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State film awards, festival on July 28-29

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 24 - Honouring the rich legacy of the glorious journey of Assamese cinema since 1935, the State Film Awards ceremony and Film Festival for the year 2018 will be held at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra, Panjabari on July 28 and 29. The programmes on both days will begin at 5 pm.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Cultural Affairs Minister Naba Doley will be the chief guest and distinguished guest respectively on the occasion.

The events are being held under the aegis of the Assam State Film (Finance & Development) Corporation Ltd., in collaboration with the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Govt of Assam.

The awards to be given away during the event comprise two years viz. 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. Notably, awards in each category would be given separately for each year i.e., for films between 2015-2016 and for 2016-2017.

The films to be screened during the festival are Dr Bezbaruah (10-30 am), Dinabandhu (11-30 am) and Bowari (1-30 pm) on July 28 and Chameli Memsaab (10-30 am), Haladhiya Charaye Baodhan Khai (1-30 am) and Village Rockstars (1-30 pm) on July 29.

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 mega event will have competitive sections which are feature films that also comprise children films and non-feature films, including only documentaries and short films.

A total of 36 awards will be given away comprising both the competitive sections. The awards for each category are named after the legends who had made contributions in the respective categories.

Moreover, a new list of awards is also included in the Feature Film Section, namely, Abdul Mazid Award for the Best Debut Director, Biju Phukan Award for the Best Debut Actor (Male/Female) and Jayanta Hazarika Award for Outstanding Contribution to Assamese Cinema.

The two-day event will include screening of award-winning films, cultural programmes, award-distribution ceremony, exhibitions and various other interesting segments. The event will witness convergence of artistes associated with various arenas of Assamese cinema as well as those who have made their contributions in films.

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