The fifth edition of short film festival organized by Gypsy Guild, a socio-cultural organization of Darrang district, in the memory of filmmaker Altaf Mazid, got underway at the guild’s premises in Mangaldai from Sunday evening.
Late Altaf Mazid was a pioneer in Assam‘s short filmmaking.
The two-day festival was ceremonially inaugurated by Nayan Prasad, a prominent dramatist and director in presence of the wife of late Mazid, Zabeen Ahmed, office-bearers and members of Gypsy Guild including its president Hiren Kumar Das, secretary Jayanta Deka and a handful of culturally enlightened audience.
A postage stamp of Rs 5, launched by the Indian Postal Service in fond memories of late Mazid and under the patronage of Gypsy Guild, was also released on the occasion.
A floral tribute was paid before the portrait of the departed filmmaker.
“Altogether 9 short films from the shortest one-minute one to the longest short film of 20-minute duration with different languages of the world including ‘Revisiting Chaliha’, ‘Instant’, ‘Chappal’, ‘Duel’, ‘Raincoat for Everyone’ and ‘A Simple Plan – Dark Humor’ among others have been selected for screening in the festival,’ said Jayanta Deka, secretary of Gypsy Guild while talking to Northeast Now.
Prior to the festival, a first-ever workshop on ‘Pebble Art’ for young students of the state was organized where Rita Dutta Hazarika as the resource person taught the 60 participants different skills of the creative workshop.
The workshop was inaugurated by veteran artist and sculptor Tushar alias Labu Senapati.