Neighbouring state Manipur becomes the largest film producer amongst the eight North Eastern States. According to a recent annual report of the Central Board of Film Certification under the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B Ministry), 43 video feature films, 18 video short films and one celluloid feature film were certified from Manipur in 2011. Assam comes second with one video feature film, 9 video short films and 7 celluloid feature films while Mizoram has only one video short film.
Incidentally, Manipur bagged 57 National Film Awards and also become the most awarded State amongst the eight NE States – 27 for feature films and 30 for non-feature (short and documentary) films till 2014. Besides, as many as 25 films from Manipur, comprising feature and non-features, were selected for showcasing as the Best of Indian Cinema in Indian Panorama Section of the International Film Festival of India by the Directorate of Film Festival of India, since 1972.
Meanwhile, considering the State’s film culture, potential and its contribution to Indian cinema besides its future prospects, a public convention in Imphal has demanded setting up of the 3rd Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) in Manipur. It may be noted that the two FTIIs are located in Pune and Kolkata. According to the recent announcement by the I&B Ministry is to set up the country’s third National film & Television Institute (FTII) in one of the NE States and hence the eminent Manipuri film maker Aribam Syam Sharma also urges the GOI to consider history, achievements and future prospects of the institute while awarding the prestigious national institution.