GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the 3rd Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF) at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati on Thursday. With special focus on Iranian films, the 3rd edition of GIFF organized by Jyoti Chitraban in association with Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Film and Television Institute will showcase more than 100 films from 65 countries during its seven-day-long schedule.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Sonowal said that culture integrates society and films have brought the world closer. He hoped that the latest edition of GIFF would motivate the young generation of the State in filmmaking.
The Chief Minister said that the State has rich natural resources, cultural heritage and pool of talented artistes who have excelled in world cinema. Referring to the successes of celebrated actor Adil Hussain and director Rima Das, Sonowal said that the festival would help the young film makers to cope up with international cinema.
Sonowal further underlined the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s special focus on giving renewed boost to development in the north-eastern region. He also urged eminent filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar to take initiative in shooting film in Assam to explore the potential of the State’s natural and human resources.
Noted Polish film and theatre director Krzystof Zanussi who attended the event as chief guest speaking on the occasion said that films reached newer heights today. He said that festival is a strong vehicle to showcase world cinema which is otherwise not available to local people on commercial basis. He also appreciated the State government’s initiative in organizing the GIFF.
Minister of State for Cultural Affairs Naba Kumar Doley, Ambassador of South Korea Shin Kil, Ambassador of Taiwan Tien Chung Kwang, Ambassador of Hungary Gyula Petho, High Commissioner of Trinidad & Tobago Stacey Karen Hinds, noted film maker Madhur Bhandarkar and actor Adil Hussain also spoke on the occasion.
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