Saawan bags ALIIFF Golden Frame Award

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Saawan, directed by Farhan Alam, won the coveted All Lights India International Film Festival (ALIIFF) Golden Frame Awards for the best feature film. The movie shot in Pakistan was produced by USA-based Kalakar Films. While The Loudest Silence from Brazil, helmed by Marccela Moreno, was adjudged as the best student short film. In Return: Just A Book from India, filmed by Shiny Jacob Benjamin, was declared as the best documentary. National award winner Surabhi Lakshmi earned honourable mention for her performance in the movie Minnaminungu, directed by Anil Thomas.

The award comprising of cash prize, a certificate and a trophy were distributed to the winners by the juries and Indywood Founder Director Sohan Roy at the valedictory function of third edition of Indywood Film Carnival held at Princess Hall, Ramoji Film City, on 4th December.    

130 movies were screened at the third edition of ALIIFF, of which 68 movies were part of the competition segment. The categories included Feature Film, Debut Director’s Film, Indian Film, Short Film, Student Short Film and Documentary. The competition saw the intense participation of leading film makers and technicians from 50 countries. The festival awarded a NETPAC award too.

Other award winners and their respective categories are given below:

Take The Reins (USA), directed by Emma Barrett (The Best Short Film), Railway Children filmed by Prithvi Konanur (Best Indian Film), Hidden Corner (India), directed by Jaicheng Jai Dohutia (NETPAC Award for The Best Asian Film), Chudala (India), filmed by Maaria Sayed (Honourable mention in The Best Short Film), Daniel Ortega (Honourable mention in for Cinematography in 2001: While Kubrick Was In Space).

The jury panel was headed by Dr. Bijukumar Damodaran (India).  Other members were Amir Muhammed (Malaysia), Axel Estein (Germany), Matthew Helderman (USA), Bassam Mohammed Al Thawadi (Bahrain), Jun Robles Lana (Philippines), Marianne Borgo (France), KNT Sastry (India), Nawaf Al Janahi (Abu Dhabi), Doo Yong Lee (South Korea), Soo Sung Lee (South Korea) and Hassan Nazer (Iran).

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