Manipur film festival

Imphal: The first-ever international film festival ‘Eikhoigi Imphal International Film Festival (EIIFF)’ in Manipur started on Saturday in Imphal and will continue till April 6, 2022.

Organised by the Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) in association with the Manipur State Film and Television Institute (MSFTI), the first edition of the five-day-long state international film festival highlights the success of the Manipuri Cinema as it completes 50 years.

The international festival is being supported by the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) under the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Speaking as a chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the festival, renowned filmmaker Aribam Syam Sharma expressed his happiness as the state successfully organised its first international film festival. Sharma, who has been associated with Manipuri Cinema since its inception in 1972, lamented the continued neglect of the government in the growth of Manipuri cinema.

Special financial assistance is a must from the government for the success of the festival in the coming years, Sharma said, while adding that, the festival should be a biennial festival for a more meaningful and different festival.

While addressing a keynote address, MSFDS secretary Sunzu Bachaspatimayum said that the festival is conceived to catalyse the amplification of motion picture storytelling in Manipur.

Expressing his gratitude and delight in helping launch one of the most cherished dreams of the people of the state, Sunzu said “We have been dreaming of an international festival where we experience world cinemas which slices life and intrinsic cultural and political experiences beyond our boundaries and transpires invaluable knowledge to us.”

Sunzu also informed that as part of the golden jubilee celebration of the Manipuri Cinema, throughout April MSFDS will continue screening the landmark Manipuri film under the section Festival of Manipuri Cinema.

The ongoing international film festival also featured renowned Assamese filmmaker and critic Utpal Borpujari, filmmaker Pradip Kurbah from Meghalaya and deputy director of the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) Tanu Rai among other well-known personalities from the film fraternity and others.

The opening ceremony of the festival also showcased Meepao, a dance performance choreographed by Surjit Nongmeikapam. The dance was a tribute to the souls of the pioneers of Manipuri Cinema.

During the five-day-long international film festival, altogether 11 feature films, eight non-feature films and one short film would be screened.

The films also include those from Iran, Germany, the Philippines, Norway, Ukraine and South Korea.

The daily screening will begin from 11 am and continue till 10 pm.

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