The Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival (DIMFF) is a unique place of artistic exploration and entertainment. It is the pioneer in Bangladesh for arranging a Film Festival where films are exclusively shot on mobile phones, ignoring what kind of mobile devices the filmmakers are using. DIMFF is the bridge that connects mobile filmmakers to the world of filmmaking taking new advantage of technologies like mobile cameras. For the last six consecutive years, DIMFF is arranging this event, and with each passing year, its’ popularity is increasing. Filmmakers from around the globe enjoying this new platform to uphold their voices.
Creativity is a thirst; it can never be time or medium bound. Artistic souls always find a way to express themselves. DIMFF is a platform where they can explore their inner creativeness by using innovative digital tools. This brings unparallel opportunities for filmmakers where language cannot be a bearer while discussing global issues. To empower artistic minds, DIMFF believes they need free space to think and to communicate and to showcase their work on a worldwide platform.
Film making processes have changed a lot with the advent of new technologies, primarily handheld digital devices like a smartphone. This has opened doors for filmmakers by creating an environment where talent, creativity, and hard work counts more than budget and industry connections. Believing that anybody with a thought-provoking concept or an emotional story can make a great film. The festival will showcase works of the new generation and find talented students using a tool so simple and readily available that it’s often overlooked: a mobile phone.
The first rule- all films must be shot with mobile phones. For the Competition category, Director must be a current student of any university at the Undergraduate or Graduate level and for the One Minute category Director must be a current student of grade 1-12.
Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival (DIMFF) has been started in 2015 as Cinemascope Mobile Film Competition (CMFC). Today DIMFF is an outreach program under the Media Studies and Journalism department of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh.
The festival upholds and promotes the motto ‘New generation, New tools, New communication’. The festival is free of entry for students. Screening Category is open for all whether Competition category is restricted to university students at Undergraduate or Graduate level and One Minute Film category is limited to Grade 1 – 12 students. Films for this festival must be shot on a mobile phone (cell-phone/smartphone). However, there is no restriction regarding the brand, model, and operating system of the phone as well as post-production tools.
DIMFF’s purpose not only to inspire and spark creativity in people of all ages with limited income or resources but also to encourage filmmakers to harness their dreams and to recognise the immense possibilities to accomplish them. The Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival is for newness. This new generation with their new tools will establish new communication overcoming race, colour, religion, and ideology. DIMFF is a platform where language cannot be a bearer while discussing issues. These young minds need the right opportunity and guidance to make this world a better place.
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