Although cinema had always been a popular form of entertainment, it was not until 1956 that the first full-length feature film could he produced in Bangladesh. At present the industry is capable of producing around 60 feature films per year. The Films of Bangladesh display a pattern similar to those of other countries of the subcontinent. The themes range from social and historical to fantasies and fairy-tales. In recent years, there has been a tendency to experiment with the medium; one of the outcomes has been an abundance of popular Short Feature Films.
To encourage production of quality films, the Government sanctions financial grants and announces national awards for film making.