Ansar Ahmed Ullah
The London Bengali Film Festival (LBFF) is inviting submissions from British Bengali film makers which is an annual celebration of films from or about the Bengali Diaspora. The three day festival will be held in London with special guests and talks, followed by a red carpet film awards ceremony on the fourth day, thus making it the largest Bengali film event in the world, outside of Bengal.
The festival is expected to take place on the 14th of April, to coincide with the Bangla New Year, the audience will be Bengali and non Bengali, looking for alternative artistic cinema, telling unique and untold stories or stories re-told from another point of view. Our goal is to get these films to the mainstream audience and on to the international platform, while also to bring the rich artistic historical and modern culture of Bengal and Bengali experiences to the big screen.
An international team made up of individuals, organisations and film personalities will be on board to facilitate and support the festival, from the UK, to India, Bangladesh and beyond. Judges will include Film makers, critics (media), distributors and our education partner is the London Metropolitan University including the heads of the film department. LBFF welcome films that are commercial and non commercial, independent and artistic.
The organiser of the festival CEO Munsur Ali said, “Mainstream films have a global audience, but global stories also need to be seen by the mainstream audience. The London Bengali Film Festival does exactly that.”
To submit log onto www.lbff.co.uk. Films do not have to be Bengali language but must have English subtitles. They must also fit to at least one of the following writer or director or producer must be Bengali or have a Bengali heritage (any nationality) or the main character must be Bengali or the story must be set or be about Bengal or an issue affecting the Bengali Diaspora.