ALIFF Comes to a Close

Published: 23rd November 2015 06:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd November 2015 06:32 AM   |  A+A-

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The first edition of All Lights India International Festival and Indywood Film Market came to an end in Kochi. Indian Movie ‘Masaan’ directed by Neeraj Ghaywan that tells an enduring story on the tragedy of life, death and loss was chosen for the Golden Frame Award for Best Feature Film. Bengali film ‘Nirbashito’ by debutante Churni Ganguly won the Golden Frame Award for the Best Indywood Panorama Film. Indian Film ‘I Exist’ directed by Radhika Prasidha with Vivek Raju bagged the best Short film award. In the international competition for documentary section, Puerto Rico’s ‘Till Jail do us Apart’ bagged the first place. Bruce Dickson’s “One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct” was awarded the best documentary feature. The award for best debut film went to Carlo Enciso Catu’s ‘My Life with a King’. Czech Movie ‘Seven Ravens’ by Alice Nellis was adjourned the People Choice Award based on the number of votes it received during the voting. Persian movie ‘Mina Walking’ was chosen as the NETPAC Award for the Best Asian Cinema at ALIIFF.

The five-day festival had more than 2500 film lovers and delegates from 47 countries attending the five day fest. 135 movies from 35 countries were screened in 6 screens at Cinepolis, of which 64 red carpet premieres were conducted for films from 17 countries.

Tiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Hon’ble Minister for forest, environment, transport, sports and cinema was the special guest. Tollywood (Bengali film Industry) Superstar Prosenjit Chaterjee, Ace Director Ketan Mehta, Nikky Gilrani and other known names from the Indian and Regional film industry graced the closing ceremony of ALIIFF 2015. The international jury and FEFKA office bearers were felicitated at the closing ceremony.

The Indywood Film Market (IFM) was received well by the film trade and film business fraternity with over 1000 delegates attending the market only. 42 exhibitors from various sectors of the film industry. Foreign Investment of more than US$50million (more than Rs.300 crores)n announced in various sectors of film business. Indo-Chine movie business collaboration was finalized at the market to set up 300 movie screens in China and association with Chinese Oscar -Golden Rooster Film Festival was also announced.

The three day market had indigenous technology and product displays, live streaming were launched from more than 140 countries. Augmented Reality technique (a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment augmented by computer) was launched for the first time in India at the IFM. The techniques of holography/holoscopy, first 3D TV without glasses, animatronics, etc were launched at the market.

“The festival has received great acceptance from the people and the Indywood film market has received great appreciation from the film business fraternity. This has boosted our morale at ALIIFF and we are ecstatic about the success of the festival. The team at ALIIFF is eagerly awaiting the next edition. There are lessons learnt from this maiden venture and we aim to present a better and improved version in the second edition next year.” Said Sohan Roy addressing the media while briefing on the festival at a press briefing. “We are grateful for the extensive support extended by both Kerala government and the Kerala film fraternity in making this fest a success and definitely to all the movie lovers who attended the film festival.”

Golden Frame Award for Best Short Film - I Exist

Best Documentary and Documentary Feature Film -  100 Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct

Golden Frame Award for Best Indywood Panorama Film - Nirabashito

Golden Frame Award for Best Debut Feature Film - Carlo Enciso Catu (director of MY LIFE WITH A KING)

Golden Frame Award for Best Feature Film -  Masaan

Golden Frame Peopl’s Choice Award - Seven Ravens

Netpac Award for the Best Asian Cinema at ALIFF - Mina Walking

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