In the past 51 years, Nepalese film industry has prospered, certainly, but the major part of those involved have yet to see the potential of films other than those solely dedicated to reap profit. As a result, films in Nepal at present are made along similar lines. Action, glamour, romance are the heart of it. Even these films are heavily influenced by Hollywood and Bollywood products. The trend has been there since the dawn of Nepalese films, and there is no sign of it disappearing anytime soon. Nepalese film culture is also not as developed as in other countries; films are not taken seriously but as mere trifles to pass leisure time. Also the majority of the Nepalese audiences is smitten by films from the famed halls of Hollywood and Bollywood, and has little interest towards Nepalese films.
However, the new generation of film makers, and a handful of the industry veterans have tried their hand at changing this, and making films on social issues and incidents. The problem is that these films have little scope at the present time. The Nepalese audience is more interested in watching films based on ‘action, glamour and romance’, and only a precious few are even aware that efforts on filming more society-conscious films are being made.
Nepalese cinema is in process of defining itself. As the nation itself, the film industry in Nepal is also in state of transition. Several people from different sector of Nepal cinema working towards defining the Nepali cinema. In such a scenario opportunity to watch cinema form around world will certainly be valuable. More progressive peoples’ film made around the world must be priority in current context of Nepal.
I am proud to announce an inaugural edition of International Film Festival of Nepal (IFFON). IFFON will be an annual event of world class progressive peoples’ cinema from around the world. Each edition of IFFON will be at different location in Nepal for development of progressive film culture in each and every part of country. IFFON will be organised by All Nepal Cine Workers Association (ANCWA), an organisation of film community in Nepal dedicated to progressive peoples’ cinema.
This year an inaugural event of the festival is proposed to be organised at Dharan, a cultural hub in Eastern Nepal. Each year the festival committee will chose different locations at different part of the country.
A fleet of well know cinema personality form around the world and Nepal will attend a red carpet event during opening and gala dinner after the closing ceremony.
I welcome you all to become part of the festival in different captivity. Whether as film maker, film critic, film journalist, film curator, actor, scriptwriter, editor, cinematographer or anything else related to cinema you all are welcome to participate at the festival.