Bangladesh Short Film Forum

Bangladesh Short Film Forum (BSFF) is an organization of young Bangladeshi film makers. It was formed on 24 August 1986 by a group of young independent filmmakers and activists who were then campaigning for creative and aesthetically rich cinema.

Bangladesh Short Film Forum
FormationAugust 1986
TypeOrganization of independent filmmakers
  • 108, Aziz Super Market, Shahbagh, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
Official language
Bengali, English
Manzare Hasin Murad
Key people
Anupam Shaikat Shanto (General Secretary), N. Rashed Chowdhury (Vice President), Zahidur Rahim Anjan (Advisor), Tareq Ahmed Bubul (Festival Director)

Most of these young filmmakers were initiated into cinema through their involvement with the film society movement in Bangladesh that began as early as in the 1960s. Short Film Forum was formed at a time when mainstream Bangladeshi cinema was dominated by crass commercialism and a network of producers-distributors-exhibitors which allowed no space for artistic or socially responsible films.

The Forum featured some of most notable young Bangladeshi film makers among its members, including Morshedul Islam, Tanvir Mokammel, Tareque Masud, Enayet Karim Babul, Tareq Shahrier, Shameem Akhter, Manjare Hasin Murad, Yasmin Kabir, Nurul Alam Atique, Zahidur Rahim Anjan, Rashed Chowdhury, and Akram Khan.[1]

Bangladesh Short Film Forum now has its own film center in Shahbag, Dhaka with an auditorium, a library, an archive and an administrative office.

The Forum is mostly noted for organizing the biennial and non-competitive International Short and Independent Film Festival. The first festival was held in 1988, and was the first festival in the Indian Sub-continent which was entirely dedicated to short films.[2]

The Forum produced a number of short films, including One Day in Krishnanagar (53 minutes)[3] and Dhaka 2005 (5 minutes).[4] It organizes seminars and workshops on films and limited scale film festivals all over Bangladesh, as well as film shows in its Bangladesh Film Center in Shahbag.[5]


  1. ^ Short Film Festival Newsletter, issue ??, 2007
  2. ^ "The year that was..." The Daily Star. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Daily Star: Documenting Bangladesh". The Daily Star.
  4. ^ "Dhaka 2005". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 29 May 2007.
  5. ^ "Meet the Director: Supriyo Sen". Dhaka Tribune. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.