Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 21:
The Odisha government will host an International Film Festival to be jointly organised by the Odisha Film Development Corporation (OSFDC) and the I&PR department in November-December this year.
It was decided that the festival will be organized simultaneously in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
The proposal for organizing the festival in auditoria of RRL, KiiT and Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB) was discussed in the meeting.
While asking the concerned departments to plan out the details of the festival with timelines, the chief secretary directed OFDC to prepare an archive of good Odia films from both the traditional and modern genres.
He also asked the I&PR department to plan an Odisha Festival in collaboration with the Odia Associations in metros like Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad to promote tourism and popularize Odisha art and culture outside the state, .
A steering committee was constituted under the chairmanship of principal secretary, Energy and I&PR PK Jena and Culture secretary Dr Arabinda Padhee, Textiles and Handloom secretary Surendra Kumar and CMD IDCO Vishal Dev as members.
The committee would prepare the work plan and budget for the festival.
It was also proposed to organize this event during festive seasons in these places.
The Odisha Festival will showcase good Odia films, Odissi dance, music, tourist treasures, handicrafts and textiles.
The chief secretary also asked the concerned departments to organise and continue such activities round-the-year at the Ekamra Haat in the state capital where the cultural societies of the districts will have the opportunity showcase the art and culture of their respective areas.
It was proposed that each district would be allotted at least three days to showcase their programmes.