The International Short Film Festival of India (ISFFI 2013), organised by Don Bosco Institute of Communcation Arts as part of its DBICA Film Festivals at Abirami Mega Mall, came to a glorious close on March 10, after the official declaration of jury awards.
The dignitaries present at the award ceremony included filmmaker and editor Bhimsingh Lenin, Rev Antonyraj Chinnappan, vice-chairman of Don Bosco Institutions, film director and actor Ravi Maria, director S S Stanley, dialogue writer A Venkatesan, cinematographer Balasubramiem, managing director of Sarcar Foundations Gaspar and short film maker R R Srinivasan. The guests shared interesting information pertaining to the genre of short films and congratulated the short film makers for their efforts to make enriching and empowering short films.
ISFFI awards were declared under four divisions — International, International Category Awards, National and National Category Awards. Under the International category, the Spanish short film Abstenerse Agencias (Private Sale) by Gaizka Urresti bagged the first place, while the short film from Uzbekistan Sandiq (A Chest) by Sabina Sagadeeva and the Spanish short film La Boda (The Wedding) by Marina Seresesky, were awarded the second and third places, respectively.
Under the National category, the first place was awarded to Rizwan by Deepti Khurana from Pune with a cash prize of `25,000. The second place was awarded to the short film titled June by Viplab Majumder from West Bengal with a cash prize of `15,000. The third place was awarded to short film Melawa (The Festival of Marriages) by Junaid Imam from Mumbai with a cash prize of `10,000. Under the Category awards, the best foreign animation short film was awared to Beerbug by Ander Mendia from Spain. The best creative concept foreign movie award was given for the animation short film Working Day by Reanud Maire from New Zealand. The audience choice award was given to the short film Love at First Sight by Mark Playne from United Kingdom. Among the Indian entries, the best short animated film was given to Fulwanti & Slim-c by Vaibhav Piwlatkar.