Gangtok, November 30 (IPR): Minister for Information and Public Relations Department, Shri Lok Nath Sharma, addressed a press conference at the conference hall of Tashiling Secretariat, today, about the upcoming 2nd edition of Sikkim Global Film Festival scheduled to be held in the State from 10th to 14th December 2021. The Minister was accompanied by the Chairperson, Sikkim Film Promotion Board (SFPB), Ms Pooja Sharma, and Secretary IPR Department, Smt. Siporah Targain.
Chairperson, SFPB, Ms Pooja Sharma, briefed the gathering about the array of events to be hosted during the Sikkim Global Film Festival, 2021 organised under the aegis of SFPB, IPR Department, Government of Sikkim, which will include open movie screenings from 10th to 14th December at MG Marg, Gangtok with a fashion show, cultural exhibition and art performances.
She informed that various eminent personalities from Sikkim who have contributed to mainstream Indian cinema will be honoured with awards in various capacities during the main event of the festival to be held at Manan Kendra on 11th December.
Likewise, various other artists and filmmakers who have given excellence in the film sector at the State level will also be awarded during the function, she added. The further informed that the event will also feature the distribution of awards to ten production houses along with various category awards for short film competition (Best Film), best films for the tribal, indigenous and regional film competition, 1-minute video competition and special awards for Documentary made in Sikkim, Best Short Film (International), Best Debut Filmmaker and Special Social Cause and short awareness film, etc.
The Chairperson further informed that investors and producers meet will also be held on the sidelines of the festival on 12th December that will aim at facilitating a great platform for the stakeholders to explore the film sector as a potential business avenue.
It was also informed that the Sikkim Global Film Festival 2021 will be attended by Bollywood Actress Malaika Arora as the star celebrity campaigner of the fest along with a host of star guests including Bollywood Actress Sayani Gupta, Singer Mohit Chauhan, distinguished Bollywood producers, renowned actors and filmmakers from Nepal, Darjeeling and Kalimpong.
Addressing the press conference, Minister Shri L.N. Sharma said that the Sikkim Global Film Festival 2021 will offer a platform for the young local talents to present their creative works to help them make a mark domestically as well as globally. He added that the importance of the festival extends beyond the development of the filmmaking sector as it will also highly influence the various aspects of tourism and hospitality, thereby boosting the economic development of the State.
Stressing on the importance of the scheduled investors and producers meeting in generating a better understanding of a well-connected network in the film industry, the Minister informed that around 20 contractors from the State have also been invited to participate in the meeting through the Contractors Association of Sikkim to evaluate the future prospects of film-related business opportunities.
The Minister expressed gratitude to Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang for supporting the film sector in the State by announcing various film-friendly schemes including the subsidy scheme of up to Rs 1 crore (as per Sikkim Film Policy) to international and national filmmakers who wish to shoot in Sikkim, which has led to the State being adjudged as the ‘Most Film Friendly State’ of the country at the 67th National Film Awards 2021. He further urged the line departments to work in tandem for the successful execution of the festival and appealed to all for their active participation in amplifying the global impression of the hospitality of the State of Sikkim.
Earlier, a board meeting of the SFPB was held at the conference hall of Tashiling Secretariat, which was chaired by the Minister in the presence of the SFPB Chairperson and the Board members, wherein a tentative report on the Film Festival was presented. The meeting was followed by a series of discussions and deliberations over the efficient flow of events during the festival