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First Regional Short Film Festival

Abdul Gani
Guwahati, November 12, 2010: The maiden edition of the Regional Short Film Festival of India, with the theme 'The Natives of A Nation', will be organized by the Meghalaya chapter of North East Film and Television Producers' Directors' Association (NEFTPDA) from December 2 to 4, 2010, at Meghalaya state capital Shillong.

Short films and documentaries from all over the country will be screened during the festival which includes several IDPA award winning films. Green Oscar winning 'The Wild Meat Trail' of Rita Banerji and Shilpi Sharma which also won Best Environment Film in IDPA awards recently will one of the major attractions of the festival.  The film portrays community and individual hunting practices in different parts of North-East India, tracking the complex transition of these utility
and ritual-based hunting traditions into an increasingly commercial activity geared to generate cash.

NEFTPDA president Jahnu Barua said, “It's a noble venture initiated by the Meghalaya chapter of NEFTPDA that would help to showcase the regional films from different parts of the country at the film festival.”

He further said, “The films of northeast and perhaps the regional films of the other regions in the country are facing enormous constraints and are yet to achieve the desired impetus due to lack of
promotion and the invasion of popular culture and glamour in the entertainment industry. The festival will be helpful in this regard.”

The festival comprises of a total of fifteen hours duration of selected films from the North Eastern Region and about ten hours total duration of selected regional films from the rest of India. In the competition section for North East films there will be four categories of awards- the Best Film Award, the second Best Film Award, the Best Director Award and the Jury award for the Best Film.

Films from North East India

Assam: Turgot: Bhupendra Kaman; Haren's Butt: Pankaj Kalita;
Ajan Faquir Saheb: Asif Iqbal Hussain

Mizoram: Malsawmi & Pawl Kut: by Napoleon Thanga

Nagaland: Walk with me: producer, director, research & script:  Kivini Shohe

More: Melting Paradise, Sound from the Soul, Ek Ropa Dhan, Aarohan: A New Beginning, The Wild Meat Trail, A Small Thing Can Change the World.