MIFF 2014 AWARDS

Mumbai / February 9, 2014
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MIFF 2014 AWARDS ANNOUNCED 
·         Kamar Ahmed Simon’s ‘Are You Listening’ wins Golden Conch Award at MIFF 2014.
·         FTII films make an impression at the festival winning multiple awards
·         Gulabi Gang’ gets Best Director Award for Nishtha Jain
·         Kashmiri Film ‘Tamaash’ makes a mark
·         Dhvani Desai’s RTI film ‘Chakravyuh’ is voted the most popular film of the festival.
The seven day international documentary film festival, MIFF 2014 concluded in Mumbai today with best of the work in documentary, short and animation films honoured with awards, presented by eminent film makers Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Shyam Benegal.
 
Kamar Ahmad Simon’s 90 minute documentary Are You Listening’ has won the Golden Conch Award for theBest Documentary Film (above 60 minutes) at the Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films, MIFF 2014 which concluded today.  It gets  the Golden Conch trophy and Rs 500,000 cash prize (Rs 300,000 for the Director and Rs 200,000 for the producer – Sara Afreen).
 

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Set in the coastal belt of Bangladesh, Simon’s  ‘Are You Listening! ‘is a powerful and beautifully photographed film that reveals the alarming effects of climate change and deftly captures the fighting spirit of a community and their will to survive. The global issue of climate change is experienced in microcosm in Kamar Ahmad Simon’s film, as he observes the families of Sutarkhali. The coastal village was left underwater by a tidal surge after a cyclone, and Rakhi, her husband Soumen and their six-year-old son are forced to live on a dyke with 100 other families. The government is slow to help the families reclaim their land, and continuing delays cause mounting friction.
 
The Golden Conch for Best Documentary Film  upto 60 minutes went to Maria Stodtmeier’s (Germany) “In Between : Isang Yun in North and South Korea’.  This documentary explores whether music can overcome the boundaries of a divided country. It examines the world’s of North and South Korean music, taking the viewer along on an exciting journey through two political systems. It gets  the Golden Conch trophy and Rs 500,000 cash prize (Rs 300,000 for the Director and Rs 200,000 for the producer – Paul Smaczny).
 
FTII production ‘Black Rock’ directed by Vikrant Janardhan Pawar was adjudged the Best Short Fiction film in International Competition. It gets  the Golden Conch trophy and Rs 500,000 cash prize (Rs 300,000 for the Director and Rs 200,000 for the producer - FTII).
 
The Golden Conch Best Animation Film award went to ‘True Love Story’ by Gitanjali Rao.  This 18 minute animation , set in the streets of Mumbai explores what happens when the ultimate Bollywood fantasy is applied in reality.  It gives glimpse into the influence of Bollywood on real life in Mumbai, told through puppet animation.  The award carries a Golden Conch and Rs 500,000 cash prize.
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Gulabi Gang gets Best Director award for Nishtha Jain
Nishtha Jain, whose documentary ‘Gulabi Gang’, won the Best Director Award in the International Competition section of MIFF. She gets Rs 100,000 cash award and a certificate.  ‘Gulabi Gang’ tells the story of Sampat Pal and her group of women vigilantes and activists from Bundelkhand, who fight for womens’ rights and their empowerment.  Armed with a lathi (stick) the Gulabis visit abusive husbands and beat them up unless they stop abusing their wives.  The film has won several other awards, and there are plans to release it in theatres on February 21, as part of PVR Director’s Rare initiative. Nishtha Jain, an alumnus of Film & Television Institute of India, FTII is based in Mumbai .
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Dhvani Desai’s RTI film  ‘Chakravyuh’ voted most popular film of MIFF 2014
For the first time, MIFF had introduced a new category of award – ‘Most Popular Film of the Festival’, which was to be chosen through voting by festival delegates.  Dhvani Desai’s short film ‘Chakravyuh’, through the struggles of four characters from different regions of India, throws light on how the Right To Information Act can be used to fight corruption. The film, produced by Films Division, was first shown on October 12, 2014 on the occasion of 8th anniversary of RTI in Mumbai.
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Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari Award
Mumbai based film maker Dylan Mohan Gray’s film ‘Fire in the Blood’ got the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari Award for Best Debut Film of a Director The  84 minute film tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of the global south in the years after 1996 - causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths - and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back. This award carrying a cash prize of Rs 100,000 and a Trophy has been instituted  by the Maharashtra Film Development Corporation, Mumbai
 
IDPA Award for the best student film
IDPA Award for the best student film went to ‘Sonyacha Amba’ (Golden Mango) directed by Govind Raju and produced by FTII, Pune. This film had participated in Berlin and Beijing festivals as well. The Rs 100,000 cash and Trophy is given by the Indian Documentary Producers’ Association, IDPA.
 
Pramod Pati Award
Pramod Pati Award for most Innovative film, carrying a cash prize of Rs 100,000 and a trophy went to Pushpa Rawat’s  57 minute documentary ‘Nirnay’ (Decision).  The film explores the lives of women in a lower middle class colony in Ghaziabad, who are young and educated, but feel bound and helpless when it comes to major decisions about their lives, be it career or marriage.
 
Kashmiri film ‘Tamaash (The Puppet) is the best Short Fiction Film
The Kashmiri short-film ‘Tamaash’ (The Puppet) won the Golden Conch award for the Best Short Fiction Film(upto 45 minutes) in the National Competition. Tamaash is the first film by directors Satyanshu and Devanshu Singh, who also wrote, edited, and produced it, along with Tulsea Pictures. The film insists on the power of goodness and the importance of preserving the innocence of children.  It had won the Golden Elephant Award at the International Children’s Film Festival held in Hyderabad during November 2013.  Along with the Golden Conch, the filmmakers also get Rs 250,000 cash award.
 
Also in the National Competition section, ‘Seven Hundred Zero Zero Seven’ by Altaf Mazid  got the Golden Conch for Best Documentary (upto 40 minutes), while ‘Have You Seen the Arana’ by Sunanda Bhat and ‘Invoking Justice’ by Deepa Dhanraj shared the  Best Documentary Awards in above 40 minutes category.
 
International competition

Short Fiction Film (Upto 45 Mins.) (individual awa
rds)

Best Cinematographer 
Rs.1,00,000 + Certificate 
Mindia Esadze 
9 X 9 

Best Editor 
Rs.1,00,000 + Certificate 
Wing-yin SZETO 
Accident 

Best Sound Recordist 
Rs.1,00,000 + Certificate 
Dilip Kumar Ahirwar 
Black Rock 

Best Short Fiction Film (Upto 45 Mins.)
Golden Conch + Rs.3,00,000 
Director 
Vikrant Janardan Pawar 
Black Rock 
Golden Conch + Rs.2,00,000 
Producer 
Director, FTII 

Honorable Mention 
Certificate 
17 Not Required Indians (We the 
people) 
Soniya Kirpalani

Animation Film 

Best Animator 
Rs.1,00,000 + Certificate 
Ranjitha Rajeevan 
Keli 


Best Sound Recordist 
Rs.1,00,000 + Certificate 
Janmeet Singh 
Kacho Ghadulo 


Best Animation Film 

Golden Conch + Rs.3,00,000 
Director 
Gitanjali Rao 
True Love Story 
Golden Conch + Rs.2,00,000 
Producer 
Gitanjali Rao 

Award 
Certificate 
Film 
Director 
Honorable Mention 
Certificate 
Amlu 
Swarup Deb 


Documentary Film

Best Director 
Rs.1,00,000 + Certificate 
Nishtha Jain 
Gulabi Gang 

Best Cinematographer 
Rs.1,00,000 + Certificate 
Kamar Ahmad Simon 
Are you listening 


Best Editor 
Rs.50,000 + Certificate 
Ajith Kumar B 

Rs.50,000 + Certificate 
 Ian McDonald 
Algorithms 

Best Documentary Film (Upto 60 mins.) 

In Between : Isang Yun in 
Golden Conch + Rs.3,00,000 
Director 
Maria Stodtmeier 

North and South Korea 
Golden Conch + Rs.2,00,000 
Producer 
Paul Smaczny


Best Documentary Film (Above 60 mins.) 

Golden Conch + Rs.3,00,000 
Director 
Kamar Ahmad Simon 
Are you listening? 
Golden Conch + Rs.2,00,000 
Producer 
Sara Afreen 


IDPA Award for the best 
student film 
IDPA Trophy + Rs.1,00,000 
Golden Mango 
Govinda Raju 

Dadasaheb Phalke 
Chitranagari Award for “Best 
Debut Film of a Director” 
Trophy + Rs.1,00,000 
Fire in the Blood 
 Dylan Mohan Gray 

Pramod Pati Award for the 
“Most Innovative Film” 
Trophy + Rs.1,00,000 
Decision 
Pushpa Rawat


Award for Most Popular Film 
 Trophy + Rs.1,00,000 
Chakravyuh 
Dhvani Desai



MIFF 2014 : NATIONAL AWARDS 

Short Fiction Film (Upto 45 Mins.) 

Best Cinematographer 
Rs.1,00,000 + Certificate 
Sahir Raza 
Tamaash (The Puppet) 

Best Editor 
Rs.1,00,000 + Certificate 
Raam Reddy 
Feather 


Best Sound Recordist 
Rs.33,333 + Certificate 
 
 
1. Yatin Dabhi 
2. Manoj Sikka 
3. Abhishek Bhattathiri 
Tamaash (The Puppet)

Best Short Fiction Film (Upto 45 Mins.)
Golden Conch + Rs.2,50,000 
Director / Producer 
Satyanshu Singh 
 
Tamaash (The Puppet ) 
Golden Conch + Rs.2,50,000 
Director / Producer 
 Devanshu Singh 


Special Jury Mention 
 
Certificate 
Celluloid Man 
Shivendra Singh Dungarpur 


Best Documentary Film

Best Cinematographer 
Rs.1,00,000 + Certificate 
Saumyananda Sahi 
Have you Seen The Arana ? 

Best Editor 
Rs.1,00,000 + Certificate 
Jabeen Merchant 
Invoking Justice 

Best Sound Recordist 
Rs.1,00,000 + Certificate 
Chistopher Burchell 
Have You Seen The Arana ? 



Best Documentary Film (Upto 40 mins.)


Golden Conch + Rs.3,00,000 
Director 
Altaf Mazid 
Seven Hundred Zero Zero Seven 
Golden Conch + Rs.2,00,000 
Producer 
Public Service Broadcasting Trust 
(PSBT) 

Best Documentary Film (Above 40 mins.)

Have You Seen The Arana ? 
Golden Conch + Rs.2,50,000 
Director / Producer 
Sunanda Bhat 
 
Invoking Justice 
Golden Conch + Rs.2,50,000 
Director / Producer 
Deepa Dhanra





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