Around 800 students from 14 schools in Dimapur turned up for the first ever Children’s Film Festival in Nagaland at IMC hall Dimapur Friday, inaugurated by chief executive officer of Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI), Sushovan Banerjee, IPS.
The chief guest in his speech challenged school children to dream big and said, “You should realize that dream is so important, Imagine and dream big. That is the first stepping stone for achievement.” Banerjee also told the parents, “If you let children grow the way they want to grow, that way they will be a good citizen.”
He said children’s film festival should be held more in a place which is not accessible and festivals should travel into village adding, “children should get access to films meant for them.”
Highlighting the history of CFSI, Banerjee said the society which was conceived by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru had made 250 films of various categories and for television serials too. Stating that films were a strong media and most important means to enhance education, Banerjee assured that next time the society would introduce workshop on theatre and animation for children in Nagaland. Besides, the society would also provide platform for animators at International Children’s film festival held once in every two years.
The CFSI CEO said he was surprised by the energy and the vibrancy of the people in Nagaland. “I had the best time I can think of at Sekrenyi festival in Kohima, the energy of the people is something I hardly saw in any part of India and the environment was fantastic,” he said. Later, talking to this reporter, Banerjee said, India was catching up very well in animation and in future, animation would have a big role to play in children’s entertainment not only in India but all over the world.
He said the society was trying to get its animation market to the world standard. He, however, lamented “even though we have the creative talent we do not have investment in animation.” When asked how animation had changed over the last few years, the CEO replied animation had tremendously changed and technology definitely had played a big role.
Citing the example of the latest animation film ‘Avatar’ he said with the kind of technology it had been used, the film had crossed all records and is the biggest film ever made. “When we have imagination that can take you to that extent and when you have investment to match then I think sky is the limit,” he said.
When asked to comment on Naga short film “Nopokliba’ and if the standard of Naga animators were at par with other animators, CEO said it was only a question of opportunity, if opportunities were given definitely Nagas would come out. He said it was probably the lack of opportunity, lack of access to the particular media that people lacked behind. The moment opportunity comes, Nagas animators would surely go up to the standards, he said.
Organised by North East Zone Cultural Centre and Children’s Film Society, India, the inaugural programme of the four-day event was attended by marketing officer of CFSI, Charles D’ Souza, former North East Zone Cultural CentreC director N. Bendang Ao, DIG Singsit IPS, vigilance officer NEPCO, Akheto Sema, facilitator of the event Padmashree Sentila Yanger and officials of NEZCC department.
Earlier, welcoming the gathering, deputy commissioner, Dimapur, Maongwati Aier urged the students and parents to take the moment and enjoy the films as it had tremendous moral values. He expressed gratitude to the organizers for bringing the film festival in Dimapur.
Vote of thanks was proposed by Director North East Zone Cultural Centre Hekali Zhimomi. There were three shows and five award winning children’s films including Meren Imchen’s award winning best animation film ‘Nopokliba.’
Award winning films to be screened for the next three days include ‘The boy and Crocodile,’ ‘Krish, Trish and Baltiboy,’ ‘Katputili,’ ‘Manpasand,’ ‘Tora,’ ‘The Prince and the Crown of Stone,’ ‘Rhino’, ‘Ranu,’ ‘The Goal,’ ‘Unique Hospital,’ and ‘Paari.’