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Film Festivals are well organized in various parts of the world and with Guwahati International Documentary – Short – Animation Film Festival (GIDSAFF), Assam has proved that it will not lag behind. The trend of Film Festivals has slowly creeping its way into Assam.
Jyoti Chitraban in association with Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and Television Institute (DBHRGFTI) with support of Assam Government organised the first ever Guwahati International Documentary – Short – Animation Film Festival (GIDSAFF). As the title says, it features handpicked documentary, animated and short films from around the globe. Altogether 115 films from 25 countries, including 17 documentaries in the international kaleidoscope section, 29 documentaries in the national kaleidoscope section, 23 short films in the international kaleidoscope section, 19 short films in the national kaleidoscope section, 12 animation films in the international kaleidoscope section and 14 animation films in the national kaleidoscope section was screened at the festival.
The documentary section GIDSAFF included some films related to Assam and the North East like Memories of a Forgotten War directed by Utpal Borpujari, MNF: The Mizo Uprising by Napo RJ Thanga, Loralir Sadhukotha directed by Mukul Haloi, Chiaroscuro by Parthajit Baruah and Moi Ji Batere Ulalu Aji directed by Hitesh Deka and produced by the Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University (KKHSOU).
In the homage section, GIDSAFF have included three personalities from Assam namely music director Sher Choudhury, filmmaker Altaf Mazid and Chandra Narayan Baruah. Their works Sound of Dying Colours, Rahashyar Bitchaku and Nature’s Chosen Domain was screened.
In the retrospective section, the organiser have chosen internationally acclaimed Assamese filmmaker Gautam Bora and his works An Unending Expense, Sons of Abotani and Old Man River will be screened. In the competition section 15 short films have been included for the first edition of GIDSAFF.
As a part of the festival one masterclass on the topic ‘Blurring Borders of Fiction and Non fiction and two sessions of Open forum and topics ‘Non Fiction films and media- reality check’ and ‘Creating a Documentary Culture- reality check’ were also held.
GIDSAFF is totally a new concept to raise those film makers interested in the non-feature section of film-making art as well as the people interested in making short films or absorbing themselves in the field of animation.
Date: 22nd of January to 24th of January,2019 Venue: Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra Panjabari Road, Batahguli Guwahati - 781037, Assam