Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 26 : The edition of the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) concluded here on Wednesday.
''Democracy is not a phenomena which is starting in a day and ending in another day, it is an inherent flow of values, in this circumstance of technological disruption, it is better to give more importance for the feelings and thoughts of common people in the realm of film than the technological perfections'', said Kerala Legislative Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan who was the Chief guest of the closing ceremony of the fest.
''Documentaries not only educate and inform but also create a sense of responsibility in the minds of the people'', Minister for Cultural Affairs, A K Balan said.Chalachitra Academy Vice Chairperson Bina Paul announced the awards at the ceremony. ''I hope that a Life Time Achievement Award will not disqualify me from joining the new beginning'', said renowned documentary filmmaker Madhusree Dutta while receiving the Life Time Achievement Award along with two lakh rupees and a memento from Speaker, P Sreeramakrishnan."Janani's Juliet" directed by Pankaj Rishi Kumar and "Moti Bagh" directed by Nirmal Chander Dandriyal shared the award for Best Long Documentary.
These films gained entry to Oscar nomination for Best Long Documentary. "Prathichaya" directed by Gayathri Sasiprakash was selected as the Best Campus Film produced within Kerala. "Look at the Sky" directed by Ashok Veilou was selected as the Best Short Fiction and "Bebaak" (Dying Wind in her Hair) directed by Shazia Iqbal as the second Best Short Fiction.
"Chai Darbari" directed by Prateek Shekhar was selected as the Best Short Documentary and "The Sea Laughs at the Mountain" directed by Robin Joy as Second Best Short Documentary.KSFDC Chairman Shaji N Karun gave the Navroze Contractor Award for Best Documentary, Cinematography to Sourabh Kanti Dutta for "Longra.""Reason" directed by Anand Patwardhan bagged the Award for second best Long Documentary. Patwardhan thanked the organisers of IDSFFK and the Kerala government for standing with him to get his film screened in the fest.Jury Chairman Vasanth S Sai read out the Fiction jury report and the Non- Fiction jury report was read out by Jury Chairperson Andrea Guzman.
Minister for Cultural Affairs, A K Balan presented gifts for the jury members. Xing Xinyan, festival director of China Film Group Corporation, Beijing, was honoured with a memento by Kerala State Chalachitra Academy Chairman Kamal. Kerala State Chalachitra Academy Secretary Mahesh Panju said the welcome address and General Council Member, Chalachitra Academy G P Ramachandran delivered vote of thanks. (UNI)