ALIIFF 2015 ENDS ON A HIGH

The first edition of All Lights India International Film Festival drew to a close on Thursday with the Golden Frame Award Night Grande.  Marking the end of the first edition of All Lights India International Film Festival, the Award Night Grande was held at Hotel Gokulam Park in Kochi on 19th November 2015. Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, State Minister for Sports and Cinema inaugurated the closing ceremony in the presence of distinguished guests like veteran director I. V Sasi, Iranian film maker Khosro Masumi, Bengali film star Prosenjit Chatterjee, Marathi actor –director Subodh Bhave, ALIIFF founder director & Aries Group CEO Mr. Sohan roy, film director B. Unnikrishnan and director G. S Vijayan. Actress Nikki Galrani was also present in the closing function along with lots of noted professionals from the film field.Indian film Masaan directed by Neeraj Ghaywan bagged the Golden Frame Award for Best Feature at ALIIFF. US film Ben & Ara directed by Nnegest Likke won the honourable mention from the jury in feature film category.The Golden Frame Award for the Best Debut Director was given to Carlo Ensico Catu, for his film My Life With A King. Pinar Sinan’s Turkish film Nekro was specially mentioned by the jury and she won the Honourable Mention Award for daring to debut with a film about the individuals who are unable to cope with normalcy.I Exist, directed by Radhika Prasadhi and Vivek Raju was selected for the Golden Frame Award in the international short film competition category. Puerto Rican film Till Jail Do Us Part directed by Mariana & Joserro was bestowed with the honourable mention award at the function.Goden Frame Award for Best Indywood Panorama film was presented to Churni Ganguli’s Nirbashito.Bruce Dickson’s documentary feature 100 Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct won the Golden Frame in the International Documentary and Documentary Features category. The Honourable Mention Award was given to The Garden of Hope directed by Laurence Guenoun.The festival audience selected ‘The Seven Ravens’ directed by Alice Nellis as the best film and it was given the Golden Frame People Choice Award.Apart from these, Yosef Baraki’s Mina Walking bagged the NETPAC Award for Best Asian Cinema showcased at ALIIFF.The festival featured 130 films in various packages, competition section and the films from the Czech & Slovak were much appreciated. The film enthusiasts particularly the younger generation, who thronged the city to enjoy a four day long treat on celluloid, will certainly keep many memoirs attached to the festival for long.

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