Imphal: The 1st edition of ‘Eikhoigi Imphal International Film Festival’ that kicked off today at Palace Auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society, MSFDS manifested as a new feather in the cap of Manipuri Cinema as it completes 50 years.
The 5-day non-competitive festival is being organised as part of the yearlong golden jubilee celebration of Manipuri Cinema.
Speaking as the Chief Guest of the inaugural ceremony of the festival, eminent Manipuri Filmmaker, Aribam Syam Sharma categorically pointed out that special financial assistance from the Government is a must for success of the festival in its future editions.
Syam, who has been associated with Manipuri Cinema since its inception, lamented that the Government had always exuded indifferent attitude towards the growth of Manipuri Cinema. Nevertheless, he drew the attention of the Government to make the Manipur State Film and Television Institute fully functional at the earliest to facilitate professionalism and production of good films in the State.
MSFDS Secretary, Sunzu Bachaspatimayum, while delivering the keynote address, stated that the festival has been conceived to catalyse the amplification of motion picture storytelling in Manipur.
He further expressed immense joy over realising the dream of an international film festival where one experiences world cinema which slices life and intrinsic cultural and political experiences beyond one’s boundaries and transpires invaluable knowledge.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Art and Culture, Government of Manipur, M. Joy stated that the Eikhoigi Imphal International Film Festival marks the new beginning for Manipuri Cinema even if the yearlong golden jubilee celebration is coming to a close.
He also exuded confidence that the festival will fill up the void of a voracious cinematic culture in Manipur.
Deputy Director of the Directorate of Film Festivals, Tanu Rai; Assamese Filmmaker, Utpal Borpujari; Khasi Filmmaker, Pradip Kurban among other prominent figures were also present during the inaugural function.
Eminent Filmmaker, Romi Meitei’s award winning film “Eikhoigi Yum”, in its Imphal Premier opened the festival. Prior to the screening, contemporary dance performance ‘Meepao’, a tribute to the pioneer filmmakers, choreographed by Surjit Nongmeikapam was also showcased.