Manipur film

The Manipur Cine Commission gears up to implement the Manipur State Cine Policy 2020.

The Manipur Cine Commission was recently instituted to implement and monitor the enforcement of the Manipur State Cine Policy 2020, notified by the Manipur government on May 20, 2020.

The Commission met on a 2-day marathon meeting on December 18-19, 2021.

The Manipur Cine Commission held the meeting to thrash out the financial requirement to implement the Cine Policy in the State.

The meeting was chaired by the Commissioner, Art and Culture, M. Joy Singh, with Director, Art and Culture, L. Kishorjit Singh and Secretary, Manipur State Film Development Society, MSFDS, Sunzu Bachaspatimayum as government representatives.

The state’s film community was represented by presidents of Film Forum, S. Mangoljao and Critic Association Manipur, Laimayum Surjakanta Sharma; vice-president of Manipur Film Society, Salam Rajesh; film director Haobam Paban Kumar and film producer Alexander Leo Pou and cine exhibitor Laishram Sanatomba Meetei.

The 2-day deliberation covered all aspects of the policy and it concluded with a comprehensive recommendation to be submitted to the 4th Manipur State Finance Commission for approval of annual budgetary allocation for implementing the Cine policy, said a Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) press release.

The recommendations include annual outlay for organising an annual Manipur International Film Festival and other festivals.

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The meeting also recommended academic activities in Manipur State Film and Television Institute, film archiving and documentation of the history of Manipuri cinema and institution of Manipur Cine Corporation.

The meeting recommended establishment of a visual industry/film city, comprising content creation centres for gaming, advertisements, animation, television programming and production and post-production studios and labs.

Creation of a single window for processing permission and licenses for all film related activities to ease carrying out film related activities, including easing filmmaking in Manipur for outside film crews and immediate steps for reviving cinema halls with state-of-art technology among others were also recommended by the meeting.

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The press release said the crucial initiative is being taken up after the assurance from Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh, who heads the MSFDS and the ministry of art and culture, on the floor of the State Legislative Assembly.

Chief minister N Biren SIngh assured that his government would take concrete steps for the promotion and development of the film sector in Manipur while replying to a question to Opposition MLA, Kangujam Ranjit Singh on the deteriorating status of film culture in Manipur.

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