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First of its kind in India, Mountain Film Festival organised by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), showcased a variety of adventure sports films shot across the Indian State. Around 33 films were screened during the span of two days. Not only Indians but some of the international adventure sports filmmakers also took part in the festival.
The festival started with a speech of the president of IMF, who in his speech clearly indicated the importance of internet in the present age by emphasising the fact that out of the total budget meant for the promotion and publicity of IMF, 46% went for online promotion.
Short movies of duration of 10 to 20 minutes, ranging from kayaking in Kerala to ice climbing in Spiti were part of the festival. Movies which won the hearts of the people were The Fall, Singalila, Shepardness of the Glacier.
The Fall, vividly captures India’s first significant ice climb as two mountaineers ascend a 260 feet tall frozen waterfall in Spiti. Interestingly the director of the movie told The Pioneer that how he had to struggle with the finances for his movie and major part was sponsored out of his own pocket. In his conversation he told that he used to work to collect money for his movie, due to which it took him around 1 year to complete the movie. Another movie which enthralled the audience was Singalila, for the reason that it’s filmmaker, George, college lecturer, suffered from eye impairment, Kerotoconous, which rendered him almost blind in one eye and a distorted vision in the other eye.
Hailing from Kerala, George was attracted by the beauty of Western Ghats, but it was only after one of his lecture on Bhutan in his class that he decided to go for trekking combined with filmmaking. He now has been trekking for past ten years and filmmaking for past 3 years. Singalila is his 3rd film, showcasing his own experience in Goechali, Sikkhim. Another movie which showcased the challenges imposed on human life in the mountainous region was Shepardness of the Glacier. Shot in Ladakh, movie also depicts the very important relationship between the humans and sheep in the hills.
IMF is a Government body which comes under The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. IMF’s Joint Secretary, SK Kutty, told The Pioneer that with this film festival he wanted to bring all the professional adventure filmmakers under one umbrella. He told that how the adventure filmmakers suffer due to the paucity of the funds, much of which comes from their own pocket and even after that they do not get any recognition or any platform to showcase their talent.
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