Results of the Documentary Film Competition 2019, organised by the I&PR Department was announced and prizes distributed today at the I&PR Auditorium, Aizawl. Minister for I&PR Pu Lalruatkima graced the prize distribution programme as Chief Guest and Pi Lallianpuii, Director of I&PR was the Guest of Honour. 

Speaking at the award distribution function, Pu Lalruatkima said that the government is aware of the immense impact and influence that films have in our society, particularly among the young people. He said that films are powerful tools to shape perception and added that they can act as virtual brochures to propagate the beauty of our land, our cultures, traditions and our way of life to the rest of the world. In its effort to develop the nascent film industry in the State, the Minister said that a film city will be constructed at Ailawng village. Congratulating the winners of the Documentary Film Competition 2019, he urged them not to pause in their strive for improvement in the art of film making. To promote films in the state, construction of mini theatre is already underway and film competitions, seminars and workshops organised under the aegis of the Information and Public Relations Department which is the nodal department for visual arts in the State have helped promote films and film makers.

Among the 24 films competing in this year’s Documentary Film Competition, Lalzawna Pachuau’s film 'Dampa Tiger Reserve' was declared the winner while Napolean RZ Thanga’s 'Bairabi - Zophai, where we bled for our land' and TC Vanlalzauva’s 'Khawlailung Model Village' won the second and third prizes respectively. 'Climate Change' by David M.Thangliana; Zohmangaihi’s 'No Plastic'; F.Lalhmingchhuanga’s 'Kawtchhuah Ropui'; 'Bahadur Larka' by KC Zoherliana; 'Mizo Film Kungpui' by H.Lalsangzela; HC Rodinmawia’s 'Nungchate Nunphung' and K. Romuana’s 'Mizo Videographer' were the other top ten winners. 

The jury of two judges - Pu Biakthansanga and Pu C.Lalremsiama selected the winning films which were submitted in the window period of January to April this year. The winner of this competition was awarded Rs.40,000, while the second and third prizes carried a cash award of Rs.30,000  and Rs.20,000  respectively.