To celebrate the success and legacy of Assamese Cinema, the State Film Awards ceremony and Film Festival for the year 2018 shall be held at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra, Panjabari on July 28 and 29. The programmes on both days will begin at 5 pm.
The awards will be given for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. Notably, awards in each category would be given separately i.e. for films from 2015-2016 and for 2016-2017. The mega event will have competitive sections such as feature films that also comprise children films and non-feature films, including documentaries and short films.
A total of 36 awards will be given away. The awards for each category has been named after legends who had made contributions in the respective categories. Moreover, a new list of awards will also be included in the Feature Film Section, namely, Abdul Mazid Award for the Best Debut Director, Biju Phukan Award for the Best Debut Actor (Male/Female) and Jayanta Hazarika Award for Outstanding Contribution to Assamese Cinema.
The two-day event will include screening of award-winning films, cultural programmes, award-distribution ceremony, exhibitions and various other interesting segments. The films to be screened during the festival are Dr Bezbaruah (10-30 am), Dinabandhu (11-30 am) and Bowari (1-30 pm) on July 28; and Chameli Memsaab (10-30 am), Haladhiya Charaye Baodhan Khai (1-30 am) and Village Rockstars (1-30 pm) on July 29.
The event will witness convergence of artistes associated with various arenas of Assamese cinema as well as those who have made their contributions in films.