The arrival of Bollywood stars and acclaimed filmmakers for the Sikkim Global Film Festival 2021 is giving Gangtok a glamorous week in December. The festival’s IPR department and Sikkim Film Promotion Board (SFPB) shared the celebrity list with the media on Tuesday, with filmmaker Priyadarshan, singer Mohit Chauhan, and actress Malaika Arora at the top.
“We are nearing the end of our preparations for the Sikkim Global Film Festival, which will take place from December 10 to 14.”
We are grateful to the Chief Minister for his unwavering support in helping us organise this film festival, which aims to promote Sikkim as a filming location. At the press conference, SFPB chairperson Pooja Sharma stated, “The festival is also to create a platform and present opportunities for our local artists and filmmakers.”
An investor and film producer meeting, as well as an award presentation to Sikkimese actors and filmmakers who have made a name at a national and international level, are among the highlights of the five-day film festival.
They include Danny Denzongpa, Shyam Pradhan, Ugyen Chopel, Prashant Rasaily, Samten Bhutia, Dawa Lepcha, Tribeny Rai, and Karma Takapa, as well as writer-lyricist Sanu Lama.
It is an honour for us to present awards to such illustrious Sikkimese personalities who have made Sikkim famous through their work and achievements, said Sharma.
The festival kicks off on December 10 with a cultural event, followed by the inaugural function on December 11 at Manan Kendra. The award presentations will take place during the opening ceremony.
A number of local artists, filmmakers, and productions will also receive awards in various categories.
Aside from Bollywood guests, the film festival will feature actors from Nepal, including the legendary Bhuwan KC, Namrata Shrestha, and Daya Hang Subba, as well as filmmakers from the Darjeeling and Kalimpong hills.
The important investors and film producers meeting, which will include investors from outside Sikkim, will be held on December 12.
IPR minister L.N. Sharma told the media that film producers and investors from Bollywood and Nepal would be meeting with the State government to discuss shooting or producing films in Sikkim. We’ll also be inviting Sikkim contractors to the meeting to encourage them to invest in films in their home state, he said.
Due to the Sikkim government’s subsidy policy for films shot here, the Government of India named Sikkim the most film-friendly state, according to Sharma. He added that filming for a couple of films is currently taking place in our state.
According to the IPR minister, promoting Sikkim as a filming destination would not only benefit local talent in terms of job opportunities, but would also boost tourism in the state in the long run. Even if one film shot in Sikkim becomes a box office success, it will boost tourism in the state, and to that end, he said, the state is hosting a film festival and inviting film stakeholders.
The SFPB chairperson went on to say that activities like film festivals would eventually attract top filmmakers to Sikkim to shoot big-budget films. She stated, “We want to add film tourism to Sikkim.”
During the film festival, movies will be screened daily at M.G. Marg during the day, followed by music and dance competitions in the evening. The festival also includes filmmaking competitions in various categories.
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