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Winners 2017

BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

Winning Film : THE LOUDEST SILENCE
Director : Marccela Moreno
Country : Brazil

CITATION BY JURY

" This year’s selection of student short films is an exciting mix that range from drama to comedy, documentary to experimental. Thanks to all the filmmakers for sharing their great work with us, including ALY RANA for the sleek and sophisticated camera – work and visual style of his engaging one-shot film SANYOG.


BEST SHORT FILM

Winning Film : TAKE THE REINS
Director : Emma Barrett
Country : USA

CITATION BY JURY

“The Jury appreciated the cinematic experience of the film and the narration is told in an arresting manner with unconventional imagery. Beautifully put together with art, craft and moderation.”

HONORABLE MENTION

Winning Film : CHUDALA
Director : Maaria Sayed
Country : India

CITATION BY JURY

“The jury feels the subtlety of tackling the gender issue is wonderfully handled and the film portrays the discrimination inherent in our communities.”


BEST DOCUMENTARY

Winning Film : IN RETURN : JUST A BOOK
Director : Shiny Jacob Benjamin
Country : India

CITATION BY JURY

“As the jury feels this filmmaker gives an artful presentation of an artist that is also a moving treatment to the importance of cross- cultural connections.


BEST INDYWOOD PANORAMA FILM

Winning Film : RAILWAY CHILDREN
Director : Prithvi Konanur
Country : India

CITATION BY JURY

“For its realistic portrait of minors in a violent, abusive and poverty beaten environment, and its twist towards gender issues.”


NETPAC AWARD

Winning Film : HIDDEN CORNER
Director : Jaicheng Jai Dohutia
Country : India

CITATION BY JURY

“For its genuine aesthetic sensibility and dramatic approach in depicting a long lasting political struggle in a remote region.”


BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR

Winning Film : APRICOT GROVES
Director : Pouria Heidary Oureh
Country : Armenia

CITATION BY JURY

“For a solid directing approach that told simple story in a powerful and engaging way, with captivating performances, and a controversial ending”

HONORABLE MENTION

Winning Film : 2001: WHILE KUBRICK WAS IN SPACE
Cinematographer : Daniel Ortega
Country : Argentina

CITATION BY JURY

“For a solid visual style that enhanced the story telling and created a compelling atmosphere, a special mention goes to the cinematographer Mr. Daniel Ortega.”


BEST FEATURE FILM

Winning Film : SAAWAN
Director : Farhan Alam
Country : USA

CITATION BY JURY

“This years BEST FEATURE FILM shows a director in total control of his craft. From the mise en scene, to the photography, to the score, to the very strong performances of his cast, he has created a heart- breaking but also uplifting character study and suspense drama about a child’s perilous journey to find his family, and ultimately, himself.”

HONORABLE MENTION

Winning Film : MINNAMINUNGU
Actress : Surabhi Lakshmi
Country : India

CITATION BY JURY

“The Jury would like to thank each and every filmmaker who shared their dreams and visions with us this year. We were truly entertained, enlightened and moved by all the stories that were showcased, including Marjan Ashrafizadeh’s “ THE SISTER “ an honest and piercing portrait of family dynamics and complexities, bolstered by brilliant acting from the cast.
The Jury would like to give SPECIAL MENTION to SURABHI LAKSHMI in the film MINNAMINUNGU for her heart wrenching portrayal of a mother in distress, willing to sacrifice everything for her daughter.”


IV SASI MEMORIAL GOLDEN FRAME AWARD FOR THE BEST INDIAN DEBUT DIRECTOR

Winning Film : THE FORSAKEN
Director : Jiju Antony
Country : India

CITATION BY JURY

“For its unusual aesthetic approach, uncommon cinematic presentation and controversial handling of a moral, social and political, extremely important issue in Indian Society, which needs precise addressing, wide exposure and discussion.”


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