The Union Territory of Ladakh will host the very first Himalayan Film Festival which will be inaugurated on Friday by the Union’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur.
The minister will kick off the festival to be held in Leh district for five days from September 24 to 28, according to a ministry statement.
The opening ceremony will take place in the presence of Vishnuvardhan, director of the Hindi film Shershah, and actor Siddharth Malhotra.
The festival will include various segments to captivate audiences, including the screening of popular films at the Sindhu Sankriti Auditorium, Leh. Workshops and master classes will be organized during which filmmakers, critics and technicians from the Himalayan region will be invited to impart their knowledge and skills to local film buffs. This will serve as a necessary stimulus to trigger a creative inclination towards cinema, ” the statement read.
The festival will also feature documentary and short film competitions, a food festival, music festival and cultural performances in collaboration with the Department of Culture to showcase Ladakh’s rich cultural variety, the ministry said.
The Himalayan region of India attracts filmmakers from all over the world because of its scenic richness. The region’s unique geography is widely documented, along with its indigenous peoples, traditional skills and occupations. The film festival in this context provides an opportunity for local filmmakers to tell their stories to a wider audience, ” he said.
Over the past two decades, the region’s independent film industry has taken shape, with filmmakers producing films in the local language, he said, adding that the same period also saw rapid electrification in the region. , which is a prerequisite for the development of the audiovisual sector.
âWith these developments, a popular film produced in India reaches Ladakh, but Ladakh stories are still unknown, especially from the perspective of local filmmakers. The film workshops, master classes and conversation sessions in this context will help impart the necessary skills and networking opportunities to aspiring and established filmmakers, ” he said.
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