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‘Newton’ wins Jury Prize for Best Film at the Hong Kong International Film Festival

Hindi film ‘Newton’ has won the Jury Prize for Best Film at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Earlier, the film had its world premiere at Berlinale and got its first global recognition by winning the Art Cinema award for the Forum section at Berlinale. The film also went to 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival.

Newton is a political comedy film directed by Amit Masurkar. The story revolves around a clerk on election duty in a conflict-ridden region of Chhattisgarh. The movie was shot in the jungles of Chattisgarh.

Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF)

The Hong Kong International Film Festival was founded in 1976 and is Asia’s oldest international film festival. Every year, it introduces Hong Kong, Chinese, Asian cinema and filmmakers to the world. It screens more than 250 titles from over 55 countries at each edition of the festival.

 

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Iranian film Daughter wins Golden Peacock award at 47 IFFI

Iranian film “Daughter” has won the coveted Golden Peacock award at the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

It has been directed by Reza Mirkarimi. It is a family drama set in southern Iran. It brings out intergenerational conflict between a strict father and a young daughter.

Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore conferred these awards during the concluding ceremony of IFFI held in Goa.

Other Category Awards

  • Special jury award: The Throne (South Korea) directed by Lee Joon-Ik.
  • Best Actor Female award: Elina Vaska (Latvia) for Mellow Mud.
  • Best Actor Male award: Farhad Aslani (Iran) for Daughter.
  • Best Director award: Jointly-shared by Soner Caner and Baris Kaya for Turkish film “Rauf”.
  • ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal Prize: Turkish director Mustafa Kara for his film “Cold of Kalandar”.
  • Special Jury mention award: Tiffany Hsuig for the Korean movie “The Apology”.
  • Centenary Award for the Best Debut Feature of the director: Pepa San Martin for the film “Ra Ra”.

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47th International Film Festival of India begins in Goa

The 47th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) began in Goa. It is one of Asia’s oldest and India’s biggest film festival.

It was inaugurated by Veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy in the presence of Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu.

Key Facts

  • This year over 300 films including 4 premieres, 6 international premieres, 26 Asian premieres 104 Indian premieres and Oscar-winning entries from nearly 90 countries will be screened.
  • South Korea is the focus country of IFFI 2016. Polish film “After-Image” of filmmaker Andrzej Wajda’s is the opening film of the festival.
  • The South Korean film “Age of Shadows” of Kim Jee Woon will be the festival’s closing film. This film also South Korea’s official entry for the Oscar awards.
  • In addition, 20 award winning short films based on ‘Swachh Bharat’ theme as a part of Swachh Bharat campaign will be showcased in the festival.
  • The Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year was bestowed upon Veteran singer SP Balasubrahmanyam.
  • Besides, prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at IFFI 2016 was bestowed upon legendary South Korean film director and writer Im Kwon Taek.

About International Film Festival of India (IFFI)

  • IFFI was founded in 1952 and is annually held in Goa.
  • It is the biggest state-backed film festival and conducted jointly by Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Directorate of Film Festivals and Government of Goa.
  • It aims at providing a common platform for the cinemas of the world to project the excellence of the film art.
  • It also seeks to contribute to create awareness for understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations in the context of their social and cultural ethos and promote friendship and cooperation among people of the world.

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