Arunachal Pradesh to attract tourists through films and film festivals

Arunachal government has signed an agreement with Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), an agency formed by Goa government in 2004 that organises International Film Festival of India (IFFI) every year.

International Tribal Film Festival will be organised in Arunachal Pradesh every year with the help of ESG to attract the film industry all over the world to shoot their films in the state. The three-day International Tribal Film Festival is slated for January 2019.

Pema Khandu, Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh said, “We are aware of the boost IFFI has given to Goa to emerge as an international tourist destination as well as an entertainment nerve-centre of the country. We expect the same from the proposed film festival for our state.”

Khandu said visits of film and media personalities from across the country and abroad to the festival, as planned would open up gates for film shooting in the state while encouraging local youths and artistes to explore the film and media industry for economic growth.

Bollywood Director, Imtiaz Ali has expressed his desire to shoot films in the future in Arunachal Pradesh.

Arunachal offers some promising locations for film shooting with its breathtakingly beautiful and scenic landscapes, he said at the launch of the northeast chapter of Old Students Association (OSA) of Hindu College, New Delhi, at Tawang.

Rockstar, Highway, Jab We Met are Ali’s Bollywood movies that were shot in Arunachal Pradesh.

“I am deeply indebted and will be obliged to do something for the development of tourism in Arunachal through movies,” said Ali.

Khandu said tourists always look to visit new places and films inspire a lot. He said the shooting of the film Rangoon in Pasighat has already kindled interest in Arunachal Pradesh among many filmmakers as it offers several unique locations for shooting where no film had been shot before, it added.

“A single window clearance system is already in place to attract potential investors such as filmmakers in the state,” concluded Khandu.