Recently, the logo for the first ever Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF), to be organized by the state government between October 28 and November 2 this year, was unveiled. GIFF is being organized by Jyoti Chitraban (film studio) Society with the support of the state government in association with Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and Television Institute. The films will be screened at two different places in the city – Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra and Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio.
Jyoti Chitraban Society chairman Pabitra Margherita said 72 films from more than 25 countries, including India, will be screened at the six-day festival. There will be various sections such as Indian Panorama, World Cinema, Retrospective, Cinema of Northeast, Tribute and Films from Assam. Turkey will be the country in focus.”
There will also be a competition section among films from Assam to be judged by an eminent jury,” said Margherita. Films which have been certified by the censor board between September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017 will qualify for the competition section. A cash award of Rs 2 lakh will be given to the producer and director of the winning film. The second best film from the state will be given Rs 1.5 lakh. There will also be a special jury award for artistic contribution of Rs 1 lakh.
Popular actor Jatin Bora, who is also the chairman of the Assam State Film (Finance and Development) Corporation, said, “The government is keen to ensure that the festival is an annual affair at the same place on the same dates.”