Cultural Affairs Minister Naba Doley inaugurated the Assam State Film Award ceremony, on Saturday at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra.
Bollywood filmmakers Amol Palekar and Prakash Jha, were also here for the awards ceremony. They urged the state government to formulate a vibrant film policy to support the new generation filmmaker.
Doley said that the State Government was committed to supporting the regional film industry and the new film policy would address many of the issues plaguing the industry.
The film festival started with a two-day schedule.
The awardees included music director duo Jitu-Tapan for the Jayanta Hazarika Memorial Award, singer Dipen Baruah and actress Mridula Baruah for the Pramathesh Baruah Lifetime Achievement Award for the years 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Artistes, directors and technicians who earned laurels for the State’s film industry during the 64th and 65th National Film Awards were also felicitated.
Palekar, the chairman of the jury this year, said, “The most significant thing is that most of the new filmmakers are dealing with social, political and economical issues without any fear. It is a very good sign. The film industry of Assam has been growing steadily. So there is an urgent need for a vibrant film policy.”
Speaking to the gathering, Jha said, “For the past few years, Assamese film industry has got a new mileage. Some films made here have excellent stories. It is a very good sign. Assam is a hub of talent. In Mumbai, the sound industry is largely dominated by Assamese technicians. I have a dream to make a film here. Hope my dream will be fulfilled soon.”
Filmmaker Jahnu Barua, who was a jury member this year, urged the government to make the process of certification of a documentary film free of cost.
The event highlights are screening of award-winning films, cultural programmes, award-distribution ceremony, exhibitions and other interesting segments.