DHAKA CORRESPONDENT : The 15th edition of Dhaka International Film Festival, featuring a total of 188 films from as many as 67 countries, will begin on January 12. At a press conference announcing the event on Monday, host Rainbow Film Society said the biennale would be held annually starting this year. Divided into eight sections, the films will be screened at five venues in the capital. The nine-day festival will also feature some ancillary events. The press conference was attended by festival director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal, and organising committee members Haider Rizvi, M Hamid, Nazmul Ahsan Khalimullah and Rabiul Hossain. ‘In the eight sections, we will show some of the best films produced in recent years as well as some classics. Moreover, there will be some interesting side-events such as a workshop, a conference and an art show,’ said Ahmed Muztaba Zamal. The sections are titled Asian Competition, Retrospective, Cinema of the World, Children’s Films, Spiritual Films, Women Filmmakers, Short and Independent, and Nordic Films. The five venues are: Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library, Bangladesh National Museum, Alliance Française de Dhaka, Edward M Kennedy Centre and Star Cineplex. The Asian Competition section will feature 23 films produced in 2015-16 in Asian countries. Six awards will be given in this section towards the end of the festival, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematographer and Best Screenplay. In the Retrospective section, films by two renowned directors will be shown, including five by Abbas Kiarostami (Iran) and four films by Yesim Ustaoglu (Turkey). The Cinema of the World section will feature 25 films of which one will be chosen for an Audience Award. In the Children’s Films section, 10 films including Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid and The Circus will be screened. One of them will be given the Best Juvenile Badal Rahman Award. The Spiritual Films section will be organised in association with the Italy-based Religion Today Film Festival. It will feature 22 films. Thirty-nine films will be screened in the Women Filmmakers section, while 48 will be screened in the Short and Independent Films section. Lastly, Nordic Films, organised with the help of Norwegian International Film Festival, will feature 10 films from the Scandinavian countries. Among the ancillary events, a 15-day workshop on cinema will be organised jointly by Rainbow Film Festival and Bangladesh National Museum. Starting a week prior to the festival opening, on January 5, the 7th Dhaka Cine Workshop will take place at the museum. Iranian filmmaker-professor Majid Movasseghi will serve as the course director. A two-day international conference titled ‘Women in Cinema,’ consisting of six seminars, will be held on January 13-14 at Alliance Françoise de Dhaka. Meanwhile, an art exhibition featuring artworks by the Iranian artist-film activist Sarah Hojjati will be held at Gallery Shilpangan in Dhanmondi on January 8-20.