Bollywood directors to attend film festival

The fourth edition of the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival will be held with a three-day programme beginning on Friday at ITA cultural complex in Machkhowa here.

By A Staff Reporter in Guwahati
  • Published 21.07.16
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Guwahati, July 20: The fourth edition of the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival will be held with a three-day programme beginning on Friday at ITA cultural complex in Machkhowa here.

The festival is organised by Tattva Communications Initiative. Tanushree Hazarika, festival director, told reporters today that this year globally recognised film personalities such as Prakash Jha and Imtiaz Ali will come to attend the three-day festival.

Besides, Hazarika said the festival would host production designer Vandana Kataria, sound designer Amrit Pritam and screenwriter Ritesh Shah.

The festival will screen regional films, audience interaction sessions, workshops and panel discussions on topics related to films and an awards ceremony. A short film festival will also be organised among the new-age filmmakers from all the eight states of the Northeast and for films based on the region.

The organiser said over 100 short films were received from all across the region. Of them, the top 15 will be screened at the festival and the top three will be awarded along with the scope to work with a renowned production house of national repute.

"Last time, we had shortlisted 10 films but this time the quality of the films is so good that we increased the number to 15," said Pallavi Barua, a member of the organising committee.

Many of the recent award-winning films from the Northeast, like Kima's Lode Beyond the Class (Mizoram), The Head Hunter (Arunachal Pradesh), Tezpur 1962 (Assam), Eibusu Yaohanbiyu (Manipur) and 1962 My Country Land will be screened at the festival. The event is being sponsored by the Union ministry of home affairs, ministry of information and broadcasting, North Eastern Council and DoNER.

Ranjan Mahapatra, NEC director of information and public relations, said this festival is a great opportunity for budding filmmakers. "This is a great opportunity for young filmmakers from the region as they will get a chance to meet renowned directors and learn from them," he said.