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The Great Indian Road Movie bags 2 awards at LIFFT India Filmotsav 2018


The second edition of the festival, curated and organized by actor and filmmaker Riju Bajaj and his team, featured 120 films from 30 countries in 27 languages.

Abhilash S Pillai accepting the award for Best Producer for The Great Indian Road Movie

Keyur Seta

The five-day film and arts festival, LIFFT India Filmotsav, concluded on Monday (10 December) in Lonavala. The second edition of the festival, curated and organized by actor and filmmaker Riju Bajaj and his team, featured 120 films from 30 countries in about 27 languages.

Vivek Sharma's A Game Called Relationship was the opening film of the festival, while Sridhar Rangayan's Evening Shadows was the closing film.

This year, the festival felicitated filmmaker Rahul Rawail with the Lifetime Achievement LIFFT India award for his contribution to international cinema. The award for Best Film was given to Ako. The Best Actor (Female) award was given to Perla Encinas for her performance in The Alley. Meanwhile, Eric da Silva walked away with Best Actor award for A Sublime Life. The award is given in the name of Om Puri by Om Puri Foundation. 

LIFFT India Filmotsav is one of the rare festivals that has an award category for Best Producer as well. This year, it went to Abhilash S Pillai for The Great Indian Road Movie. 

For short films, the award for Best Indian Short Film went to Bhookh and the award for Best Children’s Film went to Protection. The award for Best Child Actor (Female) went to Cvita Viljac for Anka, while Master Ashray went home with the award for Best Child Actor (Male) for The Great Indian Road Movie. 

The Best Popular Film award went to SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) and Baahubali: The Conclusion (2017). 

Theatre veteran Atul Kumar was presented with the LIFFT India Honour for his contribution to dramatics. 

Apart from films, the festival also showcased paintings, short plays, book readings, and dance and music concerts.

Here is a complete list of LIFFT India Filmotsav 2018 winners:

Best Child Actor (Female) - Cvita Viljac for Anka

Best Child Actor (Male) – Master Aashray Pillai for The Great Indian Road Movie

Best Music Video Film – Payam Ghorbani for You Do Not Perceive

VK Murthy Award for Best Cinematography – Akash Raj for Three And A Half

Best Sound Design – Antonio Di Lario for Il Viaggio  

Renu Saluja Award for Best Editing – Fredrick J Chen for Lost In The Apocalypse

Sameer Chanda Award for Best Production Design – Madhur Madhavan for Three And A Half

Best Short Film (Indian) – Bhukh by Vaibhav Dange 1

Khemchand Prakash Award for Best Music – Alex Olivas for The Alley

Best Supporting Actor (Female) for Feature film – Suhasini Mulay for Three And A Half

Best Supporting Actor (Male) for Feature film – Rui Oliveira for A Sublime Life

Best Actor (Female) – Perla Encinas for The Alley

Om Puri Award for Best Actor (Male) – Eric Da Dilva for A Sublime Life

Best Original Screenplay (Script) – Jessi Thind for Lions Of The Sea  

Best Screenplay – A Sublime Life

Best Debut Director (Feature film) – Sky Wang for Lost In Apocalypse  

Best Feature Film – Ako by Naki Gholizadeh

Jury Award – Mi’Raj by Tariq Umarn Khan and Sapan Narula

Best Producer – Abhilash Pillai for The Great Indian Road Movie  

Best LGBTQ Film – Evening Shadows

Best Animation Film – Nora

Best Documentary – Myth

Best Wildlife Film – The World’s Famous Tiger

Best Green Film – Suryaganga

Best Student Film -  The Hobbyist

Best Children’s Film – Protection

Best Director – Alfredo Arciero for Il Viaggio

Best Popular Film – Baahubal: The Beginning and Baahubali: The Conclusion

Best Micro Short Film - Mariposas

Best Actor Short Film (Male) – Akkillas Karazesis for Freezer

Best Actor Short Film (Female) – Farida Jalal in Mehram

Best Short Film (International/ Foreign) – Breathing

LIFFT India Honour for Theatre – Atul Kukar

LIFFT India Honour for Literature and Film Journalism – Arvind Kumar

LIFFT India Honour for Fine Arts – Sunil Kandalloor

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