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1st Nagaland Film Festival Held in Kohima

1st Nagaland Film Festival Held in Kohima
May 12
13:20 2017

The 1st Nagaland Film Festival was held on Thursday at Capital Convention Centre, Kohima. Parliamentary Secretary for Information & Public Relations, Nagaland, Imtikumzuk inaugurated the event as the chief guest.

Organised by the Department of IPR, Nagaland in collaboration with Dimapur based theatre group Dreamz Unlimited, the event was organized by the state government to promote the works of local filmmakers, while also bringing the film fraternity under a common platform to share and deliberate on films scenario in the state.

The film screenings started with the feature film “Onaatah”, directed by Pradip Kurbah. Besides the documentary “Oh my soul” by Kivini Shohe, short films that were screened included “The story of a river” by Yapangnaro Longkumer, “Story of a house” by Sesino Yhoshü and Sophy Lasuh, “Backward is forward” by Vito Sumi and “Blissful” by Bendang Walling, and the best films of the Amateur Short Film Competition.

The programme also included “Discussion Hour” where Consultant from Film Facilitation Office, National Film Development Corporation, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, New Delhi, Leena Rani Narzary highlighted the activities of the FFO, NFDC to the participants.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Imtikumzuk said that such festivals enable these direct exchanges and a direct dialogue between different ways of looking at reality which is very important. He said that culture is about the meanings we ascribe to the world and each culture describes the world in a different way. Therefore he stated that it is vital to find ways to engage with each other and to learn from each other.

He expressed pride in the quality and variety of the films and documentaries produced and directed by our local film makers who are also winning accolades not only in India but also in the international platform. He stated that we still have a long way to go but are making a very good beginning with the limited facilities in our State. The chief guest welcomed film makers to explore the beautiful land in Nagaland and assured everything feasible to facilitate them.

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