Manipur’s first international film festival, which is currently being held in Imphal, is set to screen a total of 11 feature films, eight non-feature films and one short film, and is being conducted to mark the success of the Manipuri Cinema as it completes 50 years. Check out the details below. By Anushka Goel
The first edition of the Eikhoigi Imphal International Film Festival (EIIFF) began on Saturday, April 2, at the Palace Auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS). The event is the first of its kind being conducted in the state, adding a new feather in the cap of Manipuri Cinema as it completes 50 years. writes Onmanorama.
Manipur hosts its first international film festival
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The five-day film festival is jointly organised by the Manipur Film Development Society (MSDFS) and Manipur State Film and Television Institute (MSTFI), and is a non-competitive event, writes Times of India. The festival has received financial aid from the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, helping the film community make a long-standing dream come to fruition.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony at the film festival in Manipur, renowned filmmaker Aribam Syam Sharma, who has been associated with the state’s cinema since 1972, expressed his happiness at the successfully organised event. Other stakeholders, too, expressed their joy at the success of the event, which is going to end on April 6, 2022.
The film festival will feature 11 feature films, eight non-feature films and one short film. These include movies from countries such as Iran, Germany, the Philippines, Norway, Ukraine and South Korea. The festival will also see two Manipuri films being premiered – Eikhoigi Yum, directed by Romi Meitei and Nine Hills – One Valley, directed by Haobam Pabankumar. The festival is also set to feature films in Assamese, Khasi and more.
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