World cinema comes to town this weekend

Gangtok, 25 Feb:

Gangtok is all set to host the debut edition of Global Cinema Festival Sikkim with screening of around 40 films and a series of film appreciation activities. This is going to be a busy weekend for film aficionados with the festival playing out from 28 Feb to 01 March.

The festival is being organized by the Film Federation of India in collaboration with Sikkim Film Cooperative Society supported by the State Government and the Government of India.

Around 40 films from across the country and five foreign countries have been shortlisted for screening during the festival at Manan Kendra.

The festival is also scheduled to have technical sessions on script writing, film marketing, digital marketing, production management, sound management, a visit to potential filming locations in the State and a gala fashion show.

Addressing a press conference here today, Festival Director, Mrinalini Shrivastava, informed that preparations are underway to ensure a special treat for cinema lovers.

She mentioned that the three-day long festival will have the presence of Bollywood artists Manisha Koirala and Padmini Kohlapuri and a celebrated cinematographer, Binod Pradhan, along with other film personalities.

Ms Shrivastava added that the event will also provide a platform for short film and non-feature filmmakers to showcase their work to a delegation invited to the festival.

The organisers also hope that the event will open the doors to a wider market and audience for local directors, filmmakers, technicians, producers, artists and technicians.

Also screened at the festival will be five movies made from Sikkim.

Director, Information & Public Relation Department, Benu Gurung, add that the festival will also feature the release of the Sikkim Film Policy. One of the salient features of this policy is to establish a single window system to shoot in Sikkim.

“Filmmakers do not need to go to different departments to take permissions to shoot their films in the State and we have made it easy for them to start shooting their film without hindrance,” Ms Gurung said.

Sikkim Film Cooperative Society president, Dipen Mohora, in turn informed that such a festival would be very beneficial to connect local artists and technicians with the mainstream film industry. He mentioned that the society was an umbrella organization for around 42 Sikkim-based production houses and 300 artists.

The press conference was also addressed by Priya Entertainment Managing Director, Arijit Dutta.