Jamshedpur, Feb. 27: The inaugural Santhali and Regional Film Festival will be held in the city from May 1 to 5.
The festival will be held under the umbrella of the recently-formed All India Film Association. Eminent tribal film personalities and technicians will be felicitated at the event.
Addressing reporters at Nirmal Guest House today, association convener Ramesh Hansda said though Santhali and regional language films were being produced in Jharkhand, Orissa and Bengal, screenings of such films have not be done in an organised manner. “Absence of organised screenings prevents adequate help from government. The government is not giving any attention to the industry which is a source of livelihood for several regional artistes,” Hansda added.
“The Santhali film industry is dying a natural death. The film festival we are organising is expected to go a long way to attract the attention of the government,” he added.
He said various Santhali and regional language films would be screened at the festival. “We’ll select the best film on the last day of the festival and felicitate actors, singers, musicians and technicians involved with the film. We are yet to decide on the venue for the festival,” Hansda added.
The organisers will also be involving politicians, social and cultural activists, the media and corporate sectors. “We also have plans to request chief minister Shibu Soren to attend the last day’s function,” he said.
Film producer Dasrath Hansda, association members Rani Mardi, Somai Mardi, Surender Tudu and Bhan Singh Mardi were present at the press meet.