The ninth edition of the annual Manipuri Film Awards (MANIFA) will give away 27 awards at the film festival in Imphal on March 22, 2020.
The announcement was made at a joint press meet by Film Forum Manipur (FFM) chairman S Mangoljao and MANIFA Festival director Y Nilachandra at Film Forum Manipur Office, Lamphel on Thursday.
Speaking to the media, Nilachandra said that with the addition of award for best audiography, there will be altogether 27 awards in different categories in the 9th MANIFA.
Film entries will be accepted from December 27, 2019 till January 20, 2020. However the films which are to be submitted for competition should be certified by Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) during January 1 and December 31, 2019. Nevertheless, if the films are made non-Meeteilon language, they should have been previewed by FFM during January 1 to December 31, 2019, intimated the festival director.
He went on to inform that the awards distribution ceremony will be held at auditorium of Kakching Dramatic Union at Kakching Chumnangpat.
Taking part in the press meet, FFM chairman, S Mangoljao urged the producers to take prior consent of the singer or actor for making entries for the individual awards. If consent was not taken and controversies arise, the producer should bear responsibility, he said. And if the artistes did not attend the festival after giving consent, then the artistes should bear responsibility, he cautioned.
The FFM chairman sought cooperation from artistes, actors, directors and producers to fully support and make the festival successful.