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Sikkim film policy to be unveiled on Global Cinema Festival opening day

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 09:45 [IST]

Last Update: Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 04:09 [IST]

Sikkim film policy to be unveiled on Global Cinema Festival opening day

PANKAJ DHUNGEL
GANGTOK: Global Cinema Festival scheduled to take place in Gangtok from February 28 to March 1 is set to witness the launch of Sikkim Film Policy. The policy would be launched on the opening day of the festival at Manan Kendra in presence of Chief Minister P.S. Golay.
The film policy involves industrial development for films, institutions and infrastructural development, recognition of artists and garnering platforms along with the ease of shooting films for industries from outside the State in Sikkim.
A total of 44 films would be showcased in the two auditoriums of Manan Kendra over three days of the festival with foreign films from focus countries like Azerbaijan, France, Algeria, Spain and regional movies from Malayalam, Bengali and Gujarati language with more movies to follow from Bollywood.
Among the celebrities gracing the occasion will be yesteryear actresses Manisha Koirala, Padmini Kolapuri, Bollywood cinematographer Binod Pradhan and the president from Film Federation of India along with officials from various chambers of film industries in the country, said the organisers.
Sharing details of the festival during a news conference here today, State IPR minister  L.N. Sharma, festival director Mrinalini Shrivastava along with IPR director Benu Gurung, Sikkim Film Cooperative Society president Dipendra Mohora and lead investor and veteran film producer Arijit Singh highlighted on the various events taking place at the film festival to the different celebrities coming for the festival along with the benefits of Sikkim Film Policy as a revenue generator and employment creator.
IPR minister Sharma highlighted that the Sikkim government are excited about developing a film industry in Sikkim. “The first film festival in Sikkim will attract investors from the country and globally to come to Sikkim. The event will be annual with Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Film Federation of India with collaboration with State IPR department and other concerned societies and artists. It will pave the way for development of film industry here in the State with the film policy there will be more films coming to the State. It is an opportunity for many of our youths in the creative field to exhibit their talents and a counter to unemployment issue in the State,” he said.
The minister asserted on the festival taking the State to a global platform.
Within the film policy framed, the IPR department has also envisioned for a film facilitation office, a directory of directors, producers, actors, technicians has been prepared serving as a database for films coming to Sikkim outside of the State.
A Creative Studio is also coming up in Temi, South Sikkim funded by the MSME along with an animation studio.
On March 1, National Film Development Corporation in collaboration with State IPR department will undertake the film facilitation office. On February 28 and 29, focus will be on recognition of 200-odd artists in the State by the National Skill Development Corporation.
“They will be part of various technical sessions and workshops to be conducted by experts in the field of script writing, art production, digital marketing and sound engineering which will recognize locals with certification. This has been conducted with an aim at creating an industry and will also welcome the National School of Drama here in Sikkim along with Nepali Sahitya Parishad, Sikkim and the many writers and poets from there,” said the organisers.
Along with the film festival, the occasion will host a fashion gala led by Arijit Dutta which is slated to be graced by Mr. India and Miss India World along with local models and former pageant winners from the State. “Films and fashion synergize together, with an aim at making the fashion industry move as well. It has a strong employment opportunity for both models and designers. The fashion gala will have fashion designers coming from as far as New York along with those from within India. Hills have a lot to give in terms of fashion and this is an opportunity for all the locals here. Their fashion stays here and doesn’t go outside so this is an opportunity.”
Sikkim Film Cooperative Society president Dipendra Mohora highlighted of 30-40 film production studios and centres in the State with 300-odd artists. “Whenever a film comes to Sikkim there is a lot of help from us but the festival this time is an opportunity to bring forth our local talents ahead with meet and greet sessions with many renowned artists from the country. It can help in development of relationship for the future with more films to come to Sikkim. There are films being made in Sikkim, access to scenic locations has been facilitated along with investors coming for the festival, there is a lot of potential for growth.”
The State currently has two movie theatres but with the Sikkim film policy, investors in the sector will be welcomed for the creation of miniplexes at satellite towns of Majhitar, Jorethang, Geyzing, Soreng, and even in places like Rangpo and Singtam.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi