To popularize European films among the audience of Bangladesh, a seven-day long film festival tilted European Film Festival 2014 was held at the Star Cineplex of Bashundhara City shopping mall from 13 May to 20 May, 2014. This is the second time the festival is taking place in Bangladesh and the European Union along with Star Cineplex organized the event.
A total of 12 movies from 12 different countries of the European Union were shown in the festival. The event was inaugurated with the screening of Almanya, a German movie, at 7:15pm. It was a 2011 German comedy directed by Yasemin Şamdereli and premiered at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival in the section competition and won the “Deutscher Filmpreis 2011” in the categories of Best Script and Best Film.
Ambassador of the European Union in Bangladesh, William Hanna was the special guest at the inaugural ceremony along with Chairman of Star Cineplex Mahbub Rahman and eminent cultural personality Aly Zaker, as Chief Guest.
Other organizers of the event include British High Commission, Embassy of Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway, Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland and Netherlands as well as the Honorary Consul (designate at that time) of the Czech Republic in Bangladesh Mr. A.S.M. Mohiuddin Monem.