The Film Association of Nagaland (FAN), in association with the information and public relations department and Task Force for Music and Arts, will organise an online short film competition for citizens of Nagaland. 

Addressing a press conference in Kohima on Monday, FAN general secretary Yapangnaro Longkumer said the short film competition will be open for everyone, except for members of FAN, and is not restricted to professionals only. 

She said the theme of the competition, The New Normal, has been chosen to adapt to a new way of life and a new way of making films post Covid-19 pandemic.

She added that the association plans to announce the results of the competition during the Nagaland Film Festival 2021 to be held during the Hornbill Festival 2021 from December 1 to December 10. 

FAN president Kivini Shohe said the purpose of the competition is to encourage young people to make serious films. She hoped that the people will share their untold stories, especially of the pandemic experience, through their films. 

Shohe added that the FAN plans to promote storytellers even in the coming days. 

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Joint director, information and public relations department, Asangla Imsong said the department is the nodal department for films in Nagaland. 

Highlighted the department’s activities on films, Imsong said it is currently drafting the film policy of the state. 

She said the third edition of the Nagaland Film Festival is proposed to be held during the coming Hornbill Festival if the pandemic situation improves. 

The organisers said the duration of each film should be maximum of 10 minutes and 700 MB in size. The film, in English or any local dialect with English subtitles, can be shot on a phone or video camera. 

The films can be submitted through email between October 12 and November 12. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 25,000 and a certificate while the second and the third position holders will receive Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 with certificate respectively. 

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com