Enayet Karim Babul
He was born and brought up in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is one the founding organizers of Bangladesh Short Film Forum. In 1986, he obtained Commonwealth Scholarship, Colombo Plan and went to study in Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, India. He was awarded Best Youth Award at 32 International Short Film Festival, Germany in 1986 for his film ‘Dhaka Tokai’ and Indian Panorama at International Film Festival of India, Calcutta in 1990 for ‘Meghmalher’. His mentionable works are ‘Chakki (1986), ‘Dhaka Tokai'(1986), ‘Meghmalher'(1989 FTII), ‘Neshar Dash'(1989), Lamshakhali to Pramashya'(1991), ‘The Main Thing Survival’, and ‘Muktijuddher Renu (2015)’. In North America, He is the first film maker who directed two full length Bangla feature films named ‘Obhibashee’ (1999) and ‘Nishongo Nirbashon’ (2001). He was the founder of New York Film Centre, the first film organization in America initiated by a Bangladeshi person.
He worked for 22 years at New York based television TV Asia. In 2019, he made a documentary film named ‘Buriganga ’71’ which is based on the genocide of Keraniganj, Dhaka during the Liberation War of Bangladesh. Enayet Karim Babul serves as the president of Toronto Film Forum. Enayet has been playing the role of the Festival Director of Multicultural Film Festival, Toronto for last 3 years.
Aminul Islam, born and brought up in Dhaka, Bangladesh, completed Masters in Linguistics from University Of Dhaka. He made a number of documentary films on different issues like, “Sundarbans: An Enormous Tract of Mangrove Forest” on environmental issue, “Facing the Future” on acid violence in Bangladesh” on women issue with the funding of Television Trust for the Environment (TVE), UK and different social issues. Besides film making, he was involved with film society and short & alternative film movement in Bangladesh from early 80s. Aminul served as the President of Bangladesh Short Film Forum and a director of the biennial “International Short & Independent Film Festival in Dhaka organized by Bangladesh Short Film Forum.
He also worked as a member of the “Committee for National Film and Censorship Policy Making” under the Ministry of Information, Government of the People’s Republic Of Bangladesh in 1999. From 2007, he has been living in Toronto, Canada and working with persons with developmental disabilities. Aminul Islam serves as a Vice-President of Toronto Film Forum.
Born and brought up in Dhaka, Bangladesh, actor, recitor, director and organizer Ahmed Hossain is a popular name in the cultural arena of the Bangladeshi-Canadian community. A gifted orator, Ahmed has been acting since his childhood. As a child actor, he acted many plays staged in his locality and later participated in different acting competitions organized by Shishu Academy. While studying in Dhaka University, Ahmed successfully completed a one year long certificate course on acting on Natya Shikkhangon. Bangladesh television’s enlisted artist Ahmed acted in television dramas in the 80s and 90s. Ahmed was an active member of Sommolito Sangskritijote and Bangladesh Group
Theatre Federation. He was the former secretary of Loknatyo Dol. He is also one of the organizing members of Bangladesh Short Forum, Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies and Enjoy Film.
Ahmed was the Production Manager(Bangladesh Part) of the Channel Four production ‘War Crime Files’ made on the three notorious collaborators of 1971. Recently he has made a documentary film ‘The Solitary Light-house’ on a Bangladeshi visionary personality Mahadev Chakrabarti. Ahmed lives in Toronto and serves as a Vice-President of Toronto Film Forum
Shakil Hannan was the Executive Secretary of Zahir Raihan Film Society, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 80s of last century. He also performed several important roles in Bangladesh independent and alternative film movement such as, Office Secretary of Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies, Executive Member of Bangladesh Short Film Forum, Film Appreciation Course Coordinator of Jahangirnagar University, Festival
Committee Member, International Short Film Festival, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was also a Member of Quick Draw Animation Society, Calgary, Canada and Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, Canada. He studied at Visual Effects for Film & TV in Seneca College of Applied Arts and Science, Toronto, Canada in 2010. He also worked as a Research Associate, Department of Information Science & Engineering in Niigata University (NU), Japan for Developing software that aimed to be used as a pre-visualization tool for a film maker with its unique
feature of adding motion and camera movement in a scene in 2005. Shakil was a member of the theatre group, Arannayak NattyoDol, Dhaka, Bangladesh in early 80s and had an orientation on directing actors. He also had a Master’s degree (1989) in Bengali Language & Literature from Jahangirnagar University of Bangladesh. He directed and produced his first short feature (drama), The Meeting, which was shot in
1998 in Bangladesh with the support of Canadian fund and screened in Bangladesh International Short Film Festival, University of Calgary, Alberta, Toronto, Canada and New York, USA. His other learning experiences are Broken River Shells and Spiritual. Currently he is about to complete his 2nd short feature (drama), Target, in which he is the writer and director. At present he lives in Toronto and serves as the Program Secretary of Toronto Film Forum.
Lawrence Apu Rozario
Lawrence Apu Rozario got M.Sc. in Botany from University of Dhaka in1990. Later he studied in Motion Picture Photography in Film and Television Institute of India, (FTII), Pune. Apu Rozario achieved National Film Award in cinematography for the full length feature film “Amar Bondhu Rashed” directed by famous Bangladeshi film maker Morshedul Islam. He also worked as BBC correspondence (cameraman) in Dhaka from 1998 to 2000. He has worked as a cinematographer in a number of fiction, documentary and ad. films in 35mm, 16mm and video formats. Apu also worked as a cameraman in ETV and BTV. Currently he lives in both Dhaka and Toronto. He serves as an Executive Member of Toronto Film Forum.
Saiful Wadud Helal
Born in Dhaka,Bangladesh in 1967,Saiful Wadud Helal began his career as a journalist in Montreal, Canada. After receiving Diploma in Film and Television Production from Montreal, he started working in the TV industry as a program director and editor between 1999 and 2008. He worked for CS TV Channel Montreal, STV-US and TV Asia New Jersey where he wrote, produce, short films, TV magazines, commercial and music videos for various channels in Canada. Presently he is working as an independent film maker. Saiful made fiction film titled “Good Morning Montreal:, “Good Morning Bangladesh” and documentary film titled “Bishshgawer Rong”, “Aporajeyo Bangla” and “Bangladesher Hridoy”. His documentary film ‘Jholmolia’ (The Secred Water) has been awarded the Best Film at 14th Dhaka International Short Film Festival in 2016. The film has also been exhibited and awarded at several important and prestigious film festivals around the world. Helal lives in Ottawa and serves as an Executive Member at Toronto Film Forum.
Monis Rafiq, born in Rajshahi, Bangladesh, studied in English Language and Literature and taught at colleges for 12 years. After quitting his teaching job in 2006, he completely involved himself in magazine editing, social research, film making and research on films. He completed 2 Film Appreciation and Making Courses from Bangladesh Film Achieve. Monis edited three magazines on art, culture, literature, cinema, diversity and heritage and participated in five social researches on marginalized and indigenous peoples in Bangladesh. A former Fellow of Bangladesh Film Achieve, Monis has directed three documentary and two short fiction films. He has also written seven books on Bangladeshi and world cinema.
From 2013, he has been living in Toronto, Canada. Currently, he is making two documentary films on the subjects of ‘Forced Migration’ and ‘Willing Migration’. Monis serves as the General Secretary of Toronto Film Forum.