Imphal: The Northeast Film Festival 2023, a spectacular celebration of Northeast India’s artistic and cultural heritage, concluded at the National Film Development Corporation, Mumbai.
The festival was held from March 24 to March 26 to encourage content creators from India’s North Eastern states. The event began with a Red Carpet welcome for all guests on March 24, 2023, followed by a media interaction at JB Hall NFDC campus in Mumbai.
The three-day festival featured some excellent films and documentaries from Northeast India. Film director Rahul Rawail inaugurated the festival while Armstrong Pame, Director (Films), Ministry of I&B, welcomed all dignitaries and delivered a note on northeast Indian films. The introduction of Films made in the Northeast was done by Pooja Sharma, Chairperson of Sikkim Film Promotion Board. A Special Note was delivered by Prithul Kumar, Joint Secretary (Films), Ministry of I&B and MD NFDC.
Several renowned film personalities from Bollywood lik Randeep Hooda, Director Abhinav Kashyap, Director Rahul Rawail, Director John Mathew Matthan, Director Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, Director Akashaditya Lama, Film Producer Nitin Tej Ahuja, Sanjay Suri, Poonam Dhillon, Padmini Kolhapure, Gulshan Grover, Mahima Chaudhry, Amrita Goswami, Digvi Shaha, Imtiaz Barolia, Casting Director Jogi Mallan, Paragg Mehta, Raj Singh Chowdhary, Lin Lashram, Urmila Mahanta, Bijou Thaangjam ,Nicolas Karkhongar, Vedika Nawani, Rajni Basumatary and many others attended the festival. Senior officials of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting were also present.
The festival saw huge turnaround of spectators from Mumbai to watch Northeast movies and documentaries which was showcased in 3 cinema halls. Such events are necessary to bridge the gap between northeastern filmmakers and mainstream film industry thus giving a broader spectrum to filmmakers from NE. The three-day event also witnessed various sessions for filmmakers of Northeast India. A pitching session was conducted by actor Sanjay Suri, Sri. Charan, MX Player, Zero gravity films & Roy Kapur Films.
Master classes with eminent Directors & Producers Producer Nitin Tej, Film Maker & Writer Imtiaz Barolia, Director Sanjay Puran Singh and Director John Mathew Mathan were conducted.