Anurag Thakur, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, stated on Tuesday that the government is committed to developing the creative economy, mentoring excellent artists, and pushing young people to attain cinematic brilliance.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes in the enthusiasm of youth and wants to provide them with more possibilities and platforms, according to Thakur.
He was speaking after inaugurating the ’75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow’ section on the sidelines of Film Bazaar of the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2023 in Goa. This is the third edition of the section, which has selected 75 young filmmakers from 19 states.
Thakur said, “Nine years back, India was nowhere in the startup domain, but with a new policy, India has emerged as the third largest startup ecosystem in the world with one hundred thousand startups in the country.” When the world was facing the COVID-19 pandemic, India had 50 unicorns, he said. “You can well imagine, when big companies were struggling, the Indian youth were making waves,” he said.
Referring to the 75 young filmmakers selected from various states, Thakur said, “It gives me immense joy that all of you are ceasing the opportunity that the ’75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow’ provides.” “I would like to emphasise that the Government of India is committed to employment generation, boosting creative economy, mentoring outstanding artists and encouraging youngsters to achieve cinematic excellence,” he said.
The minister said (earlier) there was film audience from places like Manipur, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh but not filmmakers. ”Now we have filmmakers coming from there,” he added.
A big asset for the organisers of this session is their collaboration with big houses like Netflix, Zee, Amazon and others who come on board and provide these young talented creators to try their hand (at filmmaking) and learn more, Thakur said.