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Swadesi Short Film Festival, 2017, announced winners

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Director Ahmed Tahsin Shams receiving award for the short-film 'Freedom of Silence'

Director Ahmed Tahsin Shams receiving award for the short-film 'Freedom of Silence'

The Swadesi Short Film Festival 2017 announced results on January 3, 2018, with their screening of 21 films throughout the course of 3-day event, starting from 1st of January Monday to 3rd January 2018, at Kendrio Kochikachar Mela, Shegun Bagicha, in the capital.

The prize giving ceremony and the annual screening of the remaining films started 4:30pm which ended at 9:30pm. The festival, having prizes for 29 categories, was judged by Manush Pal and Fahmid Hossain Shantunu. As a motivation to the younger generation of filmmakers, the festival authority awarded them with crests and certificates. 

The top 5 best films were, starting from the first -- Freedom of Silence, directed by Ahmed Tahsin Shams; Biborton, directed by Arafat Rahman; 'Ora Shariful' directed by Apurbo Amin; 'The Sacrifice' directed by S M Mahmudynnabi Mithun and 'I am Hungry' directed by Arafat Rahman;Among the best top 10 films, two productions have cast spell in the first session. 'I am Hungry' (scored 5th position) and 'Biborton' (scored 2nd position) had their special visual aestheticism. In the film 'I am Hungry' Arafat Rahman gave tribute to the poet Malay Roy and his struggles against pro-nationalism, against grand narratives, and prejudiced politics. On the other hand, another short-film: 'Biborton', is a unique production, which sheds light on history of the subcontinent and birth of Bangladesh, through growth of an individual symbolically presented via 'legwork' as the frame within frame.

Director Arafat is a graduate from Stamford University, Bangladesh, and Kolkata Film Institute, India. He shares about the development of short-film industry in Bangladesh, "Currently in Bangladesh, various educational institutions are offering film making as a career and helping many, seeking to develop their career in such a sector. I believe the industry of short films in Bangladesh is developing and will develop" 

However, another production that was finely crafted, screened in the last and third session of the event, was entitled Freedom of Silence, that also bagged most of the awards. It is directed by Ahmed Tahsin Shams, who received award for Best Film, Best Producer, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Title. Nazmun Naher Shishir got award for Best Actor in Female, and Best Chief Assistant Director was awarded to Alex Romario, in this film. 

'Freedom of Silence' celebrates the freedom of silence as freedom of speech faces impediments in the country. Incidents of violence, abuse and unserved justice made a few individuals rise up against the habitual inability of the people to speak their mind. They start a new type of movement where they symbolize the power to act without uttering a single word, being taped face.

"The film makers here and everywhere in Bangladesh should work to develop the entire industry, not only individual growth," shares Ahmed Tahsin Shams after receiving the award on Best Film for 'Freedom of Silence'.

The event concluded with the details of the upcoming international festivals that would be jointly organized by Swadesi Film Society.  

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