GUWAHATI, March 2 - The northeastern films screened in the second edition of Jonaki, a two-day film fest at GU, received applause from a large gathering of young minds.
�It was really an inspiring moment after seeing young audiences watching the northeast films in large numbers. This was really encouraging response that we got here than in cinema halls,� said Aamis actress Lima Das. She was interacting with the students after the screening of the film.
Bhaskar Hazarika�s Aamis was screened at the closing of the festival on Saturday.
GU Registrar Hemanta Kumar Nath attended the closing ceremony and released the festival souvenir Pratyasa and lab journal GU Times.
The film fest was organised by the students of the Department of Communication and Journalism of the varsity with an objective to promote the ethnic language films from the region among the students so that they can become conscious of the future prospects of the northeast film world.
�My film was screened last year too at Jonaki. The gatherings have increased in number than last year, though there was a registration fee this time. This shows the interest of students towards films and filmmaking. Students benefited from the screenings followed by the interactions with the directors,� said Kaneen�s director Manjul Baruah.
�Educational institutions are the perfect platforms to popularise films among the younger generation. I believe just like Gauhati University, other universities and colleges should also organise such mini film festivals in the future,� Baruah said.
Several national award-winning films like Rima Das� Bulbul Can Sing, Bobby Sarmah Baruah�s Mishing, the first national award-winning film from Tripura Yarwng and Bornodi Bhotiai, Calendar, etc., were among the 13 northeastern films screened in the film festival.
Aharor Duporia by Dhruba Jyoti Das was awarded the best short film, and Bhupal Sarma and Rubul Kalita bagged the best team award in the short film and cine-quiz competition respectively.
�The festival has successfully attracted the interest of young minds towards films. We are hopeful that the number will increase next year,� said Rakesh Haloi, chief coordinator of Jonaki.