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Masterclass on Community Storytelling held at ULAB

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The Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival (DIMFF) organized a masterclass for independent storytellers and film enthusiasts on 15th November, 2022, at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB).

The masterclass on ‘Fundamental Aspects of Community Storytelling’ was conducted by Dr. Angelos Theocharis, a Postdoctoral Researcher at Durham University, England. The event was coordinated by DIMFF’s Social Affairs Manager, Rayhan Kabir Shuvro.

This masterclass was designed to educate young learners with a keen interest in filmmaking, on Community Digital Storytelling (CDST). According to Theocharis, CDST entails the creation of short films through a collaborative process in which facilitators work with participants to create a body of real, individual tales through a range of creative modes of communication and expression, such as photography, videography, narration, and music.

Theocharis shared that the Community Digital Storytelling and Delta Futures project (CDST) enables Indigenous peoples in the Sundarbans Delta to narrate their community’s climate change story in their own words. CDST captures delta livelihoods and develops awareness of the socio-ecological difficulties faced by disadvantaged populations through a participatory audiovisual method. The CDST project, funded by the UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Hub, is devoted to providing a platform for the affected communities as well as the essential expertise that will allow participants to continue creating movies after the project ends.

With the motto – ‘New generation, New tools, New communication’ and a bunch of dedicated team members working passionately, the Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival – DIMFF2023, is all set for its ninth term. DIMFF is a platform for young filmmakers for their creative expression.

The film submissions closed on the 24th of September, 2022. The 9th Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival (DIMFF) will be held on March 3 & 4, 2023.

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