International Film Initiative of Bangladesh

A Filmmaker’s Journey

Dhaka to Cannes – May 2018

Our Mission

The International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB) aims to identify and support young emerging filmmakers of Bangladesh. Our mission is to discover and promote emerging talent, to encourage dialogue between filmmakers, and to engage the art of cinema. Our partner in this initiative is International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA), a Monaco-based, non-profit organization which organises, finances and promotes festivals, exhibition, education and development.

The Program

This year will be the second edition of the Dhaka to Cannes initiative. IFIB and IETFA have partnered with Dhaka DocLab 2017 – the first co-production project market in Bangladesh to choose one of its candidates to Cannes this year. Mr Sumon Delwar won the IEFTA award to participate in the Industry Workshop of Cannes Film Festival 2018. The other candidate Mr Rezwan Shahriar Sumit won a Bangladesh Government grant in 2017 for his first feature film.

These filmmakers are attending the Industry Workshop hosted by the Marché du Film. This is a unique opportunity for the filmmakers to gain access to the international film community at the Festival and Marché de film, a yearly event that draws filmmakers, distributors and financiers from around the globe.

The Goal

Bangladeshi filmmakers travel to Cannes for 3 days of workshops, meetings with some of the world’s most prominent filmmakers and film executives and industry power brokers, educational programs focused on identifying successes, best practices, and programs focused on how to make their artistic and commercial efforts sustainable in local and global communities and market places.

Our partner IEFTA

A Monaco-based, non-profit, non-governmental organization, the IEFTA organizes, finances and promotes festivals, exhibition, education and development. Central to the IEFTA mandate is connecting new and emerging filmmakers with established members of the entertainment community. Our past initiatives include the IETFF film festival in Monte Carlo, the Ethiopian Film Initiative, the UNHCR conference in Marché Du Film and the current launching of the Dhaka to Cannes this upcoming Cannes Film Festival.


Meet the Participants – 2018