Mahfuz Pabna, Pabna:
Sharif Anirban, the son of emerging and talented Bangladeshi filmmaker man of Pabna, who bagged the highest number of titles at the WIFIL Special Awards International Short Film Festival held in Kolkata.
His four short films have been nominated for Best in various categories at the festival. This information was given in a press release sent by the festival organisers on Saturday(September 19). Earlier, the closing ceremony of the festival was held in Kolkata, India on Wednesday (September 16).
The movie ‘Investment’, based on the story of Sharif’s rickshaw puller father, won him the title of best director at the festival. His others three short films ‘Cosmopolitan’, ‘Dreamdriver’ and ‘Sonarbangla’ were also nominated for Best Script, Best Art Direction and Best Social Message respectively.
Rajat Talukder’s ‘Ma’ and Agniva Sengupta’s ‘Taratum’ from the Netherlands have been jointly nominated as the best films of the festival.
Organised by the WIFIL Social Welfare Society, one of India’s leading social organisations, the international short film festival lasted for about a month and a half. The festival honors artists from 26 films from different countries held online. The winners will be awarded certificates and crests as honors, the organisers said.
Mrs. Deepika Biswas, Executive Producer of WIFIL Creation, said, “Shortfilm is now becoming more and more popular all over the world. But new creators are often discouraged by their talent and hard work due to lack of budget and superficiality.
The purpose of our event was to reward the talents and hard work of the filmmakers who have been pursuing their dreams with such a small budget and unfavorable circumstances. “We will continue our efforts to inspire independent producers and build a happy and prosperous society through film,” she added.
Earlier, Sharif Anirban’s short film titled ‘Investment’ was screened at Egypt’s AM Egypt Film Festival and Sylhet International Film Festival, Dhaka University Film Parliament, Military Institute of Science and Technology, and India’s Siliguri Performed in the studio. It is also appreciated in those events.
Sharif Anirban graduated from IER of Dhaka University and currently is working as an Audio Video and Documentation Manager in the Second Chance Education Program of the Bureau of Non-Formal Education under the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education.
His home is at Mansurabad residential area in of Pabna district town.