Meghalaya ‘film industry’ laments lack of government support

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in November 2012

1st edition of Khasi Film Awards in January 2013
Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Nov 30: Though ‘film industry’ is trying to make its place in the entertainment business in the state besides generating ample employment opportunities to unemployed talented youths, the indigenous film makers Friday said the state government has failed terribly in giving recognition and support to this industry which has great potentiality in driving unemployment problem faced by the state at present.
“We had approach the government on several occasions on the matter but till today government has failed to show its keen interest in promoting film industry in the region,” Wankitbok Pohshna a member of the film makers in the state said here.

He said, “The film makers in the state face difficult challenges while making movies due to absence of proper infrastructure.”
Pohshna apprised that the industry had requested the government for setting up a government aided film studio as a support to the local film makers since on many instances indigenous film makers have had to avail the facilities available at Guwahati for shoots, involving huge expenditure.
In recent years, indigenous film movies especially Jaintias films have gained popularity amongst the people of the state, encouraging talented youths in the field of entertainment business.
Therefore, there is a need for government to promote the film industry in the state keeping in view the positive impact it will have on the youth and the economy of the state, Pohshna asserted.
He further informed that with an aim to promote the budding local film industry, the first of its kind ‘Khasi Film Awards’ as a mark of giving ‘recognition’ to the indigenous movies and ‘encouraging’ film makers in the state will be held on January next year.
“After a long thought, the film makers in the state have decided to come up with the Khasi Film Awards (KFA) to give recognition and honour the Khasi-Jaintia movies released in the past decades,” Pohshna, KFA organizing committee member, said.
He however said, “The Awards has also been conceptualized to motivate and encourage indigenous film makers in the state especially those who have produced many movies with social motives.”
Informing that the first edition of the KFA would likely be held on January 2013, Pohshna said, “The awards will be extended to those eligible films which were released till April this year,” adding “The last date for submitting the nomination will be till December 15.”
The Awards will features the best Khasi Film, best Director, best male and female actor, supporting male and female actor, cinematography, editor, sound design, music director, lyrics, story, lightings and special effects, and best playback male and female.
 “We will be having a life-time achievement award in the field of performing arts named as ‘Jury Award’, he added.
Elaborating more on the award, Pohshna said, “Each of the category of the awards will be nominated by members of the designated boards including Director branch, writing, cinematographic and music branch,” adding “The members of these branches are those who have five years experiences in their respective fields.”
The nomination forms are available at Virgo Audio in Iewduh, Dolly Music in Police Bazaar and website – which will be available from Monday next.


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