AIZAWL, JAN 23 (Newmai): A 3-day first ever Indian Film Festival Mizoram has begun on Tuesday at the Mizoram’s largest auditorium Vanapa Hall in Aizawl. It is being organised by the Mizoram government in collaboration with Innovations India Advertising & Events Pvt. Ltd.
The grand opening of the festival saw the presence of a number of top film makers from India and abroad, ministers, officials , Miss Mizoram, fashion icons and public figures of Mizoram.
Inaugurating the event, chief minister Lal Thanhawla complimented the efforts of the curator of IFF Mizoram, Captain Rahul Bali and Innovations India for conceptualising and curating this event in Mizoram and getting some of the most prolific film makers from across the globe to visit Mizoram.
He said that Mizoram is a beautiful state that has largely remained unexplored till now as far as the world of cinema is concerned and in fact Mizoram has a lot to offer to the Film makers.
“Initiatives like the Indian Film Festival Mizoram are sure to generate awareness about Mizoram in the world of cinema and amongst the film makers and shall go a long way in achieving our goal of making Mizoram a preferred destination for both leisure and business,” he said.
The mega event which was the first of its kind in Mizoram is aimed to catapult Mizoram to an instant limelight and create euphoria about Mizoram across India and the world.
A total of 6 blockbuster films in different languages would be screened at the Festival.
Popular Indian film actor Sushant Singh who attended the Festival said, “I am overwhelmed by the love and adulation showered on me by the lovely people of Mizoram”. He aIso said, “I am extremely happy to be a part of the first ever Indian Film Festival Mizoram”. He further said, “I am very thankful to the Government of Mizoram and the curator of this Festival, Captain Rahul Bali to have invited me here to this magical land of Mizoram.”
The Festival is being organised as part of the Swatch Bharat Abhiyaan and shall also promote the cleanest small town in Mizoram — Biate as a destination that has conformed to the cleanliness mission in an exemplary manner.
A short film making competition was organised on this subject and the winners were awarded by the chief minister at the opening ceremony.
The mega event was attended by some of prominent persons in the world cinema including Rahul Mittra, Sushant Singh, Umesh Shukla, Shahnaab Alam, Mikhil Musale and Zerifa Wahid.
The festival also saw the presence of Ms. Katerina Tarbo- Ignatenko, a renowned film maker from Italy.
On January 24 and 25 various feature films will be screened at Aijal Club.