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MIFF 2018: Ima Sabitri, The Cinema Travellers, Tokri win top honours


While Ima Sabitri won Silver Conch for Best Documentary (under 60 minutes), Tokri bagged Best Animation Film award in the National Competition section.

Stills from The Cinema Travellers, Ima Sabitri and Tokri.

Suparna Thombare

Austrian filmmaker Stefan Bohun’s documentary Brother Jakob, Are You Sleeping? won the prestigious Golden Conch award for Best Documentary in the International Competition category at the 15th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for Documentary, Animation and Short Films, which concluded today (3 February) in Mumbai. 

Cash rewards worth Rs58 lakhs were given away at MIFF this year.

While Maharashtra governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao was the chief guest, filmmaker Shyam Benegal was presented the V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement award at the closing ceremony.

Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Documentary in the International Competition section was given to The Cinema Travellers, directed and produced by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya. The Marathi-Hindi film also won Best Cinematography Award in National/ International Competition section.

Silver Conch for the Best Short Fiction Film in the International Competition category was awarded to two films: Aaba (The Grandfather), directed by Amar Kaushik, and Nakyung Kim's Korean film Nae Chalye (My Turn).

The Pramod Pati Special Jury Award in the International Competition section was given to Bengali film I Am Bonnie (2017), directed by Satarupa Santra, Farha Khatun and Saurabh Kanti Dutta, and produced by Films Division.

In the National Competition category, the Silver Conch for Best Short Fiction (under 45 minutes) was awarded to Bengali film Sakhisona, directed by Prantik Basu and produced by the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.  

In the animation film category, the Silver Conch for Best Animation Film in the National Competition section went to Tokri (The Basket), directed by Suresh Eriyat.     

The Silver Conch for Best Documentary (under 60 minutes) in the National Competition category was awarded to Manipuri film Ima Sabitri, directed by Bobo Khuraijam, whereas the Silver Conch for Best Documentary (above 60 minutes) in the same section was handed to Santhal Family To Mill Recall, directed and produced by RV Ramani.

The jury recommended granting a certificate of merit to two other films — Naachi Se Baanchi, directed by Biju Toppo and Meghanath, and I Am Jeeja, directed by Swati Chakraborty.   

In the technical awards category, Best Sound Design award went to Pinja Mustajoki for the Finnish film My Secret Forest and the award for Best Editing was given to Kislay for the bilingual InstaStories.  

Shreyas Dasharathe’s Gujarati film Bismaar Ghar (Withering House) bagged the award for Best Student Film in the National Competition. This award has been instituted by the Indian Documentary Producers' Association in the honour of veteran documentary maker Vijaya Mulay.

Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari Award for Best Debut Film went to Hindi film Jaan Jigar (Beloved), directed by Ranjan Chandel.  

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