Call for Entry of 12th International Inter University Short Film Festival is Going On

Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) in association with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), presents the 12th edition of the International Inter University Short Film Festival (IIUSFF). It is a festival that aspires to promote and inspire the work of young university going filmmakers with the slogan ‘Take Your Camera, Frame Your Dream’.

In 2007, International Inter-University Short Film Festival started its journey with the goal to provide a platform for the young and talented student filmmakers in Bangladesh and overseas to showcase their talent. Over the years, it has succeeded in creating a name of its own and to work as a cross-cultural platform to portray the different styles and dimensions of young university-going filmmakers throughout the world.

Being an international platform, the International Inter-University Short Film Festival aims to feature a native art of Bangladesh in order to introduce the world with the country’s very own works of art. In this edition, the 12th IIUSFF is showcasing the ‘Tepa Putul’ or Clay Dolls. The ‘Tepa Putul’ is one of the most traditional forms of art practiced in different parts of Bangladesh. The process of making these hand-pressed dolls is very remarkable yet simple. These are made by pressing the raw clay only using fingers, dried in the sun and burnt.

The stories behind these dolls are as simple as its making but are very powerful. In the event cover, we can see a fisherwoman with her baby in one hand and a fishing net in another. This brings out the real picture of the Bengali rural women who often single-handedly manage a plethora of activities and yet sometimes go unrecognized for this. Thus, the Tepa Putul not only delineates a traditional art of Bangladesh which is on the decline in recent times but also remarkably depicts everyday rural Bangladesh.


Applicants will submit their films in 4 main categories, which are:

1. Competition:
Films focused on different topics and of diverse genres are accepted in this category. Maximum length is 15 minutes.

2. Panorama:
These films will be screened on screening sessions upon selection. These films will not take part in the competition but will be considered for special mentions. Maximum length is 20 minutes.

3. Short Film on Refugee:
Refugees are people who have fled war, violence, conflict or persecution and have crossed an international border to find safety in another country. They often have had to flee with little more than the clothes on their backs, leaving behind homes, possessions, jobs and loved ones. Refugees are defined and protected in international law. The 1951 Refugee Convention is a key legal document and it defines a refugee as: “someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.”

Often, the words “refugee” and “migrant” are used interchangeably in the media and public discourse. “Migrants” choose to move to another country on their own will mainly to improve their lives through work, or for education, family reunions, or other reasons, whereas “refugees” are compelled to flee to another country due to persecution or conflicts.
Further, unlike “refugees” who are unable to safely return to their home countries, “migrants” have no such impediment and are entitled to the protection of their government when abroad and upon return to their home country.

This category will give place to short films featuring the ‘Refugee Crisis’ across the world. To better address the crisis, the short films submitted to this category must feature any of the or a multiple of the following themes-

(i) Climate change and displacement
(ii) Countering toxic narratives about refugees and migrants
(iii) Supporting the economic inclusion of refugees
(iv) Improving access to education for refugees

Maximum length for this category is 15 minutes.

4. One-Minute Shorts:
Short films no longer than 60 seconds of duration are accepted in this category


Eligible entrants (according to the rules and terms below) can participate in the festival through uploading their fictional/ Non-fictional/docu-short/ interview short films by submitting the Google Drive link via FilmFreeway


Eligible entrants can participate in the festival by filling up the following Google registration form. The films need to be uploaded to Google Drive or Dropbox or Vimeo prior to the registration process and only the submission link(Google Drive/ Dropbox/ Vimeo or any other cloud storage link) should be provided in the Google form.

Fill Out and Submit your film here:
Google Form:


Eligible entrants can physically submit their short films through a CD or DVD to the address below and have to provide 2 hard copy of all the Google Form Information.

Dhaka University Film Society
1st Floor, Teacher-Student Center (TSC)
University of Dhaka, Shahbag, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh


All of the submissions are free of cost.


1. Zahir Raihan Best Short Film Award – This award will be entitled to the director of the Best Short Film of the festival. It was first introduced in 2009. The award prize includes Crest, Certificate and Token money.

2. Tareque Masud Best Emerging Director Award – The 9th edition of IIUSFF introduced a new award in memory of the legendary Bangladeshi filmmaker Tareque Masud. This award is given to the best Bangladeshi filmmaker participating in the festival. The aim is to encourage Bangladeshi filmmakers to produce more quality films. The award prize Includes Crest, Certificate and Token money.

3. Short Film on Refugee: Winner – The best short film featuring the context of the refugee crisis around the world will be honored with this award. The award includes Crest, Certificate and Token money.

4. Short Film on Refugee: Runner-Up – The runner-up in the Short Film on Refugee category will be entitled to this award. Includes Crest, Certificate and Token money.

5. Best one minute short – Among the short films submitted under the One-Minute Shorts category, the best short film will be awarded this title. The award includes Crest, Certificate and Token money.

6. Honorable Mentions – Short films will receive Honorable mentions for pioneering in different aspects of film making like Cinematography, Screenplay, Animation, Editing and many more. Includes crest and certificate.

7. Best Documentary Short – The best documentary short film at the festival will be awarded this award. The award includes Crest, Certificate and Token money.

8. Others –

The directors of the top 50 shortlisted films will receive a certificate, crest, and a festival kit.

Talent Campus– Top shortlisted participants will get a free entrance to attend the talent campus session conducted by renowned filmmakers and film personalities to sharpen their skills to frame their dreams in the future. Includes certificate.


1. By submitting a Film, the entrant ensures that he or she has obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers, and/or other authorized representatives of the film and has read, understood, and agreed to the Terms.
2. The entrant has to be an undergraduate student or postgraduate student, currently enrolled in a University/College. Those who have completed their undergraduate studies within the previous 2 years (which means those who have completed their undergraduate studies by March 30, 2018) are also eligible.
3. By submitting the film to IIUSFF 2020, the applicant and copyright owners hereby warrant and represent that the film is wholly original and is not copied from and does not include any other work that is the subject of copyright or other protection unless such work is in the public domain or the Submitting parties have obtained any and all consents, releases, licenses and we the festival team takes no responsibility in this matter.
4. The submitted film must not defame any person or violate the common law or statutory rights, including, without limitation, the rights of privacy and publicity or any other right of any person
5. Films previously submitted to any edition of the International Inter-University Short Film Festival are not eligible.
6. There are no restrictions on the theme, topic or genre.
7. Any single entrant can submit a maximum of two films in each category.
8. Submitted films must not be made available in any open access streaming site (e.g.- YouTube, Facebook) during the competition period (exception: stated in Term no. 9).
9. For promotional purposes, the selected One-Minute Shorts will/might be published in online platforms ONLY by the Festival Authority with the participant’s consent.
10. Films earlier screened in other festivals (in any country) are eligible. The entrant has to mention the names of the festivals where the film has been screened.
11. All accepted films may be screened more than once, and are scheduled at the discretion of the festival authority.
12. All entries must submit embedded English subtitles with the film. Dialogue lists are not accepted.
13. The festival authority may accept late submissions in its sole and absolute discretion.
14. By submitting their films in the competition, entrants allow the screening rights to Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS). Selected films will be screened in public sessions and DUFS holds the right to screen the films in selected festival venues.
15. The IIUSFF authority reserves the right to rule in its sole discretion, on cases and situations not foreseen by these Terms.
16. The festival authority reserves the right to disqualify any submission if they notice any violation of the terms and conditions. They can ask for proof of studentship and authenticity anytime.
17. Please keep us informed of any changes regarding your contact information by emailing

24 April 2020


– After completing the registration process (via Filmfreeway or Google Forms or physical appearance), we will cross-check your status and send a confirmation email shortly.
– After the Judgment procedure, we will announce the list of Officially Selected short films.
– Renowned film society activists, film personalities, film scholars, film activists and filmmakers from Bangladesh and other countries will be the honorable judges of the resulting shortlist.
– The Top Official Selections will be published by May 15, 2020
– The Top Official Selections from all categories will be screened in several festival venues across the country and overseas.
– Talent Campus: Top shortlisted Participants will get a free entrance to attend the talent campus session conducted by renowned filmmakers and film personnel to sharpen their skills to frame their dreams in the future. Includes certificate.

For further Information-

+880 1872-838709
+880 1534-822403
+880 1798-407023


131st World Film Manifestation Program: Selective Works of Jim Jarmusch

Dhaka University Film Society is proud to present the 131st edition of World Film Manifestation Program (WFMP). WFMP was initiated all the way back in 2000 by DUFS to give film-lovers an opportunity to watch classic and contemporary films from different countries of the world. In recent years, it has grown to become a regular monthly program. This edition of WFMP will celebrate the wonderful career of Jim Jarmusch.

Jim Jarmusch is an American film director, producer, actor and composer. He has been a major player in American independent movie scene since the 1980s. He has an unhurried, uncompromised and innovatively restrained approach to filmmaking. Jarmusch is noted for successfully stripping down the unnecessary elements in his films and for focusing only on the essentials, namely the great alienation that human beings in every sphere of life are subjected to and the elusive nature of the American dream.

Tom Waits once called Jim Jarmusch a teenager trapped inside a foreign world whose movies reflect the loneliness of the human condition and the urban desolation in the most subtly imaginative ways. His films revolve around idle conversations, aimless strolls through mundane regular life and characters nonchalantly going about their day. He is one of the greatest living directors of our time.

Films will be announced soon.

N.B: All screenings are free of cost and open for all.

Please Pre-register here to confirm your seat:
Registration will also be available at the venue.

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Sunday German Bangla Film Screening: Episode 01 Season 03 Observed

The last event to conclude the year, that featured one of the most talked-about films of the year “Merudwondwo”, a Jahangirnagar Cine Society Production financed by crowdfunding. Guests started to come in from 3 pm in the afternoon. It was almost 4 pm when the film director arrived with his crews. The 80 people capacity auditorium of Goethe Institut was houseful. People even watched the first film standing in the back. After the screening ended with rounds of applauds the director of Merudwondwo Risan Ahmed, one of the lead actors of the film Zibon Hossain, The Chief AD Ranjit Das Chauhan took the stage and shared the exciting experiences behind the making of the film. The screening of The Garden began at 5 pm.

ঋত্বিক ঘটকের পৈতৃক ভিটা সংরক্ষণের দাবিতে মানববন্ধন ও গণস্বাক্ষর কর্মসূচি

বাংলা চলচ্চিত্রের পুরোধা ব্যক্তিত্ব ঋত্বিক ঘটকের পৈতৃক বাড়ি ভেঙে ফেলে সাইকেল গ্যারেজ তৈরীর তীব্র প্রতিবাদ জানাচ্ছে ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় চলচ্চিত্র সংসদ। এই ভবনটি সংরক্ষণ ও রক্ষণাবেক্ষণের দাবি দীর্ঘদিনের হলেও ১৯৮৯ সালে উল্টো সামরিক জান্তা সরকারের আমলে হোমিওপ্যাথ কলেজ প্রতিষ্ঠিত হতে আমরা দেখেছি। স্থানীয় ‘ঋত্বিক চলচ্চিত্র সংসদ’ তিন বছর ধরে সেখানে ‘ঋত্বিক চলচ্চিত্র কেন্দ্র’ করার দাবি জানিয়ে আসলেও এখনো এর বাস্তবায়ন হয়নি। বরং প্রশাসনের উদাসীনতার সুযোগ নিয়ে আগ্রাসী কলেজ কর্তৃপক্ষ বিগত ২১ ডিসেম্বর সাইকেল স্ট্যান্ডের অযুহাতে ভবনের একাংশ গুড়িয়ে দেয় যেটি অত্যন্ত ঘৃণিত এবং হীনতার পরিচায়ক।


আমরা অতিদ্রুত ঐ ভবনে স্থাপিত হোমিওপ্যাথিক কলেজের স্থানান্তর চাই। ঋত্বিক ঘটকের পৈতৃক ভিটাকে ‘সাংস্কৃতিক ঐতিহ্য’ হিসেবে ঘোষণা করে বাংলা চলচ্চিত্রের এই প্রতিবাদী নায়কের প্রতি এতদিন ধরে চলা অসম্মানের অবসান হোক। চলচ্চিত্র কেন্দ্রের পাশাপাশি উক্ত স্থানে ‘ঋত্বিক ঘটক সংগ্রহশালা’ প্রতিষ্ঠার মাধ্যমে তরুণদের মাঝে ঋত্বিকচর্চার ব্যবস্থা হোক।  

ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় চলচ্চিত্র সংসদ প্রতিবাদ এবং দাবি আদায়ের লক্ষ্যে মানববন্ধন, গণস্বাক্ষর গ্রহণ এবং তথ্য মন্ত্রণালয় বরাবর স্মারকলিপি প্রদান কর্মসূচির পরিকল্পনা করেছে।


মানববন্ধন: বিকাল ৩:৩০টা, ২৬ ডিসেম্বর

স্থান: রাজু ভাস্কর্য, টিএসসি


গণস্বাক্ষর কর্মসূচি: বিকেল ৪টা, ২৬ ডিসেম্বর। গণস্বাক্ষর গ্রহণ ২৮ তারিখ পর্যন্ত চলবে।

স্থান: টিএসসি চত্বর


উন্মুক্ত চলচ্চিত্র প্রদর্শনী: সন্ধ্যা ৬টা, ২৭ ও ২৮ ডিসেম্বর। ঋত্বিক ঘটকের কালজয়ী চলচ্চিত্র প্রদর্শন করা হবে।

স্থান: টিএসসি চত্বর 


স্মারকলিপি প্রদান: ২৯ ডিসেম্বর।

গণস্বাক্ষর এর পত্রসহ স্মারকলিপি তথ্য মন্ত্রণালয়ে প্রদান করা হবে।


সকলকে উক্ত কর্মসূচিতে অংশগ্রহণের জন্য আহ্বান করা হচ্ছে।

Sunday German Bangla Film Screening: Episode 1 Season 3 Observed at Goethe-Institut Bangladesh

Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS), in cooperation with Goethe Institut, proudly presents German-Bangla Film screening: Episode 1 Season 3 on Sunday, 29th December at Goethe-Institut auditorium. This program has been a regular collaboration between DUFS and Goethe Institut which is held on the last Sunday of every month.

This edition will consist of a German feature film along with a short film made by a Bangladeshi director.

Detailed schedule for the screenings:

4:00 PM

Film: মেরুদ্বন্দ্ব (2019)

Director: Risan Ahmed

Duration: 31 min

(A Jahangirnagar Cine Society Production)

5:00 PM

Film: Sommerhäuser (2017)

Director: Sonja Maria Kröner

Duration: 93 Min

*The screenings are free of cost & open for all.

Please Pre-register here to confirm your seat:

Registration will also be available at the venue.

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