Assam Film festival begins

The walkathon in Guwahati on Saturday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati: The two-day 14th ADDA short film festival, which got under way here on Saturday, witnessed the highest footfall this year with more than 500 people attending it, organisers of the event said.

The festival, reportedly the first-of-its-kind in the country, is being held at Shilpgram here.

“We have got very good response this year. Filmmakers and film buffs, especially the youth, attended the festival. We have also arranged a cinematography workshop and an interaction session with eminent filmmakers of the state,” said Amardeep Gogoi, organiser of the festival and president of ADDA, a group of film lovers in Assam.

The organisers started the festival with a walkathon, Walk for Cinema. Around 150 film buffs from across the state participated in the walk that started at Panjabari here.

“This is a symbolic gesture of brotherhood among film- lovers,” Amardeep said.

Around 50 short films and documentaries from the US and Bangladesh, along with films from Tamil Nadu, Bengal, Maharashtra and northeastern states will be shown in the festival. Of these, 15 works will be awarded.

The organisers will confer awards for best films in fiction, documentary and animation categories on Sunday.

The festival has multi-screening facilities.

Activities such as symposiums, workshops, photography competitions and quiz for students have been organised.

“Our aim is to promote new movie makers, exchange knowledge, information, ideas and culture between the Northeast and the rest of India,” Amardeep said.

Manash Pratim Dutta Telegraph India

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