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3rd BRICS Film Festival concluded with India Day ‘Newton’ bags honour at BRICS Film Festival

Durban(South Africa)30/7/18:The 3rd BRICS Film Festival took place in Durban, South Africa, along with the International Durban Film Festival (DIFF) from 22-27th July, 2018. The last day of the festival was celebrated as India Country Day, followed by Awards and Closing Ceremony.


Awards won by Indian films in the 3rd BRICS Film Festival, Durban, South Africa

  1. Best Actress: Bhanita Das, Village Rockstars
  2. Best Film: Newton by Amit Masurkar
  3. Special Jury Award: Village Rockstars by Rima Das


The festival screened four Indian Films in the following category

Films in Competition Section:

  1. Newton by Amit Masurkar
  2. Village Rock Stars by Rima Das


Films in Non-competition Section:

  1. Sinjar by Sandeep Pampally
  2. Bhanayakam by Jayaraj


BRICS Film Festival:

The film festival is aimed at celebrating world-class film productions from the BRICS nations with the objective of inspiring more collaboration from these nations. The format of the festival consisted of screening two feature films from each country in the competition category and three feature films in the non-competition category. A total of twenty-four films were screened during the duration of the festival.


The films in competition competed for the Golden Rhino award, inspired by the history behind the golden rhino that was discovered in Mapungubwe, the significance of the place, and the linkages with other countries in earlier centuries. The 3rd BRICS Film Festival had recognized the following categories – Best Film, Best Producer/s, Best Director, Best Script, Writer / Screenplay writer, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Editor, Best Cinematography / Director of Photography (DOP), Best Composer / Music, Special Jury award.


The Indian Delegation was headed by Shri Manoj Kumar Pingua, Joint Secretary (EW), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting & MD, NFDC and Shri Raja Chhinal, Deputy General Manager (East), NFDC

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