Movies

Indian films dominate MIFF awards

MUMBAI: Indian films dominated the 11th Mumbai International Film Festival of Documentary, Animation and Short Films, bagging 14 of the 17 awards given at the conclusion of the week-long Festival, with the other three awards going to Australia, Denmark and Russia.


Russian director Alexander Gutman’s ‘August 17’ won the Golden Conch for the Best Documentary, while ‘The Spell’ directed by Umesh Kulkarni was adjudged the best fiction film, even as the jury found no film fit for the top award of a documentary up to 30 minutes, and for the jury’s prize.


Ritu Sarin and Sonam Tenzing’s documentary ‘The Sun behind the Clouds’ won the Silver Conch and Rs 150,000 in cash in Documentary above 30 minutes category, for ‘upholding the spirit of liberty and maintaining a sense of balance while bringing about different perspectives within the Tibetan struggle.‘ It is about Dalai Lama’s efforts to resolve the conflict peacefully and reaction of the younger generation to the new stance.


‘17 August’ was unanimously praised by the Jury for its rigorous, transformative treatment of the unlimited human spirit in an extremely limited space. Gutman’s 53 minute documentary traces the life and thoughts of Boris Bezotechestvo, sentenced to life imprisonment in a small cell. His world is all of four walls and a view from the window. The St.Petersberg based filmmaker received the Golden Conch award along with Rs 3,00,000 in cash in the ‘Best Documentary above 30 minutes’ category.


The awards were given away by Maharashtra Governor K Sankarnarayanan, in the presence of Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Mohan Jatua, and Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal. Others present on the dais were International jury chairperson Trinh T Min-ha of the United States, Critics Jury Chairperson Ashley Ratnavibhushana of Sri Lanka, Indian Documentary Producers Association President Jahnu Barua, and Festival Director and Chief Producer of Films Division Kuldeep Sinha. The programme was conducted by actress Meeta Vashisht, and the invitees included actress Preity Zinta.


National award-winning filmmaker Anwar Jamal’s “Anwar- Dream of a Dark Night” and Deepa Bhatia’s ‘Nero’s Guests’ won special mention. ‘Nero’s Guests’ also received the Critics Award and a Certificate of Merit for revealing the reality of India’s agriculture sector in a unique manner.


In the Documentary under 30 minutes category, ‘Vagabond – A nomad in spirit and in reality’ and ‘I Found a Thread’ jointly shared the Silver Conch award and the cash prize of Rs 1,50,000. ‘Vagabond’ gets the award for ‘sensible portrayal of a very difficult and traumatic episode of contemporary Indian history. ‘I Found a Thread’ rekindles the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi to the contemporary society.


In the fiction category, Vinoo Choliparambil’s ‘Vitthal’ won the Silver Conch and Rs 1,50,000 cash prize. The film deals with Child psychology, brilliantly depicting child’s negative moods and his emotional struggle. Geetu Mohan Das’ ‘Are You Listening?” and Alex Holmes ‘Ali and the Ball’ (Australia) won special mention of the jury.


‘Burma VJ- Reporting from a Closed Country’ won the Best Film of the Festival Award for the Producer. Line Lense Moller of Denmark is the Producer of the film that captures the democracy struggle in Myanmar.


Whistling Woods International’s production ‘Bejinxed’ won the Best Student Film award instituted by the Indian Documentary Producers’ Association. The award carries the IDPA Trophy and a cash prize of Rs 25,000.


Shaji Pattanam’s ‘The Hunted- In search of Home and Hope’ was adjudged the best debut film of a Director. This award, comprising a Trophy and Rs 100,000, has been instituted by the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari of Government of Maharashtra.


Sanjay Jangir’s ‘Wait and Path’ (Raah) which traces the initial frustration and later blossoming of hope of a differently abled person, won the Golden Conch in the Best Animation Film Category along with a cash prize of Rs 3,00,000


National Institute of Design’s ‘Ukadi Pukadi’ won the Silver Conch while Makrand Joshi’s ‘Lost Home’ which traces how wild life finds concrete jungles more formidable won the special mention in the animation category .


The other members of the International Jury were Gianfranco Rosi of Italy, Peter Van Huystee of the Netherlands, and Dr S Krishnaswamy and Asha Parekh from India. The other members of the Critics (FIPRESCI) jury were Necati Sonmez of Turkey and M C Raja Narayanan of India.


In his speech, the Governor said since the documentary was an effective medium, it should also reach the people through dedicated screenings in theatres. He expressed satisfaction that the format was becoming popular with Indian audiences.


Jatua said the documentary was an effective format to spread positive messages and reflected the shades and moods of the society without fear. He promised all help from the centre to the short film movement.


Bhujbal said he missed the news reels which had a purpose of their own, and noted the power of the documentary to speak out.


Min-ha said she was impressed by the filmmakers’ spirit of persistence, while Ratnavibhushana said Indian filmmakers were socially and politically conscious.


Barua said that the festival had signaled hope for the growth of the documentary movement in the country.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/24/after-ever-after_1.jpg?itok=edl5LsUU
Five Indian films to be screened at Hollywood CineFest

Indian films After Ever After by Rakesh Kumar has been selected for the Hollywood International CineFest being held this month.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/23/tubelight.jpg?itok=RlPpBJ0u
Tubelight.... Betrays fans' faith

Tubelight is a slang used generally to refer to a person who is a slow-starter, takes time in grasping matters like jokes or a simple statement. In the film, Tubelight, Salman Khan's character, is described as such by one and all because nothing seems to get into his head. But, as the story unfolds...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/21/epic.jpg?itok=ctvWJiAq
Lesser-known facts about Indian cinema in new series on EPIC

A total of 24 lesser-known milestones and creatives of Hindi as well as regional cinema will be the highlight of a new series on Indian cinema on the Epic TV channel.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/19/phullu_0.jpg?itok=dBmI2GaS
No takers for films sans merit or promotion

The drought continues despite a number of new films releasing. The thing is, the films released in last three weeks lacked in face value and promotion. Cinema halls continued with their suicidal approach of sticking to the high admission rates. It does not impact the merit and face value of a film.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/19/Kishore%20Lulla%20and%20Necati%20Sasmaz.jpg?itok=-xR7wdf9
Eros International signs co-production deal with Turkish co Pana Film

MUMBAI: Eros International Media, a global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, has announced two Indo­-Turkish co-productions with Pana Film, a leading Turkish film studio owned by Turkish actor Necati Sasmaz, known for playing the lead role of Polat Alemdar in Turkey's...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/16/phullu_0.jpg?itok=6JvEBXvp
Phullu.....One for social cause

India is the flavour of the season. Be it biopics or social messages. The first awkward moment for the family audience was when bra panty underwear ads went online. Long ago, some makers ventured into bridging the gap between communities by depicting inter cast and inter class romance. The condom...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/13/NFAI-Story.jpg?itok=KuveZKHc
Rs-500m film digitisation, sound restoration & software RFPs to be floated in '17-18

NEW DELHI: Noting that substantial under-utilisation of funds under the National Film Heritage Mission has reflected in the overall idling of fund in the film sector as a whole during 2016-17, a Parliamentary Committee has asked the information and broadcasting ministry to ensure optimal...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/12/chanpion.jpg?itok=zRh8SM4W
Ramzan or Champions Trophy can't be an excuse for dull period at box office

With the kind of films being made which find their way to the cinema halls, one can’t blame the dull period at the box office to the fasting month of Ramzan when the Muslim audience keeps away from entertainment or the Championship Trophy 50 over matches being played in England.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/06/12/Meryl%20Streep.jpg?itok=hyA6SrTs
Reliance, Universal & eOne to distribute Fox-Amblin's Spielberg movie 'The Papers'

MUMBAI: Twentieth Century Fox and Amblin Entertainments' riveting drama inspired by actual events, 'The Papers' began principal photography in New York recently. Internationally, the film will be distributed through Amblin’s deals with Universal Studios, Reliance Entertainment, eOne and other...

Movies International

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories