Arunachal is all set to host the first Itanagar International Film Festival (IIFF), from Friday at the Dorjee Khandu convention centre, in Itanagar.
The three-day festival will showcase Bulbul Can Sing by Rima Das as the opening film while another film from Assam, III Smoking Barrels, will be the closing film, reports The Telegraph.
“The IIFF is a celebration of the best of far eastern Asian cinema and cinema of the Northeast. The festival, through its carefully curated programmes and workshops, aims at engaging all audience groups that express an interest towards films,” said an organiser.
The Cine NE competition, for feature films only, is open to the filmmakers of the eight northeastern states.
“We envision a world where creativity, knowledge and the power of cinema are accessible to all, creating the opportunity to blend the culture and heritage of the region. The festival will also put Arunachal Pradesh on the map of world cinema,” the organiser added.
The festival will have segments like Indian Panorama, World Cinema, and Far East Asian Films, children’s films, documentary films, competition section films and outdoor screenings of critically acclaimed films of Indian Cinema.
Altogether 35 to 40 films will be screened there.
There will be a masterclass on cinematography by Aseem Bajaj, masterclass on photography by Shantanu Sheorey and workshop on screenplay writing and filmmaking by Kamal Swaroop.
The Indian Panorama section will have films like Walking with the Wind by Praveen Morchhale, Village Rockstars by Rima Das, Crossing Bridges by Sange Dorjee where mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa features, Loktak Lairembee by Haobam Paban Kumar and The Head Hunter by Nilaanjan in Wancho language of Arunachal Pradesh and Yarwng by Joseph Pulinthanath in the Kokborok language of Tripura.
The IIFF also has a called segment called Popular Cinema under which Bollywood films like Uri: The Surgical Strike, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi will be screened.
People have to register online to attend the fest and it is free of charge.