The Fourth Annual Friendship Film Festival of the CIS Countries and India took off at a colourful inaugural ceremony at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on October 28, attended by a large gathering of the CIS countries Embassies officials, Indian film lovers and media representatives.
The official opening was followed by the screening of the Indian short film “B’Day Gift”, fragments from the Russian film almanac “Moscow, I Love You!” and the Tajik documentary “Raqs-O-Surur of Tajikistan”.
Organized jointly with the Citizens’ Film Forum and the Embassies of the CIS Countries in New Delhi, the Film festival will continue up to November 2. Seven CIS countries including Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as well as India are participating in the Festival which presents feature, documentary and short films by national film makers.
H.E. Mr. Saidbeg Saidov, Ambassador of Tajikistan to India, Mr. Evgeny Kablukov, charge D’ Affaires of Kyrgyzstan, Mr. Sergey Karmalito, Senior Counsellor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, Mr. Andrey Andreev, Deputy Director, RCSC, Mr. Timur Nogaibayev, First Secretary, Embassy of Kazakhstan, Mr. Sergey Trotsyuk, First Secretary, Embassy of Belarus, and Mr. Vimal Mehta, Hon. Secretary, Citizens’ Film Forum, graced the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, H.E. Mr. Saidbeg Saidov underlined the importance of stronger cultural tie-up and expressed his country’s willingness to welcome peoples from friendly countries like those of the CIS and India. He made a strong note of appreciation to the RCSC and the Citizens’ Film Forum for such a wonderful joint venture, also throwing light on the cultural heritage of Tajikistan anticipating the film “Raqs-O-Surur of Tajikistan”.
While presenting his remarks, Mr. Sergey Karmalito pointed out that it was highly symbolic that the film festival virtually devoted to the further development of multi-lateral cooperation within the post-Soviet dimension and with foreign countries like India being held right after the Summit of the CIS Countries held on October 24-25 in Minsk.
Mr. Evgeny Kablukov lauded the Film festival as an important milestone in the multi-lateral cooperation between the CIS Countries and India and congratulated its organizers on a noble joint venture, wishing it all success.
Earlier, welcoming the distinguished guests, Mr. Andrey Andreev noted that the film festival, which has become an annual feature now, was unique in several respects, mainly bringing representatives of the CIS Countries and India under one roof for a cultural event.
Mr. Sundieep Arya, Director, and Kirron Arya, Producer of the Indian film “B’Day Gift”shown right after the official inauguration, gave an impressive account on the production background of the film.
Mr. Vimal Mehta thanked the RCSC and the Ambassadors and senior diplomats of the CIS Countries for their unreserved support, wonderful cooperation and sincere efforts in making the Festival a memorable event.