The second edition of the Jonaki Film Festival, organized by the Department of Communication and Journalism, Gauhati University, concluded on February 29.
A total of 36 films participated in the short-film competition organized during the festival. Aharor Duporia by Dhruba Jyoti Das got the best short film award.
In the cine quiz competition, Bhupal Sarma and Rubul Kalita won the first prize. Team of Ankurjyoti Sarma and Raktim Ranjan Baishya got the second prize while Deepjyoti PAtowary and Dhritiraj Misra got the third prize.
Chief Coordinator of the festival, Rakesh Haloi and Pradeepta Das informed that more than 2000 students participated in the festival. Film personalities like Lima Das, Arghadeep Baruah, Manjul Barua, Jahenara Begum, Anup Koushik Borah, etc. participated in an interactive session with the students.
A total of 13 films from Assam, Tripura, Arunachal, and Manipur were screened in the festival.
Gauhati University Registrar Hemanta Kumar Nath participated in the closing ceremony and released the souvenir of the festival ‘Pratyasa’ and the lab journal ‘GU times’.
Commemorating the science day, Bharati Bharali, in-charge of the festival, said in her speech that Jonaki began on February 28 which is celebrated as the National Science Day in India. Further she said that cinema is considered as one of the best mediums for promoting science and technology in India, citing UNESCO’s report on ‘Popularization of science through film’.
“The philosophy and the power of cinema as a strong tool of science communication should be promoted in our country as like the developed nations in the west,” she said.
Ankuran Dutta, head of the department congratulated all the students for successfully organizing the festival. He also thanked the film personalities for accepting the invitation and encouraging the young students.