3-day Nagaland Film Festival kicks off, CS tells filmmakers to explore state –

Kohima: Coinciding with the Hornbill Festival 2021, the third edition of the Nagaland Film Festival kicked off on Friday at the Capital Convention Center in Kohima.

The film festival was organized by the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) in association with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Nagaland Film Association (FAN).

Nagaland Chief Secretary J Alam, who graced the opening ceremony, challenged filmmakers in the state and across the country to explore the state, expressing hope that Nagaland could a day become a movie destination.

“Films play an important role in the current era of communication,” he said, “and stories through films can now reach all corners of the world via the Internet.”

The Chief Secretary said that the film industry is very large and offers many opportunities for many talented people who work in the organized film industry.

“We are living in very exciting times. There are huge opportunities waiting for you. The only problem is how to facilitate it, ”he said. In this regard, the Chief Secretary acknowledged DIPR and FAN for providing platforms for the film industry, further hoping that the workshop and festival will help express the creations of local filmmakers, in addition to the knowledge transmitted by experts in the field.

He pointed out that there is renewed interest in the North East region and that many filmmakers are now turning their attention to the region, which in turn provides opportunities for people in the region.

After tourism, he said, the film sector has the highest potential to provide jobs as it involves a lot of expertise and manpower.

The chief secretary hoped that a time would soon come when Nagaland’s film industry grows big and stands out on the national and international stages. He said the Nagaland film policy, which is ongoing, will do wonders for the industry.

FAN President Kivini Shohe informed that this year a mix of films will be screened during the three days of the film festival. As filmmaking is nascent in Nagaland, she hopes the opportunity offered by the festival will help those in the film industry equip themselves to become better storytellers.

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