ABOUT US

 

The London Bengali Film Festival (LBFF) is an annual celebration of films from or about the Bengali Diaspora.  The festival will be held in London with special guest and talks, followed by a red carpet film awards ceremony, thus making it the largest Bengali film festival in the world, outside of Bengal.

Our goal is to bring the rich artistic and modern culture of Bengal and experiences & contacts of the Bengali diaspora portrayed through film to the mainstream platform.

 

"Mainstream films have a global audience, but global stories also need to be seen by the mainstream audience. The London Bengali Film Festival does exactly that."

Munsur Ali - Founder and CEO, LBFF

 

     
     
     
Billy Mackonnon

Founder & CEO

 

Programme Director

Munsur Ali

Film maker and CEO of the largest short film awards in the UK, The Limelight Film Awards, Munsur is a visionary and innovator in new media platforms and story telling.

 

Dilruba Yasmeen Ruhee

Ruhee is a super model turned actress and one of the biggest stars in Bangladesh's silver screen and an award winning personality since 2006, who is currently living in London.

         

judges

Billy Mackinnon - Judge

Billy is a director / producer / script writer and credits include 'Small faces,' Hideous Kinky, - Starring Kate Winslet, Award winning film 'Piano,' to name a few.

 

David W Miller ACIS ACIB DMS - Judge

Trustee and Programmer Keswick Film Club
Chairman British Federation of Film Societies 2002 - 2008, Vice President British Federation of Film Societies 2012, International Federation of Film Societies Jury Member - Tromso - Tallinn - Kiev - Miskolc- Lucas (Frankfurt) - Galway - Evora - Krakow (Etiuda & Anima).

Martin Gooch - Judge

Film maker, who has worked on over 200 productions, including 'Judge Dredd,' 'Harry Potter' to his own features 'Death' and 'The Search for Simon.'

 

 

Peter Hewitt - Judge

Peter is the Film Course Leader at London Metropolitan University.

 

 

Karen Smith - Judge

Deputy Head of the Cass School of Art, who also has strong previous festival experiences.

 

Nadia Ali

A Barrister by profession, but also a very talented British Bangladeshi journalist and presenter at the BBC with her own show - The Nadia Ali Show, where regular Bengali film and music talent appear.

         

ADVISORY BOARD

Charlotte Worthington - Head of Film Department

Charlotte is the Head of Film Department at the London Metropolitan University, the official educational partner of the London Bengali Film Festival, where there will be special film based seminars taking place during the festival.

 

Cllr Shiria Khatun - Deputy Mayor, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Cllr. Shiria Khatun was there during the early days of the Limelight Film Awards, when she was the Member for Culture at LBTH, she has always shown her support for arts and the community.

Zakir Khan - Canary Wharf

Head of Community Affairs at Canary Wharf, Zakir and Canary Wharf have always shown a strong support for creative works carried out by our Founder and CEO, Munsur Ali.

 

Murad Qureshi - London Assembly Member

Murad has been a keen supporter of community and arts events and also supports the Limelight Film Awards.

Shah Amran - HSBC

Sha a leading commercial banker at HSBC, brings his knowledge in finance to ensure the long term sustainability of the LBFF.