North East film fest kicks off in Itanagar

Itanagar, Feb 18: The four-day 'Film, North East-2016', a regional film festival, got off to a colourful start at IG Park here on Wednesday with governor JP Rajkhowa inaugurating it. The opening ceremony was attended by eminent film personalities of the region.

Altogether 75 films from across the eight northeastern states will be screened at the festival in both competitive and non-competitive segments. Short films and films by first-time directors will also be screened.

Rajkhowa urged young filmmakers of the region to market their unique culture, heritage and customs by making good films and asked them to refrain from producing cheap films for money.

"The northeast has the potential to make good films. There is vast scope for good stories. We should take our own stories so that the outside world can know about the uniqueness of the region," the governor said.

Referring to Arunachal, he said the state had, of late, started making good films with several young filmmakers pitching in. "Though the state government has initiated several measures for the development of films in the state, there are not enough cinema halls. This dampens the spirit of the filmmakers. I appealed to the richer sections of society to help the filmmakers by establishing multiplexes," Rajkhowa said.

Reputed filmmaker from Manipur Aribam Syam Sharma called upon the participants of the festival to showcase the creative side of the northeast. Doyen of the Assamese film industry Jahnu Barua termed Arunachal 'virgin' in terms of providing film ideas. "Arunachal is a place close to the hearts of northeast filmmakers," he said. "India is the largest producer of cinema and much ahead of other countries in terms of cinema production," he added.

President of Film Federation of Arunachal (FFA) Chopa Cheda said, though the state was a late starter in filmmaking, it has been gradually picking up the momentum with various good movies being produced in the past few decades.


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