Cinephiles, time to plan a trip to Imphal early next year. The reason: Manipur will play host to re:PLAY, a film festival on performance and sports along with extended three 10-day workshops, from January 7 to 16, 2013. It will see screenings of nearly 20 films, spread over five days, with two screening programmes a day and three over the weekend.

The festival is the brainchild of Governor Gurbachan Singh Jagat, in association with Somi Roy, a Manipuri who is an international film festival curator in New York and the executive producer of the Gold Coast International Film Festival.

The festival will be presented by Hun-tre! International Manipuri Projects, a non-profit organisation working in Imphal on international projects in the fields of sports, culture, education and technology.

“I was on one of my visits to Imphal, where I spend up to four months a year. I told the Governor of my Major League Baseball coaching camps that I was organising, introducing myself to him. When he learned that I was a film curator in New York, he asked me if I would like to organise a festival in Manipur. I said yes, as I felt Manipur needed an international film festival,” Somi told Seven Sisters Post over phone from New York, as to how the festival saw the light of the day. He also expressed his gratitude to the Manipur Governor, the Manipur Film Development Corporation and the Department of Art and Culture for making the initiative a success thus far...


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Press Release - 2012