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First Edition of Indus Valley International Film Festival Concludes

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.

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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.comSAFACH 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.


About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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