International Inter University Short Film Festival organized by Dhaka University Film Society is a festival to promote and inspire the works of university going film makers. The festival started its journey in 2007.Over the years, it succeeded in creating a name of its own and work as a cross-cultural platform to portray different styles and dimensions of young university-going filmmakers throughout the world.
The film distribution network and screening facilities in Bangladesh does not provide any conducive environment for novice filmmakers. Dhaka University Film Society is trying to resolve this problem by creating a platform for young film enthusiasts to show and share their works and feelings with each other. We aim to inspire university-going students with dreams to frame their mind’s eye while contesting for delivering the best.
Dhaka University film society has successfully organized nine International Inter University short film festivals so far, starting from the year 2007. The festival has already established itself to be one of the most prestigious short film festivals in the world. The number of response and interest we’re getting from young film makers and film enthusiasts all over the world compliments the vision we worked for.
In the 9th edition of International Inter University Short Film Festival in 2017, we’ve screened 200 short films from 96 different countries and institutions around the globe. Thousands of films from many young promising makers were submitted. A new award has been introduced in the last IIUSFF.
Awards: Our jury board selects the films two be awarded from thousands of entries. There are two prestigious awards for the two best short films.
Zahir Raihan Best Short Award is given by the jury board of International Inter University short Film Festival for the Best Short Film of the festival. The prize money for this award is USD 300. It was first introduced of this festival in 2009.
In 2017, at the 9th edition of IIUSFF, Dhaka University Film Society has introduce a new award in memory of the legendary film maker Tareque Masud. This award will be given to the best Bangladeshi Film Maker participating in the festival. The aim is to encourage Bangladeshi filmmakers to make more quality and sapid films. We hope that Tareque Masud Best Emerging Director Award will aid Bangladeshi film makers to achieve global acknowledgement.
Talent Campus: IIUSFF talent campus is a platform of interaction with the resource persons of today’s film industry. Here participants get a chance of brainstorming on film making techniques and technologies focusing on the session they attend. The sessions of talent campus are dedicated for explaining the underlying(obscure) factors responsible for transforming a moving image into film in the context of Bangladesh.
Dhaka University wants to create a strong and effluent network of young filmmakers so they can join together and help each other out for the betterment of film industry. IIUSFF is a step towards that vision. We want to inspire young film makers to frame their mind’s eye. As our slogan says, “Take Your Camera, Frame Your Dream”.