Short film fest boost to Mizo cine world

Mizoram, with its wild woods, scenic blue mountains, abounding waterfalls and bamboo forests is an ideal location for any filmmaker for all genres of filmmaking.

By Henry L. Khojol in Aizawl
  • Published 10.09.18
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A poster of the film festival

Aizawl: Mizoram, with its wild woods, scenic blue mountains, abounding waterfalls and bamboo forests is an ideal location for any filmmaker for all genres of filmmaking.

To showcase this unexplored paradise to the world, an international short film festival will be held in Aizawl from September 20 to 22.

The event is being organised by the Mizoram government in collaboration with its state partners, Innovations India.

Gulshan Grover's internationally acclaimed award-winning short film Forbidden will open the Mizoram International Short Film Festival 2018.

The three-day festival will have a glittering red carpet opening ceremony on September 20 at Aijal Club here and chief minister Lal Thanhawla will inaugurate the festival amidst a plethora of celebrities and dignitaries from across India and the world.

Grover, who has acted in over 400 films, will attend the event as a guest and introduce his film to the audience.

National award-winning filmmaker Umesh Shukla will be the chief juror of the festival. He will also conduct a workshop on filmmaking for the filmmakers of Mizoram during the festival.

Forbidden is a thriller inspired by a true honour killing of a south Asian American woman, written, directed and produced by Vibha Gulati under her banner Ruhaniyat Films in association with Women's Voices Now and Everclear Films.

The film has been screened at some of the major international short film festivals across the globe and also won the Best Film Award at the Festival of Globe in San Francisco, California, in August this year.

Apart from Forbidden, the festival will see a lot of short films by talented international filmmakers who are keen on showcasing their creative brilliance via this festival.

The festival, supported by the Mizo Film Forum, will also highlight the filmmaking capabilities of the Mizo filmmakers as a very large number of independent filmmakers in Mizoram have come forward to participate in this mega festival.

Speaking about the proposed film festival, curator of MISFF Captain Rahul Bali said they have already received more than 50 entries from across the world.

He said the festival is an ambitious joint endeavour by the state government and Innovations India aimed at creating a plethora of opportunities for both the filmmakers and the state.

"The festival is sure to provide the much needed platform for the talented independent filmmakers from all across the globe to showcase their craft at this creative confluence. At the same time, it will catapult Mizoram into instant limelight as a preferred destination for making films," he said.