The youth should be given a chance to grow, says Anurag Singh Thakur of IFFI – The New Indian Express | Episode Movies

Through Express Message Service

NEW DELHI: Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur inaugurated the Indian Panorama section at the 53rd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on Monday.

The opening ceremony introduced the audience to the IFFI’s official selection of 25 feature films and 20 non-feature films in this category for this year. Congratulating the filmmakers of the opening films Hadinelentu (feature) and The Show Must Go On (non-feature), Thakur also launched a “53 Hour Challenge” for 75 Creative Minds Tomorrow.

“Creative Minds for Tomorrow is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision that youth should be given opportunities to learn and grow,” Thakur said. Shorts TV’s 53-hour challenge is an opportunity for the “creative minds” to show their creativity in a short amount of time, he added. As part of the competition, candidates must produce a short film on their India@100 idea within a time frame of 53 hours.

Congratulating the contestants selected from over 1,000 applicants, Thakur said, “You are starting a new journey in your life, our master classes will only give you wings, both from a national and international perspective.”

He went on to say that this is a platform for the 75 young people to network, hone their talent, learn from the best and advance in their careers. Speaking about the initiative, the minister said that this journey, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision, started last year to engage, encourage and explore the potential of 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,” he said. Welcoming the contribution of last year’s Challenge winners in films and OTT shows, Thakur said that these young and talented minds would make a significant contribution to the Indian cinema and film industry in the future, especially in the next 25 years.

The Indian Panorama is a flagship component of IFFI, which selects the best contemporary Indian films for the promotion of cinema. It was introduced in 1978 as part of the IFFI umbrella to promote India’s cinematography and rich culture.

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