With an aim to connect local community, a team of the Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival (DIMFF) met members of Kishor Alo — a supplement of the daily Prothom Alo for juveniles — at the daily’s office in Dhaka on July 27. The main objective of the session was to encourage the school- and college-going film enthusiasts to submit films under the school/college category of DIMFF 2019. The official website of DIMFF, which was launched lately, was introduced to the members of Kishor Alo. The festival director along with the executives spoke about the procedure for submission. Young filmmakers can now submit their works through the website.
DIMFF is the country’s first ever mobile film festival that was formerly known as Cinemascope Mobile Film Competition. Cinemascope, a film apprenticeship program of ULAB, is organizing the festival for the fifth time.
Submission of films is now open and the deadline for film submission is September 16. Films can be submitted into three different categories — screening category, which is open for all; competition category, which is only for university students; and 1-minute film, which is introduced first time this year only for grade 1-12 students. DIMFF 2019 will take place on February 15-16, 2019.
Fact Watch, an initiative of Media Studies and Journalism (MSJ) department at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) to counter fake news, organised a seminar at ULAB Campus B on July 26. Dr Naeemul Hassan, an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi in USA, conducted the seminar, titled “Towards Automated Fact-checking”. Prof Imran Rahman, special advisor to Board of Trustees (BoT) of ULAB, delivered the welcome speech. He underscored the need for learning the required skills to properly search correct information on the internet. To him, people in Bangladesh are yet to know how to properly use Google.
Following that, Dr Naeemul had an enlightening session, opening up new avenues of automated fact-checking. He said the traditional method of fact-checking would not last long due to the prominence of social media these days. In fact, 63 fact-checking sites had to be shut down as they could not modify their method, he said. There are now 2.16 billion Facebook users, he said. So, paid advertisement, news and fabricated images spread through social media have the potential to reach out to a vast audience, added Dr Naeemul. As a result, the traditional method of fact-checking is losing its appeal day by day, he observed. Therefore, he introduced a new sustainable model, named “ClaimBuster” — a platform to monitor live streams, websites, and social media to catch factual claims, detect matches with a curated repository of fact-checks, and deliver the matches instantly to viewers. He also introduced the audience “BaitBuster” — another initiative designed to detect clickbait contents.
Regarding Bangladesh, he said there were many hurdles, for instance, the lack of media literacy, infrastructure and resources. However, he is hopeful that the government’s a2i (Access to Information) project will change the situation. The researcher also underscored the need for collaboration among the three “prominent” fact-checking sites in Bangladesh — Fact Watch, Jachai and BD Fact Check.
Lastly, Dr Naeemul urged the audience to verify online contents before sharing, and think before clicking. Following that, he answered a number of questions from the audience. In his concluding speech, Fact Watch adviser Dr Sumon Rahman, also a professor of MSJ, spoke of the challenges of running a fact-checking site in Bangladesh.
ULAB Social Welfare Club in collaboration with Thalassemia Foundation of Bangladesh organized Blood Donation Camp for Children who are suffering from Thalassemia. The daylong Campaign took place on 30.7.2018 at Campus-A Auditorium where more than 50 willing students, admin and faculties participated in blood donation to help children who require constant blood supply to help cure the disease. Also, students got the facility to do certain free tests including Hepatitis B, HIV, Hepatitis C, Malaria, and Syphilis during the camp. The donators who came to the camp were more than willing to give blood among the less fortunate children of our society. Club Adviser Ms. Selima Quader Chowdhury, Club Executives along with experienced blood collectors were present at the Auditorium to help make the social cause a successful one. Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. H M Jahirul Haque, Registrar Akhtar Ahmed, and Advisor Co-Curricular Office Dr. Pinki Shah also went on to donate blood at the Camp to help achieve the cause.
ULAB VC Professor Dr HM Jahirul Haque giving a speech after inaugurates the newly launched website of Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival (DIMFF).
The Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival (DIMFF), Bangladesh’s maiden mobile film fiesta, has launched its official website on July 26. Professor Dr HM Jahirul Haque, Vice Chancellor of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), inaugurated the website (www.dimff.net) at a ceremony at ULAB.
DIMFF is the country’s first ever mobile film festival which was formerly known as CinemaScope Mobile Film Competition. CinemaScope, a film apprenticeship programme of Media Studies and Journalism department at ULAB, has organised the festival for four times.
The fifth edition of the festival will take place on 15-16 February 2019. Submission of films is now open, and deadline of the film submission is September 16 this year. Films can be submitted into three different categories — screening category, which is open for all; competition category, which is only for university students; and 1-minute film, which is introduced first time this year only for students ranging from grade 1 to 12. The newly-launched website will help filmmakers get any kind of information regarding the festival. They can even submit their works through the website.
ULAB VC Professor Dr HM Jahirul Haque inaugurates the newly launched website of Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival (DIMFF). MSJ faculty member Mohammad Shazzad Hossain looks on.
Members of DIMFF executive committee said they had long been thinking about building a website for the festival taking into consideration the competition’s growing popularity among participants both at home and abroad. Cinemascope adviser Mohammad Shazzad Hossain, also an assistant professor of MSJ, and members of different clubs and apprenticeship programmes at ULAB, were present at the launching ceremony. For further details, the organisers requested the aspiring filmmakers to email them at [email protected] or visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ULABCinemaScope.
Festival Director Asif Uddin giving a speech after inaugurates the newly launched website of Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival (DIMFF).
Documentary film “Jol diye shuru” (Let’s begin with water) had its premiere at ULAB Campus B Seminar Room on August 24. As part of the continued partnership between WaterAid and HSBC, this documentary is the result of a competition held at ULAB among students of the Media Studies and Journalism (MSJ) department.
Following a rigorous process of proposal submission, idea presentation, evaluations and final selection, the team “Cinepoka” — comprising six members — clinched the first position. Highly vulnerable climate affected area of Dacope in Khulna is the setting of the film. The central character Nitu, a school-going girl living in the area, shares a typical day in her life where currently clean water is easily available and widely consumed — something which was beyond her wildest imagination even a year or two back.
Prof Dr Sumon Rahman of MSJ, Md Liakath Ali of WaterAid, and Syeda Afzalun Nessa of HSBC, were present at the event. This initiative is one of the many youth engagement activities WaterAid is currently carrying out.
ULAB Chess Club organized their 2nd Simultaneous Chess Exhibition which was held at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh on 26.7.2018 from 11:30 AM onward. The exhibition took place at Campus-A Canteen where 10 students participated to play with the Candidate Master and President of ULAB Chess Club Ikramul Haq Siam simultaneously. The students who took part in the event gained knowledge regarding useful chess techniques from the organizers. Registrar Akhtar Ahmed was present in the exhibition as the Chief Guest. Award ceremony was held afterwards to reward the winners with certificates. Among the prize winners were Abul Munim Khan Chowdhury, Montakim Zannat, and Sk. Golam Zillani. Other participants also got Token of appreciation for participating in the event. The exhibition was a good way to promote upcoming chess enthusiasts to be more involved with the game and encourage students to participate more in such events.
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