TV Times

Film Corporation gears up for 2006
National Film Corporation (NFC) is planning to start a series of new programmes including musical events, film festivals and a film competition for the year 2006.

NFC chairman, Ashoka Serasinghe, speaking at a press conference recently, disclosed a list of activities including the release of a 2006 telephone directory of film personalities, a cricket match with the participation of actors, actresses, directors, producers and technicians, a musical show with the participation of school children, an international film festival for children, Tamil film festival, short film festival and an essay competition in view of the literary month in October.

Describing in detail Mr. Serasinghe stated a musical event "Sinesara Musical Programme-2006" will be held with the participation of school children in Colombo. ‘Pupils from Royal College, Srimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya, Visakha Vidyalaya, Musaeus College and D. S. Senanayake College’ will sing and perform evergreen old hits from the Sinhala cinema". The musical evening is scheduled to be held on September 1, 2006 at BMICH.

Among the other programmes an 'International Film Festival for Children-2006 will be held next October and the festival will include a collection of films from Iran, Canada, England, Bangaladesh, India, China, Japan, France, Korea and Germany. The NFC also will start an essay competition for school children during the Literary Month, in October. The participants from Ordinary level, Advanced level and Higher Education institutes are expected to write a review on any of the films they have watched or an analytical essay on the cinema. The essays should be forwarded to the Cultural Section of the NFC before June 20.

Mr. Serasinghe also said NFC had taken the initiation to attract filmgoers to the Tamil cinema and a Tamil Film Festival will be organised by the Tamil Film Unit of the NFC. "Starting from the middle of June a film festival will be held in Colombo while a Tamil Children's Film Festival will be held in Cinecity theatre, Nuwara Eliya.

In a move to introduce more filmmakers, the NFC would organize a short film competition this year. Films less than 10 minutes duration, in colour or black and white could be forwarded for the competition and the first three winners and seven others would be awarded prizes. "One of these new directors will get an opportunity to direct a feature film and to join in an international production," the Chairman added.


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