Brahmaputra Film Festival Sets Off

The fifth edition of the three- day Brahmaputra Film Festival, aimed to promote cinema and filmmakers from North East India, will showcase films both from the region and outside from September 15.

The festival will promote North East as a destination for filmmaking and also motivate aspiring filmmakers through interaction with established and popular filmmakers, according to festival director Tanushree Hazarika.

“The festival also aims to bridge the gap by bringing together storytellers from within and outside the region under a roof, besides promoting cinema, film-makers and culture of North East India,” she said recently in a press meet. The highlight of the festival is the short film contest to recognise new generation of filmmakers and give them a platform to showcase cinema to a wider audience. Films from the region to be screened at the festival are ‘Loktak Lairembee’ directed by Haobam Paban Kumar from Manipur, Khasi film ‘My Name is Eeooow’ by O Doren from Meghalaya, two films from Arunachal Pradesh – ‘Escaping Time’ by Rhett Cutrell in English and ‘Aaba’ by Amar Kaushik in Apatani and Assamese films – ‘Liakat’ by Monjul Baruah and ‘Antardrishti’ by Rima Das.

Acclaimed films such as ‘Mukti Bhawan’, ‘Sairat’ and ‘A Death in the Gunj’ are also a part of the festival.

A short English film ‘A Black Cat’, based on a story by Ruskin Bond and directed by Assamese filmmaker Bhargav Saikia, will also be screened during the festival. Film directors Vishal Bharadwaj, Gauri Shinde, Nagesh Kukunoor, Abhisekh Chaubey and Nagraj Manjule along with actor Adil Hussain would participate in different interactive sessions during the festival.

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