Several renowned film personalities from Bollywood, like Randeep Hooda, Director like Abhinav Kashyap, Rahul Rawail, John Mathew Matthan, Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, 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 Mallang, Paragg Mehta, Raj Singh Chowdhary, Lin Lashram, Bijou Thaangjam, Nicolas Karkhongar, Vedika Nawani, Rajni Basumatary and many more attended the festival. Senior officials of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting were also present.
The Northeast Film Festival 2023 was a spectacular celebration of Northeast India’s artistic and cultural heritage. The event was held at the NFDC Campus from March 24 to 26. The event began with a Red Carpet welcome for guests on March 24, 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. Guest of honour, film director Rahul Rawail opened the inaugural programme while Armstrong Pame, Director (Films), Ministry of I&B, welcomed the dignitaries and delivered a note on northeast Indian films. Pooja Sharma, Chairperson of Sikkim Film Promotion Board gave introduction of Films made in the Northeast and Special Note was delivered by Prithul Kumar, Joint Secretary (Films), Ministry of I&B and MD NFDC.
The festival also saw Master classes conducted with eminent Directors & Producers including Nitin Tej, Film Maker & Writer Imtiaz Barolia, Director Sanjay Puran Singh, Director John Mathew Mathan as well as Acting Master classes by celebrity actor Randeep hooda and many various sessions by different big Bollywood personalities.
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.
Organised by Sikkim Film Board & Find Studioz with NFDC, the chairperson of the festival was Writer, Producer, Director Prof. Dr. Mohan Das who has a vast experience of conducting film festivals as well as an eminent Jury member across the globe.
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