The SAARC Film Festival 2018 began in Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
Organised by the SAARC Cultural Centre the 8th edition of the festival will continue till May 27.A total of five films including the full length and short length will be screened during the festival.
Among them, On Wednesday, the second day of the festival Akram Khan directed ‘Khaacha’ was screened while Akhi and her friend and Tauquir Ahmed directed ‘Haldaa’ are scheduled to be screened today and tomorrow.
Since the Inaugural SAARC Film Festival in 2011, the SAARC Member State of Sri Lanka has been host to this diverse celebration of life and the development and display of visual arts through the medium of film.
The SAARC Film Awards 2018 will be presented on May 27 after being selected by a panel of jury comprising of the members from non-SAARC countries.
The prizes are: Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress Best Cinematographer, Best Editor, Best Sound Designer, Best Original Score and Two Special Jury Awards.
The festival will include a workshop with international experts as well as additional peripheral events that would enhance the experience of South Asian cinema.The film festival will focus on films which were first screened after May 2016, from all member states.
Bangladeshi director Tauquir Ahmed’s Oggyatonama won the Best Screenplay Award at the seventh edition of SAARC Film Festival last year.