Happy ending for film fest with awards

City's affair with culture & tales

By Amit Bhelari
  • Published 24.02.17
Delegates at the film festival at Adhiveshan Bhavan on Thursday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh

The eight-day Bodhisattva International Film Festival (BIFF) 2017 concluded on Thursday, after screening over 100 films from 40 different countries.

On the last day of the festival, organised by the non government organisation Grameen Sneh Foundation, jury members awarded the best films (both national and international) under different categories which included feature film, documentary, short fiction and animation.

The awards were given by jury members, including award-winning documentary filmmaker Haobam Paban Kumar, Anoma Rajakaruna from Sri Lanka, Etami Bojan from Croatia, Carla Maria Losch from Austria, Antonio Urano from Brazil and V.K. Joseph from Kerala.

A Father's Will by Bakyt Mukul & Dastan Zhapar Uulu (Kyrgyzstan) won gold in the feature film international category, while Taandro - Deciphering Me by Nepal's Samten Bhutia was awarded the silver. The Narrow Path by Satish and Santosh Babusenan won gold in the same category among the national films, and silver was awarded to Haobam Paban Kumar's Lady of the Lake.

Among documentaries, Lyari Notes by Maheen Zia and Miriam Chandy Menacherryfrom Pakistan won the international gold and The Hunt by Biju Toppo won the national gold award.

Neighbouring Sri Lanka's Dying Dreams by Sudath Abeysiriwardane won the gold in the international short fiction category, and Jwalant by Kirti Singh won the same in the national category.