MSFDS: Financial support poured in for Manipur documentary filmmakers

The curtains fell on the 4th edition of the Documentor Imphal Series jointly organized by the Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) and the Documentary Resource Initiative (DRI) on Saturday, April 7 with a simple cash prize giveaway where a total of Rs 8 lakhs were given to 8 documentarians.

Beyond the Trials, a documentary film project on extreme sports as an expression of freedom by Khaba Maimon, was awarded Best Project with the highest honor of Rs. 2.5 lakhs, At the Crossroads on issues facing the state regarding the transition from Bengali script to Meitei Mayek by James Khangenbam and Battlefield Imphal were awarded Promisingly Culturally Engagement Project and Promisingly Socially Engagement Project respectively with cash awards of Rs 1.5 lakhs each. Five other documentary film projects – Andro Dreams (Meena Longjam), Anonymous Dance (Tushar Nongthombam), Eche Sharmila (Manoj Kshetrimayum), Bidyapati -The Lady Everest Summiter (Paonam Birjeet) and We are the Water (Grace Rephung L) have also been awarded. cash rewards for developing projects in the amount of Rs 50,000 each.

The entrepreneurs who jointly supported the projects are Dr. Thangjam Dhabali, Wahengbam Braja, Konica Khuraijam and Radhesyam Oinam.

The Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) said it was for the very first time in the history of documentary film funding in the country where local entrepreneurs who had no technical background in filmmaking came forward to support local documentary filmmakers, to help them realize their dream documentary projects by hiring Rs 8 lakhs to make the documentary films developed during the 5-day incubation and mentoring lab called Documentor Imphal, jointly organized by MSFDS and DRI Kolkata. Four renowned documentary film mentors from India initiated the documentary projects in which eight documentary film projects and 8 observers participated.

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