|1998||Science Fiction Film Week||Science fiction film|
|HELP: the Flood Victims||Various films to help flood victims|
|1999||War Film Week||War film|
|Oscar Film Week||Oscar-winning films|
|2000||Film for Freshers||TSC auditorium||6||Various films for freshers of Dhaka University|
|Comedy Film Week||1–7 October||Shawkat Osman memorial auditorium||25||Classic and modern comedy films|
|2001||Film for Freshers||TSC auditorium||Various films for freshers of Dhaka University|
|2002||Week on Film Classics||Shawkat Osman memorial auditorium||Classic films from all over the world|
|ভাষা আন্দোলনের ৫০ বছরঃ চলচ্চিত্রে বাংলার মুখ (50 years of language movement:Bengali in films)||TSC auditorium||15||Bangladeshi cinema|
|2003||Film for Freshers||Various films for freshers of Dhaka University|
|সত্যজিতের চলচ্চিত্র (Film of Satyajit)||21||Film of Satyajit|
|2004||বাংলা চলচ্চিত্র উৎসব (Bengali Film Festival)||11–18 May||28||Bengali films from both Bangladesh and India|
|2005||বাংলার ছবি (Film of Bengal)||Bangladeshi cinema|
|Film for Freshers||Various films for freshers of Dhaka University|
|Animation Film Festival||28 November–2 December||Animation film|
|2006||50 years of Bangladeshi Film||Bangladeshi cinema|
|Film for Freshers||Various films for freshers of Dhaka University|
|2007||আমার ভাষার চলচ্চিত্র (Amar Vashar Cholochitro)||24–28 February||20||Bengali film from both Bangladesh and India|
|ক্যামেরা যখন রাইফেল (When camera is rifle)|
|অপরাজিত (Unbeaten)||Various film to help the Cyclone Sidr survivors)|
|International Inter-University Short Film Festival (IIUSFF)||Goethe Institute Dhaka||International short film competition for university students.|
|2008||আমার ভাষার চলচ্চিত্র (Amar Vashar Cholochitro)||22–28 February||TSC auditorium||28||Bengali film from both Bangladesh and West Bengal|
|Film for Freshers||18–21 August||12||Various films for freshers of Dhaka University|
|2nd International Inter-University Short Film Festival (IIUSFF)||21–23 April||Goethe Institute Dhaka||International short film competition for university students.|
|2009||আমার ভাষার চলচ্চিত্র (Amar Vashar Cholochitro)||13–18 February||TSC auditorium||24||Bengali film from both Bangladesh and West Bengal|
|Film for Freshers||5–7 May||12||Various films for freshers of Dhaka University|
|3rd International Inter-University Short Film Festival (IIUSFF)||25–26 May||Goethe Institute Dhaka||International short film competition for university students.|
|Disaster Risk Reduction Film Festival (Bengali: দুর্যোগ প্রস্তুতি বিষয়ক চলচ্চিত্র উৎসব)||Public Library auditorium||Disaster related films|
|2010||আমার ভাষার চলচ্চিত্র-১৪১৬ (Amar Vashar Cholochitro-1416)||22–28 February||TSC auditorium||Bengali film from both Bangladesh and West Bengal|
|4th International Inter-University Short Film Festival (IIUSFF)||24–28 April||TSC auditorium and Goethe Institute Dhaka||International short film competition for university students.|
|বৈচিত্র্যে জীবন (Diversity of life)||4–8 December||TSC auditorium||34||First national disability related film festival|
|2011||আমার ভাষার চলচ্চিত্র-১৪১৭ (Amar Vashar Cholochitro-1417)||24–28 February||20||Bengali film from both Bangladesh and West Bengal|
|ছায়াচিত্রে রবীন্দ্রনাথ (Rabindranath in Films)||Films based on Rabindranath Tagore works|
|5th International Inter-University Short Film Festival (IIUSFF)||15–19 May||Goethe Institute Dhaka||International short film competition for university students.|
|2012||আমার ভাষার চলচ্চিত্র-১৪১৮ (Amar Vashar Cholochitro-1418)||23–28 February||TSC auditorium||19||Bengali film from both Bangladesh]] and West Bengal|
|চলচ্চিত্রে হুমায়ুন আহমেদ (Humayun Ahmed in Films)||24–26 September||9||In remembrance of late novelist and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed|
|2013||আমার ভাষার চলচ্চিত্র-১৪১৯ (Amar Vashar Cholochitro-1419)||23–28 February||23||Bengali film from both Bangladesh West Bengal|
|Film for Freshers||19–22 May||12 ||Various films for freshers of Dhaka University freshers.|
|6th International Inter-University Short Film Festival (IIUSFF)||Goethe Institute Dhaka||International short film competition for university students.|
|বৈচিত্র্যে জীবন (Diversity of life)||9–11 December||TSC auditorium||12 ||Second national disability related film festival|
|2014||আমার ভাষার চলচ্চিত্র-১৪২০ (Amar Vashar Cholochitro-1420)||22–27 February||24||Bengali film from both Bangladesh and West Bengal|
|Animation Film Festival||3–9 November||18||Animation film|
|2015||7th International Inter-University Short Film Festival (IIUSFF)||26–28 January||45||International short film competition for university students.|
|আমার ভাষার চলচ্চিত্র-১৪২১ (Amar Vashar Cholochitro-1421)||23–28 February||24||Bengali film from both Bangladesh and West Bengal|
|Film for Freshers||17-18 August||TSC auditorium||9||Various films for freshers of Dhaka University freshers.|
|2016||8th International Inter-University Short Film Festival (IIUSFF)||TSC auditorium
Alliance Française de Dhaka
Alliance Française de chittagong
|International short film competition for university students.|
|6th Film Workshop 2016||21 July- 5 August|
|2017||আমার ভাষার চলচ্চিত্র-১৪২২ (Amar Vashar Cholochitro-1422)||10-14 February||TSC auditorium||20||Bengali film from both Bangladesh West and Bengal|
|Animation Film Festival 2017||20-23 March||TSC auditorium||15||Animation Films from all over the world|
|Film Orientation Course 2017||Munir Chowdhury Auditorium, TSC|
|9th International Inter-University Short Film Festival (IIUSFF)||11 August -14 September||TSC auditorium
Alliance Française de Dhaka
Star Cineplex Dhaka
|90||International short film competition for university students.|
|2018||আমার ভাষার চলচ্চিত্র-১৪২৪ (Amar Vashar Cholochitro-1424)||12-17 February||TSC Auditorium||20||Bengali film from both Bangladesh and West Bengal|
|2019||আমার ভাষার চলচ্চিত্র-১৪২৫ (Amar Vashar Cholochitro-1425)||10-14 February||TSC auditorium||17||Bengali film from both Bangladesh West and Bengal|
|11th International Inter-University Short Film Festival||29-31 July||TSC auditorium
Alliance Française de Dhaka
Goethe Institut Bangladesh
|200||International short film competition for university students.|
|7th Film Workshop||25 July- 9 August||CARASS Auditorium|
|Short Film Festival on Cultural Diversity and Peace||08-9 September||TSC auditorium||50||Short film festival to promote cultural diversity and peace.|
New members are admitted in the society in April each year. Only fresher students of Dhaka University are eligible to apply for membership. After an initial screening process, viva-voce (oral interview) is held to select the few successful (around forty) candidates for admission. At present there are 227 members of whom thirty three are executive members and others are general members. The current president is Md. Abdul Kaium Joy; the general secretary is Peter Xavier Rozario.
- Rashedul Hafiz Russell, director of Amader Chhelebela a short film which was screened at the Berlin Film Festival in 2005.
- Mir Mokarram Hossain Shovo, participant in San Francisco Ocean Film Festival at the Delhi Talentt Campus in 2008.
- Imran Firdaus did research on Bangladeshi film for children, with another ex-DUFS member Topoti Burmon.
- Abu Shahed Emon has turn himself into a successful filmmaker after his debut full-length feature film Jalaler Golpo
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