Itanagar,9 January: For the first time Arunachal Film Festival was held virtually for 2 days on the 27th and 28th of December 2020. It was the 7th edition of Arunachal Film Festival cum 2nd edition of State Film Awards. Entries for Feature films, Documentary films, Short film on open category, and theme-based under 10minutes were called out for submission. This time AFF had special screenings of international short films and documentaries of award-winning films like “Khula Aasman” by Surbhi Dewan, “Ausencias” by Laura Ria, “Not Today” by Pankaj Brijlani and many more online on the designated website www.arunachalfilmfestival.com. Panel discussion on “The business of making movies” to give an insight into the business aspect of filmmaking. Master class on the technical process of filmmaking by industry experts on
- Understanding Film lighting with Nyago Ete, a budding filmmaker from the state who also won best feature film at the 5th Arunachal Film Festival.
- Makeup in films with professional makeup designer Shipra Acharya and also HOD and Prosthetic artist
- Sound recording/mixing for an independent movie with a low budget with Girjashankar Vohra an alumnus of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute of India in Kolkata.
The 7th Arunachal Film Festival cum 2nd State Film Awards concluded awarding the winners on different titles at film-making on 9th of January 2021 with best feature film to “Capital” directed by Neba T Siga, best short theme-based film to “All The Best” by Joram Jonah regarding the unemployment theme, a best short film on the open category to “Stranded” directed by Nending Lahzeey and best documentary film to “Rangwan” by Mankap Nokwoham.
This year as the festival went online, it did have a wider outreach resulting in interest of regional films worldwide as the 23rd UK Asian Film Festival invited the films to submit in the festival through the Arunachal Film Festival.