Imphal: Like every year, Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) and Film Forum Manipur (FFM) will be observing Mami Numit and foundation of Film Archive on April 9, 2023 from
2:00 PM onwards at the MSFDS Complex Palace Gate here in Imphal.
A press release issued by Secretary of MSFDS Sunzu Bachaspatimayum said that MSFDS and FFM extended warm wishes to each and every film lover, film enthusiast, film-goers, film activist, film exhibitors and film practitioners of the State of Manipur on the forthcoming occasion of Mami Numit that marks the birth of Manipuri Cinema.
As ‘Matamgee Manipur’, the first Manipuri feature film, was officially released on 9th 1972, the Film Forum Manipur had resolved to observe the 9th of April every year as the Mami Numit, regarding it as the day Manipuri Cinema was born.
The release said that the simple observation cum celebration programme would include offering floral tribute at the memorial stone of Manipuri
Cinema from 2:00 PM onwards along with formal function inside the Palace Auditorium and
subsequently an entertainment program would be organized in the MSFDS courtyard in the
evening. All are duly invited to join the observation as well as the celebration at MSFDS Complex
from 2:00 PM onwards, informed the release.
The release further said that as the SN Chand Cine Archive & Museum of MSFDS was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Manipur on 9th April 2021, three scholastic presentations on Film Archiving & Preservation by
Film Heritage Foundation, (Mumbai), National Film Archive of India (Pune) and Manipuri film
Archivist, Johnson Rajkumar would be a Seminar on Film Archiving & Preservation, organized by MSFDS, on the occasion of the 3rd Foundation of SN Chand Cine Archive & Museum. All interested are invited to attend the seminar that would start by 2:40 PM, added the release.
MSFDS regrets to inform all film practitioners of the State that it is unable to organize the distribution of the annual Manipur State Film Awards of 2023 on April 9 as done conventionally, it informed.
However, this is to inform all concerned that the 15th Manipur State Film Awards 2023, for films
made in 2022 will be organized in May 2023 after due competition of the process like ‘Call for ‘Entries’ and due ‘selection by concerned juries’.