The stage is all set for the first ever Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF) organized by the Assam government. The logo for the film festival, to be held later this year, was unveiled on Sunday. The film festival is expected to screen more than 70 films from more than 205 countries.

The Guwahati International Film Festival, organized by Jyoti Chitraban (Film Studio) Society with the support of Assam government in association with Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and Television Institute, will start from October 28 and continue till November 2 later this year.

The festival will be organised at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra and Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio simultaneously.

Chairman of Jyoti Chitraban Society Pabitra Margherita said that 72 films from more than 25 countries, including India, will be screened in the six-day festival.

The festival will have various sections like Indian panorama, world cinema, retrospective, cinema of northeast, tribute and a section on films from Assam.

“There will also be a competition section among films from Assam to be judged by an eminent jury,” said Margherita.

Turkey will be the country in focus in this festival. He said that selected movies from Turkey will be screened in the festival in the presence of some eminent personalities from Turkey.

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Films of Assam which have been certified by the Censure Board between September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017 will qualify for the competition section.

In the competition section, there will be cash awards for best Assamese film. Total prize money of Rs 2 lakh will be shared between the producer and the director equally besides, a trophy and a certificate each to the director and producer. The second best Assamese film will be given Rs 1.50 lakh.

There will also be a special jury award in which Rs 1 lakh to be given to an individual – director or producer or actor or technician – for artistic contribution along with a trophy and a certificate.

Popular actor Jatin Bora, who is also the chairman of the Assam State Film (Finance and Development) Corporation, appreciated the efforts of the state government for lending support to the festival while unveiling the festival logo.

“We will work together to make it a success. The government is keen to ensure that the festival is an annual affair at the same place and on the same dates,” Bora said.

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