The Department of Information and Public Relations, in association with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Film Association Nagaland (FAN) held its 4th Nagaland Film Festival at RCEMPA, Jotsoma, under the theme, ‘Frames of Harmony’ on 7th and 8th December 2023, with his Excellency, Javiar Paulinich Ambassador of Republic of Peru to India as the Special Guest.
Films from Nagaland, Northeast, Mainland India, Germany, France and Sri Lanka were screened during the two day festival. To help the upcoming talents and to connect with experts from the industry, panel discussion and workshops were conducted during the event. Well known personalities, students, film enthusiasts and delegates from within and outside the state attended the event. Five (5) student representatives from Baptist College also attended the Fest.
On 7th December, 2023, the event commenced with an inaugural programme at 10:00 am. Director, DIPR, Dzüvinuo Theünuo delivered a warm welcome speech, followed by the Best Film Award. Advisor to CM and Chairman, IDAM, Abu Metha congratulated the Department and FAN. He commented that Nagaland’s pride is conveyed to the world through our Culture and Heritage. The ambassador thanked the Chief Minister for inviting him to be a part of the Hornbill Festival and the 4th Film Festival. He mentioned that there are vast similarities between the Naga and Peruvian Culture.
The opening film aired was ‘Nocturnal Burger’ by director Reema Maya, followed by five films broadcasted on the first day at the festival. The directors were awarded and invited to the stage for question and answer round. The students and the audience engaged the filmmakers in the question and answer session where the directors shared their experiences, difficulties and challenges.
On day 2, 8th December, 2023 the Fest kick started at 10AM with the airing of the film ‘Succulent’ by director Amrita Bagchi followed by broadcasting five(5) other films. The Valedictory function started at 5:00 pm. On the outset, the president of Film Association of Nagaland, Kivini Shohe gave the opening remark. IAS, Armstrong Pame encouraged the film fraternity to support each other and the government to focus on the policies of the film fraternity. He also encouraged the students and youngsters to pursue their dreams using their skills, creativity and talents and not to be fixated on the dogma of Naga parenting regarding their careers. Furthermore, he encouraged the film directors of Nagaland to give their full potential to the Film industry in the state. The event ended successfully at 6:00pm.
Glimpses of Films screened on the 4th Nagaland Film Festival, 7th – 8th December, 2023 :