Shimla:26.08.22- The eight edition of the International Film Festival of Shimla kicked off today at historical and famous Gaiety Theater with full fervour. The Film Festival was inaugurated by Sh. V.S. Kundu, Addl. Chief Secretary, Govt. of Haryana & Former Director General, Film Division, GoI. He said that the cinema bridge the gap between different languages, societies and nations. It gives insight to the viewers and know how of the different people around the globe. International Film Festivals help to give a platform to watch the best cinema to the viewers.

Thirty one numbers of films were screened on the inaugural day of the function. The films were screened at three screens of the Gaiety Theater. National award winning Garhwali film ‘Sunpat’ directed by Rahul Rawat was the inaugural film of the function.

The films were also screened at Model Central Jail for the inmates. In this screening around one hundred and fifty jail inmates including thirty women jail inmates were present on the occasion. The festival was inaugurated by Sh. Jai Gopal Lodta, Superintendent Jail.
‘Sheer Korma’ based on transgender issues starring Shabana Azmi, Divya Dutta and Swara Bhaskar in lead roles was also screened in the Function.
National Film award winning Film Directors Shankar Sri Kumar & Farrah Khatoon also participated in the function.

Dr. Pankaj Lalit, Director, Art Language & Culture, S.N. Joshi, Retired Bureaucrat & Amritpal Singh, Director, Film Division were also present on the occasion.