IFFI 2022: Anurag Thakur Congratulates “75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow”; opens Film Bazaar – The Indian Express | Episode Movies

The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting honored 75 young creative talents involved in various fields of filmmaking at a ceremony here on the second day of the year 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

The youth were selected as part of 75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow, an initiative launched by IFFI last year to mark the 75th anniversary of India’s independence. For the second edition, nearly 1,000 entries were received from across the country.

“Last year we embarked on this journey, led by PM Narendra Modi’s vision to engage, encourage and explore the potential of our youth by offering them a platform at IFFI.

“This is the second edition of 75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow and we have already created a community of 150 strong individuals bound by a shared love of cinema, creativity and culture,” said Thakur at the congratulatory ceremony.

The 75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow were selected for their excellence in various areas of filmmaking, namely directing, acting, cinematography, editing, screenwriting, backing vocals, music composition, costume and make-up, art design and animation, visual effects ( VFX), Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).

The initiative’s grand jury includes Prasoon Joshi, Resul Pookutty, R Balki, Rickey Kej, Mala Dey Banthia, Gautami Tadimalla, Ballu Saluja, Munjal Shroff, Narendra Rahurikar and Ravi K Chandran.

The young film professionals have been spotted in 19 states including Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Delhi, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Most selected participants are from Maharashtra, followed by Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

The youngest contestants are 18 years old – Nitish Verma from Haryana and Toufique Mandal from Maharashtra. Both were chosen for their talent in music composition.

The I&B minister said the government is making efforts to create jobs and boost India’s creative industries.

“Our government is striving to create jobs, boost the ‘creative economy’, mentor outstanding artists and encourage young people to achieve cinematic excellence.

“IFFI is your platform to connect, explore, collaborate and be inspired. Who knows, some of you will go on to win national film awards, Grammys, Oscars and more?” he said.

Anurag Thakur also launched the “53 Hour Challenge” where participants will be divided into groups of 15 and have to produce a short film about their idea of ​​India@100 within 53 hours.

In his message, the minister encouraged young filmmakers to tell stories about the emerging new India.

“My young friends, your selection also strengthens the culture of meritocracy in the country and this is our endeavor to encourage, shape and mentor young minds from far-flung corners and offer them unprecedented opportunities in media and entertainment.” added.

The second day of IFFI also marked the start of the Film Bazaar, South Asia’s largest film market. Created and organized by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), the market event was inaugurated by the I&B Minister.

The five-day event has been curated as a meeting place for film buyers and sellers from around the world. The focus is on discovering, supporting and showcasing South Asian content and talent in filmmaking, production and distribution.

The Film Bazaar will also facilitate the sale of world content in the South Asian region.

The 53rd edition of IFFI ends on November 28th.

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