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Imphal Film Festival is regularly organises International Short Film festival, Imphal International Short Film Festival starting 2012. The first edition of IISFF 2012 was a successful event with screening of 15 International Films and 29 regional Films and Jury Section of 18 Hindi films. Legend Studio Manipur and Action for Social Advancement (ASA) Manipur is organising a series of film festivals starting 2012 with the support of Film Forum Manipur. We have our International festival of short films "First Imphal International Short Film festival 2012" during April 15-18, 2012. More than 100 short films around the world will be screened and we will have few retrospect sections of well known filmmakers.

In the Second Edition of The Imphal International Short Film Festival 2013, a  total of 200 entries were received out of which only 150 films were shortlisted. 80 films were selected to screen to the audience.

The third Imphal  International Short Film Festival 2014 will be held  on December 19-21, 2014. With 23 award categories and free entry for submission, the third edition will boost and create history of film festival in Northeast India.

Our mission to organise such festival is to encourage indie filmmakers and the talents to make meaningful cinema. Manipur is a culturally rich place on the North Eastern region of India, bordering Myanmar and it is the emerging market for South East Asian nations through the Look East policy.


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‘The Forlorn’ opened the first Imphal International Short Film Festival

‘The Forlorn’, a psychological thriller directed by Saptaswa Basu opened
the first Imphal International Film Festival at the Rupmahal Theatre in
Manipur capital Sunday. The festival will continue for four days.

‘The Forlorn’, a Bengali film, features iconic actor from Bengal and
Dadasaheb Phalke award winner Soumitra Chatterjee in a lead role.

"A total of 61 short films have participated in the film festival. There
are a total of 45 short films made by Indian filmmakers and 16 films by
filmmakers outside the country," Mohen Naorem, festival director while
talking said.

"Our main objective is to promote quality film making in Manipur.
Insurgents outfits here have banned the Hindi films since last several
years. The filmmakers in this part of the country only make Manipuri
films. However, off late we have seen filmmakers here bagging national
and international awards. So, by organising the international film
festival we wanted the filmmakers to be exposed to the various concepts
and themes of international filmmaking," he said.

There are over 30 militant outfits in Manipur, who till few years back
banned screening of Hindi movies about ten years ago. While the move had
affected the industry in the state, it had led to growth of more
regional cinema, particularly short films.

While many renowned short filmmakers of the country participated in the
festival, the festival will showcase four Spanish films, four
Bangladeshi films and four films from Poland. Besides, there are films
from Iran, Pakistan, Italy and Argentina.

"In Manipur, there are many stories which needed to be told to outside
world. We want to promote the art of film making through this film
festival so that more young people take up filmmakers in the state, to
tell the stories of this insurgency ravaged state of the northeast to
the outside world," Naorem said.

"Exposure like this to the local filmmakers will benefit in terms of
choosing themes, photography and overall production of the films," he
said.

Naorem said that they had also tied up with the organisers of other
international film festivals like festivals in Dhaka and Iran. "We are
going to send more Manipuri films to the international film festivals
across the globe," he said.

He also hoped that such festivals will explore the hidden talents of the
region and the participating filmmakers will enjoy the regional theme
and issues, which would be shared for a better future.

"The region needs one platform to showcase the rich cultural heritage,
the local issues and unending crisis which the outside world never
bothers to listen," said another organiser of the festival.

With 16 films by foreign filmmakers, the Imphal International Film
Festival is also dubbed as one of the biggest event in the northeastern
region of India.

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