Two-day Nashik International Film Fest commences

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Nashik, May 23 (UNI) Commemorating the contributions of Dadasaheb Phalke to Indian Cinema, State PWD Minister Chaagan Bhujbal today said work done by him was inspirational for future generations.

''The Nashik International Film Festival (NIFF) 2008 is a true homage to Dadasaheb Phalke. Future generations can take inspiration from the work of artistes like Phalke,'' Mr Bhujbal said after inaugurating the NIFF here today.

The short films and documentary film festival has been organised by Metro Foundation of India and Nashik-based Dadasaheb Phalke Film and Television Institute in memory of Dadasaheb Phalke, a doyen of Indian cinema.

Maharashtra Legislative Assembly member Baban Gholap, while speaking on the occasion, demanded land for the ''Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari''. The Nashik Municipal Corporation would make a provision of Rs 100 crore for the project, he said. Already Rs 75 crore has been alloted for the project.

Festival director Mukesh Kaneri said, ''It's a dream come true. Next year, it may be a seven-day festival.'' The two-day event will showcase 29 short films, two foreign films, nine films from Nashik and 18 films from across the country.

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