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ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The four-day Film North East-2016, a regional film festival, began at IG Park, Itanagar on 17th Feb 2016 with Governor, Arunachal Pradesh, JP Rajkhowa lighting the ceremonial lamp in the presence of a large number of eminent NE film personalities including cinema aficionados.
Calling young filmmakers to market NE’s unique culture, heritage and customs to the outside world by producing good films, he stated that the story line of the films carry a louder social message to the audience as cinema is the best mode of communication. "The NE has the abundant potential for good stories for the cinema industry, so we should develop our own stories to showcase NE's uniqueness to the rest of the world" the Governor added.
Reputed Manipur filmmaker, Arian Sham Dharma and Jahnu Barua from Assamese film industry also spoke at the inaugural function. Film Federation of Arunachal (FFA) President, Chops Chess, in his address, said that the concept to hold this event in the state was conceived by former Chief Minister, Annam Yuki and IPR Parliament Secretary, Namang Felix, to create a platform for State's upcoming filmmakers to encourage them to take up filmmaking as a profession. The event would also serve an opportunity to the young filmmakers to learn more innovative ideas including shooting, sound recording, editing, cinematography and voice dubbing, Chopa added.
Altogether 75 films from across eight NE States in competitive and non-competitive segments including shorts and debut filmmakers will be screened at the festival.