New Delhi 13/8/20:t: The first edition of Indus Valley International Film Festival (IVIFF) concluded with the announcement of 26 awards in various categories. Noted actor Vinay Pathak announced the list of awards selected by an eminent jury. Organized by SAFACH (South Asia Forum for Art & Creative Heritage), “South Asia’s first Borderless Digital Film Festival” hosted nine days of incredible films, interaction with celebrities, workshops on filmmaking, masterclasses, scriptwriting, theatre acting and direction.
Jury comprising of Supriti – a Diversity & Inclusion consultant, Vineet Chopra – a Theatre Director & Harsh Narayan – a Filmmaker had a tough time coming to the conclusion. Screening brought forward the rich diversity and legacy of South Asian films. The festival opened with Vishal Bhardwaj film ‘Pataakha’ and closed with Nandita Das film ‘Manto’. Ace Actor Vinay Pathak was the ‘Master of Ceremony’, who also announced the final Awards.
Indus Valley International Film Festival presented a remarkable line-up of films from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India. There were also films in the International Panorama segment, comprising films from USA, Iran, etc. Thousands of cine lovers got an opportunity to see a range of movies, short films, documentaries, and also got a glimpse of celebrities and renowned actors and directors.
Announcing the Festival Harsh Narayan, Founder, and Creative Director – Indus Valley International Film Festival said “During these nine days, all the filmmakers from across South Asian countries, had a consensus that a digital network of South Asian filmmakers should be created, where they can meet, network, plan co-productions, and collaborate on various aspects of filmmaking. This is the most important take-away of this first edition of the Indus Valley International Film Festival. They also suggested that on a regular basis, film screenings, talks, workshops, or panel discussions should be organised under Indus Valley, so as to retain the momentum. All of us are super excited to start planning for the next festival.”
In the Covid19 scenario, the first edition was a successful effort and the festival plans to announce the date of the next edition shortly. Below is the list of awards selected by the jury and the details are available on the website www.iviff.com
Indus Valley International Film Festival Award
Best Short Film Actor in Supporting Role : Moin Khan for Mala Bhabi
Best Student Short Film : Mamatva
Jury Special Mention – Short Film : Aadat
Best Short Film : 3rd Stanza
Jury Special Mention Documentary: Pakistan’s Best Kept Secret
Best Documentary Film: Qasida of Dhaka
Best Children’s Film : Apples & Oranges
Best Film on Gandhian Ideas: Vaishnava Being Humane
Jury Appreciation for Social Awareness Short: BadBoo
Best Debutant Filmmaker: Snehasis Das for Kokoli
Jury Special Mention – New Age Cinema: : Thanha Rathi Ranga
Best Film on Social Theme: Jhalki
Best Script: Dying Candle
Best Debut Feature Film: Alpha Adimai
Best Child Actor : LakpaSingi Tamang for Dying Candle
Best Actor in Supporting Role: Sunil Grover for Pataakha
Best Actor in Glamorous Role : Bobby Haque for Nolok
Best Popular film: Nolok
Best Film on Women Empowerment : Motorcycle Girl
Best Biographical Film : Manto
Jury Special Mention – Direction : Masud Pothik for Maya the Lost Mother
Jury Special Mention – Feature Film : Maya The Lost Mother
Best Female Actor : Sohai Ali Abro for Motorcycle Girl
Best Male Actor : Nawazuddin Siddique for Manto
Best Director : Vishal Bhardwaj for Pataakha
Best Feature Film : Moor
AboutIndus Valley International Film Festival: www.iviff.com . It is being organized by SAFACH (South Asia Forum for Art & Creative Heritage), an NGO:www.safach.com, SAFACH aspires to become a strong medium to facilitate dialogues between the creative industries, encourage Creative & Artistic collaborations create a networking platform for the Film Fraternity, facilitate cinema-making and establish a forum to share art, culture, literature, etc.