“Human Rights Short Film Festival”

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Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) is the only film society of University of Dhaka, affiliated with its central student’s union (DUCSU). It is registered under the Film Societies Act, & member of Federation of Film Societies, Bangladesh (FFSB). It is also registered from the Bangladesh Film Censor Board.  read more

Human Rights Short Film Festival

Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) is organizing the “Human Rights Short Film Festival 2018” in association with United Nations, Bangladesh and The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Film is an extremely powerful medium to address the struggle for human rights and dignity. Films on human rights can promote understanding, raise a voice and create awareness about national, regional and local human rights issues that need to addressed. They can inspire and engage audiences, especially young people, to be human rights defenders. Films can also kick off dialogue on regional and local human rights issues among creative young people and encourage understanding that promoting human rights is not only the job of human rights activists, but that human rights are for everyone. Distribution and screening, notably in the districts of Bangladesh that are underserved, can contribute to a culture of human rights protection and promotion. Organizing a film festival can serve this purpose.

Please read the points outlined below carefully:

1. Theme of the film festival: Finding Bangladesh and South Asia in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 70 years later.

The theme is very broad. We strongly encourage you to read the Declaration and take inspiration from it to write your screenplay and produce your film.

2. Type of films and length: Short films (fiction and documentary), maximum 10 minutes.

3. Age: Open for all. Anyone can submit their short film.

4. Subtitle: All films must be subtitled/dubbed in English. Subtitle should be included or embedded in the video file”. Subtitle can NOT be a separate .srt file.)

5. Equipment: Films can be produced on mobile phones; no requirement to use professional film equipment. If anyone want to use professional film equipment, they are most welcome.

6. Production Quality: Minimum quality (720p) of projecting the film on a 16:9 big hall screen is appreciated. Film file should be a (.mp4) file format.

Awards and Prizes:

Winner of the festival will get a token prize money from DUFS along with certificate and crest undersigned by United Nations and DUFS.

Honorable mentions for 5 specific categories of film making (Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editor, Best Screenplay, Best Animation) will be awarded with certificates and crests undersigned by United Nations and DUFS.

Top 20 short films will be awarded with certificates and crests undersigned by United Nations and DUFS.




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