ITANAGAR: The 9th edition of the Arunachal Film Festival (AFF) began at the Dorjee Khandu Convention Centre in Itanagar, captivating audiences with an array of cinematic delights and thought-provoking discussions.
Organised by the Information & Public Relations (IPR) Department, the festival opened its doors on February 8, ushering in two days of cinematic celebration.
Offering a glimpse into the essence of the festival, IPR Secretary Nyali Ete highlighted the importance of quality over quantity, urging participants to contribute constructive criticism for the betterment of all.
The event commenced on a cinematic note with the screening of the award-winning short film Last Days of Summer by director Stenzin Tankyong, offering a glimpse into Ladakhi storytelling prowess.
This year’s lineup featured an eclectic mix of regional films showcasing the rich tapestry of the state’s talent, including the screening of the classic Mera Dharam, Meri Maa by the late director Bhupen Hazarika, marking a significant milestone in the state’s cinematic history.
Simultaneously, engaging discussions unfolded at the amphitheatre, with film critic and curator Meenakshi Shedde and filmmaker Dominic M Sangma steering conversations on various facets of filmmaking.
The theme of “Film future: Roadmap for emerging filmmakers” sparked insightful dialogues for aspiring talents to chart their cinematic journey.
The presence of Himansu Sekhar Khatua, Director of Kolkata-based Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, added gravitas to the occasion.
Khatua praised the potential of Arunachal Pradesh and advocated for the formulation of a film policy to bolster local filmmakers.
He also shed light on the anticipated benefits stemming from the establishment of the Film & Television Institute in Jote.
A workshop on colour grading, conducted by colourist Prithvi Bhuddavarapu, provided participants with a deeper understanding of the nuances of colour manipulation in filmmaking, enriching their craft.
The day culminated in a panel discussion and Q&A session on “Promotion and marketing of regional films”, featuring prominent figures from the industry.