The two-day Shimla Film Festival-2014 beginning on April 12 has received 94 entries, a response considered "overwhelming" in the quiet hill state. The entries have been received for 'Himachal filmmakers' and 'open' categories.
Event organiser Himachal Media Private Limited director Ravinder Makhaik said, "The response was much better than anticipated as we received 94 entries by March 25, which was the last date. Of these, 43 are by filmmakers from the state and 51 by others.
He added that in the local filmmakers' category, six feature films, 15 short films, 12 documentaries, 8 music videos and 2 short spots have been entered, while there were no entries in the corporate promotional category.
In the music video section for the state filmmaker category, two entries were received from the USA, he added.
"In the open category, we have received seven feature films, 20 short films, 22 documentaries, one corporate film and one music video, but no spots," Makhaik said.
In the open category, reputed organisations, such as the media centre of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, have submitted entries for the festival, besides those from regional and national cinema and others screened internationally.
"The good response has partially fulfilled one of the objectives we had in mind when the event was being planned. It has created a buzz among Himachal filmmakers, who have been emboldened to participate in a large number. There are many talented filmmakers in the state who need support and appreciation," Makhaik added.
Two awards per category will be selected by an independent jury comprising filmmaker Vivek Mohan, journalist Rakesh Lohumi and photographer Sanjay Austa, while governor Urmila Singh will be the chief guest for the award ceremony on the evening of April 13.
In the open category, filmmakers will not compete for awards, but the best films will get a commendation and will be screened during the film festival.