Shimla: While addressing the media persons on the eve of three day long Shimla International Film Festival (SIFF)-2011, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Film Division, Director V Packirisamy said that art genres like making films cannot be left for market forces and there was a need for the state government to come forward to encourage participation of the local talent.
This film festival is first in Shimla and is all set to open from tomorrow at historic Gaiety Theatre Complex from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Being organised by Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, Mumbai in collaboration with Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Himachal Pradesh, the festival would showcase some of the best and award winning documentary, short and animation films from India and abroad in addition to two short films of Shimla based film maker Vivek Mohan.
V Packirisamy said that the film festivals since its inception had seen no participation of people from Himachal except for Vivek Mohan, so there was need for encouragement of the youth in this field of film making, documentaries, animation and this can also be seen as an opportunity for providing exposure to the local talent. The film festival will provide an appropriate forum for film makers, film technicians and artists of Shimla to discover and discuss the current and latest trend and technique in this creative art. Besides, it would also be aimed at providing a useful platform for film lovers and for exchange of ideas, he added.