Best Short Film (North East India)
Director: Monuj Borkotoky
Producer: Bhupen Gogoi, Subanti Borkotoky
Duration: 18.55 minutes
Daai (Uncle) is a story of a 55 years old artist, who performs Bhauna(Folk Assamese Play), modern plays in his locality. He lives with his sister-in-law and niece. Everyone in the village is very fond of him and reaches out for help. It’s a story about his selflessness, desires, acceptance and his artistic self.
For an engaging narrative style enacting an aging bachelor’s simplicity and dilemma with a sensible touch of humor in
Best Documentary (North East India)
Language: Manipuri (A Native Indian Language)
Duration: 30.00 minutes
Synopsis: Laibi is a lady auto driver based in conflict-torn Imphal city. In order to support an ailing husband and education of her two sons, she took up this profession defying a traditional society. Starting off as a daily wage labor in a brick farm where she earns only 60 rupees for loading 1000 bricks, she now has to face the discrimination of passengers who shun lady auto driver.
“For the solidly layered portrayal of a couple’s ordeal in adversities and defying social taboos in Manipur within a wide canvas of documentary craft that breaks away from stereotypes.”
Best Short Film (Rest of ndia)
Film name: 10×10 ft (2018)
Director: Dhruv Tripathi
Producer: London Film School, Othmane Balafrej
Duration: 17.48 minutes
10×10 ft revolves around a newly married couple, who is frustrated, as they have to share a
“For overwhelming cinematic vocabulary in exploring suppressed feelings and desires of a newly married couple in their suffocating space peculiarly conditioned in an overcrowded urban colony.”
Best Documentary (Rest of India)
Director: Sumanth Kuduvalli
Producer: Nikhil Nagle
Duration: 19.00 minutes
Synopsis: The Naga Pride is community conversation documentary revolving around the annual migratory birds, Amur Falcon and the hunting tribes of Nagaland. It showcases the transformation of these hunters to protectors with support and participation from the government, NGO’s and wildlife conservationists and enthusiasts. It also deals with the effect of climate change on wildlife in general and Amur falcons in particular and how they cope with the changing environmental conditions.
“For stoically documenting the conservationists’ bid to save the migratory Amur falcons during their journey through India (Nagaland) and for presenting facts in aesthetic precision.”
Best Short Film (International)
Film name: Ice (2017)
Director: Anna Hints
Producer: Eero Talvistu , Olivier Berlemont, Emilie Dubois, Raoul Nadalet
Duration: 15.00 minutes
Harri is a lieutenant colonel in the Estonian army embarking on missions to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is divorced and only sees his 10-year old son on holidays from time to time. Struggling with the guilt of not being there for his estranged son, Harri decides to make up for lost time by going to an adventurous father-son winter trip to an island where he used to go with his father as a boy. Due to the slow queue in the harbor, Harri decides to take the quicker way — a local ice road over the frozen sea. While arguing with his ex-wife on the phone, Harri loses the tracks and an accident occurs. The car falls through the ice into the cold water.
“For a gripping tale on father-son attachment against the backdrop of an atrocious icy landscape poignantly expressed by powerful visuals and moving imageries.”
Best Documentary (International)
Director: Tomasz Stankiewicz
Producer: Zofia Pregowska, Monika Kowaleczko Szumowska
Duration: 30.00 minutes
Synopsis: The Hybrid documentary by Tomas Stankiewicz tells a story of a heroic and tragic 63-day struggle to liberate Warsaw from Nazi German occupation during World War II from a perspective of children. A group of children run through the streets of modern-day Warsaw; the city their playground. One of them spies a discarded journal and they are transported back to August 1944. As the children enter the Warsaw Rising Museum, the exhibits soon step out of the past. Based on fact, with a sprinkling of magic realism and driven by the children’s curiosity, Brave Bunch. The Uprising through children’s eyes relates tender, often moving accounts of those who witnessed the uprising as children themselves, drawing a line between past and present with playful dexterity.
“For a skillful non-linear narrative revisiting the traumas of the Second World War through the eyes of children of the present era that also mixes history and storytelling in a different perspective.”
Jury's Special Mention (North East Documentary)
Director: Adhiraj Kashyap
Producer: Sewali Choudhury
Duration: 29.17 minutes
Synopsis: Pabitra Rabha, a National School of Drama(NSD) alumnus. Formed a theatre troupe called ‘Dapon-The Mirror’ in the year 2003. In 2008, he involved more than 30 dwarfs with ‘Dapon-The Mirror’. This initiative offered a new identity to the dwarf community, who otherwise is always subdued by most sections of the society and gave them a chance to soar higher.
“For meaningful visualization of a segregated and often mistreated section of society which could instantly win deep empathy.”
Jury's Special Mention (Rest of India Short Film)
Film name: Paro (2017)
Director: Vijay Kumar
Producer: Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI)
Duration: 25.30 minutes
Based on the true events of “PARO PRATHA” means BRIDE TRAFFICKING for forceful marriage in HARYANA. The Film is about a girl who is sold to a Haryanvi family as bride.She is married to a diseased guy named Alok to take care of him and the family.Pratima , the mother of Alok is the head of the family and she commands everything in the house.Alok has a son Devender and a daughter.With time Paro gets attached to Devender and the daughter.Alok dies of his disease and the bonding between Paro and Devender starts becoming an issue for Pratima.Finally Pratima decides to sell Paro to the broker.
“For depicting the stark social reality concerning a young woman, as well as exposing the role of patriarchy in girl trafficking, with subtle craftsmanship.”