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Shanghai Corporation Organization Film Festival Comes to a Close

Marathi Film Godavari bags Best Film Award at SCO Film Festival

Xiaozhi Rao wins Best Director for Chinese Film Homecoming

Mumbai :341/1/23:The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Film Festival came to a close today in Mumbai. This edition was the biggest ever SCO Film Festival, with 58 films from 14 countries being showcased. The closing ceremony saw the winners being declared for the various competition categories. Lyricst and Chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification(CBFC), Prasoon Joshi and celebrities from the film industry were in attendance.


The competition section, which was limited to submissions from the SCO group of countries, presented a tough choice for the jury with each entry showcasing the highest levels of cinematic excellence. Marathi Film Godavari, directed by Nikhil Mahajan was judged the best film. Xiaozhi Rao, director of Chinese film Homecoming won the award for the best director. Kazakh actor Askar Ilyasov won the Best Actor (male) for Paralympian while

Rano Shodiyeva from Uzbekistan won the Best Actor(female) award for The Fate of a Woman.

Russian film, Don’t Bury Me Without Ivan directed by Liubov Borisova bagged a Special Jury Award while the Kyrgyz film The Road to Eden directed by Bakyt Mukul &  Dastan Zhapar received special mention from the jury for the message of hope and warning about the risk of losing cultural values in turbulent times. The Jury also found it pertinent to award a special mention to Tajik film Fortune directed by Muhyiddin Muzaffar for the remarkable actor’s ensemble immersing the audience into experience the value of true friendship.


Managing Director of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) & Joint Secretary (Films), Government of India, Prithul Kumar felicitated Chairperson of CBFC Prasoon Joshi. Prasoon Joshi and Prithul Kumar also did the honor of felicitating celebrity guests, Actor R. Madhavan, Singer Shreya Ghoshal and Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker.


Addressing the audience via video message, Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Anurag Thakur congratulated all participants and the jury for the successful conduct of the festival. He expressed optimism that the exchange of ideas the festival has witnessed will lead to futher cooperation, co-production and co-creation in the field of cinema in the SCO region. He also noted how cinema has been a strong driver of socio cultural progress in the region and will continue to be so.

In his vote of thanks, MD NFDC Prithul Kumar thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Anurag Thakur for their stellar leadership and guidance. He also thanked senior officials of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting for their encouragement and support, members of the media fraternity and the delegates whose participation made the festival a grand success.

The ceremony closed with dazzling performances by Taufiq Qureshi & Anirban Roy and Kailash Kher. The ceremony was followed by the screening of the award winning film, Godavari across all screening venues.


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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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