Chumbak wins at 17th Pune International Film Festival

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 18 January 2019

At the closing ceremony of the 17th Pune International Film Festival, several international films and Marathi films were awarded by the jury

PUNE: The closing ceremony of the 17th Pune International Film Festival saw cinema lovers coming in big numbers to laud for and appreciate the art of filmmaking and storytelling. The 8-day long festival finally culminated on Thursday, with the audience and jury members praising some beautiful films from across the world. Dr Jabbar Patel, Chairman and Director of PIFF said that he feels proud that the festival is called ‘a young festival’ because of the participation of young filmmakers, writers, directors, actors and storytellers. The jury members and the sponsors were felicitated at the ceremony. 

Thorsten Schütte, one of the jury members, who says that he was thrilled to watch such amazing films screened at PIFF 2019, added, ““There should be more categories for the competition such as award for editing, sound track, music and documentary film making. I wish there is more presence of women in leading positions not just in acting, but also in direction, cinematography, screenplay etc.”   

Kamlesh Pandey, Indian screenwriter and jury member, said that he is delighted to see Pune’s audience being so passionate about cinema. “We were honoured to be a part of the jury. We were often awake late night because deciding which film is the best was so difficult, nonetheless, we enjoying it thoroughly. Pune audience is amazing, here, people’s enthusiasm as film lovers is unmatched. The young filmmaking students, I am sure, will make some good cinema I future because of their involvement in PIFF,” he added. 

While the Audience Award for Best Film under Word Cinema Competition was given to A Translator, Dithee won the Audience Award for Best Marathi Film.

WINNERS AT PIFF 2019 FOR THE WORLD CINEMA FEATURE FILM AWARDS
The jury headed by Kamlesh Pandey and members Prasanna Vithanage, Christer Holmgren, Daneila Ciancio, Shabnam Gholikhani watched 14 international films namely Sly, The Red Phallus, Earth, A Translator, The Man With The Magic Box, My Own Good, Too Much Info Clouding over My head, From Where We’ve Fallen, Domestique, Girls of the Sun, Our Time, Donbass, Poisonous, Roses, Ee Ma Yove. 

THE WINNERS DECLARED WERE:
Best film: Government of Maharashtra Prabhat Best International Film award was given to Girls of the Sun, a French Kurdish film directed by Eva Husson. It also won a prize money of Rs 10 lakh. 

Best film director: Government of Maharashtra Prabhat Best International Film Director award was given to Rodrigo Barriuso and Sebastian Barriuso for the Canadian-Cuban film A Translator. The brother-duo won a prize money of Rs 5 lakh. 

MIT SFT Human Spirit Award: Pippo Mezzepesa, the Italian director of the film My Own Good, won the award and a prize money of $1000. 

MARATHI FEATURE FILM AWARDS
The jury headed by Thorsten Schütte along with other members such as B Lenin and Joseph Israel Laban attended the screening of seven Marathi feature films. The films screened were Naal, Chumbak, Bodhi, Bhonga, Khatla Bitla, Dithee and Mulshi Pattern. 

THE WINNERS IN THIS CATEGORIES WERE:
Government of Maharashtra Sant Tukaram Best International Marathi Film Award was given to the film Chumbak which stars and has been written by Saurabh Bhave and directed by Sandeep Modi.  

Swanand Kirkire won the Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal Best Marathi Film Actor award for Chumbak.

Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal Best Marathi Film Cinematography award was handed to Dhanajay Kulkarni for Dithee. 

Devika Daftardar bagged the Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal Best Marathi Film Actress Award for her phenomenal performance in Naal.  

Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal Best Marathi Film Best Director Award was given to Sumitra Bhave for Dithee.

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