From left- FAN General Secretary Yapangnaro Longkumer, FAN President Kivini Shohe, and DIPR Joint Director Asangla Imsong during a press conference

Kohima: The Film Association of Nagaland (FAN), on Monday announced that a month-long online film competition for short films with a maximum length of 10 minutes will be held from October 12 to November 12 under the topic “The New Normal”.

Addressing a press conference at East Gate Hotel in Kohima, FAN General Secretary, Yapangnaro Longkumer, informed that the competition is open for all people from the state, and not just confined to media professionals. “What we are looking forward to is not the video quality but the contents,” she said.

The theme of the competition was selected keeping in mind the new way of life following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic which has also paved the way for a new way of filmmaking. Entries for the online competition can be sent to

With an inclusive approach, entries will be open for people from Nagaland–irrespective of gender, age and current place of stay.

President, FAN, Kivini Shohe said that as most activities moved online, there has been a growth of filmmaking among the youth. She hoped that the competition will provide a platform for encouraging young people to engage in serious content.

With the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19, she said that there are many untold stories and personal experiences of the pandemic which need to be heard. With the topic of the competition centred on the changes brought about by the pandemic, she said that any story which relates to the pandemic will be accepted.

For Shohe, as the young people are “doing well” in film making, she shared that there is a high expectation for participation in the competition. Hoping that filmmakers in the state will be able to tell stories authentically, she informed that the Film Association of Nagaland has plans to promote storytellers in the state.

The online film competition will be conducted in collaboration with the Department of Information & Public Relations (DIPR), the Nodal Department for films in Nagaland, and the Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA).

DIPR Joint Director, Asangla Imsong informed that the result will be announced during the third edition of the Nagaland film festival-Hornbill edition. She informed that a proposal to conduct the Film Festival was made to the government for three days.

As the DIPR was assigned as the nodal department for films in November 2018, she said that the department is in the process of drafting a film policy for the State. While the film policies of other neighbouring states are being analysed, she informed that the state’s film policy will be based on the requirements of the state.

The officer also informed that there is a need for a film facilitation office (FFO) in the state to deal with films and further open avenues for professionals in the field.

Meanwhile, the winner of the online film competition will walk away with a cash reward of Rs 25,000 along with a certificate. The second and the third prize winners will each receive a cash amount of Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively along with certificates. Representatives from FAN, DIPR and TaFMA will be assigned to judge the online film competition.

According to the organizers, the terms and conditions of the competitions are:

1. Maximum length: 10 minutes

2. Maximum file size: 700 MB

3. Film can be shot on phone or video camera

4. The contest will be open to all citizens of Nagaland except members of FAN

5. Language of the Film shall be in English or any vernacular with English subtitles

6. Film Submissions can be made through the email

7. Contestants should fully & unconditionally be bound to the terms and conditions of the contest.

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