The third edition of the Nagaland Film Festival ends | Morung Express


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Kohima | December 5

The three-day Nagaland Film Festival organized by the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) in association with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Nagaland Film Association (FAN) s ended Sunday evening with a farewell ceremony at the Capital Convention Center in Kohima.

Advisor to Nagaland Chief Minister Abu Metha, who was unable to honor the closing ceremony as a special guest due to the unfortunate shooting incident in Oting village in Mon district, expressed the hope in a message that the three day film festival was entertaining, enriching and beneficial for all involved.

Noting that the film business is still in its infancy in the state, he said, however, that “the government understands the importance of films in terms of encouraging young talent, by exposing our rich tradition, art and culture, the beautiful landscapes of our state, which have yet to be captured by a camera and present the state to the outside world, thus making our state a destination for tourists and filmmakers. “

Having also learned through DIPR that they are formulating a state film policy which, he added, goes in the right direction, he said: “I will do my best for the to advance in my capacity as advisor to the chief. minister for government approval.

“We will do our best to make it an annual business. Your support will be needed in our future endeavors and we hope that you all will participate enthusiastically in the future as well, ”he said.

In his opening remarks, Er Z Tokishe Sema, Director of DIPR recalled that the last three days have been eventful, but said that it had been “a wonderful time with workshops, scriptwriting, master classes , independent film making, digital photography, etc. ” He said he hoped they all got richer and enjoyed the festival.

As the nodal state department, he said that the IPR was closely associated with FAN and, in this regard, added that “together we can advance the promotion of the film in the state”. “The North-East can become a hub for cinema and a tourist hotspot. Let’s continue like this and I hope this event becomes an annual affair, ”he said.

Meenakshi Shedde, a participant from Mumbai remarked that “there are some very unique stories here that people need to hear. “It is high time to strike hard,” she said while observing that this is a community led by women and “a very, very generous community spirit that cannot be found. in Mumbai ”.

Highlights of the closing ceremony included the special issue of Vito Awomi and the vote of thanks from Yapangnaro, general secretary of the Film Association of Nagaland.

During the afternoon session, cultural dances and folk songs were performed by Lotha, Angami, Chakhesang, Rengma, Sumi and Garo.


Gerald R. Schneider