HYDERABAD: "Anukokunda" has won the best film award in the Hyderabad 48-Hour Filmmaking Competition held here on last week. The film also fetched the best female actor in the lead role award for Ritu Verma and best musical score award for Vinootna Geeta. "For Hire" and "The Legend of Bribia" have won the first and second runner-up awards respectively.
The organisers presented a Rs 50,000 cash prize for the best film which will represent Hyderabad at the international short film competition.
Chandana Khan, principal secretary (tourism & archaeology) presented the awards at a function held here on Saturday. The jury consisted of P Suneel Reddy, Nandi award-winning director who made Chance & Hero, film writer and editor Chaturvedi Nivas and director of photography Madhu Mahankali.
The high-energy event involving over 500 amateur filmmakers from Andhra Pradesh and other places like Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai saw 60 teams attempt to make short films of the duration lasting four to seven minutes in just 48 hours. The competition began at 7 pm on April 6 and ended at 7.30 pm on April 8. The teams were given a prop keys, a character Adiba or Adil Ravindar, a writer and a dialogue.
Twenty-seven teams made it on time and have been adjudged, The 18 late films were also accepted for entry but were not eligible for jury awards. All the films were screened at Theatrix Auditorium at St Mary's College in Yousufguda on Saturday morning.
The jury members, principal secretary and others lauded the concept of making short films in 48 hours, and thanked producers Preeti Gopalakrishnan and Yogi Chopra for brining it to Hyderabad for the first time.
The New Indian Express was the media partner for the project.