Jamshedpur : The stage is all set for the sixth Jharkhand Cine Award, that recognises talent in the regional film industry.
It will be held at Gopal Maidan in Bistupur on April 25. Organised by All India Santhali Film Association (AISFA), public screenings of 23 Santhali and other regional language films will begin from April 19 at the Michael John Auditorium.
A panel of three judges will name the winners on April 25 in the presence of chief guest Saryu Roy, State Minister For Parliamentary Affairs and Food Civil Supplies, along with a cultural show put by artistes from the state and Odisha and West Bengal.
“Jharkhand Cine Award has gained popularity over the years. Although it is on a very small scale as compared to others, the intensity of Santhali and regional filmmaking has increased in the past few years,” said film association president Ramesh Hansda. The All India Santhali Film Association (AISFA), a city based outfit, organising santhali and regional film festival for the past few years here has demanded better recognition.
Around 23 films in Santali, Nagpuri and Kotha language from across the country including West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand will be screened during the film festival. Though the details are yet to be chalked out, Hansda said that AISFA has decided to give cash award in the lifetime achievement category and to the best Santali film.
This year the proposed film festival shall witness two new additions to its features that are video album and short films/documentaries.
“Given the high cost of film making there are several talented film makers who are involved in producing popular video albums, short films and documentaries hence, we have decided to give space to them also,” said Hansda.
Films in Santhali, Ho, Kortha and Nagpuri languages from Bengal, Odisha and host Jharkhand will be screened during the five day film festival.