MANASH PRATIM DUTTA
GUWAHATI, Jan 21 - “In the next three to four years, the world of Assamese films and filmmaking will witness a drastic but positive change. It will happen only because of those recently held international film festivals in the State. An international film festival is a place or platform for budding filmmakers to explore the world of cinema and the Assamese filmmakers would be benefited from taking part in such events,” said Srinivasa Santhanam, festival curator and programmer of the first Guwahati International Children Film Festival (GICFF) which concluded today.
Santhanam, a film festival curator of national repute, who was also the curator of the second edition of Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF) held in October last, told The Assam Tribune that Assam has lots of resources to make a world-class film and it is time for filmmakers of this region to explore them.
Commenting on the first edition of the GICFF, he said, “The festival was held for three days and in two theatres. We need at least five days for this festival to screen a good package of films. Moreover, the participation of children was also the main concern.”
Meanwhile, in an official message as the curator of the GICFF, he said, “We always believe that educating young minds through visual arts will have a positive impact in the learning process and reaches quickly without much of diversion. Bringing different cultures under one umbrella will also give enough scope for the children to understand the problems of other children.”
Citing an example of the international children film festival of Lucknow, Santhanam said, “That film festival has completed its 10th edition and around 5,000 students' took part in the festival per day. It happened only because of the proper arrangement. There is a need for extra hard work to make such an international children film festival a success. We have to carry out promotional activity among school children to attract, aware and encourage them. It is our duty to aware them about good films and positive way of entertainment through such film festival.”
Talking about the selection process of films for the GICFF, he said, “We have seen that most of the filmmakers have done the same mistakes. They want to advise children through their films. But to attract the children, you have to establish a story through the viewpoint of a child. Moreover, there is also a need for strong visual language rather than dialogue. We emphasised on those matters during the selection process.”
“We should appreciate the steps taken by the State government to organise such festivals. It is a not an easy thing. Many Assamese films are world class in terms of content. I always have a soft corner for Assamese films,” he said.