The occasion will be organised by OFS in association with the Embassy of India, and Kalamandalam Muscat. OFS chairman Mohammed bin Sulaiman al Kindi, spoke of the close ties in between Oman and India and thanked the Indian Embassy and other supporters.
He added, “Some 34 films will be screened in the contest, of which eight have been directed by Omanis. All participating films in the contest have been shot locally by Omanis and Indian residents of Oman. The screening will be held at the Oman Journalists Association from 5pm on August 8.”
Rakesh Adlakha, deputy chief of mission, Indian Embassy, mentioned, “As we all know, India and Oman have enjoyed friendly relations spanning over 5,000 years; we are close neighbours, just a short hop across the sea from each other. Our cultural relation has been an important pillar of our relationship. I’m glad that the Indian Embassy is involved in the first OISFF which is being organised by the Oman Film Society.”
He added, “The Embassy of India has been celebrating 70 years of India’s independence because August 15, 2017. We had a quantity of events, such as cultural performances and exhibitions. So, as component of these celebrations, we are satisfied to collaborate with the Oman Film Society for OISFF.
“I noticed that in the production of short films, Indians and Omanis often work together which further promotes cultural relations between the two countries. We hope the OISFF will pave the way for future collaborations and will further strengthen the bilateral relations.”
S N Gopakumar, director, Kalamandalam Muscat, added, “OISFF marks the first time that two countries in the GCC are joining hands to produce a film festival. We are proud to be a part of this.”
Information Source: Muscat Daily