GUWAHATI, July 28 - Cultural Affairs Minister Naba Doley today said that the State Government was committed to supporting the regional film industry in every possible way, and that the new film policy would address many of the ills plaguing the industry.
Doley, who gave away the annual State Film Awards and inaugurated a film festival at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here this evening, said that the Government would assist filmmaking in different languages of the State.
The awardees this year included music director duo Jitu-Tapan for the Jayanta Hazarika Memorial Award, and singer Dipen Baruah and actress Mridula Baruah for the Pramathesh Baruah Lifetime Achievement Award for the years 2015-16 and 2016-17 respectively.
The function also felicitated artistes, directors and technicians who earned laurels for the State�s film industry during the 64th and 65th National Film Awards.
The film festival is being held under the aegis of the Assam State Film (Finance and Development) Corporation Ltd and in collaboration with the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Government of Assam.
The awards given away this evening comprised two years � 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
The festival aims at encouraging the production of films of aesthetic excellence and social relevance, contributing to understanding and appreciation of films and promoting the integration and unity of the State
The event includes screening of award-winning films, cultural programmes, award-distribution ceremony, exhibitions and various other interesting segments. The event will witness the convergence of artistes related to various arenas of Assamese cinema as well as those who have made their contributions to films apart from the native industry.