Mahindra Indo American Arts Council Film Festival honours Indians

MUMBAI: The Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival culminated its five-day long festival of screenings and events.

The winners for the eight award categories were announced at the Awards Ceremony, following the red carpet premiere of The Last Lear at the Asia Society.

The MIAAC Film Festival screened 50 films which spotlighted the established and emerging South Asian independent filmmakers.

The festival which included films from several countries including India, Kuwait, France, United Kingdom, USA and Canada
also saw a red-carpet screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s Saawariya.

A key initiative of this year‘s festival was ‘Script Link‘, a two day program designed to foster relationships between the film industry executives and 14 writers of South Asian descent.

This first edition of Script Link provided the selected writers the opportunity to interact with potential investors, development executives, producers and agents such as Sony Pictures Classics, Magnolia Pictures and GreenStreet Films in over 200 meetings.

Following are the eight awards and the winners:

  • Chandrika Tandon Best Film Award: Manorama Six Feet Under directed by Navdeep Singh.
  • Indira Mahindra Best Director Award: Rituparno Ghosh for Dosar.
  • Nationwide Actor Award: Danny Denzongpa for Frozen
  • Dina Kothari Best Actress Award: Konkana Sen Sharma for Dosar.
  • Analog Digital Inc. Best Documentary Award: India Untouched directed by Stalin K.
  • Metropolis Film Lab Best Short Award: Shanu Taxi directed by Vasant Nath.
  • Verizon People‘s Choice Award: Verizon presented the People‘s Choice Award to Love Story by Amit Gupta.
  • The Best Film Jury decided to give a special mention and award to Frozen directed by Shivajee Chandrabhushan.

    In addition to the cash awards, Time Warner Cable presented each of the winners Award Certificates for 24 free movies each on BODVOD, the South Asian channel.

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