The five-day Indian Panorama Film Festival (Public Screening of films) got underway today with its inauguration by the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Mr. Anindo Majumdar at DBRAIT Auditorium here this evening. Smt. Rupa Ray, Padmashree Awardee, Mr. Naresh Chander Lal, Secretary, IP, Dr. A. K. Singla, Director IP&T, Mr. Amit Anand were present on the occasion. The chief guest and other dignitaries lit the lamp marking the commencement of the film festival.
The Directorate of Information and Publicity, Andaman & Nicobar Administration is organizing the Film festival in association with the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals/IFFI, New Delhi, Govt. of India. As many as 15 popular as well as award winning films, of different languages and genre will be screened at two different venues viz. PBMC Auditorium and ITF Ground during this festival.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Secretary congratulated the Department of Information, Publicity & Tourism for organizing the Indian Panorama Film Festival here in the Islands after a gap of five years. He said, it reflects a new development in the Islands since till recently, not too many cultural activities were being organized here. The Chief Secretary further stated that Film festival is an important requirement here, since people residing on mainland have the opportunity to watch films and such opportunity should also be made available for the Islanders as well.
He said, the Islands have plethora of stories to tell pertaining to freedom movement and natural beauty etc. which also offer great opportunity for film making in Isles. He said, Film making is a medium of expression and expressed hope that in the years to come, film makers will also make films about these Islands. The Chief Secretary stated that the film festival is being organized with an aim to provide the Islanders an opportunity to see good films and to inspire youngsters to take up film making. Apart from IT industries, film making industry also has a great potential in Isles, he added.