Hyderabad: The National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) organised the 5th National Film Festival on Rural Development here on Thursday as part of the 63rd Foundation Day celebrations and Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav initiatives of the Institute.
The event organised in collaboration with the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune was held at the Institute premises.
Being the apex organisation in the country in imparting training to rural development functionaries, NIRDPR is bound to document the rural masses and encourage initiatives undertaken by filmmakers, documentarians and students.
In this regard, the Centre for Development Documentation and Communication (CDC), NIRDPR has been organising the National Film Festival on Rural Development since 2016, as part of the Foundation Day celebrations of the Institute.
The event is being organised as a platform to inspire young filmmakers to showcase their talent and promote films based on rural issues and document films on rural development.
Addressing at the event, Associate Professor and CDC Head Dr Akanksha Shukla said the NIRDPR, being the apex organisation in the country to impart training to rural development functionaries, is mandated to document the life of rural population for better understanding their issues and ground reality, adding that the event is organized to encourage initiatives undertaken by filmmakers, documentarians and students in bringing rural issues to fore.
In his welcome speech, NIRDPR Director-General Dr G. Narendra Kumar, while sharing his experiences of working in villages as part of his training as an administrative officer, said he had opportunities to see the issues and risks faced by farmers from close vicinity.
“Those instances gave insights into the difficulties faced by the people and showed their indomitable spirit to come out of poverty and other problems,” he said.
Touching upon the experiences of rural immersion, he said the films on rural development have their place in highlighting the challenges and spirit of the population.
Citing the hardships faced by the rural population during the second wave of COVID-19, he said people are putting up a brave fight to die over the challenges and those fights are worth capturing.
Considering the change in perspectives observed between generations, he said the narrative of the story always needs to be prioritised and well organised to generate effective communication and transmission of messages.
For the fifth edition of the festival, entries were invited in two categories – Government Schemes on Rural Development (documentary) and Films under different genres related to Rural Development (fiction).
In total, 84 entries were from various states across the country and Of this, 44 entries were shortlisted by an internal jury after initial screening. The films that made it into the final round were evaluated by a jury composed of the FTII faculty members.
The first, second and third prize winners in each category were awarded prize money of Rs.50,000, Rs.25,000 and Rs.15,000, respectively, along with memento and certificate.
This apart, three more films received the best mention from the jury.
Dr Narendra Kumar and ICAS Deputy Director-General Shashi Bhushan handed over the prize to the winners.