Writer & Director
Ishtiaque Zico is a mathematics graduate from Dhaka University who started exploring filmmaking techniques since 2005 by producing shorts, assisting fellow directors, watching movies, and studying books. As a filmmaker, his short film 720 DEGREES was the first Bangladeshi entry at the Venice International Film Festival in 2010. It was also nominated for awards in Rotterdam, Chicago and other festivals, and won the HBO Short Film Award in New York, and Best Independent Short Award in Dhaka. A Berlinale Talent alumnus, CINEMA, CITY AND CATS is his first feature film project that was pitched at Open Doors Hub of the Locarno Film Festival. He lives in his hometown, Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. He runs biralpakhi cine club to inspire the independent film professionals, cine activists and critics in Bangladesh.