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Winners take all

The Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival wrapped up its 2007 Festival last Sunday in New York, concluding five days of screenings and events. The winners for the eight award categories, including Rituparno Ghosh and Konkona Sensharma, were announced at the Awards Ceremony following the red carpet premiere of The Last Lear at Asia Society.

Celebrities who walked the red carpet included Salman Rushdie, Madhur Jaffrey, Shashi Tharoor, Mira Nair, Buddhadeb Dasgupta. Abhay Deol, Konkona, Milind Soman, Pan Nalin, Mylene Jampanoi and Shonali Bose.

This year the festival attracted over 8,000 people that included film buffs, critics and industry professionals. The MIAAC Film Festival from November 7 to 11 screened 50 films spotlighting established and emerging South Asian independent film-makers.

The festival kicked off on November 7 with the red-carpet screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya, the first Indian co-production by Sony Pictures, followed by a gala dinner and cocktails at Madame Tussauds. There were 12 other world premieres, 11 US premieres and 15 New York premieres. The Festival included films from India, Kuwait, France, United Kingdom, USA and Canada.

A key initiative of this year’s festival was Script Link, a two-day programme designed to foster relationship between film industry executives and 14 writers of South Asian descent. This first edition of Script Link provided the selected writers with 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.

The popular awards went to: Best Film Manorama — Six Feet Under by Navdeep Singh, Best Director Rituparno Ghosh for Dosar, Best Actor Danny Denzongpa for Frozen, Best Actress Konkona Sensharma for Dosar.

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