PANAJI: Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur said that the Union Government is committed to creating jobs, promoting creative economy, mentoring great artists and encouraging youth to excel in the film industry. Said while inaugurating the hour long film making challenge.
Appreciating the role of ‘Creative Minds of Tomorrow’ in fostering a strong creative community of passionate individuals, the Union Minister congratulated the top 75 participants of the initiative who were selected through a rigorous selection process. He added that ‘Creative Minds of Tomorrow’ is a part of the government’s efforts to encourage and guide the youth from every corner of the country.
“This year’s 75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow are from as many as 19 different states and Union Territories of India, including Bishnupur (Manipur), Jagatsinghpur (Odisha) and Sardarpur (Madhya Pradesh). The initiative aims to provide them with unparalleled opportunities in the field of media and entertainment,” he said. Said
Thakur told the poignant story of a girl from Tamil Nadu who participated in Creative Minds of Tomorrow last year. “Initially her parents were reluctant to send her to Goa. .but after a rigorous selection process and realizing the incredible opportunities that awaited her at Creative Minds of Tomorrow, her parents happily allowed her to pursue her dreams.
The girl and her team won the 53-hour challenge last year and bagged a cash prize of Rs 2,25,000. The winning film Dear Diary highlighted how women’s safety will be a common issue in the future. The platform is eager to write such success stories,” he explained.
Filmmaking is not only about creating content, but also about marketing and distributing it to a wider audience. To encourage and enable networking and collaboration among our youth and industries, this year IFFI is organizing Talent Camp, where 75 creative minds will get an opportunity to meet, interact and connect with representatives of many renowned production houses, studios and OTT platforms.
Highlighting the government’s encouragement to start-ups, the Union Minister said that with the new start-up policy, India has emerged as the third largest start-up ecosystem in the world with over one lakh start-ups in the country. “Every day there is a new startup. During the Covid 19 pandemic, when even big companies were struggling, fifty startups in India reached the unicorn level and proved to the world the power of Indian youth,” he said. Certificates were distributed to 75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow competition participants by the Union Minister.
The event was graced by Carter Pilcher, CEO and founder of Shorts TV, Dennis Ruh, Director of European Film Market, John Goldwater, Executive Producer of The Archies, Neeraj Sekhar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Joint Secretary (Films), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Pritul Kumar, Managing Director, NFDC. Other dignitaries were present along with him. National Film Development Corporation in collaboration with Shorts TV has organized ’48 Hour Challenge’ as part of CMOT.
As part of the film challenge, 75 CMOT participants were divided into five teams, who would make a short film on ‘Mission Life’ within 48 hours.
During the film festival, CMOT contestants will also attend workshops and special sessions under the guidance of world cinema giants.