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Majid Majidi and Dilip Kumar get Lifetime Achievement Awards at Jaipur festival

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NEW DELHI: Jamshid Mahmoudi has received the Golden Camel award for best director for Afghanistan film “A Few Cubic Meters of Love” at the Seventh Jaipur International Film Festival which concluded in Jaipur. The film also received the best cinematography award for Morteza Ghafori.

The Red Rose award went to India’s Aditya Vikram Sengupta for “Asha Jaoar Maihe” in the Best Released feature film category, while the Green Rose went to India’s Dr. Biju for the feature film “Perariyathavar” for giving a Global Message.

The Yellow Rose went to India’s Agneya Singh for the “M Cream” upcoming feature film with world premiere.

Renowned Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi was awarded the first International award for lifetime contribution and the National Award for lifetime achievement was presented to veteran Dilip Kumar (received by Anupam Kher). A video on him made by his wife Saira Bano was shown on the occasion on the inaugural day (1 February).

A total of 159 films including around 10 premieres were featured in the five-day festival inaugurated jointly by actor Anupam Kher, well known filmmaker Shaji N. Karun, National award winning filmmaker Dr. Biju, actress Pallavi Joshi, and director Vivek Agnihotri.

“A Few Cubic Meters of love”, a 90-minute Persian language feature film of Jamshid Mahmoudi from Afghanistan was the opening film of this year’s festival. It is a romantic story of love between a young Iranian working in a Teheran factory and the daughter of an Afghan worker.

The Best Debutante Director award went to Bangladesh’s Abu Shahed Emon for the feature “Jalal’s Story”

The best actress award went to Sohana Saba from Bangladesh for “Brihonnola” (which also won the best screenplay award for Murad Parvez) and the actor award went to Parviz Parastui for the Iranian features “Today” & “Mihman Darim”.

Among the features, the best Sound And Editing Award went to Sandeep A. Varma for the Indian “Manjunath”.

In the feature documentary category, the Golden Camel went to Indonesia’s Danniel Ziv for “Jalanan” as Best Director; the Green Rose went to Ireland’s Laura Fletcher for “African Pride” for the film which gives a Global Messag; the Best Sound And Editing Award went to Switzerland’s David Induni & Roccardo Studer for “Heritage”; and the best cinematography award went to the Indian Kavya Sharma & Sudeep Sen Gupta for “The Mount of Faith”.

In the documentary category, the best film award went to India’s Anand Gandhi for his film “New Borns” in the International Competition of the Worldwood International Panorama while the Special Jury mention was given to the Spanish Asier Urbieta for “Arconda”.

The awards in the short films category were: Switzerland’s ‘Mosqueto’ by Jeppe Hansen getting the best award in the International Competition of the Worldwood International Panorama; the best script going to India’s Kapil Sawant for “Banner”; the best director also going to India’s Sunit Sinha for “Pratihinsa”; the best editor going to Emilions Avraam from Cyprus for “5 Ways 2 Die”; best cinematographer going to Croatian Nic Mussell for “Zwischen Den Linien”; best sound editor award going to Estonian Horret Kuss for “Papa”; and Special Jury Mention for Sweden’s Henrik Henziger for “Nar Tararna Fallit”.

The other awards were the best upcoming Students film award to India’s Aroop Dwivedi for ‘Aai’; the best Rajasthani film award to Gajendra S. Shrotriya for “Selfie”; Rocket Science Animation for “Anita Ka Gudiya Ghar” from India in the Animation Film Category; and Special Jury Mention for Animation Award to Max Hattler for “Unclean Proof” from UK, Italy, and Germany.

The Best Print Media Coverage went to Dainik Bhaskar and the best Television Media Space

award to E TV Rajasthan.

JIFF founder and director Hanu Roj told indiantelevision.com that the festival received a total of 1827 film applications. The selected films include 33 Feature Films, seven Documentary Features, 86 Short Films, 17 Short Documentaries and 16 Animation Films. Of these, 68 films are from India and rest 91 from all over the world. Thirteen workshops and four special meets will be the centre of attraction in this year JIFF.

Bangladesh was the Guest Country at the Festival this year.

Out of 33 feature films, 10 feature films had their first Indian, Asian and World Premiere.

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