Panaji, November 22: The mega start event of IFFI saw some amazing Northeast talent in ‘New Horizons from North East’was inaugurated by Director, Directorate of Film festival, C. SenthilRajan and CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) ShriAmeyaAbhyankar here today. The ‘New Horizons from North East’ opened with an Assamese film ‘Xondhikyon’ directed by the budding director M. Maniram.
Speaking on the occasion, C SenthilRajan, the Festival Director said that North East has a special place in our country. This festival provides a platform for exposure of Indian directors to International delegates. We plan to take this festival to different parts of the country, he added. He also said that this section will showcase a special retrospective on the eminent film director AribamShyam Sharma. The Festival Director also said that this section is important for the young directors from the North East.
The performance by Laihui group from Manipur during the inaugural enthralled the audience present at the event.
M. Maniramsaid that awards should be given to encourage the film makers. He also highlighted the limited availability of avenues and theatres for screening of films in the north-east and the inability of directors to even recover their costs.
The second section will showcase the work of new generation filmmakers from the North-East including films by SangeDorjeeThongdok, Napolean RZ Thang, KiviniShohe, WanglenKhundongbam, Dominic MehamSangma, TiainlaJamir and Sanjib Das.