The first Meghalaya International Film Festival was inaugurated here today at the U Soso Tham Auditorium.
The event is being organised by the Meghalaya Filmmakers’ Association in collaboration with Meghalaya Tourism. Arts and Culture Minister Paul Lyngdoh graced the occasion as chief guest.
There were a couple of hiccups reported by those on the ground – namely that Lyngdoh was about half an hour late to the start and, when he finally arrived, the organisers did not have anything to light the ceremonial lamp; thankfully special guest and renowned actor Adil Hussain was armed with a lighter, which he volunteered for the cause.
While delivering his address, the minister stated that Meghalaya is an abode of talent and creativity. He said that the international film festival is a celebration of Meghalaya’s potential in producing art and will enable the state to compete on the national stage and beyond.
Lyngdoh, who is also Tourism Minister, added that the festival is a great opportunity to showcase the unique and rich culture of the state and its tourism potential to the outside world.
The festival will conclude on March 18 and more than 40 films will be screened at four venues over the course of the event.
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