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Festival focus on good films

Dec. 11: Seminars and interactions that take place during film festivals in the city provide an insight into the techniques of making a good film and also help in promotion of good cinema, claimed organisers of the film festival in the city.

Several film festivals take place in the city from time to time. Though interactions and seminars are usually organised in most of the festivals, a few festivals are not that educative.

The 5th Guwahati Film Festival is currently under way at Rabindra Bhawan. It has been organised by Gauhati Cine Club. It began yesterday and will end on December 16.

Documentaries and feature films from 20 countries will be screened in this festival. The films that were screened today include three feature films — The Escape from Denmark, Knallahart and Mi Mezjor Enmigo.

Three short films provided by the British Council Film and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) were also screened on the occasion. These are Chalk, Bobby Yeah and Mwansa the Great.

“Film festivals at national and international levels help immensely in promotion of good cinema. Direct interactions between participating filmmakers and public are usually organised during such festivals which turn out to be educative and interesting sessions. This is an occasion when budding filmmakers get a chance to learn more about the techniques of making a movie of superior quality by viewing the works as well as interacting with veteran filmmakers,” the secretary of Gauhati Cine Club, Madhurima Barua, said

“We organised an interaction session on the inaugural day of the film festival during which the audience interacted with renowned Manipuri filmmaker Aribam Shyam Sharma. In the remaining days, films on different themes will be screened,” Barua said.

“National and international film festivals are very essential and should be organised more often in the Northeast as it helps greatly in promoting cinema of superior quality. Interactions, seminars and workshops should be organised as part of these festivals as it paves the way for better understanding of film making among the public. Such festivals provide young filmmakers a chance to present their works . During interactions they also get direct feedback about their film from the audience. This helps them to identify their flaws. It helps in making good movies later,” said Shyam Sharma.

“We make it a point to include seminars and interactions during Adda short film festivals that we have been organising in the city for the last few years. During such seminars we invite noted filmmakers who speak on filmmaking,” said Debojit Gayan, general secretary of Adda.