The festival took place on 24th - 26th March, It is an Initiative by Sikkim Film Board in association with NFDC & Find Studioz to encourage content creators from the North Eastern (NE) States of India. The festival is being organized in Mumbai to provide maximum exposure to the creative talents of the North-Eastern States to the mainstream Industry.
NEFF 2023 featured excellent films, short films, and documentaries from various sectors of Northeast India. The event was attended by the film personalities like Mahima Chaudhry, Randeep Hooda, Gulshan Grover, Padmini Kolhapure, Mukesh Chabbra, Ashok Pandit, Abhinav Kashyap, Poonam Dhillon, Pooja Sharma, Yash Pal Sharma, and many others.
Mr Amstrong Pame, Director I&B, Govt of India addressed the audience and appealed to people to come and make films in the states of Northeast. Films which were shown on 3 days are :
First Day: Padma Shri Wareppa Naba (Rituals to Mainstream), The Horse From Heaven, Mask Art of Majuli, Summer of Soul
Second day: A Star is Born, Saga Dawa (A Close Watch),The Government Servant,
Tenzing Bodosa, (Story of a Tribal Entrepreneur), Nakamh-Riangsuanneic, Mohan ra Madan, Sound from the Hallow Bamboo, The First Sky, The Other, Xihot Douri Gol
Third day: Mizo Soundscapes, My name is Eeoow, Mojoli, Bohag Bohag Mon, Lembi Leica
The festival aims to work towards the supporting and promoting of films across genres, cultures and languages of the North Eastern Region with a vision of connecting the creative talents of the region to the mainstream industry and promoting the North East both in terms of the scenic geographical beauty and content.
Filmmakers from Bollywood & Northeast India attended the film festival, and the NEFF is received positive feedback in terms of film and documentary participation. The film festival witnessed a strong response from the northeastern states, with filmmakers from Manipur, Assam, Sikkim, Tripura, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, and other northeastern states.